Spetsnaz machete?


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JonathanE
March 2, 2013, 12:38 AM
I saw this and didn't know if it would be of interest to anyone here:
http://nh.craigslist.org/spo/3652532477.html

I learn so much about blades from this forum, and I'm curious to hear what folks know about this one.

The item is not mine, nor do I know the seller. Is that price legit?

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JonathanE
March 2, 2013, 08:35 AM
I did assume that the originals, made in the CCCP, weren't stamped "Made in Russia", ....in English.

lemaymiami
March 2, 2013, 10:01 AM
You could buy 10 brand new bolo machetes for the price listed in that auction....

Yes, a heavy short machete does make a great survival tool, useful for almost everything but fine work.

CA Raider
March 2, 2013, 01:31 PM
"I did assume that the originals, made in the CCCP, weren't stamped "Made in Russia", ....in English. "

I didn't read the fine print ... but you are correct that the price in the add is some sort of ripoff and the wording is ridiculous. The general shape and layout of the machete looks like the Spetznatz tool. Maybe someone in Russia is making these things in their garage and now selling them off as "genuine Spetznaz equipment". That's probably what is going on.

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lemaymiami
March 2, 2013, 04:51 PM
One other comment about items designed for Spetsnaz use... I've always thought that russian or other combloc sneaky petes did most of their best work in spite of markedly inferior gear..... Just as the common Russian soldier in WWII did heroic things with almost nothing to work with (except their lives...).

In the early history of our country many of our own historic figures did great things with very, very little to work with -other than their own initiative and courage...

NG VI
March 3, 2013, 04:17 AM
I don't know, but I bet turning those out in a garage isn't as easy as stamping old Cold War stuff with an origin when you import it.

JonathanE
March 3, 2013, 01:41 PM
Good word, Lemay.

Sam Cade
March 3, 2013, 03:10 PM
That is just a regular Taiga chopper. Pretty common.

These guys make it.

http://melitak.com/

CA Raider
March 3, 2013, 07:23 PM
Sam ... thanks for that link. I didn't see the so-called "Spetznaz machete" there (I'm not doubting you) .... but the knife makers at that link do make gear for the Russian special forces. So it's not necessarily inconsistent.

One thing I did notice is that many of the melitak knives have solid alloy guards ... a feature that's hard to find on a lot of commercial US knives. It's definitely an advantage.

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Sam Cade
March 3, 2013, 09:58 PM
Sam ... thanks for that link. I didn't see the so-called "Spetznaz machete" there (I'm not doubting you) .... but the knife makers at that link do make gear for the Russian special forces. So it's not necessarily inconsistent.

I think it has been superseded in production by the "Yelan".


edit: Melita-K might not have been the original contract manufacturer of the chopper in question.

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