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Max_Tab
01-20-2014, 11:17
What is the ideal shape and size for a machete?

Blade forward: ie kukri
Straight: ie typical military issue
Blade back: ie katana, scimitar, cavalry sabre

For dealing with cutting force, chopping ability, multi purpose camping tool and for cross thread points. ..killing zombies.

x SF med
01-20-2014, 11:59
What is the ideal shape and size for a machete?

Blade forward: ie kukri
Straight: ie typical military issue
Blade back: ie katana, scimitar, cavalry sabre

For dealing with cutting force, chopping ability, multi purpose camping tool and for cross thread points. ..killing zombies.


Look at the Fox Knives Parangs and maceos... nicely weighted for multiple uses.

Team Sergeant
01-20-2014, 13:09
What is the ideal shape and size for a machete?

Blade forward: ie kukri
Straight: ie typical military issue
Blade back: ie katana, scimitar, cavalry sabre
For dealing with cutting force, chopping ability, multi purpose camping tool and for cross thread points. ..killing zombies.

No mention of the Klingon Bat’leth sword ? :munchin

Peregrino
01-20-2014, 13:50
I like anything based on a falcata/kopis/kukri. There's reasons those designs are thousands of years old.

Bill Harsey
01-20-2014, 14:36
Depends on how long you need to swing it and what you want it to cut.
Some stuff is good for short duration work, others are more useful for long duration work.

From what I've learned on the internet, chopping knives have to be able to cut through steel reinforced concrete walls and still split a hair in two, the long way.

Max_Tab
01-20-2014, 14:42
Depends on how long you need to swing it and what you want it to cut.
Some stuff is good for short duration work, others are more useful for long duration work.

From what I've learned on the internet, chopping knives have to be able to cut through steel reinforced concrete walls and still split a hair in two, the long way.

Don't forget slice a tomato, and Shave.

I'm realistic, cutting brush, wood, flipping burgers, cooking on the blade if you don't have a pan, digging if needed, deadman snow anchor in the winter and poking things. A general all around camp tool.

x SF med
01-20-2014, 14:47
Don't forget alive a tomato, and Shave.

I'm realistic, cutting brush, wood, flipping burgers, cooking on the blade if you door have a pan, digging if needed, deadman snow anchor in the winter and poking things. A general all around camp tool.

If you cook on your blade, it'll probably not hold an edge until you get it retempered based on the fact it'll 'normalize' the steel by going through slow cooling, essentially turning it into 'slab' steel.

Brush Okie
01-20-2014, 14:49
I have a couple from when I used to live on the coastal rain forest. one that is short and handy for splitting wood, quick jobs etc is the Ontario SP8.

http://www2.knifecenter.com/item/ONSP8/ontario-sp8-machete-survival-10-inch-blade-cordura-and-leather-sheath

My other one I used to cut brush back with etc was just a basic one about 24" long made by cold steel I think. Handle a few and see what you like.

http://www.coldsteelknivesdirect.com/latin-machete24

They are not expensive. Zombies are not as hard to kill as Hollywood makes you believe you just have to take their head off. That is more about finesse than strength. :rolleyes:

Max_Tab
01-20-2014, 15:01
As referenced in another thread my daughter bought me this for fathers day.

I hate Bear but i was surprised to like the feel of it. I've used a traditional machete a lot, and a cold steel kukri. I like the heavier forward blade on the kukri which is reminiscent of an axe. I haven't used the bear gryls one yet, but as stated it has a really good feel to it.

TS the Klingon blade is what i use for my EDC.:D

Sdiver
01-20-2014, 15:16
I saw a 24 inch sawback straight blade at a local store. Thought about picking it up but wanted to get other opinions on it.

Yea or Nay ????

Thoughts ....

SF_BHT
01-20-2014, 16:32
I saw a 24 inch sawback straight blade at a local store. Thought about picking it up but wanted to get other opinions on it.

Yea or Nay ????

Thoughts ....

Machete good saw back does not work very well. We had some agents order some and they did not cut for shit. Hard to put downward pressure due to the blade.

I still have mine that was issued to me in panama. It has been all the world with me and still doing fine....

Team Sergeant
01-20-2014, 16:37
I saw a 24 inch sawback straight blade at a local store. Thought about picking it up but wanted to get other opinions on it.

Yea or Nay ????

Thoughts ....

You'd be better off with the Klingon Bat’leth sword........

I'd go for a nice kukri......

Sdiver
01-20-2014, 17:14
Machete good saw back does not work very well. We had some agents order some and they did not cut for shit. Hard to put downward pressure due to the blade.

I still have mine that was issued to me in panama. It has been all the world with me and still doing fine....

Thanks B. That helps.


You'd be better off with the Klingon Bat’leth sword........

Roger that, sawback machete bad, Bat'leth GOOD ....

Qapla' !!!! :lifter

SF_BHT
01-20-2014, 18:25
It was funny watching three agents trying to chop and saw some shit in the bush. When one tried to use the saw he was rubbing the teeth and getting no where. He finally put his hand on top and all we heard was OH Shit $&@&($&@@ and a few more. He not only put his hand on top but he started sawing and not moving his hand. All that saved him from more stitches was his glove. I think it took 15-20 stiches to close his hand up...... Was funny and part of it was not. That was a very short Personal Recovery exercise.......:rolleyes:

Barbarian
01-21-2014, 07:25
What is the ideal shape and size for a machete?

The latin (issue style) machete seems to me, to be about the most versatile. Many of the others have a more purposed-designed nature.

booker
01-21-2014, 07:39
I use a Martindale 18" machete quite regularly in thick brush and it holds an edge quite well. I usually touch up the blade at the end of the day with a canoe file or mill file (depending on how much it was used). Machetespecialists.com has quite an array and you can break types down by category, use ,etc. There are more expensive machetes out there, but I figured the Martindale has been used all over the world for quite a long time, so that has some merit. FWIW the Imacasa & Tramontina machetes are also good, but I found that the blades needed more work during the day.

JJ_BPK
01-21-2014, 07:43
I asked Danny,,

He suggested a variety to cover multiple scenarios.. :munchin

I carried an old Camillus folding machete in nam. It worked well, was compact, good balance, but heavy.. :lifter

CSB
01-21-2014, 10:22
US Army issue style, but sharpen it (or have it sharpened on an emery belt) to get a better edge. I prefer a knife edge, rather than the issue wedge grind.

It helps to have a heavy end, for chopping you are going to make contact with the area about 6" above the handle, and the added weight of the end will drive the blade into the wood.

Kasik
05-13-2014, 09:38
The Salvadoran military back in the early 80s began issuing a short machete, about a 14" blade as I recall, to its newly formed light infantry battalions. Very fast and easy to manuver in tight quarters / spaces.

Great for field use and as CQB blade. And its compact size allowed for easy carry without getting in the way of other gear...what gear they had at the time.

If it was one thing a Salvadoran knew how to use it was his machete.

SF advisors were prone to having one lying around, as well.