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Old 01-26-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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machete,saw for Alone show

Cause BC is so jungle-like. Axe is no help, really, fighting your way thru clumps of alders, and is little or no help for skinning, slicing meat, or even de-limbing small timber for snares, bushcrafting, etc.

While a small machete CAN be use to slice meat and skin critters, it would make far more sense to just embed a small firesteel in a small folding knife, and smuggle it past the producers. You're filming yourself, after all. :-) So, let them THINK you do it all with the machete and friction fire, or just kept one fire burning (which aint that hard to do). I'd definitely smuggle in 100 or more 10 mg, time release Ambien. Not being able to sleep, due to bad conditions, depletes and depresses you swiftly, making you prone to injury and illnesses. To hell with that, when a few grams and almost no bulk can fix the problem! :-)

If you split 6" of say, 4" OD wood, you can hollow it out, line it with charred punkwood, embed a coal into it and bind it. It will keep that coal "live" for half a day or so. If you cut up one of the 3 tarps you were given, you could dismember some of the clothing you were given and use the thread and pine pitch to make a bag. Use said bag to keep dry some tinder and your friction fire hearth and spindle.

given the harsh conditions, restricting the guys to a mere 10 items was bs. The restrictions should be the amount of bulk and weight which each man can carry, same distance/speed. Thus, fitness would be figured into the equation, as it damned well SHOULD be for such an endeavor!
 
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:35 AM   #2
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I actually favor the Woodsman's Pal for clearing/cutting/chopping usage of that type-particularly the " two handed "( more like a " hand and a half) type. If they'd consider making one with an extended Wharne/Langseax" point pattern, I'd probably buy one. A decent general usage tool that doesn't have too much unnecessary bulk.
 
Old 01-28-2016, 11:57 AM   #3
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I'd probably take something on the order of a cold steel smatchet, sharpened on both sides, since I'd have to sharpen it with a pc of sandstone, due to the stupid limition on number of items.
 
 
Old 01-28-2016, 12:07 PM   #4
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I like the Smatchet pattern, but both the scabbard and the steel they is a bit lacking. I'd like to see Cold Steel improve both a bit, as well as a slightly longer handle... Maybe a different handle material since it feels a little Ghettofabulous to me. I'm with you on the blade pattern though.... I kind of like my idea for adding a Langseax/Wharne pattern point to the Woodsman's Pal though- it'd be a bit more versatile, easier to resharpenband be of better material.
 
Old 01-28-2016, 12:15 PM   #5
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no more than I'd have to use it, I could just use a torch and case harden one edge for "fine work".. :-) Machetes SHOULD be a bit soft, since they tend to hit nails, fences, rocks, etc, and get their edges rolled over , That's easy to fix with a file. Big chipped out places on the edge, tho, are near ruinous, without a grinder and a ton of work.
 
Old 01-28-2016, 12:17 PM   #6
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I like the idea of case hardening... Maybe a Kydex scabbard could improve the utility.
 
Old 01-28-2016, 03:15 PM   #7
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dunno about plastic where it's really cold, and I like the "feel" and look of leather. kydex "spring" is nice for a pocket holster, but it requires a soft backing and de-horning
 
Old 01-28-2016, 03:18 PM   #8
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Welted leather works on some scabbards...or, even heavy canvas with a Kydex/ polymer insert...I'd try for something that protected the blade,was secure; but still could be accessible without being noisy or loose. Beyond my talents to make.
 
Old 01-28-2016, 04:31 PM   #9
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such scabbards are easily made. aint like it's to be a main weapon
 
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