Fiskars Machete Rescue: Now with 100% more Hilbilly Faux-carta


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Sam Cade
June 15, 2013, 12:00 AM
Meanwhile, back in the workshop of Horrors:


Early this spring I was given a Fiskars 22" machete.

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It was a mixture of good and bad features.

The grip was a two layer cast piece, oddly proportioned with an equilateral upper guard that would wreck the index finger if used for "grassing" without gloves. The blade is slotted into the grip and the tang is completely hidden.

The blade itself is roughly 2mm thick, very flexible and extremely well heat treated but possessing a bizarre hollow grind behind a very thick bevel.

This example had been unsuccessfully "sharpened" with a... wait for it... wait for it...
Dremel tool :banghead: by the previous owner.

After salvaging the edge with a short convex I put the girl to work and rapidly found that most cuts with resistance would produce a terrible shiver in the blade. Little of it made it to the hand because of the absorbent nature of the grip but I could feel the energy of the cut being wasted in vibration.

Shorter=Stiffer so I lopped the blade off just under the...hanging hole?
...and be damned if it didn't work.:D

Over the last few months I've used the chopped fiskars quite a bit and after breaking down the corners of the guard it has served quite well....
Until the compression rivets that held the grip to the tang started to loosen.
So, back onto the machete pile it went.

Today I fixed it. :D


Drilled the rivets and was pleased to find that the tang full length, with two holes instead of the half length, hole-and-slot of the Gerber Gator.


(I had pictures of the assembly phase but my memory stick crapped out on my. Sorry guys.)

After prepping the tang and putting some short bolts through the rivet holes I laid up a composite grip with 3M 20122 resin and denim, over a layer of yellow thin cotton fabric.

It came out extremely well I think. :cool:

The grind on the grip is about 95% finished here.

I'll probably push the convex up a bit tomorrow.

Maybe take the flats down to 800 grit.

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bikerdoc
June 15, 2013, 08:31 AM
I like the whole project and how you problem solved it.
Good job.

Deltaboy
June 15, 2013, 09:39 AM
Good Job.

hso
June 15, 2013, 11:44 AM
Dr. Frankencarta, ni

oops

:evil:

Sam, nice job. You're a scary inspiration to all of us.

Try a plain jane Ontario next. They use good steel and with your Hillbilly Frankencarta magic I bet you could create a thing of wonder from one.

Sam Cade
June 15, 2013, 07:43 PM
Sam, nice job. You're a scary inspiration to all of us.





Thanks for the kind words everybody! :o



Try a plain jane Ontario next. They use good steel and with your Hillbilly Frankencarta magic I bet you could create a thing of wonder from one.

I've done a couple of the OKC 1-18s now. I'd like to do a lot more.

I finished up one in RED denim this morning and my UPS guy bought it before I could take off my respirator. I never got to cut anything with it. Bummer.

The orange handled one in the attachment was one of the first prototypes I did.

Stripped, convexed and spearpointed.

The OKCs are thick and rigid, put a good edge on them and they cut like a lightsaber. Only downside is that they are bit short for the weight and wear me out on grass.

Deltaboy
June 15, 2013, 09:41 PM
Great Ideas on fixing those tools.

xjsnake
June 17, 2013, 12:13 PM
OOO I like that orange handled one. I've got an old Tram that might have a trip to the shop in it's future after looking at these.

Sam Cade
June 17, 2013, 01:11 PM
OOO I like that orange handled one. I've got an old Tram that might have a trip to the shop in it's future after looking at these.

The relatively narrow tang shape that most Trams have (as an artifact of the one piece slotted grip) would be very conducive to the process.

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