Need a new machete

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Bigfoot1986, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. Bigfoot1986

    Bigfoot1986 Monkey

    So i want to get a machete or kukri or something similar. I want to get a good one with no finger guard as i have large hands. I have never bought one before so i need some help. Thanks in advance
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  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

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  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    You need to have a chat with the "Iron Monkey" @Bear.... He does Custom Work, on occasion.
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  4. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    @Bear makes great machetes. I have a couple. But @Bigfoot1986, I would suggest starting with a Tramontina or something like it first. Good to learn on a cheapie. Tramontinas are like the Moras of machetes.
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  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Aloha @Bigfoot1986 ,
    A machete or kukri or for that matter any blade depends on what you will use it for and where you are located... certain parts of the world and US are mostly hardwoods while others are soft woods and vegetation... that may determine thickness, profile and edge geometry...
    Big hands are also relative... take a measurement of the length from your outstretched dominant hand as well as the length of your palm from pointer to pinky... to give us an idea of the size ... I know of a few folks with what I call massive hands but again that's all relative....
    Many here already own off the shelf machetes and kukris and will be able to tell you from those measurements.... if you need or may want a custom handle.
    It's always good to start with where you are and what you will be using it for as well as how you hope to carry it...
    Budget is also a consideration... hard earned money is an important resource for many of us ;)
    Take some time to think on that and then if you don't mind sharing a few more details... I'm sure the experts here will chime in...
    Hope that helps you help us help you ;)
    Have a great Sunday!
    Take Care and God Bless,
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  6. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Don't buy a for this purpose. They advertise (like Cold Steel, and others) by cutting down trees with "swords", but if YOU use them like that, it says way down in the fine print that that is not an intended use of the weapon...
  7. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    Cold steel two handed machete the one that looks like a Kane knife blade.
  8. Macey81

    Macey81 Monkey

    Id say the condor bushcraft parang. Is as good as any in the world. And its cheap. machetes are flimsy.
  9. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    I have a 1960's era Soviet Block machete that is one of the best I have ever used...
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    You can't beat anything made in Brazil by Tramontina. They are made by and sold to people who use their machetes every day. Many big knife makers buy them and have their logo put on them. Cold Steel used to tell you, many of their machetes were Tramontinas. If something smaller floats your boat, look at the KERSHAW Camp Knives.
  11. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I have been getting in a lot of cold steel machetes (thai and cutlass in particular) ontario cutlery, and tramontina. If you want a somewhat flexible blade that will excel at cutting vines and other light mass/flexible things, go tramontina. If you are going to be chopping on trees and such like, go with ontario. If you are doing something in-between, the cold steels are a solid medium, and the new grips on a lot of them are sweet.
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