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Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby workinwifdakids » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:18 am

I've been looking at two machetes. They both fit the budget; I think under $50 is where I need to stay.

First, we have Cold Steel's Kukri, at an OAL of either 18" or 22", and price at around $30.

Next comes the Gerber Parang. At $43, it's part of a Gerber line by Bear Grylls. It's 20" overall.

I'd use it for clearing brush. By clearing I mean severing the heads of, and by brush I mean the recently reanimated dead.
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby 308Mike » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:47 am

Here's someone's tests of the Cold Steel Kukri machete (part 1, part 2 is another video), but from watching video 1, it appears to be a pretty good value for the money. I'm sure if you asked them (Cold Steel) to send you one of their DVDs with demonstrations of their blades. I'm sure you'll find some of the answers you were looking for even in a common-use item like a machete. They put many of their videos online for easy access, so you don't even need to ask for the DVD (unless you'd like to).

I've bought several items from Cold Steel and have been very happy with all of their performances (including the one blade unintentionally slicing open one of my own fingers several years ago).

*IF* you plan on buying online, use the LTSPECPRO website, 'cause the Cold Steel site is run by a contractor and the prices aren't as good as the LTSpecPro site (LT is Lynn Thompson's initials, and IIRC, Spec Pro is for Special Promotion or something like that). Sometimes you'll find the Cold Steel site's prices WAY above the Lynn Thompson site's prices.

It pays to shop around.

At KnifeCenter.com, the 17" Cold Steel Kukri is $18.95, so spend a little time digging around and do some shopping. After all, it's only YOUR money! ;) ;) :D

BUT, to answer your question, my preference would be the Kukri-style machete. I've seen the Kukri in action and been very impressed with its chopping ability, not so much so with the bent-back blade of the Bear Grylls "advertised" blade.
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby SeekHer » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:25 am

The Gerber has gotten some bad reviews for the first runs--check the website for recalls.

Try Machete Specialists since that's all they deal in and have about forty brands on hand...
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby Termite » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:30 am

I have a Cold Steel 18" Kukri machete. The knife is OK, needs sharpening when you get it; but the sheath is junk. You can get one for $15.95 plus $8.15 s+h from this guy. I've bought stuff from him before, pretty good service.

I also have a Ka-Bar Kukri machete.
It is FAR better quality, will shave your arm out of the package, and the sheath is good quality. You get what you pay for. here

You might also look at a Gerber Gator Brush Thinner.
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby rightisright » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:47 pm

I also have a Ka-Bar Kukri machete.


Thanks for the recommendation. I just bought one here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ka-Bar-New-Kukr ... 2a14f9d6ed

$42.29 w. free shipping from a reputable seller. Hurry up Workin, only 5 left!

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Postby rightisright » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:52 pm

Just took delivery of the new Ka-Bar. It's very well built, razor sharp and has a very hefty feel to it. Great deal for $42!

Thanks for the recommendation, Termite. Crappy cell phone pic below.

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Postby Termite » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:40 am

Glad you like it. There is one in the back of my vehicle(Ford Escape) right now.

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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby Jericho941 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:34 am

workinwifdakids wrote:Next comes the Gerber Parang. At $43, it's part of a Gerber line by Bear Grylls. It's 20" overall.

Does using it mean you have to drink your own pee?

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Postby rightisright » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:22 pm

I used it this week to chop small branches off downed tree limbs. Worked wonderfully and is still sharp as new.

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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby 308Mike » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:37 am

rightisright wrote:I used it this week to chop small branches off downed tree limbs. Worked wonderfully and is still sharp as new.


In the near future (we've recently had some rains), I'm going to need to chop up some bushes with some thick branches and some light tree limbs, including some Plumbago bushes, Plum Tree volunteers, some large paddle cactus bushes, and other bushes with long, stringy, branches.

