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Valkman made machete?

Discussion in 'Blades' started by gunbunny, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Valkman, have you ever made a machete? Would you like to?
  2. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Nope, I haven't because they're usually fairly cheap and I couldn't make them that cheap.
  3. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Would you consider making a GOOD machete? Made from spring steel? About $100-$150. No fancy wood on the handle, just something that can get wet and knocked around.

    I really like these guys: http://zombietools.net/tools/ but I don't need all of the decorative additions, fancy (if I could find another word for it I would) handles, and acid etched blades. I like their choice of steels, and their blade designs. The Zack Axe would be a great brush beater and chopper. Besides, they are too busy filling backorders- good for them!

    I just want a regular cutlass style machete with a standard double convex grind, like most normal knives. The ability to fit in a GI plastic sheath would be great, too- I have a few of them lying around.
  4. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Wow that's an expensive blade! I'll look into making one out of O1.
  5. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Sweet! Tool steel should be able to take a beating!
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    The ZOMBIE tool (very pretty) has an advantage and a disadvantage. With the fat front, the weight will help with brush whacking. The shape will tend to hang up if it doesn't go all the way thru on the first swing, or if the thick (deep?) part is behind the thing you are trying to cut. Meaning, the length of the blade will be a bit less useful in brush of varying thickness. I prefer a straight edge, myownself, with weight forward.. And a full "cutlass" handguard is very good to have, both from an anti slip and knuckle protection standpoint. FWIW, sharpening similarly to an axe rather than hollow ground will allow easier sharpening in the field, and a stronger edge.

    jmo, uv cuss.
  7. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I just realized today that I have no way to heat treat a blade over 5" long. Don't know how I'd make a machete now!
  8. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    That's a bummer.
  9. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Hey Don... O-1 is pretty forgiving.... "torch" it to non-magnetic and then quench it in some good virgin olive oil.... then "torch" the spine to draw back the edge temper to a good straw color.... you can make the quench tank out of anything long enough for your blade... heck.. you could line a cardboard box with foil... [boozingbuddies]
  10. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Now I want the Apocalax at Zombietools.net. Thanks.

    Good thing they are out of stock.
  11. merlin048

    merlin048 Monkey+

    Do you live in Pahrump, NV?
    Sam a resident of Pahrump XXX@viawest.net

    Edited for personal security. - ghrit
  12. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    One of these would be nice:
  13. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yep, I live in Pahrump!
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