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crishel  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:08:02 PM
Have about a $250 budget for a good machete. Can someone recommend a very good one? Not interested in a cheap one. Something that can take a beating and last indefinitely.
thebrassnuckles  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:15:36 PM
A $250 dollar machete???? jesus. can i have your job?

i have never even seen a machete for over 30 bucks.

i am of no help
crishel  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:17:50 PM

Originally Posted By thebrassnuckles:
A $250 dollar machete???? jesus. can i have your job?

i have never even seen a machete for over 30 bucks.

i am of no help

LOL. What I meant was, up to that maximum amount for an extremely durable machete. I did not mean anything by it, my apology. I just was trying to find leads for extremely strong machetes.
putiton11  [Member]
10/30/2009 3:20:49 PM
link
thebrassnuckles  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:21:12 PM
a buddy just dropped 500 on a FFBM by busse..
they have videos of that monster cutting down trees.

check out scrap yard knives. not really machetes but.... they cut some shit.

http://www.scrapyardknives.com/knives.htm
crishel  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:23:31 PM

Originally Posted By thebrassnuckles:
a buddy just dropped 500 on a FFBM by busse..
they have videos of that monster cutting down trees.

check out scrap yard knives. not really machetes but.... they cut some shit.

I just picked up my Busse last week:








crishel  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:24:54 PM

Originally Posted By putiton11:
link

I just wouldn't have the heart to use that thing, its a work of art.
crishel  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:25:30 PM
How about this one, opinions?

https://www.kabar.com/product/productDetail.do?productNumber=1248&mode=search&categoryId=1,2,3,7&categoryName=Product%20Search%20Results

AJ_Dual  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:39:51 PM
The Ka-Bar is too short if you really want to chop brush.

If you want to just hack at brush, clear a campsite or a path etc. I'd go with Cold Steel. The Bolo shape is good because it weights the tip, but you also need reach and leverage.
pyro6988  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 3:48:46 PM
I bought a use USGI machete 15 years ago and have used the shit out of it.

I can't tell you now many times I let the edge rust and had to put a new literally hair shaving edge on it. I have easily put 100 hours of use on it cutting tree and branches.

I think I paid a whopping $10. I would 100% get another one exactly the same if I ever manage to wear this one out.
Nothing55  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 4:17:54 PM
You will S#!T your pant if you get a Busse there is nothing stronger and worth the money!

They are now stopping the tank buster you saw a few pics back and comming out with the BUSHWACKER.
Get that and never have to look back!

Here is a Pic
crishel  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 4:25:12 PM

Originally Posted By Nothing55:
You will S#!T your pant if you get a Busse there is nothing stronger and worth the money!

They are now stopping the tank buster you saw a few pics back and comming out with the BUSHWACKER.
Get that and never have to look back!

Here is a Pic

I cant seem to access that link, no account there. Can you post a pic?
tayous1  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 4:38:42 PM
Have you looked at this I'd replace the 550 cord handle and use Canvas Micarta for the handle! Micarta is easy to use and would come out really nice on this weapon. All it takes is a drill, glue, rivets and some sand paper to make a sweet custom handle!
Alacrity  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 4:52:15 PM
I'd find someone making them out of truck springs. Have two that were bought in SA and work like hell - plus they were cheap. Dunno if anyone in the US does it, or if you could find someone to ship, but $200 should get you a lot of knife.

Barring that maybe a Martendale. Check Ebay

ETA I like many of Cold Steels models - but been less than impressed with their cheap stuff. But it is awful cheap - buy 2.
ken_mays  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 5:10:56 PM
When this has come up in the past, I always seem to read good things about the Tramontina and Ontario machetes.
Dingeman  [Member]
10/30/2009 6:20:25 PM
I have had one of these for 15 years now. (I don't think they have my model anymore. It has an 18" blade) Have cut hundreds of bushes / small trees with it. Seems to hold an edge well and sharpen easily. Have left it outside for long periods of time without significant corrosion.


http://www.ontarioknife.com/machetes.html
hollowhandle  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 6:48:15 PM
If they still make it, the Becker Patrol Machete is a great tool. It also kind of depends on what you may be cutting. I now use a tomahawk for woody plants. My hand has never hurt. If you are cutting mostly grasses, the thinner blade is the best. I have a British WWII machete that I have sharpened and reprofiled the handle. It whistles through grassy type stuff. I think that one was $5 or $10 bucks because it was pitted and ugly.
TimJ  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 6:51:34 PM
Were I in your shoes I would go with the Ontario or pick up a few old Collins machetes on ebay. I have two from the 1940's and they are the best I've used.
SparticleBrane  [Member]
10/30/2009 7:06:59 PM
http://www.coldsteel.com/machetes.html
Fuggit  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 7:10:25 PM
I've had lots of success with my Fiskar products. For the price, they are a bargin.

