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Machete suggestion for super heavy use

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Seyter, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
  2. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    Not sure which is best but I have heard that Machete don't text. In all seriousness I have an old Ontario US that I've never used, looks good though.
  3. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    "Machete don't text" :confused: marcinek don't get.

    As for the Ontario, if you haven't used it....how would you know its good?
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  4. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I have 4 or so machetes , but always go with the Ontario. Been doing so for 40 plus years and is my most used blade.
    Not sure it(or any machete) fits the OP's needs, but certainly not the worst choice.
  5. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    Based on what little info was provided, chopping and digging will not work well with a machete. I think what the op really wants, (or should be wanting), is a kukri. Not a lightweight kukri, but a proper thick and heavy one which will act as a hand axe. The combination of weight and geometry really can make a kukri nearly as effective as a hand axe. Digging, also, will benefit from the broad head, it's almost a hand spade.

    Do not spend a lot on a 'military' kuk (which should be lightweight), but rather go for the cheaper spring steel type which are used as tools.
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  6. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    My "medium heavy duty" user is the 16" Condor Swampmaster. Actually love it. My heavy chopper is the Condor Village Parang and Pack Golok. I generally grab the Pack Golok for the most part. I prefer the wood handles.

    The 12" Ontario is quite substantial. But I truly dislike the handle and won't use it even though I own two or three.

    Cold Steel makes a pretty stout 18" machete also. Don't know who makes it for them.
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  7. jstrange


    Mar 31, 2012
    Best machete I ever used.

    But seriously, go to baryonyxknife.com
    He’ll hook you up!
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  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    The Baryonyx is just about the heaviest duty "machete" that I am aware of. It's a beast.
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  9. AndreLinoge


    Nov 20, 2014
    Nothing wrong with chopping wood with a machete. We have to do it all the time on some jobs. Not timber clearing, mind, but plenty of wrist thick saplings and limbs off trees. A machete will dispach that stuff as well as (if not better in some cases) than a heavy chopping knife. Work is force multiplied by distance after all, and taking out chips is taking out chips, if I have a tool that will cut deeply when swung hard because it's thin I dont have to break that chip out by wedging; it comes out because the cuts on either side connect under it.
    Beyond a certain size, none of that matters because an axe or saw becomes the tool for the job anyway, and we would have taken a different shot while out surveying if confronted by such. At that point it would be faster to throw another traverse nail down somewhere and move.

    Machetes can chop fine as long as that's not the only thing you're going to be doing. You'd still be hard pressed to replace it with another tool that can dig, chop wood, and clear briars as well and still fit on your belt.
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  10. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    A famous Danny Trejo one liner from Machete the movie. Ontario was a US military issued machete forever so I'd bet it works well enough. It looks great sitting behind my door waiting for zombies, so I'll never use it. 007 don't camp.
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  11. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Inexpensive and effective.

    Ontario and Ka-Bar have handles that absorb shock pretty well.

    I’m not sure if these can qaulify as machetes though. But for the work you described I believe they would work well.
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    For a lighter option that’s more in tune to an actual machete, Tamontina are very good for the low price.
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  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    All this is great but I still don't know what you mean by "Super Heavy Use"?
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  13. Rob47


    May 4, 2013
    An entrenching tool. Sharpen one side of it and you’re in business.
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  14. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Gotta go with Spicy McHaggis on this one, and say "over 400 lbs".

    If by "super heavy use" you mean "abuse", I'd say the Baryonyx Machete or the Cold Steel Kukri Machete.

    I can't break either one.
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  15. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) Exactly what I was thinking ! Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel or similar . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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  16. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015

    This is almost the exact answer I would give, except I would say, get the Golok first, for reasons of instant gratification and because it sounds like it would suit what you want to do with it (digging excepted), use it a little while to see what it does and does not do well, then seek advice from Forty-Two Blades. You will be better prepared to receive that advice once you have experienced what the Golok does well, and what it does not do so well.
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  17. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Sounds more like a job for a tough chopper than a machete. Check out the different CPK/Carothers choppers. Quality is most certainly guaranteed.

    If you want to dig with it, a shovel might be a practical addition though the CPK would no doubt withstand digging just fine.
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  18. ronin.graves

    ronin.graves Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    I've had good luck with the Gerber Junior Gator. Super cheap and tough as all get out.
  19. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    The answer is the Barryonx machete!!!
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  20. Dirtbiker


    Jul 2, 2010
    I’d recommend a tramontina bolo Machete and a cold steel special forces shovel. You can buy both for under $50.
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