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My New Favorite Machete...

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bushflyr, May 24, 2012.


  1. Bushflyr

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    Maybe. I still need to run it head to head with my Golock. Pretty darn close if not better though.

    I started off with a Condor Bolo. It looked like it had potential, but I was sadly disappointed. In stock form the bolo is way too heavy to swing for more than a few minutes, balanced too far forward for jungle work, and has a horrible fat grip. Hard to hold on to and blisters in minutes. It might work OK in 1"-3" hardwood, but you're better off with a khukuri or, better yet, a saw.

    So I took the grinder to it. Now it's light, quick, has a nice grip, and goes through bamboo like buttah. :supergrin:

    Shown with my 18" Ontario GI for comparison.

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    And a stock photo of the original bolo for reference.

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    Looks good,:cool: i use a machete's around the place here a lot, i need a new one thou, been looking at different types.



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  3. Bushflyr

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    Get a Condor Golock. Out of the box the best machete I've found so far. They're about $25 on Amazon. I also want to try the Mora #333. That looks like a nice one for packing.
     
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    I'll check em out.



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  6. Bushflyr

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    Cold Steel. :puking:
     
  7. mac66

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    I broke my 18" Ontario machete last fall while ATVing. I rolled my atv sideways down a hill and got it wedged into some trees. Took me 3 hours to hack it out and broke my machete :crying:. It basically sheared off about 6" above the handle. That machete was 30+ years old.

    On the other hand I found a 22" (edited: actually a Stanley) machete stuck in the ground out in the woods on my hunting property this spring. Looks like it had been there a couple years. It was near an old hunting blind but I don't recall seeing it before so whoever left it was trespassing. It is kind of a unwieldy beast.

    My other machete is a Tranmontina made in Brasil. It has 14" blade. It is pretty handy for camp chores but doesn't chop as well as my old Ontario.
     
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    Condor parang for me. I have cut 2 inch branches with 3 whacks.
     
  9. Bushflyr

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    But try clearing vines, grass and jungle trail with it. I guarantee you won't be swinging it for hours on end unless you're Andre the Giant.
     
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    I have a Cold Steel kukri machete and 2 handed samurai machete. Nothing wrong with them, but I also don't have many trails to test them on living in Los Angeles.