The brush axe cuts anything and everything I've used it on.

Fiskars Brush Axe
M4G37  [Member]
10/30/2009 7:11:06 PM
+1 on the Fiskars brush cutter. It does a really nice job. The handle is a little slick so I added a piece of 550 cord to the handle to keep control. Very sharp and priced right at about $25
nhsport  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 7:14:59 PM
Machetes are usually a poor mans working tool and except for the custom stuff all that I have ever seen is run of the mill and some really crummy knockoffs.
Run of the mill would be Collins

As a Surveyor I have used a few and you really want several different lengths to best match the knife to the job
Very long for briars and grassy stuff and a medium length for cutting heavier brush
762minigun2  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 8:27:18 PM
Woodsman Pal
bdhsnake  [Member]
10/30/2009 8:36:44 PM
25 inch Sirupati khukuri
banana-clip  [Member]
10/30/2009 8:55:45 PM
Woodsmans Pal or Cold Steel.
jagchaser  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 9:04:10 PM
Ive seen Belizian natives cut 4 inch trees with one whack with $5 specials

I dont know how they do it, but those jungle boys know how to sharpen a blade!
whiskerz  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 9:04:33 PM
Originally Posted By SparticleBrane:
http://www.coldsteel.com/machetes.html


this or a usgi , I have never seen a $250 machete. if you buy one post a pic
ARfoxone  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 9:06:31 PM
Originally Posted By 762minigun2:
Woodsman Pal


THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
LoC  [Member]
10/30/2009 9:50:55 PM
I use a blade every day to cut line surveying I have used quite a few blades but nothing works better then a plain jane 20 dollar 19" ontario and spend another 10-15 on a file to keep in your pocket, keep it sharp and it will cut all day like butta
Olive75  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 9:51:12 PM
I'm currently enamored with the British mil "Golok" machete - they run about $30 - seem like a good sized blade without being too big and also of a reasonable design..

anyone have any experience with one?

O75
APDSWAT  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 9:59:04 PM
Cold steel
jd1  [Member]
10/30/2009 10:29:07 PM
I haven't taken it into the field yet but I picked up a Marbles machete at the last gunshow. The handle could use some sanding but the cutting edge is SHARP. It comes POLISHED from the factory. Not any grind marks on this baby. And it only ran about $20. It also came with a sheath with accessory pockets. The sharpening stone that comes in the sheath is garbage but it looks promising.

jd1
ronin275  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 10:29:57 PM
I like the cold steel Kukri. I have had one of the LTC models for many years. Its been indestructible. I don't know how they stack up with the new ones.
RLTW
Country_Boy  [Team Member]
10/30/2009 10:41:04 PM
No body mentioned Barteaux- thy have the loop handles with checkering which I like. Steel may be a bit soft. They also sell decent leather sheaths.

I don't use one a whole lot except for surveying.
neilage66  [Member]
10/30/2009 10:53:53 PM
Originally Posted By banana-clip:
Woodsmans Pal or Cold Steel.


...or Collins

And yes, you can pay $250 for a vintage collectible machete.

Shadow4Golf  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 12:14:38 AM
Bark River Golok
possumlivingdotcom  [Member]
10/31/2009 2:56:07 AM

Originally Posted By AJ_Dual:
The Ka-Bar is too short if you really want to chop brush.

If you want to just hack at brush, clear a campsite or a path etc. I'd go with Cold Steel. The Bolo shape is good because it weights the tip, but you also need reach and leverage.


