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Updated Again: Tops .230 Machete review. Now VERY pic heavy

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by BePrepared, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    This review will be expanded this evening when i have time to get my camera, but for now...

    First Impressions:

    Pulling it out the the box, my first thought was "this is a little smaller than I thought it would be" but that didn't last long.

    The Machete: I immediately pulled it out of the sheath, and got a feel for it. While it's compact, it's VERY well built. The balance is fantastic. Much better than any other machete I've owned. The handle was a bit slim to me at first, and if you have huge hands, you might find it to be smaller than you'd like, but after a few initial swings, the handle just felt right. The blade came very sharp and the coating looks excellent. I like that they took the effort to add nice red liners, which really give it a look of being well above average quality

    Handling Characteristics: As i mentioned, the balance is phenomenal. This is a thick machete, and while it feels like it would be quite at home slashing underbrush, it has the heft that you'd want in a weapon. It's quick, but a solid swing feels like it would have no trouble with midsized saplings and small trees.

    Things that could improve on the Machete:

    1:The lanyard elastic thingy is crap... a real lanyard, or just a good leather strip would be a big improvement.

    that's it... i can't think of another criticism


    The Sheath: This sheath is FANTASTIC. It is not the crappy floppy canvas nonsense that you generally expect to come with your machete. It has a flexible rigidity, and the machete drops right in with no effort. The retention isn't sufficient to hold the blade in upside down, but it would be fine for bending over, running and general jungle use. The pockets are big enough for a substantial quantity of survival gear, and the clip straps make it possible to attach it to some packs with a little creativity. The only belt point is flush with the sheath opening which makes it ride quite high

    Things that could improve on the sheath:
    1: Additional retention straps for Molle attachment would be a plus, but i'm planning to sew them on myself.
    2: A bit of a drop on the belt loop would make the machete sit a more comfortable level.
    3: a couple of tube rivets in the bottom to allow a string to be used to secure the bottom of the sheath to a pack or leg would not be out of place
    Other than that, i think it's perfect for the design of this machete.

    Pics to come tonight. Usage impressions and pictures to come saturday

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    Comparison

    With my Busse TGLB
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    With my TGLB, Condor Boomslang, and Kershaw JYD CP
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    with my Hanwei Tactical Wakizashi and custom kukri
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    With my Boomslang and Condor Parang
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    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  2. Street Samurai1978

    Street Samurai1978 Gold Member Gold Member

    656
    Mar 25, 2012
    Figured you'd like .230. It really is a great machete, best I've ever owned. That god for Joezilla, or else TOPS would have made this too thick with a too obtuse edge. I'm tired of having to regrind their stuff. Next year after I graduate from nursing school and get my RN license, I'm taking this to the jungles of Java and Sumatra and see how she perfoms in that bush. I imagine I'll have to keep my wife's family from trying to take it.
     
  3. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    They couldn't have made it any thicker--it's a reworked 18" Ontario machete. But I agree with you if they were designing from the ground up. They were in good hands with Joe. ;):thumbup:
     
  4. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Looks good (everything but the elastic). You've got some nice blades BP. One more now :)
     
  5. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    Thanks :)

    The addiction has me firmly in its grip...

    I am seriously considering just chopping that elastic crap off the handle. It is utterly useless, but i'm going to have to find a functional lanyard before i do that.
     
  6. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Looking forward to your review on how well it chops and how it feels in hand
     
  7. TwinStick

    TwinStick

    Jan 21, 2011
    MACHETES ROCK !!! That is all. :D
     
  8. UCPOPO

    UCPOPO Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Well, I guess I'm fixing to order one of these. Been eyeing them for a while and you may have just pushed me over the edge. ;)
     
  9. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    i had enough of that crappy elastic thing, so i chopped it off, and made an extremely simple D-Guard for it.

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    This is a HUGE improvement. Much more comfortable, and it's actually functional. It makes it virtually impossible to slip your hand onto the blade
     
  10. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I've had my eye on this one ever since it was available. I'm sure I'll be getting one soon.
     
  11. Street Samurai1978

    Street Samurai1978 Gold Member Gold Member

    656
    Mar 25, 2012
    Nice D-guard. Been thinking about doing that, now that I see what it looks like, I'm thinking I'll do it tonight.
     
  12. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    Notice how the knot is tied at the top. I just realized that that knot makes it possible to make the retention VERY solid. If you push the knot into the sheath, it makes it almost impossible for the machete to call out accidentally, but it still pulls out with ease
     
  13. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    I have one I have been carrying down here in the swamps the last few days and I'l liking it. I'm digging having the micarta handle with a blade and actual decent thickness. For me 0.90" inch blades are just too thin.

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  14. Street Samurai1978

    Street Samurai1978 Gold Member Gold Member

    656
    Mar 25, 2012
    0.90" too thin?? My god, man, just what do you consider adequete?!?!?
     
  15. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    .125 ? :)
     
  16. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007

    /\ /\ This, and I wouldn't mind a 12 or 14 incher in 0.150

    I carry one 12" blade that is 0.25 that I like a lot :)
     
  17. Street Samurai1978

    Street Samurai1978 Gold Member Gold Member

    656
    Mar 25, 2012
    I'm sure he meant 0.09, I was just being a dick:D
     
  18. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    LOL, damned decimal misplacement!! Yeah, I meant 0.090...
     
  19. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    LOL. i missed that... oops.

    Sometimes you read what you expect to see, rather than what's there... i think a .90" thick machete might be a bit too heavy, unless you're trying to behead a rhino with it
     
  20. buckmaster96

    buckmaster96

    686
    Jan 6, 2012
    i am jealous mostly of that damn waki now they run like 200 dollars
     

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