Dirty Bob's Machete Project


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Dirty Bob
July 15, 2013, 10:11 PM
After looking at some images of cane knives, I started thinking about a compact belt machete for the Bobster's household. I tried the Tramontina 12-inch, cutlass-type machetes and liked them, but they were a bit light for real chopping. Larger machetes gained in chopping ability, but at the cost of more difficult carry. A decent compromise is a 13- to 14-inch bolo or spoonbill machete, however.

I also really like the hook on the back of cane knives. When working in the green belt behind our house, I'm cutting grass, weeds, small trees and bushy plants. I use a weedeater for the light stuff, but a hook is nice for reaching down and clearing out the stuff that's been cut. It also saves some wear-and-tear on the hands and gloves. Some of our S. Texas plants aren't nice. We have some thorny trees that grow back there from time to time.

To be honest, I also like the way a hooked blade looks: kinda like the orc swords in Lord of the Rings. :)

I figured that the broad blade of a 2mm-thick cane knife would provide enough mass in a short blade to be able to chop, so I decided to use a Cold Steel Heavy Machete as my starting point.

Here's the CS blade, between a Tramontina bolo and an Imacasa 2-handed cane knife:
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186374&stc=1&d=1373939914

As purchased, I found the CS machete TOO heavy for its length. Although it gives it chopping power, a machete also needs some speed for lighter materials. I also found the handle too big for my hands, and the shape made it possible for the machete to slip from my hands if it was slick with water, sweat or some other liquid.

I started with a Dremel tool and some heavy-duty cutoff wheels and a bucket of water for frequent cooling. I chopped off the end of the blade, knocked off the corners, and made two more cuts to rough-shape the hook. I used a hacksaw blade and a Mora knife to start reducing the too-large handle. Since this pic was taken, I've begun rounding off the corners and shaping the hook with files.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186375&stc=1&d=1373939914

Edited to add: The blade and hilt reduction had immediate, positive results. The machete is easier to control, thanks to the smaller hilt and the "stop" at the butt that anchors the hand. The blade reduction made it much livelier in my hands. I can do a snap cut with much less effort, and the tool seems to move faster. If I could do only one of the changes, though, it would be the hilt reduction. The interface with your hand is what determines whether or not you're really in control of a machete. - /EDIT

I hope to finish up the shaping of the blade soon. I also want to reduce the handle a bit further and maybe apply a cord wrapping. I'll post more pics as the project progresses.

Regards,
Dirty Bob

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Sam Cade
July 15, 2013, 10:47 PM
I've begun rounding off the corners and shaping the hook with files.

A cheapo sanding drum of your desired size chucked into a drill motor or press is ideal for cutting out grabbin' hooks. Just go slow and keep it cool.


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41FdHzqlc3L._SL400_.jpg


Be cautious of taking off too much material fore and aft on the handle. Make note of the relationship between spine and tang edge.

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k244/1coldsoul/coldsteelbolotang.jpg


Also,

Lookin' good bro!!! :cool:

Dirty Bob
July 15, 2013, 11:10 PM
Thank you, Sam!

That pic of the naked tang helps a lot. I'll be cautious in my handle work. If I expose any of the tang, a wrap of epoxy-soaked cord will seal everything. I've found the cord/epoxy wrap to be a great way to do the grip of knives.

I was thinking of the drum, but my round files were making pretty good progress. I found that clamping the machete in a vice and using both hands on the file really helps a lot. I know that you already knew this, but some of us are still learning!

Thanks for the kind words,
Dirty Bob

JShirley
July 16, 2013, 10:32 AM
Interesting.

It's nice to see people actually do things with their tools. :)

John

Sam Cade
July 16, 2013, 12:31 PM
It's nice to see people actually do things with their tools. :)


Agreed.


If I went the rest of my life without seeing another picture of a pristine Randall I wouldn't consider it diminished in the slightest.

788Ham
July 16, 2013, 12:40 PM
You must truly have some serious brushy items to remove in your yard ! Looks as if you're on the right track though, good for snake filleting too ! :what:

zhyla
July 16, 2013, 01:07 PM
Nice. I have a cane machete and find it nearly useless (too short to have enough velocity for brush whacking) but do appreciate the hook on the back. I have thought it would be handy to have such a hook on a standard saber type machete that I use for yard work.