I've looked at the Cold Steel ones, and found the Ontario to be much heavier. Now, Cold Steel does have a really heavy kukri (and I have one), but I'm not sure they even make that one anymore. It was Carbon V, which is discontinued since the supplier, Camillus, went under.
I guess if I were looking for something heavier than an Ontario, I would get a real Nepalese Army kukri. Or perhaps a golok.
GENESMITH  [Life Member]
10/31/2009 3:39:30 AM
Originally Posted By Shadow4Golf:
Bark River Golok




The Bark River Golok is EXACTLY what you are looking for.

The Bark River Golok has it's roots in the Traditional Tools of the region of Indonesia. This type of tool has been used for Centuries and has proven to be one of the most useful for Bushcraft. The Golok is Light and Compact and is easy to carry for a large knife. It Excels at Trail Clearing, Chopping, Shelter Building, Notching and Splitting Firewood. This large knife will take Batoning without a complaint and it great for use as a Draw Knife for Stripping Bark or creating a Flat Area of a log. We feel it is one of the Best Bushcraft Tools available on Today's Market. The 2008 Version is a little wider in the blade and the overall length is just under 17 Inches. This is a BIG knife, and features a 11 inch 1095 High Carbon Alloy steel blade which has more weight, but is well-balanced and has the point in just the right place for excellent control. The handle measures a full 5 5/8 inches and is contoured to to accommodate more sustained use with comfort. This Custom knife features Curly Koa Burl Wood which is one of the most beautiful handle materials, and is stabilized to avoid shrinkage. We have chosen the African Wenge because it is one of the most striking African hardwoods. The Handle features distinctive finger grooves and includes a lanyard hole. Balance point is One Inch in front of the handles. All of this run of Goloks have the scales fastened with both Epoxy and Flush Ground Corby Style Bolts. A custom Deluxe Leather Sheath is included in the package.

Specs:

Blade Steel: 1095 Stain Resistant High Carbon Alloy
Hardness: 58RC Blade
Thickness: .275 inches
Blade Length: 11 1/2 inches
Blade Cutting Edge: 10.5 inches
Blade Width: 2.5 inches
Overall Length: 17 5/8 inches
Weight: 24 ounces
Construction: Full Tang









A short review here:

http://www.jerzeedevil.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18560


Mine is on order, should be out very soon.

Gene
SBCZILLA  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 5:02:35 AM
Originally Posted By GENESMITH:
Originally Posted By Shadow4Golf:
Bark River Golok




The Bark River Golok is EXACTLY what you are looking for.

The Bark River Golok has it's roots in the Traditional Tools of the region of Indonesia. This type of tool has been used for Centuries and has proven to be one of the most useful for Bushcraft. The Golok is Light and Compact and is easy to carry for a large knife. It Excels at Trail Clearing, Chopping, Shelter Building, Notching and Splitting Firewood. This large knife will take Batoning without a complaint and it great for use as a Draw Knife for Stripping Bark or creating a Flat Area of a log. We feel it is one of the Best Bushcraft Tools available on Today's Market. The 2008 Version is a little wider in the blade and the overall length is just under 17 Inches. This is a BIG knife, and features a 11 inch 1095 High Carbon Alloy steel blade which has more weight, but is well-balanced and has the point in just the right place for excellent control. The handle measures a full 5 5/8 inches and is contoured to to accommodate more sustained use with comfort. This Custom knife features Curly Koa Burl Wood which is one of the most beautiful handle materials, and is stabilized to avoid shrinkage. We have chosen the African Wenge because it is one of the most striking African hardwoods. The Handle features distinctive finger grooves and includes a lanyard hole. Balance point is One Inch in front of the handles. All of this run of Goloks have the scales fastened with both Epoxy and Flush Ground Corby Style Bolts. A custom Deluxe Leather Sheath is included in the package.

Specs:

Blade Steel: 1095 Stain Resistant High Carbon Alloy
Hardness: 58RC Blade
Thickness: .275 inches
Blade Length: 11 1/2 inches
Blade Cutting Edge: 10.5 inches
Blade Width: 2.5 inches
Overall Length: 17 5/8 inches
Weight: 24 ounces
Construction: Full Tang




http://www.americanbushman.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=489&g2_serialNumber=1
http://davesknifeworld.com/productimages/a/BA2GWAFRWENGE.jpg
https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/knife_store/images/product_images/58_14755_1215450818_1.jpg


A short review here:

http://www.jerzeedevil.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18560


Mine is on order, should be out very soon.

