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Old 09-29-2014, 03:59 PM
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I have two machetes which are used a lot...one is a cold steel the other comparable...but I am not happy with the cutting edge. They do not sharpen well nor hold a sharp edge for long. Do you have a great machete that cuts great and holds a good sharping edge and is not weak blade? I am looking for a great blade that will not break, seems most blades are coming from China and Korea....the blade is inferior in quality. I can not also find a good sickle the last two I bought broke with hard usage, they came from Japan but the blade is cheap and too thin. Would appreciate any input.
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Imacasa makes great machetes at a decent price
http://www.machetespecialists.com/imacasa-machetes.html
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I have owned many machettes over the years, most were the same standard junk as any other. the one gem (and only one i own now) is a WW2 relic, got it in an estate sale of a guy who served in the pacific. the machette was a legitmus and Collins, i have used it to limb trees, cut brush, vines, and trained to use it as a falchion (sword fighting), this machette can take a beating and i only had to sharpen it 2 times in all the years i have had it.

you can find well made machettes out there made new but they will be expensive, or you could be lucky and find a vintage one. the machette is a decendant of spanish swords used by the conquistadores, the design changed over the centuries but it was still considered a practical sidearm in the south and in Central America/South America until the 40s. in some climates they are worth their weight in gold, but in the modern US its more common to find a cheap mild steel blade on a cheap plastic or wood handle, most people don't use one for much in the US so there is little demand.

i reccomend a Legitmus and Collins if you can find one
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If you want something close to top of the line you'll have to pay for it. This is a premier US knife maker and a great vendor:

http://www.knivesshipfree.com/search...achete&x=0&y=0
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:51 PM
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I use one of these: http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/168
Keeps a good edge indication of good steel. Good size and heft for cutting down small trees, and brush.
The sheath is easily accessible and comfortable, top notch.
I did get the micarta grips for it though.
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I have two machetes which are used a lot...one is a cold steel the other comparable...but I am not happy with the cutting edge. They do not sharpen well nor hold a sharp edge for long. Do you have a great machete that cuts great and holds a good sharping edge and is not weak blade? I am looking for a great blade that will not break, seems most blades are coming from China and Korea....the blade is inferior in quality. I can not also find a good sickle the last two I bought broke with hard usage, they came from Japan but the blade is cheap and too thin. Would appreciate any input.
Try sharpening a convex edge on your cold steel machete. I find that this helps hold an edge longer.

(-concave
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I must have missed or over looked this thread in the past, but I will add my two cents still.

I have tried numerous machetes over the years and virtually all of them were a major disappointment, even a number with well respected names. Then I tried one of the Gerber brush axe's. For $30 - 40 it is an excellent choice. Mine has been used for years now and still performs well. Fiskers the parent company to Gerber also make the same machete with an orange handle which stands out better when laid down somewhere.

Gerber has two different handles on their machetes, one has a hollow (and Fiskers has the same hollow handle) handle and the other is solid. The solid one broke on me almost immediately upon use, but I have been using the two hollow handled twins for 5 - 7 years now, possibly longer.

The Silky Yoki Chopper has a similarly curved blade like the Fisker/Gerber twins and it is also a quality machete, but it starts at $100 and goes up depending on the outlet source.
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I made a kopis style machete out of a length of 1/4" steel bar. I find that I am rough on tools, so I have to get an overbuilt one or make my own.
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i reccomend a Legitmus and Collins if you can find one
IF you can find one : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Indu...item2338b7bb71
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There is not a good photo of the handle showing the handles construction, but I am assuming it has the same slab handles as other GI machetes I have seen and examined. Those slab handles will pinch you hands like crazy, even through thin gloves.

The WWII era machetes may have quality metal and blades, I have no experience with them.

However those being sold in the mid to late 60's as surplus will not slice hot butter. Back then I was young & dumb and used (actually tried to use) one much longer than I should have tried to use it. I just thought the guys in the movies were stronger than I was and was naive enough to think that the military supplied its tropes with the very best tools available. Today I would not make but two swing with one of the old GI Machetes like I purchased back in the 60's. One in actual use, the second would be into the trash can.
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