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The Machete Thread

Post by Miss Nothing » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:36 pm

Okay, so anyone who knows me knows that I am all about machetes. Of course I love firearms, but I prefer blades of any sort....but especially machetes. The purpose of this thread is going to be about machetes only. I want to know what you guys already own and why you chose that type of machete, and I want to know what machete you don't have yet, but what you're planning to purchase next. As we all know, the machete is a very effective survival tool. There are quite a few different types of machetes for different tasks. Here's what I own, and what I have my eyes on for my next purchase.

What I own:
-Ontario Kukri (carbon steel) *my favorite*
-Gerber Gator Machete with Nylon Sheath (doubles as a saw - 15 inch fine edge blade on one side, 18 inch saw blade on the other side)
-Condor 17 inch Parang style Machete ( leather sheath,1/4 inch thick blade,high carbon steel, and a beautiful hand crafted wooden handle)

What I want:
-SOG Jungle Primitive Fixed Blade Knife/Machete (this is truly amazing....a must have for the BOB)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... pZaOFsFHGs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So there's what I got, and what I'm going to purchase next. I'd love to see what you guys got & what you want, so let's see!

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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by Mikeyboy » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:42 pm

Miss Nothing wrote:Okay, so anyone who knows me knows that I am all about machetes. Of course I love firearms, but I prefer blades of any sort....but especially machetes. The purpose of this thread is going to be about machetes only. I want to know what you guys already own and why you chose that type of machete, and I want to know what machete you don't have yet, but what you're planning to purchase next. As we all know, the machete is a very effective survival tool. There are quite a few different types of machetes for different tasks. Here's what I own, and what I have my eyes on for my next purchase.

What I own:
-Ontario Kukri (carbon steel0 *my favorite*
-Gerber Gator Machete with Nylon Sheath (doubles as a saw - 15 inch fine edge blade on one side, 18 inch saw blade on the other side)
-Condor 17 inch Parang style Machete ( leather sheath,1/4 inch thick blade,high carbon steel, and a beautiful hand crafted wooden handle)

What I want:
-SOG Jungle Primitive Fixed Blade Knife/Machete (this is truly amazing....a must have for the BOB)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... pZaOFsFHGs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So there's what I got, and what I'm going to purchase next. I'd love to see what you guys got & what you want, so let's see!

Cheers
I hate to burst your bubble, but the Jungle Primitive is a poor design. The saw stops cutting and will get stuck in wood at about an inch or so in.

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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by Das Sheep » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:42 pm

Right now I have:

A Cold Steel Kukri - not the prettiest but rock solid. (The test to destruction on this thing is crazy, it just wont break! He even batons through a steel pipe and cuts a big block of concrete in half with it.)

A Smith and Wesson Kukri - Great looking, bad tool.

BK9 - Eh. Not sure if this counts. It is a bfk though.

What I want: One of those really nice Kukri's from napal.

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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:03 pm

I have a Gerber Gator machete and it's probably the worst machete I've ever owned. I'm actually looking to replace it with something from either Condor or Cold Steel.

My current machete is actually a Thai E-Nep that I bought from Amazon.com last year. I haven't used it much, but from the little I did use it, it outperformed the Gerber in every way.

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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by Sworbeyegib » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:11 pm

I'm kind of a cold steel fanboy when it comes to my machetes. I have the magnum kukri, regular kukri, 12" and 18" bowies, and 2 of each the 12" and 18" barong machetes. I also have a number of hardware store types lying around. And even a few traditional filipino machetes ive long since retired that are older than I am.

I'd say my magnum kukri and my 12" barong machetes see the most work.
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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:14 pm

When I was a kid, my folks had a couple cheapo machetes from Columbia (or China, I'm not sure) and while they might have rusted if you looked at them funny, they worked pretty good.

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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by NT2C » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:02 pm

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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by Miss Nothing » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:17 pm

I hate to burst your bubble, but the Jungle Primitive is a poor design. The saw stops cutting and will get stuck in wood at about an inch or so in.
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Awww.....that was really disappointing. I had such high hopes for the Jungle Primitive...and it was so beautiful as well.
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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by Miss Nothing » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:20 pm

12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:I have a Gerber Gator machete and it's probably the worst machete I've ever owned. I'm actually looking to replace it with something from either Condor or Cold Steel.

My current machete is actually a Thai E-Nep that I bought from Amazon.com last year. I haven't used it much, but from the little I did use it, it outperformed the Gerber in every way.
You're completely right about the Gerber Gator, I was fairly disappointed with it as well.

As for a replacement, between Condor & Cold Steel, my personal preference is Cold Steel.
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Post by 2now » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:24 pm

Whiel soem in are in storage I own;
Ontario, regular and saw back
Meryco, D gurard saw back
Cold steel panga [ x5, had a work gang at the farm once]
old school cane knife
D guard Bowie sized, [Ontario I think]
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Post by Sworbeyegib » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:28 pm

The one thing to remember about cold steel machetes is that they come with an absolutley horrid factory edge. Unusable in my opinion. I used a file and stone to remove all that black coating on my first few. Once I got my belt sander it made things go a whole lot faster for the rest.. Now my blades have a slight convex scandi(ish) grind, and they perform like champs.
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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:35 pm

Miss Nothing wrote:
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:I have a Gerber Gator machete and it's probably the worst machete I've ever owned. I'm actually looking to replace it with something from either Condor or Cold Steel.