Gene




Price, and source??
crishel  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 8:09:36 AM

Originally Posted By GENESMITH:
Originally Posted By Shadow4Golf:
Bark River Golok




The Bark River Golok is EXACTLY what you are looking for.

The Bark River Golok has it's roots in the Traditional Tools of the region of Indonesia. This type of tool has been used for Centuries and has proven to be one of the most useful for Bushcraft. The Golok is Light and Compact and is easy to carry for a large knife. It Excels at Trail Clearing, Chopping, Shelter Building, Notching and Splitting Firewood. This large knife will take Batoning without a complaint and it great for use as a Draw Knife for Stripping Bark or creating a Flat Area of a log. We feel it is one of the Best Bushcraft Tools available on Today's Market. The 2008 Version is a little wider in the blade and the overall length is just under 17 Inches. This is a BIG knife, and features a 11 inch 1095 High Carbon Alloy steel blade which has more weight, but is well-balanced and has the point in just the right place for excellent control. The handle measures a full 5 5/8 inches and is contoured to to accommodate more sustained use with comfort. This Custom knife features Curly Koa Burl Wood which is one of the most beautiful handle materials, and is stabilized to avoid shrinkage. We have chosen the African Wenge because it is one of the most striking African hardwoods. The Handle features distinctive finger grooves and includes a lanyard hole. Balance point is One Inch in front of the handles. All of this run of Goloks have the scales fastened with both Epoxy and Flush Ground Corby Style Bolts. A custom Deluxe Leather Sheath is included in the package.

Specs:

Blade Steel: 1095 Stain Resistant High Carbon Alloy
Hardness: 58RC Blade
Thickness: .275 inches
Blade Length: 11 1/2 inches
Blade Cutting Edge: 10.5 inches
Blade Width: 2.5 inches
Overall Length: 17 5/8 inches
Weight: 24 ounces
Construction: Full Tang




http://www.americanbushman.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=489&g2_serialNumber=1
http://davesknifeworld.com/productimages/a/BA2GWAFRWENGE.jpg
https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/knife_store/images/product_images/58_14755_1215450818_1.jpg


A short review here:

http://www.jerzeedevil.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18560


Mine is on order, should be out very soon.

Gene

Anyone have a price on the Bark River Golok.
whiteshark357  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 8:39:44 AM
Originally Posted By TimJ:
Were I in your shoes I would go with the Ontario or pick up a few old Collins machetes on ebay. I have two from the 1940's and they are the best I've used.


I have an Ontario / Blackie Collins with the knuckle guard, been using it for at least 15 years now.... it's friggin' bulletproof. Think I paid about $30 at a gun show for it.

ETA - If I ever need another machete, will probably get the Gerber Gator... also about $30 - $40.
Alacrity  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 10:03:13 AM
Originally Posted By Olive75:
I'm currently enamored with the British mil "Golok" machete - they run about $30 - seem like a good sized blade without being too big and also of a reasonable design..

anyone have any experience with one?

O75


I dont have any experience with the Brit Mil Goloks but they are made by Martindale - are you looking at long thin style pictured or the Martindale No. 2 heavier shorter? I have used other Martindale blades and although they vary a bit in quality (they've made a range), their stuff is pretty decent, esp at the price. Tramotina, Martinadale, Okapi, Imacasa etc.- all build ag implement blades. They are softer, theres varying qualities and may take a bit of work to get and keep them sharp.As I noted prior, I find local craftsman made to be better than the massed produced. The high end stuff - well its expensive and better material and quality. Not sure they work proportional to their price.

The Bark River Golok is interesting - I quick perusal of Google found this - $140:

http://www.ebladestore.com/knives/BA2GMBCS.html

The only concern I have is weight and the straight blade style - almost like a corn knife. I wonder about balance - like to have it in hand. I find a bit more bite is helpful if you are using it for very long - the Kukri (I have a number - commercial and traditonal) and Martindale No2 are a bit short but can work. I prefer something a bit longer, weighted and thicker towards the end. If it had a bit more curve, and a bit of front weight, that might be perfect.

