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Floyd welcome

 

yes a good maker smokey mountain if I am not mixing them with another company

uses high carbon steel easy to sharpen and keeps a good edge and good prices.

 

there are so many hatchets machetes and axes not to mention knifes fixed and folders

and assisted openers and switch blades and gravity knives you could almost have a store

completely devoted to edged weapons alone there have been a few but they were small

and seemed to have a limited brand selection.

 

I seem to never have enough I buy at least 1-3 knifes a year and yet carry only 3

funny ain't it.

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I've seen quite a few good ideas here but I've missed seeing anyone talk about using a wheel. I've been thinking of getting one from someplace like Northern tools but I just don't know how effective they'd be. They were in common usage in the 1900's and before (I think) but I'd like to know what you folks think. Better or not as good as the stones?

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When I still had the space for a work shop I had a bench grinder, there's an actually lower powered version made specifically for sharpening btw, stone on one side and cloth polishing wheel on the other. I practiced with cheap blades for a while on it since they can be so aggressive, but once you get the hang of it that can give some pretty good edges, the one thing i dislike is the tend to give you a concave edge, or hollow grind. My prefered edge is convex or scandi/V-flat, but that's just me. If your curious about edge types he's something to give you a visual http://zknives.com/knives/articles/knifeedgetypes.shtml

 

Same can be said for the old fashioned hand crank or foot pump inertia grinders, but because it travels slower it doesn't create as many "Ooops" situations. My grandfather has used one of this type in a cast iron frame for as long as I can recall for all of his cutters and choppers and they produce some of the keenest edges I've ever seen. That result probably comes more from nearly a century of experience more than the tool used itself though.

 

You need to match up you stone to what you are planning to sharpen/shape with the grinder for best results which can be a bit confusing since the stones come in so many sizes, shapes, grades and wheel bonds, but once you get that down it can be quite efficient.

 

Again, is someone more familiar comes along correct where necessary.

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I remember as a kid in Europe

 

the pot mender and knife sharpener rode his bicycle and the stone wheel was mounted in such a way

 

he flipped over the bike and used his foot to peddle / power the stone wheel and he would sharpen

 

anything that had an edge he also had a basket in the front that held a tool box with his pot repair

 

tools a old pump up torch and some chasing hammers and such he would reattach handles or

 

braze them as well as braze holes in kettles and pans he mended a lot of things.

 

I also remember an organ grinder with a monkey and with out also a Calliope hand pumped or

 

by a wheel with the scrolls or a brass plate and I seem to remember one had a wood card that

 

rode up as it played and the holes related to various notes and last but not least a hurdygurdy

 

looked like a cello but had a hand crank at the base Europe was a magic place for a kid

 

even saw Punch and Judy shows at carnivals / festivals

 

now we have the internet and porn big deal it is not as magical as what I saw as a kid the memories

 

and smells of local foods and beer and people in colorful costumes not images and computer bits

 

but real people playing in bands and having a good time I would not trade the memories for any thing.

 

Sorry got lost in the past ...........

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No machete !!! A Cold Steel Gurka Kukri, with a high carbon blade.

Well balanced, stays sharp.

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go to machete.... i wish i knew who made mine. iv'e owned dozens and 6 at the moment. gerber, woodsman,k-bar, or ok. but far and away the best i own was given to me by a fellow surveying the land next door, we were talking machetes and he girted me with on he had found deep in the woods. it had no handle and was thick with rust. after buffing it up and shaping a handle out of a broken ax, i tried it out. wow, cuts threw 2inch dia. branches like butter. way out preforms anything i have ever bought. i made a sheath out of a garbage pail and 50 ft of paracord. i never go into the thick with out it.

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go to machete.... i wish i knew who made mine. iv'e owned dozens and 6 at the moment. gerber, woodsman,k-bar, or ok. but far and away the best i own was given to me by a fellow surveying the land next door, we were talking machetes and he girted me with on he had found deep in the woods. it had no handle and was thick with rust. after buffing it up and shaping a handle out of a broken ax, i tried it out. wow, cuts threw 2inch dia. branches like butter. way out preforms anything i have ever bought. i made a sheath out of a garbage pail and 50 ft of paracord. i never go into the thick with out it.

 

Yeah, seems a lot of folk don't fealize how much work a quality machete can really do. You're typical hardware store variety is good for whacking down the occasional weed stand, or taking out the occasional sapling around the foundation, I have one just for using around the house like that. I've seen good machetes in the hands of people who knew how to use them handle wood processing or par with a pack axe.

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I seem to never have enough I buy at least 1-3 knifes a year and yet carry only 3

funny ain't it.

 

VERY FUNNY! LOL. Guilty as charged. lol

 

dozens of pocket knifes, I carry 1 or 2. Same with my machete. always tempted to get a different one, but just never bring myself to do it. I feel like I'd be cheating on my machete ( is that even possible??? )

 

LOL

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Floyd

 

I was mistaken I carry 2 the Victorinox Swiss army explorer and a Smith & Wesson assisted opener

 

so I do carry 2 all the time and in my glove box a multi tool with 73 bits and sockets, a kit i got from

 

www.cheaperthandirt.com

 

I have a trapper with cape buffalo horn and a Barlow pattern with ivory and scalloped back strap

a friend scrimshawed it for me.

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just got my cheaper than dirt 2012 gun cat. damn good prices.

