Machete

Discussion in 'Weapons' started by stricnine, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. stricnine

    stricnine Awesome member

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    So its hunting season and again i find myself in need of a good machete. I want a really good one. Im leaning toward a condor parang. I though i knew alot about knives but after reading old threads i realize im about on the 2nd grade level, compared to you guys. Im needing to know if this machete seems good to you guys as far as retaining edge, how hard to resharpen and how durable it will be. Any info is greatly appreciated

    http://www.amazon.com/Condor-Parang-Machete-17-5-Inch-Leather/dp/B004WMFNX6
     
  2. Nemo

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  3. stricnine

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    I have the bear grylls one thats made by gerber and its to floppy? Like when u hit a branch it vibrates my hand real bad?
     
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    Go with the Parang, I have one, and it is da bomb! Very heavy duty blade on it, no flex to it at all.
     
  6. Nemo

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    Mine is not the BG marked/sponsored/approved or whatever. No vibes, no shake, no wiggle.

    Even saws reasonably well. Holds at least a decent edge. Maybe mine is older and BG corrupted them.

    Nemo
     
  7. gunsmoker

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    All I can add is that Ontario Knife Co. machetes (they have, or had, the U.S. Gov't contract for military machetes) are excellent.
    Very sturdy. The blades are thicker and heavier steel than the cheap Chinese junk blades you find on $8 machetes at big box home improvement stores or the camping section of Wally Mart.
    A heavy blade is important for chopping.
    I would like to have a machete with a saw back. Often it's easier to grab vines and bushes with one hand and saw through them with the other than it is to "chop" them when they are not backed by anything solid and they will move with your blade as you slash at them.
    An 18" machete is good for me. 16" works, too. I've tried 20" and it seemed too long to be practical.
     
  8. stricnine

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    Thanks this is what i was looking for. I will order one soon
     
  9. fmlaw1

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    Second on Ontario. Heavyweight. Good for thick materials. The sawback model has it's plusses, but can tear up a scabbard fast if you are not careful. Made in USA, pakerized finish (all black), plenty sharp out of the box.

    For lighter stuff material, or swinging lots, I just got a Tramonitina. Shiny finsih. Made in Brazil. It will need final sharpening before use.

    Both the above are 18" Caribbean-style machete, poly handle.

    Keep edge up with a "puck" stone or a bastard file.

    Check out Machete Specialists and Ontario Knife Company sites - good deals at each.
     
  10. stricnine

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    Ok i will check these out before i decide
     
  11. futureusr

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    I like the Ontario knife machetes as well. But there is no kerf in the saw back on mine, or others I have handled. My Gerber machete saw back has a proper kerf and works much better for sawing.
     
  12. MesaCranker

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    Southern Grind Grandaddy G2!!!

    Cut from reclaimed sawmill blades. 8670M steel. Yeah buddy!
     
  13. Nemo

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    That would be great, much more helpful in zombie swarm attacks than general machete. I will probably get one, just for that reason.

    Nemo
     
  14. gunsmoker

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    Pic of my Ontario Knife Co 18" blade machete, which is always in my vehicle as one of the emergency tools.
    S&W model 637 shown for size comparison.
     

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