It is good to see tools get used. There's really no better sound that the "fwiiiing" of whipping a machete thru over grown plants.

Sam Cade
July 16, 2013, 01:49 PM
I have thought it would be handy to have such a hook on a standard saber type machete that I use for yard work.


Ontario used to make such a beast but it was slightly serpentine.

There are some current production Gavilans that have a bit of hook as well.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JT%2B5dAluL._SL1000_.jpg

The back point on a Panga is pretty handy for moving brush around and could be made into a full on hook with minimal effort.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186383&stc=1&d=1373997010

Dirty Bob
July 16, 2013, 03:41 PM
We have a green belt (more a drainage creek that channels water out of the neighborhood when we have one of our weather events) behind our fence that is about 20-25 yards wide. The city drives down the middle with a big mower, but I have to go out once or twice a year and do battle with the vegetation near our fence, unless I want it taking over and eventually destroying the fence. It ranges from grass and weeds to small trees. The job is usually 1 to 2 hours of cutting with a weedeater, machete, and sometimes a saw.

When I do tree trimming, it's saw work, followed by ax, saw and machete work.

I think the big Imacasa will be useful, but I don't have a belt machete to keep handy when clearing the fence or reducing limbs and branches for the city to pick up. I think this new machete will be a good compromise between size and the work it can do. And it should be fun to use.

John, Sam and zhyla: I guess I'm naive. I thought that many of us do use our tools. That's the best way to find out if they're good tools. Most of my machetes have nicks and scars from work, plus the marks of multiple sharpenings with a file, and I'm looking forward to putting some wear on the Imacasa and this new project machete.

Thanks!
Dirty Bob

Dirty Bob
July 16, 2013, 03:59 PM
The back point on a Panga is pretty handy for moving brush around and could be made into a full on hook with minimal effort.

Good point (no pun intended)! I hadn't considered the panga seriously, but I'd thought of taking the point off a cutlass machete and riveting a piece of round stock perpendicular to the blade, out at the end, as a hook.

A hook is also nice as it keeps your hands out of the fresh-cut brush or branches. Haven't seen a poisonous snake near the house yet, but I'm always cautious. Black widows or scorpions aren't much fun, either. I once found a nice, big scorpion walking across the bathroom floor in the morning. Welcome to the South.

All my best,
Dirty Bob

Sam Cade
July 16, 2013, 04:44 PM
and riveting a piece of round stock perpendicular to the blade, out at the end, as a hook.


That is a bit like a beet knife.

http://www.knivesanddefensedepot.com/images/_products/knivesanddefense/OH5020.jpg

Dirty Bob
July 16, 2013, 05:10 PM
Cool image! I've never seen one of those. I was thinking of the hook on the back of the blade, of course, or bent into an L-shape with one leg riveted to the spine, sort of like a Lochaber axe.

In any case, I can think of other uses for a hook, such as pulling branches down for trimming that were just out of reach, or for breaking up hard soil when digging with a trowel or small shovel.

Respectfully,
Dirty Bob

Sam Cade
July 17, 2013, 04:23 PM
In any case, I can think of other uses for a hook, such as pulling branches down for trimming that were just out of reach, or for breaking up hard soil when digging with a trowel or small shovel.


Ever used a billhook?

A short nosed billhook like this Martindale...

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186426&stc=1&d=1374091875


...has an advantage over flat or trailing point chopper/slashers in that the act of cutting doesn't push the material away from the edge.
Y'know how you take a swipe and a flexible sapling or briar and it bounces away and leans over half cut, forcing you to swing again?

Much less likely to happen with a forward curve and/or beak to the blade.

Dirty Bob
July 17, 2013, 09:06 PM
Great-looking Martindale! I have a Fiskars "Brush Axe," with a hooked blade. It does work very well on light stuff, and it isn't hard to sharpen, with a half-round file.

A hooked blade would also be good if facing an attacker at close quarters. Like an ax, a hook can be used to strike bony parts of the assailant, where a cutlass-type blade would just make a shallow flesh wound. Not a pleasant thought, but I've had to back people off more than once, and a hooked blade would look pretty scary to a bad guy. The only knife I've used in "self-defense" never cleared my pocket. The blocking element of the mugging team saw the fist in the pocket but never saw the utility knife. I was looking at him, focused on where I was going to cut first...He stepped aside and allowed my wife and I to pass.

