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Old 05-29-2016, 02:27 PM   #1
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I bought 2 machetes in Phills

by proxy, to be kept in my mom in law and sister in law's homes. My daughter is currently at her grandma's house, but she starts a new, high pressure English school in June. That school is far from her grandma's house, and much closer to her auntie's house. So she will have to be staying with auntie. grandma can't leave the store that I set her up with. Somebody must always be there, and my gal's 2 siblings are in school. Her sis is in computer college (my dime) and her brother is still in high school. Both the schools cost me $150 a month (each).

I wanted a sheathed 18" machete at each place, in case of trouble, hung-up where the kids cant' reach it. My daughter is 6, she has a 5 year old girl cousin and an 8 year old boy cousin. So there can't be either access to the blades for them, nor any unsheathed blade around. A machete is no effing joke when it's wielded with vigor and lethal intent. It has smashing, slashing power and a stabbing point, too.
 
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:20 PM   #2
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They are useful. I have had good luck with the Condor Knife and Tool Company (El Salvadoran). Decent quality, reasonable price.
 
Old 05-29-2016, 03:32 PM   #3
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...A machete is no effing joke when it's wielded with vigor and lethal intent...
Agree. Intellectual honesty just requires that I remind you that just yesterday you said:
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...This country was settled with ordinary butcher knives, and before that, stone knives. Obviously, nothing fancier is needed...
...simply because you didn't like my personal knife. How does wanting a huge knife - which you just said you did - reconcile with your position from 24 hours ago that "nothing fancier than a butcher knife or stone knife is needed"..? (Hint - it doesn't.)
 
 
Old 05-29-2016, 04:31 PM   #4
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Jeez, John in AR, just because Nitko said something was Gospel yesterday doesn't mean something else totally different is not true today.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:20 PM   #5
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Jeez, John in AR, just because Nitko said something was Gospel yesterday doesn't mean something else totally different is not true today.
I know. I just feel somewhat of a responsibility to keep things visible and consistent if possible when I'm participating in a thread. These threads get a lot more views than replies, and I'd hate for someone to take something as gospel that they shouldn't. My posts included, for that matter; they're certainly not gospel by any stretch.

This is one that is sure to be hated - my primary woods knife; a Marbles Ideal limited-run 8" with full-length tang and vacuum-epoxy-impregnated maple burl handle. Sheath is home-made, since I'm left-handed with a knife. This pic is old, taken when the knife was still new & shiny. It has much more 'character' now:


The Ideal was the basis for the now-iconic Kabar combat knife, way back when. They lengthened the standard Ideal's 6" blade to 7", finished it in a dull black, and the Kabar was born. I know of at least one person here who will say it's not a practical combat or field knife; but there are a couple generations of Marines who heartily disagree. This 8" version is one inch longer than the Kabar, and also has a slightly larger handle, which is the main reason I like it so well. It just fits my hand better than most knives.

It's not as good a steel as the falkniven krut from the other thread, but it's still very good; some relatively high-end carbon steel, I forget which offhand.

As for size, it falls between the kitchen knives and machetes that nikto has recommended yesterday and today, so it should certainly be within the 'acceptable' range...
 
Old 05-29-2016, 06:38 PM   #6
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$10 machete and they have no gun. big difference, John
 
Old 05-29-2016, 06:54 PM   #7
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There you go; completely valid reason and logic.
 
Old 05-29-2016, 08:00 PM   #8
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Melvin, that is nice that you are taking care of her whole family on your dime. It shows a certain amount of caring and compassion.
 
Old 05-30-2016, 04:03 PM   #9
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John in AR- Is that the one you picked up at AG's? If it is the pics don't do the handle justice as far as coloration goes.

And JD good on you for taking care of your new family the best you can long distance.
 
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John in AR- Is that the one you picked up at AG's? If it is the pics don't do the handle justice as far as coloration goes...
That's it. I remember meeting this big ogre-looking guy up there that day. What was that; 2005 iirc..?

And yes, it's definitely prettier in reality than the pics seem; even more so now, with the patina the carbon steel has picked up over the years.
 
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That is one nice knife.
 
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Thanks. I looked for quite a while before deciding on it, and really like it.

This picture is with a Gerber Freeman Skinner and my old Cold Steel Tanto, for comparison.


The handle on the 7" & 8" Ideal is big, which is what helps it fit me - I'm kind of a semi-freakish oaf.

The Gerber is a very handy knife in the field; adequate for quite a few things and still thin-bladed enough for smaller things. It's my primary skinning/cleaning knife.

I ought to sell the silly tanto. I never use the thing.
 
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That's it. I remember meeting this big ogre-looking guy up there that day. What was that; 2005 iirc..?

And yes, it's definitely prettier in reality than the pics seem; even more so now, with the patina the carbon steel has picked up over the years.

Yep it was time sure flies don't it? IIRC that was around Summer and I was between working for a contract Security company and going to work in house security for a local company.

I'm not as much ogre looking as I was back then except maybe in my face lol, due to some foot and knee issues I slimed down and went to a less bulk maintaining work out.

Going to a more paleo type diet helped a bunch. And I'll also credit my ex-fiancÚ with getting me used to un-sweet ice tea as a big help.

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oh, believe me, I send them a LOT of money, as much as 4 adults would be able to give them, working typical jobs over there (after providing for their own needs) Plus the store that I set them up with would feed them for several months, if they just consumed the inventory. So they are more secure than they've ever been in their lives.
 
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oh, believe me, I send them a LOT of money, as much as 4 adults would be able to give them, working typical jobs over there (after providing for their own needs) Plus the store that I set them up with would feed them for several months, if they just consumed the inventory. So they are more secure than they've ever been in their lives.
Where would you get all this money? No education, no work experience, and no current job. Don't make me laugh.
 
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