My current machete is actually a Thai E-Nep that I bought from Amazon.com last year. I haven't used it much, but from the little I did use it, it outperformed the Gerber in every way.
You're completely right about the Gerber Gator, I was fairly disappointed with it as well.

As for a replacement, between Condor & Cold Steel, my personal preference is Cold Steel.
I tend to go for the Cold Steel machetes as well. I like their products and their low price point.

The only thing I don't like is the fact most of their machetes don't come with sheaths and the crap factory edge.

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Post by xd dude » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:47 pm

I just got an Ontario Spec plus in the mail today. It's going to replace the budk special I bought when I didn't know better.

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Post by Blacksheep » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:02 pm

my kabar cutlass is a CHAMP :crazy:
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so.. I just googled "kabar cutlass" looking for a good picture... and I find my picture :mrgreen:
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Post by crypto » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:11 pm

What are your complaints with the gator? Granted, all I use mine for is slashing through brambles and brush, but it seemed fine to me.
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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by Blacksheep » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:01 pm

I'm not a fan of the gator either...
used one once, the saw was pretty weak..
the handle was fairly loose and rattled,
not very comfortable handle...
we sell them at work, I have seen 3 returned with broken handles around the blade
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Post by azrael99 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:34 pm

my collection ?

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and still growing strong (i got a sugar cane machete today)

yet the one who saw the most services , is the ontario machete. got it years ago, and still use it.
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Post by offcamber » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:29 pm

Another vote for Ontario, its my go-to machete..

The best machete I have ever used though as far as weight, balance, etc. is a vintage Collins & Co. (my brother collects them). Amazing old blades.

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Post by mad scientist » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:36 pm

I recently bought 3 machetes to test out when I had to clear out a trail through South Louisiana woods (vines, small brush, all the way up to a few inch diameter trees).

The 3 I tried are:
The Gerber Gator (short version)
The KABAR Kukri
The Tramontina Bolo

The Gerber Gator has a GREAT handle. Very comfortable and awesome. The blade was the dullest thing I've ever seen out of the box. It was completely awful until I spent a bunch of time sharpening it. And then it works "ok". Basically, though, I'm not much of a fan.

The KABAR Kukri is a large step up from the Gator. It came out of the box sharp and ready to rock. Its heavy, and is really good at going though large trees (it cuts almost like a hachet). The blade is pretty short, though, which makes it not as good for hacking down brush (you're way more likely to smash your knuckles on a branch when swinging for the trunk, because you've got to get really close).

The Tramontina Bolo was the absolute cheapest one. It cost $11 at http://www.machetespecialists.com, and its very basic (ugly) looking. But its also my favorite overall machete of the group. It cuts though everything with ease. Overall, I'm really impressed with this one. And then factor in the price, and I have to throw my support completely behind the Tramontina.

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Post by maldon007 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:14 pm

I'm refurbing an OLD ass Ontario right now, if I get around to posting pics (when its done) you guys are gonna poop!

...But yeah, Ontario is such quality & so well designed. Yeah, they are just flat metal with an edged... But the thickness is soo important, and the steel, and the width... And yeah, sometimes Ontario scales suck, but you can re-do those :twisted: (and put an evil guard on it, too)
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Post by Dogan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:59 pm

azrael99 wrote:my collection ?

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and still growing strong (i got a sugar cane machete today)

yet the one who saw the most services , is the ontario machete. got it years ago, and still use it.
Dude, what are those top two?

My favorite machete, thrown off a cliff by an impulsive person I know in a fit of rage (no, not me), looked a lot like the second to top one in that pic, with a few less inches. It fit my hand well, held an edge well, and sustained shock well. At the moment, however, all I have are cheap, ill fitting models and I really want to find a replacement for that one.
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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by azrael99 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:17 pm

Dogan wrote: Dude, what are those top two?
first is a machete from Salvador i presume, with a handmade sheath

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the other one is a plain Ontario machete. but built like a tank.
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Post by NT2C » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:21 pm

Dogan wrote: Dude, what are those top two?

My favorite machete, thrown off a cliff by an impulsive person I know in a fit of rage (no, not me), looked a lot like the second to top one in that pic, with a few less inches. It fit my hand well, held an edge well, and sustained shock well. At the moment, however, all I have are cheap, ill fitting models and I really want to find a replacement for that one.

The one you're referring to looks like an 18" Ontario, and the one you're talking about, if it looked like that but shorter, was probably the 12" Ontario. (http://www.machetespecialists.com/on12trcucaan.html)
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Re: The Machete Thread

Post by azrael99 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:22 pm

you know what will be back soon ??

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12 inch bowie machete!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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The one you're referring to looks like an 18" Ontario, and the one you're talking about, if it looked like that but shorter, was probably the 12" Ontario.
NOP, the salvador machete is around 22-24 inches, the ontario is the 18 inches one
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