Does anyone outside machetespecialists sell Martindale? Their prices seem kinda high, although I can't argue against their level of service. They've always been quick and got my order right.

Good pic of that Martindale. Thanks!

Dirty Bob

Sam Cade
July 17, 2013, 10:00 PM
I have a Fiskars "Brush Axe," with a hooked blade. It does work very well on light stuff, and it isn't hard to sharpen, with a half-round file.


I got my moneys worth out of one of those last summer.

...rocky ground. :what:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186436&stc=1&d=1374111929

On a scale of 1-10 I give them a 7. Not bad at all.



Does anyone outside machetespecialists sell Martindale?


Sometimes I see crocs in surveyors catalogs and such and the #2s show up everywhere but I think Machete Specialists are the only ones to stock any variety.

A few years ago I called Martindale about importing some and they basically told me to take a poke at a rolling doughnut.:mad:
I was shop foreman for a utilities construction company at the time, had company money to burn thanks to a really great overbid, wanted to buy a couple cases worth of 'chetes and they wouldn't give me the time of day.

What the heck man? :banghead:

I really like Martindales, great taper, decent factory starter grinds, good materials.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186439&stc=1&d=1374112753


Funny waves in the edges because they warp them during heat treat.:rolleyes:


Their prices seem kinda high, although I can't argue against their level of service.

I think their business model targets us hipster amateur Macheteros :cool:

Dirty Bob
July 17, 2013, 10:33 PM
I think their business model targets us hipster amateur Macheteros
Probably so! BTW, I found it amusing that in S.M. Stirling's post-apocalyptic "Emberverse" series that started with "Dies the Fire," much of what's left of this continent is armed with a heavy duty version of the machete, known as "shetes" in the vernacular. Works for me.

That was a well-used Fiskars! I've gotta finish this knife. I want to attach a couple of pouches to the sheath, for a small pry bar and a small file. I use Rubbermaid trash cans as my material source for sheaths.

For the hooked blades, I was thinking that a strong-side carry, behind the hip, makes sense. A sheath with an open front and a thumb break would make the knife easily accessible, and the knife could not fall out as long as the strap was in place across the spine. That design would also make for the smallest sheath type for the hooked blade.

Regards,
Dirty Bob

Sam Cade
July 17, 2013, 10:50 PM
Probably so! BTW, I found it amusing that in S.M. Stirling's post-apocalyptic "Emberverse" series that started with "Dies the Fire," much of what's left of this continent is armed with a heavy duty version of the machete, known as "shetes" in the vernacular. Works for me.


Y'know I liked the other end of that series better, despite the weak-suck end.

Black,lesbian, Coast Guard sailing ship captain, Samurai for the win.:evil:


http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0451456750

Stirling might be a mercenary hack, but his hackery is of the highest caliber. :D

hso
July 17, 2013, 11:22 PM
I've had 4 of these (the first 3 were begged off of me by friends). http://www.kellamknives.com/images/large/knives/bh20_LRG.jpg
They're made in Finland and are remarkable tools.

Sam Cade
July 17, 2013, 11:33 PM
Those are pretty great.

I've got the big'un.

http://www.kellamknives.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_40

Sam Cade
July 17, 2013, 11:40 PM
I've always wanted one of the short Marttiini billhook/choppers...


http://www.marttiini.fi/WebRoot/Marttiini/Shops/MarttiiniShop/4C98/8201/B3F6/475A/6C1C/0A28/1041/D04C/1002010T.jpg

http://www.marttiini.fi/epages/MarttiiniShop.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/MarttiiniShop/Products/1002010T

Dirty Bob
July 18, 2013, 12:16 AM
Y'know I liked the other end of that series better, despite the weak-suck end.

Black,lesbian, Coast Guard sailing ship captain, Samurai for the win.:evil:
http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0451456750

Stirling might be a mercenary hack, but his hackery is of the highest caliber. :D
I need to read the Nantucket series. I think the first book was the best of the Emberverse books.

I wish the morons who wrote that Keanu Reeves remake of "Day the Earth Stood Still" had read "Dies the Fire." The aliens turn off the power at the end to teach us a lesson and make us better people, and it's treated as a happy ending?

