Review By Camper / 3 months ago — Machete
It had a very poor edge on it when it arrived. I clamped it in a bench vise and spent about an hour working on it with a file to get a decent edge on it. I finished it on a stone. The machete is sharp enough now to shave hair off my arm, and it holds its edge well when working. A machete must be made of fairly soft steel of course, or it would break, but this one holds an edge well considering the softness of the steel. It keeps cutting nicely for a long time.
I have tried the Cold Steel and Ontario machetes, and they don’t compare favorably to this one. The Ontario seems to have comparatively poor edge geometry. It doesn’t cut as cleanly or bite as deeply. The Cold Steel also disappoints.
I have heard that some folks like the machete as a do-everything outdoor tool. I find I can clear brush with this one pretty well, and I imagine it would also be good for cutting sugar cane and slicing open coconuts, but it does not do everything well. A hatchet or even one of my Bowie knives would be better for chopping wood. The machete is also a little too clumsy for delicate work. This will not be replacing my Bowie knives in my camping kit.
The machete I received does not match the one pictured. The blade is bare steel, without the gold coating.
The construction is a little crude. The handle is an awkward shape and has a sharp edge along the back side. It bites the hand a little. I’m sure a little whittling and the application of some kind of tape would help a lot. But this machete gets full marks for the quality of the blade. Why can’t they all be this good?
your govt has drones nukes tanks and jets. your machete is to keep their yard clear for them
I once chop a 16 inch in diameter rubber tree.
do you take this over the ontario gi?
a bit of my 5 cent , put a lanyard on that you lost it while swinging it not even a min into work. also if you have no experience never swing the machet inward thorward you legs , I mean if you wanna be able to run anymore that is, good luch be safe , respect the blade and it will respect you .
What size was your Bolo Tromentinas ?
I decided to go with a q2 3/4" blade so I can still use it as a large knife and have a substantial clearing tool if I have to clear through the brambles rather than finding a easier but linger way around the brush, There's only so much sun light.
Say Heah Mr, One of my all time Fav. Long Knives is my Rodent Rucki hands down, It slices, dices and chops like no other. But I also like the size on my Johnson Adventure Parangatang, It too does great Bushwack ING through the brambles, But then I saw a 12" Tromentinas Machete and that caught my attention because as much as I like my Machaxe BK-4, Sometimes I wish it was a bit longer when I'm bushwacking through the brambles. Although the BK-4 shines as a large knife especially when I team it with a smaller knife. Just because it doesn't look like a conventional knife, I still use it as if I was using any other of my large knives and I think it's sometimes better than some of the other knives in that price range because it's a Machaxe I can clear as well as Choo and a Curved blade slices and cuts pretty good, But in the Summer since I don't have to process wood to stay warm like I do in the colder weather. I got the idea with getting a 12" blade, But lighter than the heavier large knives, So I decided to get a thinner blade than most 3/16" and 1/4" heavier blades. I got lucky when I got a e-mail advertising from Battle Horse where I just not to long ago had my survival bush knife made, I wanted a string knife like my BK-2, But to still be able to slice better, and I got one It's my Modified Battle Horse Attitude with White handles with Blue Liners. It came out awesome, Simply TiT's. (if you care to see it, search Paulie 4X at Google Plus and tell me what you think) So I pulled the trigger on the Mad Hatter Machete, It's 12 3/4" blade and 3/32" thick, But the steel is L6 which I read is a great steel for large knives and is used to make bandsaws. But I'm also having a White Handle modified to match better with my Modde Attitud, I'm also thinking of having the grinds similar to my Mora 2000 which is my Fav. Mora. I wish it would of came out before spring, But I still might be able to check it out Bushwacking some this summer into fall, A true test, But incase it won't be made in time, I still could team it up with my Himalayan Imports M – 43 smaller (10" X 7m/m) white bone handle Khukuri. Which is still alot of good weather to scout some new area's. Job well done Mr.
are you karl pilkington jk love the machete m8 i'm going on a camping holiday in the highlands and think this is the one for me
I'm not crazy about my facial ID going global,I'm just playing the part of a youtube character so don't really want to be tar'ed with the same brush in real life as the fucking loony I'm playing the part of,the mask is a barrier to separate me and him.hope it shines some light on things for you.
+Jack Striker what blade thickness do you recommend for a 14" ?
I have the much lighter 14" Tramontina bush machete. It is a lovely lightweight slasher in the orchard. But the Tram Bolo sure looks like the business. Stay safe.
Marbles–heinnies. They'll do a good tramontina.
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