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Photos Please help identify my Machete.

POCEH KOCEB

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Hi everyone, I'm hoping you can tell me little more about the machete I got since 1990.
It looks to me as some of the Condor flavors but I'm not very familiar with the machetes.
I've being using it a lot, in and out.
Never had problems with the rust, it's threated with Ospho and the "rust" you see if purely cosmetic,
once you sharpen the edge, it works like a charm. handle material was much darker but with the time it faded away to what you see now.
Here are couple of pictures, it did have some labels before but they are long gone, two rectangular, I want to say one was some yellow color but I really don't remember well the nineties... :cool:
Thank you in advance !

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FortyTwoBlades

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Is it scale construction or is it injection molded in place but also riveted? Looks like standard scales? Where did you originally purchase it? Can you remember anything about the label it originally had, is it distal tapered, and do you have a shot of what the rivets look like on the opposite face? Those details can go a long way towards a positive ID.
 

POCEH KOCEB

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FortyTwoBlades FortyTwoBlades thanks for taking interest of my question.
Yes, the blade is tapered. Something that I never thought about...

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Handle scales do not appear to be injection molded and than riveted, here are few pictures, I hope I'm correct:

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They used to be labels but I don't remember almost anything about is, I only remember probably two rectangular on one site of the blade, closed to the handle.

My late father in law used to handle some of the maintenance for Ringling Brothers Concession in Florida. He had three car garage full of various inventory that he purchased or had left over from the business.
Those machetes, along with bunch of other gardening equipment were purchased for the Concession to be used.
In 1990 he gave me those two brand new machetes, they were in I believe, bluish boxes, wrapped in oily paper.
I gave one of those to a friend of mine and used the other one for myself.
 

FortyTwoBlades

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Okay...the handles looks like it's a bakelite type material, is that correct? Very hard, not like polypropylene? It looks like it could possibly be one of the Guatemalan-made Collins 127 machetes. Some of the later ones had a paper label but no stamp on the blade itself like earlier ones did.
 

POCEH KOCEB

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Yes, Bakelite type, just it used to be much darker, almost olive black.
Its good information, thank you, I’ll look it up online. Seems like a good machete.
 

POCEH KOCEB

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It definitely is very close to the Collins and looking at some of the pictures online, I think the two part label made me confused that they were two labels… Mine don’t have stamp on the blade, I assume it’s newer or cheaper model…
‘Thanks again, I’ll have fun digging more and restoring this thing.
 

FortyTwoBlades

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Yeah like I said, the later production ones made in Guatemala only had the sticker, and no stamp. Earlier Guatemalan ones did have a stamp also, and Collins machetes made before that were made in the USA and very clearly marked. Later after being acquired by Cooper Tools the brand was made in Colombia instead, and those blades aren't tapered and have polypropylene scales. Some of the late-period stampless Guatemalan machetes I was pulling up have the same kind of deformation to the scales around the pivots, and the same kind of sanding pattern on the bakelite.
 
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