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Photos Cold Steel Black Bear Machete handle mod

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by kwackster, May 3, 2018.

  1. kwackster

    kwackster

    Dec 23, 2005
    Yesterday i gave this Black Bear machete a contoured handle with a "fuzzy finish".
    Next will be a resharpening of the factory edge.

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    Next to my vintage Western Bowie, which already is quite a big knife:

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    uxo2, oxman198, Junglas and 2 others like this.
  2. noviomagus

    noviomagus

    426
    Dec 25, 2007
    Looks really good.
    Seems much more ergonomical now.
    The original handle is fairly thick and wide.
     
  3. kwackster

    kwackster

    Dec 23, 2005
    The difference in handling is literally night & day, and the best part is that you only need a half-round woodrasp to do it.
     
  4. noviomagus

    noviomagus

    426
    Dec 25, 2007
    Yes , so everyone with the will/intention , and a bit of skill, can do this.

    The more narrow handle , makes for a tighter grip.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2018
  5. kwackster

    kwackster

    Dec 23, 2005
    The Cold Steel Black Bear machete is something of a crossbreed between a short machete & a bowie knife, and imo because of the untapered fairly thick & rigid blade and the resulting overall weight this model is better suited for chopping branches and smaller trees than light brush or brambles.

    These machetes are manufactured for Cold Steel by Lasher Tools in South Africa from very well hardened 1055 carbon steel that is extremely tough.
    Not only are they practically indestructible, but once resharpened they will also take & hold an almost unexpected good edge.
    Straight from the factory they are however completely blunt or not even apexed, and what "edge" there is is also burnt due to uncooled and sloppy machine sharpening.
    It will take some time and elbow grease to put on a good convex edge that will showcase the true quality of these blades, but i have found that to be more than worth it.
    The original polypropylene handle on this Black Bear was both too thick and too slick for my taste, so out came the wood rasp again.
    The difference in handling & grip after the contouring with the fuzzy finish is night and day, and you only need one simple handtool to do it.
    Very useful piece of equipment with a good price to quality ratio for bushcraft, garden maintenance, and last but not least home defense.

    Mods on this one:

    - Polypropylene handle contoured and "fuzzy finished"
    - Factory edge slightly reprofiled & resharpened to an armhair shaving convex edge (apex now lies between 30 and 35 degrees inclusive)
    - Factory swedge slightly reprofiled & resharpened to an armhair shaving convex edge (apex now lies between 35 and 40 degrees inclusive)

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    Specs:

    Overall length: 45,2 cm (17.8 inches)
    Blade length: 30,8 cm (12.13 inches)
    Blade thickness: 2,89 mm
    Steel type: 1055 carbon steel with baked-on anti-rust coating
    Handle material: polypropylene plastic
    Weight 510 grams
    Sheath: Cor-Ex with tip protector
     
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  6. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    Looks good mate reminds me I need to mod my CS Bowie machete soon.
     
  7. Hermit_Knight

    Hermit_Knight

    448
    Mar 19, 2018
    Does the black bear feel good in the hand? The Bowie machete by cold steel feels excellent but I like the look of the black bear also.
     
  8. noviomagus

    noviomagus

    426
    Dec 25, 2007
    I found the Black Bear machete to better for slashing given the wider blade/belly. Feels light and fast in the hand just like the CS bowie machete.

    Though this Black Bear Bowie machete handle which is exactly the same handle as on the CS Smatchet was the only knife handle I ever had my hand sliding against the guard when doing stab tests. The cause being the wide slick handle(middle part) .
    The CS bowie machete never gave me problems when doing the same stabtests (full force on phone book , wood etc.).
     
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