A machete is definitely one of my all-time fave "survival" knives. If the car gets stuck on a lonely road, the 'chete can be used to chop brush to put under the tires, dig if necessary, cut wood for a fire, or protect the owner. I've cut everything from onions and carrots to weeds and firewood with my machetes. From my cold, dead hands, baby.

Regards,
Dirty Bob

hso
July 18, 2013, 07:32 AM
I was tempted by the Martinis while the Kellam bill wasn't available (they told me the ONE guy that made them had died and they were looking for someone else doing them).

Mp7
July 18, 2013, 08:36 AM
This is what a swiss "Gertel" looks like.

http://www.google.de/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=schweizer+gertel&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=cr&redir_esc=&ei=8uDnUe3dNo7mtQaD8IDoCw

Dirty Bob
July 18, 2013, 07:26 PM
This is what a swiss "Gertel" looks like.
http://www.google.de/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=schweizer+gertel&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=cr&redir_esc=&ei=8uDnUe3dNo7mtQaD8IDoCw
I'm in love! Are they actually available in Switzerland, and are they Swiss- or German-made? I have family there and could ask for "ein Gertel" for Christmas. Great design, and I love the handle materials. That price in Euros doesn't look that bad, if it's a quality tool made in Europe. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

Regards,
Dirty Bob

Sam Cade
July 18, 2013, 07:51 PM
I'm in love! Are they actually available in Switzerland, and are they Swiss- or German-made?

That is pretty typical for a continental billhook/fascine knife.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71I33%2Bb9QzL._SL1500_.jpg


Amazon.co.uk is loaded with the things...probably the best bet to get one quickly and with minimal fuss. No VAT either. :cool:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stihl-Swiss-Switch-Bill-Hook/dp/B003K653UI



drooool....
http://www.flli-rinaldi.it/roncole-accessori.asp :cool:

JShirley
July 18, 2013, 08:48 PM
Okay, I want that Stihl...

Sam Cade
July 18, 2013, 09:11 PM
Okay, I want that Stihl...

$36.

http://www.leevalley.com/us/Garden/page.aspx?p=10416&cat=2,2300,44822&ap=1

I think this might be the same critter.

The Stihl is re-branded Italian.

hso
July 19, 2013, 10:41 AM
http://www.flli-rinaldi.it/images/roncole/roncola123.jpg

That cries out for a longer haft!

Deltaboy
July 19, 2013, 01:43 PM
I cut down a 18 inch Texsport machete to 14 inches. It a lot stiffer and carries better on my short frame.

Detritus
July 25, 2013, 04:58 AM
Kind of sounds to me like what you're after is some variant of a Woodsman's pal (http://www.woodmanspal.com/).

Wish they made a version of the "Military model" that was just a little longer in the blade.
I know one of the standard or "military" ones on that site would satisfy most of my needs and wants, but years ago I saw a tool hanging in a local (Central NC) surplus shop that had the handle and hook design of the woodsman's pal, with a blade the length of a standard US military issue machete. and I'd kind of like to find one again.

Deltaboy
July 31, 2013, 10:31 PM
How is that project doing?

Sam Cade
August 3, 2013, 02:19 PM
Maybe Dirtybob needs inspiration?

These are very "orcish".

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=187307&stc=1&d=1375553959

MErl
August 3, 2013, 08:05 PM
ummm, 3 toes? :)

Deltaboy
August 3, 2013, 08:06 PM
Nice Cane Cutters Sam.

Sam Cade
August 3, 2013, 08:11 PM
ummm, 3 toes? :)


What y'all ain't never heard of a guy with 2 left feet?













:evil:





totally worth the set up

Dirty Bob
August 3, 2013, 09:32 PM
Sam...that was a funny pic! And those blades are rather "orcish" and very much "my type." I also like the "British Steel" stamp on the side. Makes me think of one of my favorite classic albums!

So, is Mondial any good? You've mentioned that Martindale's heat treat seems to result in a lot of warped blades. Is Mondial part of Martindale?

The machete project:
I've got the blade shaped and hilt finished. I just need to address the incredibly sloppy Cold Steel/Lasher bevel. I also plan to sharpen it a bit around the curve of the leading "corner." I also want to sand off the ugly paint and tarnish the blade.

