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Machetes
#1
What are your favorite machete mine is the two handed machete by cold steel.
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#2
Well, Harbor Freight and Tools has one for $6.... Big Grin

That CS one you have is really nice.  Someone else had a new one (Bob or Shane)?

I see Les Stroud has come out with a new one through Camillus.





I don't actually have a machete at the moment so I'll view this thread with great interest.
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#3
I have been using Tramontina latin Machetes for a decade now cheap and cheerful but do require some finish work mainly the handle needs reshaping and wrapping with hockey tape and i reprofile it as well. Current one is 4 years old still bomb proof, i gave my previous one to my son for his 12th and it is still in perfect knick after teaching the lad proper care and attention.



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#4
Well, I am loving my Cold Steel All Terrain.

That said - I have done some serious damage to the back yard with just a plain old Lowes generic machete.
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#5
I have a Gerber Gator Machete Jr on my BO rig. It is not a heavy duty machete and came with a ho-hum edge. The metal is soft so it will sharpen easily but it will also dull down fairly quickly. The sawblade back edge is a nice little extra.

I also have a spanish steel Kukri design but it is a bit heavy with a 24" blade. It is made of high carbon steel and I believe it could do what the Kukri was designed to do.
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#6
Anyone tried the bear grylls machete, my daughter fancies one of the small version as she can not handle my tramontina very well. Is it rubbish or worth the $$$$$ ? since it's redisign ?
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#7
I bought a very nice one at a local hardware store. Don't use it much except on the snow machine when I'm bush whacking. Then I will have it strapped across the handle bars for easy access. We had machetes when I was a kid and used them to make trails through the jungle (PNW) we lived in. Had hatchets too, but these days I prefer a chain saw and an ax.
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#8
I purchased the BG small parang because it fits inside my GHB/weekend bag. Took it out for a stroll yesterday in NE Florida. I was immediately attacked by saw palmetto, devils tongue vines, strangler vines and wild grape vines. It conquered them all. I cut a 2" sapling and created a spear to protect me from the dreaded Florida mosquitoes (did not work). Cutting small branches for a lunch fire was easy. I don't like BG but i am glad I bought this machete.
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#9
I have the Gerber Gator Jr for the pack now, the handle of the big Gerber Gator sticks out of the top to far. I like this knife just fine but it doesn't chop the larger limbs as fast as the longer one. Concealment is part of the key tho.
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#10
Cold Steel Heavy. Warps? Hammer and flat surface..dull? File and stone, ceramic...razor..done!
Handle...your HAND will cook before it melts...trust me..I've cut 5 inch logs, limbs, furniture, boxes, couches...dudes...that thing is BAD...
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