Photos Bowie Machete mod

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by kwackster, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. kwackster


    Dec 23, 2005
    A few days ago i bought a few Cold Steel Bowie Machetes from a Dutch forum member, and today i changed the plastic grip of one of them a bit more to my liking with the use of a coarse wood rasp.
    The contouring makes for a much more comfortable grip when compared to the original handle shape, and snap cuts can now be done much easier and without handle shift.
    The rough surface structure left by the wood rasp also offers a much more secure grip, but only prolonged use will show if it needs more smoothing.



    The factory edges on these South African made versions had some burring left, but that was an easy fix on the Tormek leather wheel.
    The edges are slightly convex, and each apex currently fits in the 45 degrees inclusive slot of my Tormek WM200 AngleMaster.
    A bit overkill i think, so some thinning will probably follow later.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018
  2. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Nice contouring. Looks more comfortable.
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  3. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    ;) Nice . Great idea . Looks a bit like something chewed the handle , but I can see it would be improved for grip and comfort .:cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  4. dingy


    Feb 19, 2008
    really cool knife mod.
  5. oxman198


    Jun 17, 2013
    Looks good. May be able to smooth it out with fine sandpaper, unless you like it like that for extra grip.
  6. kwackster


    Dec 23, 2005
    The rough finish as it currently is would probably work very well when using the Bowie Machete as a pig sticker for hunters and also for home defense, but i still have to find out how it works for (sustained) chopping purposes.
    If need be some sanding linen would make a finer surface in no time.
    With a measured blade thickness of 2.75 mm the knife is actually quite rigid, certainly not flimsy or wobbly.
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  7. DamascusBowie


    Sep 20, 2016
    Ivegot a pair of these for $16 each at amazon, great blades for the money. Can handle all but the heavy chopping tasks.
  8. anthonycastorena2014

    anthonycastorena2014 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2014

    How did you do this?
  9. kwackster


    Dec 23, 2005
    With the help of a half-round coarse wood rasp & a light touch, and below are some pics of a few Cold Steel Kukri Machetes i'm currently working on.
    Now the handles on these are made from PVC, on which the fuzziness disappears after some use, and what is left is a hand-friendly yet grippy surface.
    The Bowie Machetes have handles made from noticeably harder polypropylene, and on that material the fuzzy surface seems to last much longer.

    Removing the chequered handle surface with a coarse wood rasp to give it a much more "handpalm-friendly" finish.


    Right after the wood rasp treatment on the right, and one that has already seen several days of use on the left.

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019
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  10. kwackster


    Dec 23, 2005
    This is how the second Bowie Machete looks at the moment, with the fuzzy finish coming out a bit more even compared to the first one.
    Obviously the edges still need to be reprofiled & sharpened.
    (You can click each pic 2 X for a bit more detail)




    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018
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  11. StrikeBack


    May 16, 2013
    Very nice! Thanks for sharing
  12. noviomagus


    Dec 25, 2007
    Ziet er goed uit !

    (meaning: looks really good)

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