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  1. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    the UPS lady just showed up with some new South/Central American beauties for me :D

    got a little order in from Machete Specialists
    they have great pricing, good selection and, fast cheap shipping
    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: for them


    lets start off with a guide to who's who:

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    Tramontina 13 Inch Sugar Cane Machete

    Machete Specialists 13 Inch Cane Machete Sheath

    Tramontina 14 Inch Bolo Machete - bought one of these last year... was so pleased and impressed with it i needed to buy another one :wub:

    Machete Specialists 14 Inch Bolo Machete Sheath - my other one lives in a Marbles 14 Inch Bolo Camp Knife Belt Sheath which is really nice but doesnt fit as well as i would like... the Machete Specialists sheath fits perfectly


    Tramontina 12 Inch Bush Machete

    Machete Specialists 12 Inch Bush Machete Sheath


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    Imacasa 10 Inch Calabozo Bill Hook

    Imacasa 16 Inch Cuma Occidente Bill Hook


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    here are the Tramontinas
    made in Brazil


    the 14 inch bolo i bought last year is simply amazing... i used around the house here to trim back some branches and such the first night i got it... it did well but needed an edge put on it in a bad way... so i spent a little time on it with a file and a stone and it took an edge that you could shave with if you were so inclined
    a week or so later i took it camping and it did absolutely everything i asked it to do
    and out performed the camp axe that my friend brought with him by a large margin at everything other than for splitting a few very hard pieces of wood... the thin blade of the machete would tend to bind in the very hard pieces, it simply does not have enough wedge to it... but it did everything else, chopped down trees, cut up branches into manageable sized logs, split wood, cleared brush, sharpened sticks, etc... just about everything i needed a blade for, other than eating, i used the machete for and it worked amazing

    after that i used it at my moms place to clear away a ton of weeds, overgrowth and such... i was amazed how well it worked... especially since it is completely wrong for that type of job

    can not say enough about that machete... very inexpensive, very well made, simply an amazing performer... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    so i figured id try some of their other designs


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    as i was saying above, after clearing the weeds and overgrowth up at moms place i started looking at some of the different designs that would be better suited to that type of work... i was stuck between these 2 Bill Hook style ones from Imacasa
    but for the price ($13-16) i said fuck it and grabbed both of them :)
    the overgrowth wont stand a chance this year :D

    here are the Imacasas
    made in El Salvador

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    yeah these should do just fine :D


    i highly recommend either of these companies
    they make real deal no bullshit no frills machetes meant for real use
    they are made for and by people for whom the machete is a daily tool
    they are not made to look cool, they are made to function (though there is a certain beauty to the form of function :wub: )
    they use no bullshit materials like high carbon steel and hard wood... no fancy finishes or materials here
    no built in saw backs, or bottle openers, or screwdrivers or, microwave ovens... just a big sharp blade
    and they are priced to be used and abused ($6-16 each)
    if you want a tool that will get the job done and be there for you no matter how poorly you treat it... look no further
    this has got to be the best made, hardest working "disposable" tool ive ever seen

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    one more group shot :)

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    cant wait to get these sharpened up and broken in :)
     

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  2. Drake

    Drake Well-Known Member VIP

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    That is a helluva deal. It is really easy to get caught up in the high speed low drag mentality when it comes to buy working tools. I may have to pick up one of those 14" bolos before I start trekking in the woods this summer.
     
  3. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    absolutely... it will make an excellent pack knife

    also... while were talking about woods knives
    check out the Frost Mora knives
    Frosts of Sweden - Knifecenter.com

    again very high quality blades, and cheap enough that if you break or loose it you wont care
    they make them in either high carbon steel or stainless
    they come stupidly sharp right out of the box... but you can put an absolutely retarded edge on them if you want
    i grabbed this one... and again couldnt be happier with it
    Mora Frost of Sweden Clipper Knife 3 7/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green - Knifecenter.com
    very nice handle, rubberized for grip when its wet or otherwise slippery
    high carbon steel takes and holds an edge extremely well
     
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    E, are you the skinner from Dexter? That's quite the tool kit.

    They need wrist straps like wii controllers. Lol
     
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    Cashizslick !i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!

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    E is this stuff for hiking/camping?


    Does B know ur collection of knives is this vast?
     
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    B doesn't care... he has his own supplies and the more the merrier.

    The one rule i had was no drugs. I made him close his meth lab.
     