 

Kevin,

If you live close to one of their brick and mortar stores you can go handle them. If they don't have what's in the catalog at the store you go to, you can order it while in the store and they wave shipping and handling fees (at least they did at the Dallas store). You'd still need to go through an FFL unless it is a cap and ball, flint lock or replica of one.

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thanks capt. iv'e got a ffl guy, he will order it for me for $20. whats your opinion on shotguns iv'e got a mossberg 500. but ive been hearing a bunch on the remington 870....what do you think? oh yea who pulled my it is against the law? lol i see why, just thought id worked around it.

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Kevin,

From everything I think I know the Remington and the Mossberg are close enough in performance that I don't really give a significant edge to one or the other. It is possible that any individual weapon may be better than the other manufacturer's gun but I don't really see enough difference to say buy one over the other.

That leads to price and company warranties as the deciding factors. Some folks just prefer one or the other. I prefer Remington but I have Mossberg! It was what was available at the time for the money I had. I have never been disappointed with the gun, so I really thing that it is a matter of personal choice; I certainly wouldn't be 'under armed' with either.

 

Another shotgun to consider is the Savage/Stevens pumps. A 12 Gauge pump from Stevens can be had for $240 or so, new. I've had Stevens in the past and found it to be a solid gun. If you want a backup for your Mossberg, you might look at the Stevens.

 

Just my not so humble opinion.

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my first shotgun was a stevens single shot 20 gauge. killed a ton of squirrels. good guns.

2how love the kurie.......if thats who its spelled.

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You'll never want another Machete after owning this Kabar Kukri. I cut up coconuts like they are nothing. Chops wood easily.....and looks sexy as hell :)

 

They are 40 bucks on Amazon. I recommend you read the reviews on there. I doubt you'll find a better Machete.

 

The Kabar Kukri is my next purchase! It looks solid and is highly rated, at least on Amazon. I currently own a Cold Steel kukri, and am not really too happy about it. But, it does chop small limbs and brush around the home.

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I guess that I have a fetish for anything that cuts. I have all kinds of machetes. I probably use an Ontario military type most but like a kukri real well also. If it is zombie chopping time I would want my cold steel katana/machete. That rascal is mean and gives you some extra reach...probably not the best choice though for anything other than zombies. If I really want to clear brush you can't beat the plain old brush hook. It is about 5' long and will take out a 2" tree with one smooth stroke. My cold steel kukri machete is on my BOB. I hope to upgrade that to the Kabar. I just can't swing the price cold steel kukri...:-(

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I swear by the cheap kukri. modified handle, para cord wrapped. custom sheath, and yes, I use the chakmak to keep the blade. It literally just shaved my arm. Ive never had a problem with significant edge loss, and i have yet to meet a limb or log that this sucker cant destroy.

 

IMO for the 23 bucks, its a winner. I have used quite a few, and after this I would have to go with the condor puerto rican machete. things pretty badass..

 

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My personal selection Is the K-Bar Kukri Machete. Great weighted machete that can handle anything i have thrown at it. I had this with me on every deployment i went on and its battle proven in my eyes. GREAT investment for $45. Of coarse i follow it up with my Black K-Bar as well. Both are black grip, black blade. The two make a pretty mean pair.

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I have a real nepal made Kuhkri from "Ghurka House" in Kathmandu for my chopping and cutting needs. That thing is like a razor and has never need anything other than minimal attention with the "chakra" Mine is just like the one pictured a page back, but is maybe a grade or two fancier... No better at it's job, just shinier... And has some pretty brass trim.

For my longer reaching bushwhacking needs, I have an old WWII US Army Collins Machete... Just cant beat it for it's intended purpose... Chopping South Pacific jungle foilage.

 

AS a side note, I bought my Nepalesse Kukri a couple of years ago. Last year my wife got a new employee that happens to be from Nepal. We all went out to dinner and her American husband was talking about the Kukri her father gave him on a trip. So I later showed them mine and the paperwork that came with it. The shop that made it was at the end of the bloack where she lived as a child... Go figure.

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I have had a Kukri and they are useless in some parts of the country a machete need to have the length

 

to cut close enough to eliminate tangle foot or else your going wear yourself out bending, cutting tripping

 

through heavy cover the blade needs to be full tang if not your one strike from breaking it.

 

if your between 5 foot 7 inches and taller you need a longer machete a quick look showed me that

 

Kurki has a 12 inch blade or 1 foot machete's are made up to 25 inches long over 2 foot

 

if you like the Kukri fine then use it as your belt knife but a machete is for jungle or thick cover

 

you have to know your area and where your going to your BOL if you have to hump it consider well.

 

The other argument if you have to use it as a weapon the person with the most reach and

 

some skill will rule the day if your skills are not up to bruce lee then a better weapon or longer weapon

 

may be of some value.

 

I got a neighbor thats German I am sure he lived near a plant that made my Mauser but if I can't shoot

 

what good does it do me.

 

from east Texas to Louisiana there are some areas a bull cannot run through I have heard kudzu

 

has taken over in some areas I am not experienced with it but unless you want to hack through all

 

that on your hands and knees go for it.

 

My Machete is a WWII U.S. military 1943 COPY marked SWI and is 18 inches long

 

has Bakelite scales on a full tang I have 5 others of different brands

 

all are different but I am considering a 22 inch in stainless and a saw back.

 

full tang of course.

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