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Pile of Siberian Slasher ultralight machetes

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Mecha, Jun 13, 2018 at 3:53 PM.

  1. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hello fellas n' ladies,

    I finally got somewhere with the numbered run of "Mecha-style" machetes made from that really nice Russian titanium alloy called BT23.

    This was an attempt to make a big batch of summertime blades all at once, and offer them at a good price. I made a serious mental miscalculation on that. For some reason, I thought that the stock being closer to the final thickness would make the job quicker and easier, but what I failed to consider is that after forging, there's really no difference in the surface area that needs to be ground and shaped. :D Told ya I'm bad at math. All it did was reduce the forging time which unfortunately is the best part of the job, and leave the same amount of grinding, on some particularly tough ti.

    I will not attempt to make a large batch like this again and will limit any future batches to 3, because the techniques used are simply not conducive to making big batches of big blades. It was pretty brutal. Every billet is forged, they are all different, and the grind is a single continuously curved piece that has to be shaped by hand.

    Either way, lesson learned, and mission accomplished. This is the first time in a while that I've been able to offer up some blades to the general public! Pictured are the bare blades, ready for handle wraps of any type, or big ugly scales, I guess that depends on what the machete wielder likes.

    These are 24" oal with 18" blades, convex, distally-tapered, 1/8" thick at the handle, and weigh around 9 ounces, bare. That's just a bit over a half-pound of sharpened ti. They are a good middle ground between being razor-like and beefy.

    Thanks for looking.

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  2. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    not much time for posting these days, but I just gotta say- nice work!
     
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  3. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks Lorien. I knew you'd like them, HA!
     
  4. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 12, 2005
    Sweetness.
     
  5. StevenRS11

    StevenRS11

    10
    May 4, 2016
    Mmmm... #4 has my name on it. Cannot wait.
     
  6. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Oh ya.

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    Now that #4 is claimed, #3 is my new favorite.
     
  7. PaulDiStefano

    PaulDiStefano KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    321
    Nov 14, 2016
    Haha I didn't recognize the thumbnail profile picture next to the your name. So I just clicked it without reading your name and once I saw the blade profile I was like whatttt this dude totally stole
    Mechas blade style!!! And then I realized it was actually really you and now I feel dumb. Didn't realize you changed your picture haha
    They look great!
     
  8. scotchleaf

    scotchleaf

    Oct 23, 2006
    how much?
     
  9. FOG2

    FOG2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    I wish I had the need and the cash to buy one of your creations.
    (Mostly silent admire'r) of your work.
     
  10. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Bwahahaha! Hey I'm thrilled that they were seen as "Mecha blade style." :D

    Quite soon I'll have a sword version finished, the most refined yet. I swear there's a method to the madness and reasons for the design. Seriously! :eek::p
     
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  11. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks FOG2. If you don't have an urgent need for a giant hand-held titanium blade - which is shocking, I must say - maybe a normal knife will strike your fancy one of these days.

    Although I'm a believer that often times "invention is the mother of necessity" and when one gets ahold of something like a very sharp titanium machete, it just starts to get used for all kinds of things. :D
     
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  12. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    They're posted up for sale in here if you want to read the details.

    I also put up a little video on that newfangled Instantgram website, at the request of one of my customers who said that I have to post things on that site too. I must say, some of the things I've seen on that site already have really thrown me for a loop and left me with a mildly shocking, sinking feeling of disillusion...

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    ...but there's a lot of cool stuff too! I can see why people like it.

    Here is the video clip, it's worth a look:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj_A9szAdBv/?taken-by=madscienceforge
     
  13. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Exceptional....much want. :)
     
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  14. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Here we have Siberian Slasher #4 with a touch of polishing and a standard handle wrap. These blades will stay naked until owners are found, so that any custom touches can be made. Such as a polish or different finish, particular handle mods, or other subtle changes that are requested. You'd be surprised how many people want to make their own handle scales or wrap their own perfect grip!

    Total weight is about 10 ounces.

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  15. StevenRS11

    StevenRS11

    10
    May 4, 2016
    Well, Slasher #4 just arrived today.

    Aesthetically, it’s that perfect balance of a flawless brushed finish with hand forged details. The curve, distal taper and primary grind leave no flat surfaces; it’s all graceful sweeping lines. It’s visually balanced in a way that’s hard to describe without holding it and watching it move.

    Physically, it’s almost an impossible object. It’s just so light, so rigid, and even the flex it does have is so aggressively damped that it feels totally alien (in a good way). We all have certain intuitions about how shaped materials behave, and this defies all of them.

    I’ll post more about it when I take it out in the woods, but as of now I am rather pleased with my investment.
     
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  16. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks much for your observations! Although I must contend the flawless finish part. XD The aggressive dampening (harmonic resonance deadening) of shock and flex you mention is one of the most important aspects of these long ti alloy blades, yet one of the hardest to describe. It's crucial to the unique feel and ability to cut, for several reasons.

    At special request, here you have it folks: another infamously bad ti blade cutting video, just showing that the blades are sharp and can also bash things and still stay sharp!

     
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  17. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Also, just adding that you can flex that thing to over 90 degrees and it will return true. It's just stiff and you have to put a lot of force into it.
     
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