  7. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    never saw the show so im completely missing the reference... but i dont think so

    :) thanks... hoping they will work well

    thats a great idea... then when you lose your grip on one of them mid swing, instead of safely going off and sticking into the ground or a log... it whips back around up and under and chops your fucking balls off
    no... there will be no lanyards on any of my machetes
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    hiking, camping, general yard work, whatever really
    the 2 bill hook ones are intended for specific uses clearing weeds and overgrowth
    the bolo is just an all around performer
    the little 12 inch bush one i figure will be useful as a large knife for all sorts of stuff as well... camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, whatever really... ill probly put a nicer edge on that one than the others which will get a more durable utility edge
    and the cane machete i figure might be useful for clearing brush, weeds and overgrowth

    wouldnt really consider it a "collection"... its just an assortment of tools for different uses
    i dont generally buy anything unless it has some use for me
    and while these will be well cared for, they will be used and abused and eventually replaced as intended :)

    as for other blades... i have a few folders that i carry around, a few fixed blades for other shit, some multi tool type deals, and now a variety of machetes :)
     
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    its still a horrible idea to have a loose free swinging blade attached to you in any way
    because its gunna arc back around... and youre not going to like the outcome

    if you are dealing with a small knife maybe its not as big of a deal
    but when you are forcefully swinging a heavy blade that is over a foot in length its simply asking for trouble and stitches at best

    you wanna know what keeps my hand from slipping UP on the blade.... a good handle, a proper grip, and half an ounce of knowing how the fuck to work with and handle a fucking knife

    the only reasons i can think of that you would ever lose your grip and end up sliding your hand forward on to the blade involve gross negligence, obscene stupidity, and complete misuse of whatever type of knife you are working with... it simply does not just happen

    if its a small knife that you are using for some close work, like carving or whittling, at some wood, or dressing an animal, or even prepping some food... then i guess i can understand (i still wouldnt do it)

    or if its a fighting blade and you dont want it to get knocked out of your grip or away from you... then i can understand

    but when its a big honking ass blade that you are swinging forcefully... nope fuck that...

    if youre worried about losing it in the underbrush, then put a flag on the end of it, or paint it some bright ass color

    if you are on a boat and worried about losing it in the water than be more careful and carry a back up


    or use a LOONGG lanyard... one that is 5-6 feet long... so the blade can fly off away from you and land on its own instead of penduluming back around at you
     
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    What you describe is a 'lose' fit. The tight double loop lanyards keep your hand on the handle and even if you let go, it basically stays right there in place. There would be no pendulum effect and unless you're cross-cutting back to your torso, which isn't proper use in the first place, it shouldn't be an issue of it swinging anywhere.
     
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    Now you should let a ham shank, one with the bone in, sit out in the sun for a week to putrify. That should make a good zombie arm analog. That way you can test your new toys and see which one will work best against the zombie hoard.
     
  13. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    thats easy... which ever one i happen to have in my hand at the moment is the best one for hacking down zombies

    lol

    :ph34r:
     
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    As they say, the best weapon is the one at hand.
     
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    the way he has the one looped up on the machete in the first 2 pics it will come swinging back around if he loses his grip on it

    the lanyard on the SAK is pointless... if you are putting enough force on the blade of that knife to make that lanyard even remotely useful you are likely going to break the damn knife anyway

    the one on the bottom hole of the Indio is pointless and if anything actually impedes your grip options.... oh but you can loop it around different fingers not just your thumb.... yeah i saw that... dumb... the blade design itself on that knife will keep you from sliding your hand forward onto the blade... and yes i see how he can use it to really ratchet down his grip on the knife so it doesnt come lose in his hand... theres another way to do that too... its called dont hold your knife like a fairy

    the one on the top hole on the Indio is again pointless... unless you are looking to be able to free your hand up for something else while your knife dangles around your hand area... sounds like a great idea

    completely stupid and pointless


    this is the bushcraft version of mall ninjary... EVERYTHING needs a lanyard!!!!1!!
     
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    It's easy to say it on paper/online, but a sweaty hand and a tired arm can easily lead to an accident in the field.
     
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    Well I'm pretty sure this can only be settled by a taped machete fight between the both of you. B gets the lanyard and E uses kung fu grip.
     
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    We've been through this. it's an un fair fight because if he kills me, he basically just made himself homeless.. lol
     
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    thats a shit load of machetes
    i might have to think about making a purchase
    i've got some yard work that will need tending to soon enough
     
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    ok i'll do it.

    THATS NOT A KNIVE

    [​IMG]NOW THIS IS A KNIFE
     
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