Here's the machete, along with another recent project: a Marttiini (Finland) filet knife. You can see the wavy bevel on the machete. For the Marttiini project, I reduced the handle thickness, cord wrapped it, stained and polyurethaned the butt, and painted the sheath with molten beeswax, inside and out. There's an excellent plastic inner sheath that covers the blade, so I just applied wax to the first few inches of the interior of the sheath. It's small enough to carry as a neck knife (point down), but I plan to add a belt loop for inside-the-waistband carry. It's really thin and light, but the very thin, razor sharp blade is very useful. It could be a great companion to a machete, and these little filet knives are just $15 at Walmart. Not bad for a useful Scandinavian knife.

I should also add: the machete is perhaps my worst cord wrapping job ever. I got the overcoat of epoxy way too thick. I need to take a file to some of the lumpy parts and reduce them down to the cord. Oops.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=187339&stc=1&d=1375579787

Thanks for the support!
Dirty Bob

Sam Cade
August 3, 2013, 10:50 PM
So, is Mondial any good? You've mentioned that Martindale's heat treat seems to result in a lot of warped blades. Is Mondial part of Martindale?


Mondial is to be one of the many brands under which INCOLMA peddles their wares.
So yup, they are excellent.


Check out the INCOLMA export catalog and have your mind be blown.

http://www.invermec.com/es/

Deltaboy
August 5, 2013, 01:56 PM
Mondial is to be one of the many brands under which INCOLMA peddles their wares.
So yup, they are excellent.


Check out the INCOLMA export catalog and have your mind be blown.

http://www.invermec.com/es/
Money pit alert!

Sam Cade
August 5, 2013, 02:13 PM
Money pit alert!


Hunh.

Doing a little poking around and it seems that there are only two entities importing Gavilan/INCOLMA/INVERMEC in any quantity.

Atlanco (the Tru-Spec people) and the mega huge unethical retailer that shall not be named.


Interesting.

Deltaboy
August 5, 2013, 07:04 PM
I am going to get a pair of those 7 buck IMS ones from Smokey Mountain next payday.

Dirty Bob
August 11, 2013, 09:02 PM
I'm basically finished with the "Orc Machete" project, except for a sheath. I still plan to use either Kydex or trash can plastic, with homemade copper eyelets (a piece of soft copper tubing from the plumbing dept. of the hardware store). It's probably going to be a Rubbermaid trash can for plastic, so I have to wait for when I'm a bit more flush in terms of cash.

I've sharpened it, including the leading corner. I know that it's likely that the very edge of many machetes was "burned" in the manufacturing process, so I just sharpen them and use them. At some point, the machete starts holding an edge better. I just don't have time to try to sharpen past the burn, right at the start.

The same rule applies to the finish. As you can see, I started to sand it off, but then I decided that the finish is so fragile, it will take care of the removal for me as I start to use the machete. Once it's mostly gone, I'll finish the job with fine sandpaper, then I'll probably use some vinegar for a nice, gray patina.

It may not be "pretty," but it's worlds ahead of the machete that came out of the box this summer. The original was heavy for its length (too slow!), and the hilt was terrible: slick and too big for my hand. Now it's much quicker, and I have much more control over it, thanks to the smaller hilt with a guard and butt to help keep the tool in place in my hand.

I recommend the shortening and hilt reduction to others, although the hook is probably not for most people. I plan to use it as a belt machete for tree work and brush clearing, in addition to other tools. I usually have a machete nearby when working in the yard, thanks to many, many brushes with violence in my life, including one in my own front yard with a big guy on some kind of uppers. The orc machete will be kept close by, as much for comfort as for its usefulness as a tool.

Here it is:
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=187673&stc=1&d=1376269310

All my best,
Dirty Bob

Double_J
August 11, 2013, 09:18 PM
Looks like a working knife to me. Hope it does its job well and for a long time considering how much work you put into it. :) You guys have got me wanting to obtain a machete now, and I don't even really need one. Oh well, yet another tool for those rare camping trips.

Deltaboy
August 11, 2013, 09:53 PM
Good job and post a pick of you trash can sheath.

Dirty Bob
August 11, 2013, 10:27 PM
Thanks! Here's a 20-year-old Tramontina bolo and its (equally old) trashcan sheath. I made this with a welt that goes around the blade and is between the two main pieces of plastic. I assemble my sheaths with contact cement, then rivet. This one has large paperclips turned into staples as fasteners. I installed the first two, then never got around to the rest. Twenty years later, the contact cement is still working!

