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Martindale machetes?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Fred Fuller, Aug 4, 2008.

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  1. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

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    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.

    TIA,

    lpl
     
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    Have you tried Cutsforth Knives? Some of the links appear to not currently be working, though. :(
     
  3. Mongrel

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    John,

    It's working fine for me now...

    Scratch that...only the link to the main page is working, not the individual machete links...
     
  4. Fred Fuller

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    John,

    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.

    Thanks,

    lpl
     
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    Smokey had them on the wall 3 months ago, but I don't see them in the website. You may chance a call.
     
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    I've been wanting to try out their golok for some time now. I've never seen one for sale over here though...
     
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  9. Mongrel

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    $64 to $80? :what:

    Yikes!

    More power to ya Lee...

    Too rich-WAY too rich for my machete blood :uhoh:
     
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    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.

    lpl
     
  11. Mongrel

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    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.

    I guess I'm spoiled because I picked up these:

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    For less than $60 total. Those U.S. military sheaths were a steal at $10 each, and I got one machete for like $16 and one for $19 new.

    I look forward to hearing your impression of the Martindales.
     
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