Some good info on Martindales and styles/uses: http://www.cutleryscience.com/reviews/martindale_machetes.html

XM21Nick  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 10:08:53 AM
G.I. machete by Ontario Knife Co. is all ya need. We had them in Panama and they worked fine .
wesmerc  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 11:55:12 AM
cold steel
69camaro  [Member]
10/31/2009 1:55:42 PM
I have been using a Kukri from cold steel since i was ten years old. 28 years old now. The blade is nicked up and its a little rough looking but that thing goes the distance. Its not to long so I guess for clearing jungle paths wouldnt be the ideal. But for clearing and hacking through Missouri forest scrub its has been great. Just my 2 cents
GENESMITH  [Life Member]
10/31/2009 3:41:16 PM
Originally Posted By crishel:

Originally Posted By GENESMITH:
Originally Posted By Shadow4Golf:
Bark River Golok




The Bark River Golok is EXACTLY what you are looking for.

The Bark River Golok has it's roots in the Traditional Tools of the region of Indonesia. This type of tool has been used for Centuries and has proven to be one of the most useful for Bushcraft. The Golok is Light and Compact and is easy to carry for a large knife. It Excels at Trail Clearing, Chopping, Shelter Building, Notching and Splitting Firewood. This large knife will take Batoning without a complaint and it great for use as a Draw Knife for Stripping Bark or creating a Flat Area of a log. We feel it is one of the Best Bushcraft Tools available on Today's Market. The 2008 Version is a little wider in the blade and the overall length is just under 17 Inches. This is a BIG knife, and features a 11 inch 1095 High Carbon Alloy steel blade which has more weight, but is well-balanced and has the point in just the right place for excellent control. The handle measures a full 5 5/8 inches and is contoured to to accommodate more sustained use with comfort. This Custom knife features Curly Koa Burl Wood which is one of the most beautiful handle materials, and is stabilized to avoid shrinkage. We have chosen the African Wenge because it is one of the most striking African hardwoods. The Handle features distinctive finger grooves and includes a lanyard hole. Balance point is One Inch in front of the handles. All of this run of Goloks have the scales fastened with both Epoxy and Flush Ground Corby Style Bolts. A custom Deluxe Leather Sheath is included in the package.

Specs:

Blade Steel: 1095 Stain Resistant High Carbon Alloy
Hardness: 58RC Blade
Thickness: .275 inches
Blade Length: 11 1/2 inches
Blade Cutting Edge: 10.5 inches
Blade Width: 2.5 inches
Overall Length: 17 5/8 inches
Weight: 24 ounces
Construction: Full Tang




http://www.americanbushman.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=489&g2_serialNumber=1
http://davesknifeworld.com/productimages/a/BA2GWAFRWENGE.jpg
https://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/knife_store/images/product_images/58_14755_1215450818_1.jpg


A short review here:

http://www.jerzeedevil.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18560


Mine is on order, should be out very soon.

Gene

Anyone have a price on the Bark River Golok.




I placed an order with Dave's knives (I think that's the name of his site). He captured $200.00 on my card, and said he will adjust the price once they become available from Bark River. Should be out sometime in the next month or so.

Do a little searching on the web and you will find some more talk about them.

Gene
Jeteye  [Team Member]
10/31/2009 4:04:47 PM
This looks like it has a great history!!

http://www.protoolindustries.net/store/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=tpflypage.tpl&product_id=85&category_id=36&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=53
FNFalGuy  [Member]
10/31/2009 4:31:08 PM
For the sort of money that you mentioned the Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri will give you a machete, hammer, axe and knife, rolled all into one!
TNhick  [Member]
10/31/2009 6:33:36 PM
To the Op

Looking at the photo of your new Busse, it looks like the blade is serated for at least half of its length. Is that what I'm seeing? black blade, and old eyes, its hard to really tell if that is what I'm seeing.
If it is serated, why did you decide to go with that much of the blade serated?
I had always thought that Busse's big seller was the quality of the steel, and grind, and its ability to hold a edge through abuse. That being the case, I would think serations would take away from the thing that Busse is known for?
Do you have a special use in mind when you ordered it? I just havent seen a blade with that much of it serated, figured maybe there is a special reason.

GLOCKshooter  [Team Member]
11/1/2009 10:01:27 AM

This will be released tonight sometime after 6:00 pm EST
ubergeek  [Team Member]
11/1/2009 10:42:31 AM
have a cold steel kukri, works like a champ!