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Machetes

Rossignol

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Anyone have anything they really like? I have one, its cheap and made in China (seriously not my norm buying habit, I would usually walk away as soon as I saw hecho a China)

It is however stainless and a full tang with wood handle and solidly riveted with stainless pins. I found it at some sort of international flea market in south Jersey for $14. Its nice. But I'm lookin to get a USGI machete from Ontario Knife for my backpacking/hiking/camping pack.

Need some pics here dont I? :)
 

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Don't have much use for a machete at the moment, but I really like the look and feel of a Kukri style blade. My wife's ok with the guns, but if I bring a three foot machete into the house she may start packing, haha.
 

Rossignol

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I like those alot too, which is in part what I like about the one I have, it has a slight recurve to it. Not as agressive as the kukri, but similar enough.
 
Ontario would be a definite consideration for both machete or Kukri.

Ontario 1-18 Military Machete, 18 Inch Machete

Ontario 6420 Combat Survival Kukri
11 3/4" black 1095 carbon steel kukri blade, 16 3/4" overall, Kraton handle, lanyard, nylon sheath. U.S.A.

I have an Ontario Black Wind katana that is a monster.

Here is a website that pull manufacturer's offerings together.
Prices can be beat with a quick search.

http://www.machetespecialists.com/machete-brands.html
 

Rossignol

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Good link, Thanks!

A couple things I really like are the Gerber Gator, and again, the Ontario USGI. That Black Wind katana is really cool, but it looks like it isnt made anymore.
 
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My Khukuri...

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The pronunciation "Kukri" is of western origin, the Nepalese people to whom this weapon belongs pronounce it as "Khukuri."

The blade's distinctive forward drop is intended to act as a weight on the end of the blade and make the kukri fall on the target faster and with more power. Popular legend states that a Gurkha "never sheathes his blade without first drawing blood" (this is said to be what the small, sharp notch on the blade near the handle is for: in case you wanted to draw your kukri for a non-militant purpose, and needed to draw blood before sheathing your knife. You could scrape your thumb on the notch, draw blood, and sheathe your knife without breaking tradition).
 

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umm..i'm too ashamed to post my machetes....well maybe i'll post em so you guys can have a good laugh.
 

Rossignol

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Ah, just do it! Oh wait, I have yet to post mine... I need to get that yet.
 

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I got to use a Gerber Gator today. Even with a mostly dull blade, I was still cuttin through 3" diameter trees. Nice machete, and apparently our local little hardware store has them!

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Rossignol said:
I got to use a Gerber Gator today. Even with a mostly dull blade, I was still cuttin through 3" diameter trees. Nice machete, and apparently our local little hardware store has them!

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My local Walmart just started stocking Gerber Gator machetes for $18. How well made are they? Do the blades seem like they will warp easily & is the saw blade really usable? Thanks.
 
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That looks awesome...but I'm with insaneranger...will it hold up ?! Being that long, it would need to be rigid to hold up to choppin' and sawin' 3" saplings. But at $18, can ya go wrong ?!
 

John A.

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Only machete I have is an old British Mil-Surp from Sheffield England.

The sheath is made of material much like an old M65 field jacket, but with more of a weave to it, and has alice clips. And a hole in the bottom side from being cut with the blade.

The handle is black and the blade is all rusty

It still works good though and would probably scare an adversary into surrendering, or else face gangreen from being hacked with it. :lol:
 
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:lol:

What's the history on that blade John?...how did it come into your possession !?
 

John A.

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I've had it so long I don't remember much of the history behind it. I know that it belonged to my Grandfather (who died when I was 6) and I don't know a lot else about it.

When I was maybe 10, my Grandmother gave it to me when I was in Cub Scouts so I'd have a knife to take on those hikes and camping trips.

All the rest of the guys seemed to have those cheap little swiss knives and I came in with Excalibur :lol:
 
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[quote="John A : All the rest of the guys seemed to have those cheap little swiss knives and I came in with Excalibur :lol:[/quote]

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Nice :D ...hey, don't make fun of my cheap swiss knife....it fits in my pocket and fill the niche I intend it for...

The longest blade I own is a wakizashi, a single edged medium sized Japanese sword...which falls in line (size wise) between the katana and tanto. The blade is very sharp and 20" in length...30" overall. What I like about it the most is that it is spartan in design...the handle being wrapped in black cord material. It was a gift from my wife when she visited Japan while in the Army. She wanted to buy me a whole set ( all 3 sizes ) but worried about traveling with it, and this was pre 9/11. It sits in a traditional wooden rack...with spaces for the other 2 blades.

Is there a reason you don't clean "Excalibur" up...?!

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insaneranger said:
Rossignol said:
I got to use a Gerber Gator today. Even with a mostly dull blade, I was still cuttin through 3" diameter trees. Nice machete, and apparently our local little hardware store has them!

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My local Walmart just started stocking Gerber Gator machetes for $18. How well made are they? Do the blades seem like they will warp easily & is the saw blade really usable? Thanks.

Heres what I can tell you about it;

My friend has been using hs for 3 years now for the same annual sort of work, which is clearing his property, the same property we go to shoot! He hacks the poison oak and saplings. It does flex but is solid in the handle. It says Gerber, but its also the made in China Gerber... So for less than $20, its a decent purchase I think. The only thing he has had to do with his is to sharpen it occasionally and sharpens old school by hand, starts with a file if needed, then a stone and polishes the edge.

Now for my $20 purchase about a year and a half ago. I got this at a flea market in Jersey. It too is made in China. I looked at a bunch of machetes that day, most were of the almost non functional variety, the kind with spiked handles and cheap steel blades that arent full tang... This one was mixed in the pile. Its full tang blade has a solid wood grip which is riveted through. It is 440 stainless and is good solid blade, its quite wide and doesnt flex much at all, quite thicker than the Gerber pictured. The wood was a lighter color, so I sanded and stained it then finished with oil and wrapped the leather around it. It was a little slender for me personally but adding the leather took care of that! The sheath is a generic thin cordura thing, though I may yet one day make a leather sheath for it... just hasnt been important yet. I use it regularly on my property for clearing brush my weed eater cant handle and for holding the woods back! The woods tend to wanna sneak up on my yard! :lol:

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I like the fact tht it has the thumb stiple in front of the hilt...placing your thumb there gives more power when you strike as compared to holding it in your fist with your thumb near your fingers.
 
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