I dunno why but this knife he just emailed me is available really turns this old blade loving heart on!:evil:
I like the specs, the handle looks very beefy and nice but maybe a bit squarish for my round palms taste.
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The original was pretty squarish in the hilt as well. Though I met several European - deployed OSS types in passing in years gone by, I never heard any of them mention the Smatchet.
June 9, 2013, 07:17 PM
Another 3V. Probably the best steel for the application.
June 9, 2013, 11:56 PM
I've been lusting after a Gatchet for a while:,
Very similar to the OP's Smatchet. IMO both are modern versions of the tried and true multi-thousand year old Gladius.
June 10, 2013, 12:28 AM
Greekish leaf blade. The gladius had a wasped/wasted blade, which gradually grew straighter. That is a leaf shape blade, goes back to either Celtic weapons or the Greek xiphos. The smatchet is properly it's own design, with it's own blade shape, size, handle features, and handling characteristics.
All of that complaining aside, I have found that slicing blades are not good in my area, and that a smatchet has a reputation as a mean killing blade.
June 10, 2013, 12:44 AM
I like the smatchet.
I also like the Hospital Corps knife.
I got the last one Atlanta Cutlery had.
They were down to the display knife in the case.
I got a discount on it.
I also got their last Brazilian military knife copy the same way.
Thrilled with both.
Now, if I can get a good scabbard made for the Hospital Corps knife.
The one that came with it is pretty good, but the belt loop came off, due to being riveted only, not riveted/stitched.
Also, the brass rivet at the throat drags against the edge.
Not great for keeping it sharp.
To be honest, for chopping, it's really hard to beat a real, Nepalese Khukuri. I have a couple and they are sweet.
hso, I don't think Dale Sandberg is still making knives. Shame.
June 10, 2013, 10:20 PM
One of my favorite knives. Had an original once also one from Buck and ALMAR. All of them had to go when they got worth so much and I needed the money. Still have a Boker and might get Kim to do me one in Damascus to match the 1918 he made for me.
June 11, 2013, 01:06 AM
Stphan Fowler made me this 13" bladed weapon that is similar in application but a little further up the food chain IMHO.
June 11, 2013, 01:11 AM
I'm not usually a fan of double-edged blades, but that Fowler is gorgeous, Gordon.
June 11, 2013, 01:45 AM
Howz it cut?
June 11, 2013, 01:48 AM
How is the pommel plate on the Fowler sticker attached?
June 11, 2013, 06:52 PM
I don't think the Fowler is the same application as the Smatchett. Stephens knife is a big sticker with enough size and heft to slash. That Smatchett is a big chopper with enough belly to slash and enough point to stick. The balances should be completely different as well.
June 12, 2013, 12:45 AM
I have a 1917 Plumb Bolo but I believe the smatchet (the original one ) was thinner, also about 10" blade I believe. The Fowler "dagger" is long enough to enter into short sword territory and does have the ability to cut a soft pine 2x4 in two with a couple whacks.This shows a Kershaw "bolo" Outcast I use to whack brush compared with Sam 1911's Camp Defender. I think a Smatchet is a little thicker than the Kershaw but approximately the same size. The 1917 Bolo is better for digging than cutting brush. I suspect a smatchet is a fierce delimber and has a penetrating point for non chest wall (ribs) work. All in all I'll take the specialty knife over the compromise blades, and I liked the first custom rendition I posted for it's modern interprtation .
June 12, 2013, 01:14 PM
Cold Steel says their version of the Smatchet is no longer available... not that I would buy one, but I was curious as to where the photo you posted came from.