I have a machete, but it's a little long to use in the area I want to chop down and the grip isn't very good - and I really don't need a lot of blisters on my hand. I'm SERIOUSLY considering getting the Ka-Bar you purchased based upon your review. It seems to be a great value for the money.

Do you have anything else to add to your review after having it and using it for a while?
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Postby Aglifter » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:51 am

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Postby 308Mike » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:51 am

Aglifter wrote:Woodman's Pal No personal experience, but its been around a long time.


And yes, I like the tool, but for the money, I don't know if it's that much better a tool than the Ka-Bar rightisright purchased.
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Postby rightisright » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:36 pm

Do you have anything else to add to your review after having it and using it for a while?


I've only used it twice for yard clean up. But I did try it out on an oak branch about 4" in diameter that was starting to overhang my hot tub. Normally, I would have fired up my Echo limbing saw, but I wanted to see how the machete worked. Took about 20 good whacks in an alternating V pattern (like using a felling axe) to get the limb down. I then gave it a clean cut w. a battery sawzall I had handy, so it didn't look like crap.

It has stayed pretty sharp through out usage.

The grip material is the same as on my Ka Bar fighting knife. Durable and easy to hold on to.

I don't think it will replace a camp hatchet for splitting and cutting up small firewood. But it would suffice in a pinch for those duties.

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Postby Durham68 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:44 pm

Aglifter wrote:Woodman's Pal No personal experience, but its been around a long time.



I really want to like mine, but I don't find it all that useful. I never got around to it, but planned to "fix" the convex ground blade. I find that the edge is not sharp enough for easily cutting the small stuff and the tool is not quite heavy enough for spliting slighlty larger stuff. Neither fish nor fowl. If I ever get around to grinding the edge to a more traditional profile, I will sharpen it to the tip while I am at it. I cannot understand why they don't do it from the factory.
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby 308Mike » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:51 pm

rightisright wrote:
Do you have anything else to add to your review after having it and using it for a while?


I've only used it twice for yard clean up. But I did try it out on an oak branch about 4" in diameter that was starting to overhang my hot tub. Normally, I would have fired up my Echo limbing saw, but I wanted to see how the machete worked. Took about 20 good whacks in an alternating V pattern (like using a felling axe) to get the limb down. I then gave it a clean cut w. a battery sawzall I had handy, so it didn't look like crap.

It has stayed pretty sharp through out usage.

The grip material is the same as on my Ka Bar fighting knife. Durable and easy to hold on to.

I don't think it will replace a camp hatchet for splitting and cutting up small firewood. But it would suffice in a pinch for those duties.


A 4" branch is a decent test for a relatively small hand tool, and sounds like a good value to me. THANKS!
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby 308Mike » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:32 am

rightisright wrote:
Do you have anything else to add to your review after having it and using it for a while?


I've only used it twice for yard clean up. But I did try it out on an oak branch about 4" in diameter that was starting to overhang my hot tub. Normally, I would have fired up my Echo limbing saw, but I wanted to see how the machete worked. Took about 20 good whacks in an alternating V pattern (like using a felling axe) to get the limb down. I then gave it a clean cut w. a battery sawzall I had handy, so it didn't look like crap.

It has stayed pretty sharp through out usage.

The grip material is the same as on my Ka Bar fighting knife. Durable and easy to hold on to.

I don't think it will replace a camp hatchet for splitting and cutting up small firewood. But it would suffice in a pinch for those duties.


I just noticed that all those models I can find online for near that price say the blade is stamped: Taiwan

Is your's?
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Postby rightisright » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:40 pm

It is, Mike. I've had the chance to use it a few more times. Once on an overnight camping trip. It's holding up very well.

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Postby Greg » Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:58 pm

I don't own a machete, but I've looked into them a little (have some stuff around here that could use some cleanup). I've never heard a bad thing about Tramontina- sort of like the Mora or Opinel of machetes. If you try one, let me know. Like this one:

http://machetespecialist.com/machetes/b ... andle.html

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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby Weetabix » Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:46 pm

I've used many machetes over the years. None has beat the Ontario Knife.

