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The Quest for an American Machete

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Sam Cade, May 28, 2013.

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  1. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Member

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    I have a Mooremaker. Don't have a OKC. But the "achingly square" handle on the Mooremaker matches the pics of the OKC. Unsuable until modified.
     
  2. Sam Cade

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    It is so bad there must be a reason for it.


    I'd love to know what that reason is.
     
  3. Sam Cade

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    On a related note, if no one makes what you want, you just have to build it yourself.


    I'm out in my shop, taking a break from roughing in the primary grinds on this ugly thing. :D



    The slightly wonky tang shape is an artifact of the composite grip that it is going to get. No stick tangs here. :D


    I'll finish it up tonight or tomorrow and send it off to HT on Monday if I can.
     

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  4. lemaymiami

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    Okay, I'll bite... whatever happened to the many mil surplus "bolo machetes" that I used to see years ago - and does anyone still make a reasonably servicable version ? As a guy who works in the Everglades I always thought that it would be a handy tool if you had to go on foot... Me, I much prefer staying in my skiff, but you never know...
     
  5. Sam Cade

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    The bolos went away a long long time ago.

    A decent 1917 bolo can easily bring $200 or more.
    http://www.ebay.com/bhp/1917-bolo

    If you want a short-ish forward weighted but still fast handling true machete, I like the Imacasa 335.

    I knock off the rear edge and give them a bit of a point.

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    I went shopping and those Gerber ones are worthless in my book. I am going to try one of the Tractor Supply ones with the wood handles but they are made in China :>( . My one from Brazil has been great.
     
  7. Sam Cade

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    I'd take it a step farther and call that handle/tang design actively dangerous.


    These guys?

    TSC rebrands them as "Groundworks" and punches a hole in the blade.


    Very good blades.

    Terrible,terrible terrible riveted palletwood handles, short tapered tang and offset rivet holes will cause it to break.

    I fixed mine and it is a pretty decent short 'chete now.

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  8. Deltaboy1984

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    Yep those ground works one's. It will be a good project.
     
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  9. Bartholomew Roberts

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    Who makes the SOG machete? American made? Never mind - answered my own question. Chinese made.
     
  10. Sam Cade

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    Crazy ain't it?
     
  11. Deltaboy1984

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    Wild to see only US military ones are made in the USA Any more.
     
  12. Shanghai McCoy

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    I have an older Barteaux and Sons up in the barn. Good steel and the longer blade makes it handy for cutting corn stalks. I did remove that goofy safety "D" guard after I bought it tho...
     
  13. Deltaboy1984

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    Yep I wished I brought some of those mil-surplus ones back in the early 80's.
     
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