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The Beginner's Guide to the Machete

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by JShirley, Jul 27, 2013.

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  1. Shanghai McCoy

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    Been enjoying the articles and other info in this thread. Thanks for all the effort and analysis Sam.
    Looking forward to what is coming next. I find myself checking the NFW Forum first these days...:scrutiny:
     
  2. Sam Cade

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    Hey, thank you for Reading!

    We are going to try to up the rate of content gain at SR so now might be a good time to subscribe for email alerts so you don't miss anything.


    Coming up, I'm flipping the metaphorical script and posting the results of an exhaustive long term review of a very small knife.

    This is followed by the new Cold Steel Royal Kukri review.

    Next I'm looking at (and cutting stuff with) the weird and wonderful Razor Belt Sword. This actually.....works. :eek:

    After than we have a bevy of affordable big knives.


    ....and that is just me. Dunno what the other authors have planned but I know the gears are turning.
     
  3. JShirley

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    I have material ready for an eye pro review, a glove review, and a plate carrier review. At least one of those will be up this weekend. :cool:
     
  4. RetiredUSNChief

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    Huh. I just HAD to google the razor belt sword!

    Interestingly, I came up with a hit on THR about 5 years old now. Pics no longer show in it (for me, anyway), but an interesting read.

    I wasn't impressed by the youtube series I found on it. Mostly T&A videos with a chick drawing and waving the sword around. I'd appreciate a wee bit more practicality, myself.

    :):)

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=380198
     
  5. JShirley

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    We probably should start another thread about the belt sword, when the review is ready.
     
  6. ugaarguy

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    Slightly off topic for this thread, but definitely on topic for this forum, I'm S.C. Smith on Shooting Reviews. If you want to look at opposite end of the edged tools spectrum part one of my Small Serious Knives review was added to SR two days ago.
     
  7. MErl

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    Seeing the thickness of those machetes I probably should have saved that old saw. I chopped about 1.25 inch off an old hand saw blade for a kind of hand sawzall but it looks like the rest of it would have worked well for a short machete.

    Or am I completely wrong.
     
  8. Sam Cade

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    Most old handsaws are some kind of simple carbon steel, just like most machetes, so provided the thickness is there and you can handle a simple heat treat it is very doable.

    Good quality machetes (even great big un's) can be found with blades down to around 1mm in thickness.
     
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    First time I have read through the entire thread and your articles. Interesting stuff Sam Cade. I find the grip to be one of the most important aspects of the articles. Everyone is hung up on the blade, but the grip is most important.

    The handle design is another aspect of machetes that you have to get used to. I think I tend to grip a machete too strongly and as a result, I have liked the handles used on the Condor Golok, Parang, or Pack Golok. The Pack Golok is the one that I use most lately if I choose to grab a machete.

    I'm going to practice or change my grip a bit and see how that feels with the Ontarios.
     
  10. Sam Cade

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    Ok, folks, here is what is coming up next on the machete front this weekend.

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    This is the Cold Steel "Royal Kukri" machete. It is 2.8mm as opposed to the 2mm of the standard CS "kukri" machete, slightly different in blade shape and possessed of a edge side guard.

    Neat.

    I'm out in the shop and am getting it ready for tomorrows real world workout. It came duller than an Amish froe of course.

    :D

    It is going to be a busy weekend at Shooting Reviews so swing on over!
     

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    Thanks Sam
     
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    We need a Sam updated on these cutters
     
  13. Sam Cade

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    Late tomorrow evening for the Royal "Khukri" Machete.

    I'm working on the opposite end of the size spectrum tonight finishing up the 6-months in the making Daily Kiri review.

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    Cute knife that looks to be very effective.
     
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    We need a Update.
     
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    "...the long handle keeps your fingers in an unbepoked state." -- Sam Cade

    Yes...briars are the obvious problem. And, as long as the excursion into the patches recognizes the mortal enemies of blackberry pickers my brother and I faced on our mandatory trips early each July, one would account for copperheads, yellowjackets, guinea wasps, chiggers, multiflora rose, hornets, thistles and other pokies.

    Quarts of blackberries picked and frozen in July resulted in deep-dish blackberry cobblers in November, December and January.

    Worth the effort!

    ...Alex
     
  17. Deltaboy1984

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    Yep I started our being the gunner on Black berry picking . I Honed my snake killing skills with my Ithaca M-66 Super Single 410. I dearly love blackberrys.
     
  18. Deltaboy1984

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    Calling sam !!!!!!!
     
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    How about some new reviews of the machetes. I just got a 22 inch GAVILAN made in Colombia . And my cold steel Panga been doing Great for my around the house brush and grass work.
     
  21. Sam Cade

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    As time permits.
     
  22. Deltaboy1984

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    Thanks as always Sam.
     
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    Deltaboy,

    You know how to put a verb in front of a participle, right? Why don't you contribute to the cause?
     
  24. Deltaboy1984

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    Sorry I hated grammar mainly because I struggled with it. If it was not for spell check I would be in awlful shape.
     
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    You're doing pretty good from what we can see regardless of what you thought about older family members.:evil:
     
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