Does anyone know of a dealer in the US who handles the full line of Martindale machetes? I've looked around the net, and had no luck finding what I'm looking for.
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August 4, 2008, 11:26 AM
Have you tried Cutsforth Knives (http://www.cutsforthknives.com/catalogs/1/MM.htm)? Some of the links appear to not currently be working, though. :(
August 4, 2008, 07:25 PM
It's working fine for me now...
Scratch that...only the link to the main page is working, not the individual machete links...
August 4, 2008, 08:45 PM
I found Cutsforth, and had problems with links there too. I'm looking for a 12" standard pattern machete, to compare with the 12" Ontario I just got. No one stateside seems to carry it, a couple of surveyor supply places have 18" and longer but not the shorter ones.
And I think I'd like to try a Paratrooper too... whatsisname at Sportsman's Guide lists those in the online catalog. And some places are calling them Crocodile machetes, don't know if that's a new thing or not.
August 4, 2008, 09:04 PM
Smokey had them on the wall 3 months ago, but I don't see them in the website. You may chance a call.
August 4, 2008, 10:52 PM
British Blade Forums:
Great bunch of folks btw, is where I recall this-
Martindale Machetes, UK
Maybe an email to them would stir up a USA distributor?
August 4, 2008, 11:22 PM
I've been wanting to try out their golok for some time now. I've never seen one for sale over here though...
August 6, 2008, 11:09 AM
Sportsman's Guide lists the Golok for sale, if you want a treebeater. Looks like that's what I'll have to settle for too, as it's closest to the size I want given what I can find. See http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=370406 .
They list the Paratrooper also: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=370408
And the Jungle Machete: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=370407
ETA: A phone call verified they still have these available...
August 6, 2008, 12:40 PM
$64 to $80? :what:
More power to ya Lee...
Too rich-WAY too rich for my machete blood :uhoh:
August 6, 2008, 07:43 PM
Costlier than some other offerings, sure. But the 12" Ontario I just got was $20, and the Cordura sheath another $10, from one of the larger discount houses. The Martindale Golok is $60- including sheath and file. Yes, that's retail price. I can't find any of the discount houses that carry Martindales.
Retail for the Ontario is $15 for the sheath and $30 for the machete- $45 total, and still with no file and no place on the sheath to carry one.
Costlier, yes. But that much of a difference? Really? It isn't like I'm buying enough for a platoon- I just want one (1). Everything is relative- there are machetes more expensive (like the Kershaw Outcast- $129.95 retail; or the Blackjack Panga- $99.95 retail, several of the Condor offerings retail for equal amounts or more than the Martindales and don't come with sheaths or files). I want to see if the Martindales are worth it, and I don't know any other way to find out.
August 6, 2008, 08:27 PM
That's cool, I hope I didn't come off as being rude-:uhoh: I was just surprised that they would go for that much. Of course, at the time I posted I hadn't bothered to find out that the include a sheath & file. They just looked very much like a standard Tramontina or even the U.S. Ontarios.