I've used this type, clearing brush for surveys. We called it a Swede Axe. It worked very well, too, but I don't think it's as good for the undead.

Disclosure: I've never used a kookaburra or any of the fancy, scary kinds of machete. They may be good as well.
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Postby Aglifter » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:32 pm

My preferred machete... Very effective, but a bit terrifying to the operator...
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Postby 308Mike » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:41 pm

Aglifter wrote:My preferred machete... Very effective, but a bit terrifying to the operator...


That's just a *little* bit more expensive than the hand tools we've been talking about. :shock: :o :roll: :roll:
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Postby 308Mike » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:17 pm

Got my Ka-Bar Kukri yesterday. So far, the only thing I don't like is the belt-loop, which is a fixed loop. You can't unsnap it and thread it over your belt, instead you have to thread a belt through the loop. I'll probably take it over to a local leathersmith down by the nearby indoor range to see about having the rivets removed and snap(s) put on.
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Postby SeekHer » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:46 am

If you're going to the leathersmith have him make your belt loop with a swivel so that it will swing instead of being rigid...This allows you to move the sheath when having to sit or squat without it rubbing the actual loop and eroding it away but where it really shines is when having to return the blade to your sheath--instead of contorting your body by twisting and bringing your arm way up so that you can get the blade into the sheath mouth, you just slightly turn and lift the sheath and insert.

I had it done here to a couple of sheaths and the saddlemaker charged me $5 and $7 (heavier leather and he had to add some extra to the back of the loop) to convert them.

Basically they slice the loop off near near the sheath and insert this ball bearing swivel that has these little leather(?) tabs, one at the each end, and then they sew the top and bottom portions of the loop back together with the tab between.
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Postby McClarkus » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:50 am

I've been happy with my Cold Steel Kukri. It lives in the back seat of my truck. Last time I used it was to flatten a log that hung out over the tailgate and the topper window wouldn't close down all the way. A little slice 'n dice and I was good to go with the window all the way down.
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Postby 308Mike » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:50 am

McClarkus wrote:I've been happy with my Cold Steel Kukri. It lives in the back seat of my truck. Last time I used it was to flatten a log that hung out over the tailgate and the topper window wouldn't close down all the way. A little slice 'n dice and I was good to go with the window all the way down.


That's all good news, and I haven't had a chance to use it, but will likely do some confined-space brush chopping tomorrow. What I'm not appreciating is having to thread if over my belt, instead of just being able to thread it under my existing belt and snap the belt-cover/loop closed. Personally, I think it's a VERY POOR marketing decision to save a few cents rather than make more sales or better recommendations on something as cheap as a snap or two.
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Postby McClarkus » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:28 pm

True - the sheath is not the best but the blade and handle are good for me at least.
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Re: Two machete-style options: which one?

Postby 308Mike » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:03 am

McClarkus wrote:True - the sheath is not the best but the blade and handle are good for me at least.


My wife came in today and asked me if I wanted to try out my new toy in the back yard - it seems our CATNIP bushes have gotten too far outta' control and she wanted them cut back. I needed something with more precision than a large chopping blade, so we opted for using scissors to cut back the catnip. Right now, I'm drying about a pound of catnip leaves in the oven (set at about 125 degrees to make them dry out faster). Our cats just LOVE the fresh ground catnip!! We've gone outside to find the neighbor's cat just laying among the branches and leaves of our catnip plants. We've got PLENTY to feed all the neighbors cats too!! I just got done sprinkling the fireplace ash among all the plants and all over the yard - they LOVE all that potassium and other chemicals after a fire. GREAT fertilizer!

FlintlockTom, BE, and any other San Diego locals, if you want some fresh, locally grown catnip for your kitties, just let me know!! I'll get you a two-finger 1/2 lid of catnip to take home - and don't worry, it'll CERTAINLY smell of catnip too!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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