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Cool Gun Show find

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by Bill Siegle, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Found a Barteaux machete on a dealer's table at the gun show this weekend. Still has the original sticker on the blade and what's left of a coroded factory edge. Looks like it was used once and put away without a cleaning. This is one with an aluminum handle and about 11inches of blade. I remember seeing this model attributed to the Vietnam war era at one time. Anyone know that end of the story? I think I'd paint the shiny handle before taking it to combat myself, but it would make a heck of a tool/weapon. Can't wait to try it out. BTW the price was only $10 :D
     
  2. Emanuel

    Emanuel BOUNCED EMAIL: I need to update my email address in my profile!

    Dec 14, 2001
    Score.:)
     
  3. Hoodoo

    Hoodoo

    Aug 18, 1999
    Hi Bill,
    I've had mine for more years than I can remember. :) This was the only big chopping blade I had for many years. The only problem is that it can wear you out if you have an all day job. The aluminum handle is not too forgiving. But it's a helluva chopper.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Geoff in Philly

    Geoff in Philly

    458
    Mar 7, 2000
    sell it for $20?;)
     
  5. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    This one ain't fer sale. Makes me smile too much when I use it :D
     
  6. bob bowie

    bob bowie

    Jul 24, 2001
    Wow, great score:). The Vietnam connection is suppoedly explain in one of M.H. Cole's books. The last couple of these I've seen were priced in the $75-100 range. Is it heavier blade stock then their current machetes?



    :D:).
     
  7. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    I would say the thickness is the same as current models. I have the Cole book you mentioned but it doesn't offer up too much info other than they were submitted for testing. I know I wouldn't mind being issued one of these(in a more subdued color of course) over the overly heavy M9 bayonet. Heck I'd rather fight with the small machete than the knife too if I had a choice.
     

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