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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by snow, Nov 2, 2008.

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  1. snow

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    I have been looking at a couple of machetes that I would like to have for living in an urban environment. I have found the spec plus machete and the Becker Tac Tool. There is a very noticable price difference between the two. Do you think this difference is really warranted by the Tac being that much of a superior tool or does Kabar just have to make some extra money since the takeover merger or whatever.
     
  2. VolDaddy

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    I have the Becker and love it. Never saw of the other one.
     
  3. Carl Levitian

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    Among machete's, higher price tag does not mean better tool, sometimes.

    Try a 12 inch Tramontina, and a 12 inch Ontario. Short, easy to use in confined spaces, cut great, and cheap enough that it they have to be replaced for some odd reason, its not a bank breaker. The Ontario is a little bit thicker hevier blade, while the Tram is a little lighter and easier to move quickly. Heck, for 12 bucks each, buy one of each and experiment.
     
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    Get the Becker (some small percentage of the money goes into by buddy Ethan's pocket and that will add up to another nice dinner at his place).
     
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    Woodman's Pal for urban?
     
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    Spec Plus

    I have the Spec Plus SP8.

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    Rides in my Jeep.

    Because you just never know [tm].

     
  10. rondog

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    Why not? You think that wouldn't scare the hell out of somebody? Or do some damage? Me, I'm happy with a $5 cheapo machete from Harbor Freight.
     
  11. CWL

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    Here's my Urban 'edge'.

    Handmade by Jeremy Horton (he's been making knives for less than 1 year, but he's got talent!). Made from 0.32 inch steel! It only needed about 10 minutes on my strop to get to hair-popping sharp. Haven't used it much yet, but I did chop up a bunch of 1" rolled rawhide chews for my dogs: single strokes, little force and with no damage to the edge.

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  12. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    What's the back side of the Woodman's pal for?
     
  13. BHP FAN

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    I've got the Cold Steel Kukri.
     
  14. RandyB

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    On the Woodsman its a hook to drag brush and scrap limbs with.
     
  15. Timthinker

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    I like to have blades that will thrust and cut should the situation arise. CWL's custom blade will do that. I must confess that I am a little skeptical of how well a machete with a very thin blade would withstand any sort of thrust. Just my opinion.


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  16. BHP FAN

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    I've got a Blackie Collins Bowie bladed machete even you'd like,Tim it's got a point like a needle.
     
  17. Aka Zero

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    Cold steel kukri machete.

    $16 bucks with a sheath, Chopped a few pallets, hit some nails, few nicks in the blade, fixed them pretty quick.

    Best blade for almost anything, quick, easy swinging, heavy hitting. Chops like an 18+ inch machete. but has a 12" blade. Only weighs 1 lb.
     
  18. rondog

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    It's a long story, but basically, I was involved in a pig roast that didn't go well. The roasting pit failed, and we had to grill the pig like two big pork chops. It was a 150lb. pig, intact.

    I had an old US Army surplus machete. Chopped its head off in one blow. Had a couple guys pull the hind legs apart, and I then split the carcass in half down the backbone with about 5-6 whacks.

    It was the pig roast from Hell.
     
  19. BrennanKG

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    CWL, that's a gorgeous knife!



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  20. TheDishDoc

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    I have several machetes including the Spec Plus SP8 shown above. I also like the Blackjack Panga. It's light and deadly. It's the top one in this pic. Sorry for all the others knives in the shot, I'm at work now and it's the only pic I have available right now.

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