This sheath has been in a garage for most of the 20 years, with temps well over 100 degrees in summer. It has received zero maintenance. Do you think a leather sheath would hold up as well?

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=187676&stc=1&d=1376274115

All my best,
Dirty Bob

tubeshooter
August 12, 2013, 04:21 PM
Looks like a pretty good finished product. Well done!


I also appreciate seeing other posters' various items. I wasn't familiar with a number of them.

Deltaboy
August 13, 2013, 07:30 PM
Thanks Dirty Bob.

Sam Cade
August 13, 2013, 07:45 PM
It has received zero maintenance. Do you think a leather sheath would hold up as well?

Hunh. In the absence of maintenance, absolutely not.

I've made a lot of (ugly) kydex and (even uglier) PVC over the last couple years but never tried LDPE sheeting from a trashcan.
That is pretty clever.

Deltaboy
August 13, 2013, 10:25 PM
I got to find a old trash can this week.

Dirty Bob
August 15, 2013, 09:28 PM
Hunh. In the absence of maintenance, absolutely not.

I've made a lot of (ugly) kydex and (even uglier) PVC over the last couple years but never tried LDPE sheeting from a trashcan.
That is pretty clever.

Thanks! It wasn't that I neglected it, but the plastic was chosen by Rubbermaid for a variety of qualities, I'm sure, including the ability to resist the elements. I wouldn't know what to do with it, except maybe spray on some Armor-All about once a year, so I just left it alone.

I have another one that I made of the same plastic -- in 1993 -- with regular leather rivets and a brass post to allow tucking into a pants belt. It's for one of those D-handled Ontarios that I re-handled with Micarta and homemade Loveless-type steel rivets. It looks pretty much the same as when I made it.

Trashcan plastic seems a bit "softer" than Kydex, and it isn't brittle. In many ways, it seems like a very good leather substitute, and it's quite a bit cheaper than either leather or Kydex. If someone were making several machete sheaths, it could save a lot of money.

Regards,
Dirty Bob

Deltaboy
August 16, 2013, 09:00 AM
Thanks Bob.

RustHunter87
September 2, 2013, 10:26 AM
That's awesome I have a bolo machete that is in need of a sheath, i was going to make it out of thin ply wood and mount it on the four wheeler but using a old trash can sound much lighter and cheaper, thanks DB.
By the way you machete looks handy, came out nice, but how slick does the apoxy on the wrap get when wet?

Dirty Bob
September 2, 2013, 10:50 AM
I haven't used it in wet conditions yet, but the usual cord wrap that I do is more rough than smooth. The fact that the grip is smaller than the guard and the pommel "locks" the machete into my hand pretty well, so I'm not too worried about using it with wet hands. I usually wear some thin work gloves, anyway.

Thanks for the kind words,
Dirty Bob

Dirty Bob
September 2, 2013, 11:43 PM
Here's a photo showing the welt of a trashcan plastic sheath. I put it together with contact cement and double-cap leather rivets from Tandy Leather. The brass post was made from round stock. I should have made it longer. I was thinking to be able to tuck the sheath under my belt, but I've mostly carried this in a pack.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=188529&stc=1&d=1378179276

Here's a short machete made from an OKC 12" with the old-style D-grip I hated. It was loose, and it was too big for my hands. I did away with the large ricasso and added canvas Micarta stocks with homemade Loveless-type rivets that I made from some screws. It's been an awesome substitute cleaver in my kitchen, where it normally resides. It also goes along as a wood splitter and general big knife when picnicing and barbecuing.

I coated the brass post with epoxy on the inside of the sheath, to prevent a metal-on-metal scratchy noise. It made a small line through the blade's patina.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=188530&stc=1&d=1378179276

Finally, here's a closeup of a Loveless-type rivet. I coated the threads with epoxy before assembly. After I filed off the excess and finished the hilt, I used a center punch to make two dings on each rivet head, to totally lock the threads for all time. This machete and sheath are 20 years old and have held up well.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=188531&stc=1&d=1378179286

All my best,
Dirty Bob

JShirley
September 3, 2013, 07:38 AM
That's AWESOME! Good work.

Any additional detail you can give or show about the sheath would be appreciated- I'd even welcome a full thread, if you felt so inclined.

John

Deltaboy
September 3, 2013, 08:52 PM
Good job.

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