Blades For A Trip Down The Amazon

BenR.T.

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Thanks for sharing your adventure and tools with us Joe, have fun!!
 

JParanee

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Thank you all

I'm excited and I hope I can come back with some fish tales :)

I'm packing my GOPRO and I just bought an Olympus TG-3 and I'm digging it

My buddy has good video and camera stuff also so we are hoping to really document this trip

I have always taken pics but I am excited yo take the video show on the road
 
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I'm envious Joe! Have a great trip (no doubt you will) and can't wait to see the pics and vids to follow. :)
 
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Mostly stoked for you, but, truth be told, a bit jealous as well:)

Be safe and, to paraphrase Hunter S., kill like a champion!

Finally, Tramontina makes several fine machetes, but I am wondering if you considered getting in touch with someone like Luciano Dorneles? He could likely have something rough and ready waiting for you. Would make a fine tool and a better souvenir.
 
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Mostly stoked for you, but, truth be told, a bit jealous as well:)

Be safe and, to paraphrase Hunter S., kill like a champion!

Finally, Tramontina makes several fine machetes, but I am wondering if you considered getting in touch with someone like Luciano Dorneles, if he's still making, or any of a number of other fine Brazilian bladesmiths who fashion cutlery for that environment? They could likely have something rough and ready waiting for you. Would make a fine tool and a better souvenir.
 
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What a cool adventure, Joe !
Very happy & excited for you ! :thumbup:
Do take care of yourself.

Doug
 
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This is awesome. I can't wait to see footage/pictures. Don't scratch that Lurquin too bad!

I hope you come back with a survival story. You vs. beast.
 
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I guided expeditions in the northern Amazon on and off over a 12 year period. I kept a Swiss army knife in my kit and wore one of my own knives on my belt. In the rain forest machetes are carried. Scabbards are used in the llanos where they ride horses. In the rainforest you would be sheathing and unsheathing every yard along the trail, so they just carry them in the hand. Point being, if your dugout tips (a very real possibility for a gringo), your $2.50 machete goes to the bottom. But, you still have the knife attached to your belt. I always told my clients that with a few exceptions (cameras, etc.) don't bring anything that they could not afford to lose. Customs officers can take anything they want. Most are fine, but it happens. Originally I stock-removed a camp knife from ATS-34 to carry, but it did not perform well. So I made a damascus bowie with African Blackwood. Worked great, but there was always that little customs thing. They would ogle that knife and each time they tried to confiscate it, I would point to my "Vandeventer" logo and tell them that it was my father. He had made the knife for me and now he was dead. Worked every time. When people would ask me about what I would do if they took it, I just replied, "I'll make another!"

Have a good trip! And make it a better one than T.R. had.

Terry Vandeventer
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BladeScout

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Have a great trip.
Be safe.
PS Dont emulate Theodore (he loathed being called Teddy) Roosevelt's travels there to the letter; he nearly croaked.
PPS suggested reading; Edmund Morris got the Pullitzer Prize for his work on Theodore Roosevelt. An excellent read.
 

Dawkind

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Yeah, keep any extraneous 'appendages' out of the water.....a treat for any piranhas in the neighborhood or a peacock bass, let alone those itty, bitty swimmers you mentioned earlier.....just sayin'! ;)
 

JParanee

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I'm back and all was ........... Fantastic

Piranha tastes good :)

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