Blades For A Trip Down The Amazon

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by JParanee, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. No. 6

    No. 6

    100
    Dec 7, 2008
    Safe travels Joe.
     
  2. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks for sharing your adventure and tools with us Joe, have fun!!
     
  3. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Thank you Gus :)
     
  4. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    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
     
  5. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2014
  6. gregorio

    gregorio

    Nov 9, 2007
    Have fun and safe travels.
     
  7. Redsnake1997

    Redsnake1997

    May 26, 2005
    I'm envious Joe! Have a great trip (no doubt you will) and can't wait to see the pics and vids to follow. :)
     
  8. bandaidman

    bandaidman

    Feb 11, 2001
    I hope you hook up with some peacock bass!!! On a flyrod that would be epic
     
  9. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    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.
     
  10. John Frankl

    John Frankl

    Oct 16, 2001
    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.
     
  11. 김원진

    김원진

    May 4, 2011
    looks to be a great time, safe travels Joe :)
     
  12. Doug C

    Doug C

    Mar 15, 2005
    What a cool adventure, Joe !
    Very happy & excited for you ! :thumbup:
    Do take care of yourself.

    Doug
     
  13. Jon Brand

    Jon Brand Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2007
    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.
     
  14. tvandeventer

    tvandeventer

    199
    Oct 5, 2006
    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
    ABS MS
     
  15. BladeScout

    BladeScout

    May 16, 2010
    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.
     
  16. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    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'! ;)
     
  17. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I'm back and all was ........... Fantastic

    Piranha tastes good :)

    [video=youtube_share;conqy9bhTrE]http://youtu.be/conqy9bhTrE[/video]
     
  18. Jon Brand

    Jon Brand Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2007
    That was awesome! You do your own editing?
     
  19. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Glad to have you back buddy....looked like a HELLUVA time!
     
  20. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Yes John

    If you go on my channel there are six much longer videos of the trip
     

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