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Photos Vintage Incolma No.131 machete

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by kwackster, May 31, 2019.

  1. kwackster

    kwackster

    Dec 23, 2005
    Vintage Incolma No.131 deluxe quality machete, probably made in the '60's or '70's in Manzales Colombia with the use of technology & machines inherited from the Brothers Weyersberg factory, established sword & other quality cutlery manufacturers in Solingen, Germany.
    Noteworthy are the significantly harder as well as more wear resistant steel compared to many modern machetes (noticeable harder than my F.Dick and Öberg files, which just skid on it), the thinner forged & chromed blade, as well as the more luxurious finishing with a metal handle adorned with a lion's head, brass riveted wooden panels, and even a deep and still partially guilded etching in the blade surface.

    The machete arrived at my door with a massacred "edge", administered somewhere during it's existence by some blind hack.
    As none of my quality files were hard enough to cut the steel even the slightest, i made an initial 30 degrees inclusive convex edge using only a worn-in Chinese 120 grit diamond file, and removed the burr on the Tormek leather wheel with a dab of PA-70 aluminium oxide paste.
    The resulting edge can shave arm hair with, as can be expected, a lot of bite.
    Haven't decided yet if i'm going to keep it like that or refine it a bit further.

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    Specs:

    Overall length: 23 inches (58,5 cm)
    Blade length: 18 inches (45,5 cm)
    Blade thickness: tapering from 1.85 mm just before the handle to 0.9 mm just before the point, but negligible from back to edge.
    Steel type: chromed carbon steel
    Handle material: chromed metal with wood inlay & brass rivets
    Weight: 420 grams
    No sheath
     
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  2. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Very cool! When you said "deluxe", you meant it.
     
  3. slyraven

    slyraven

    249
    Feb 19, 2019
    What a true beauty
     
  4. USMCPOP

    USMCPOP Basic Member Basic Member

    558
    Jan 6, 2016
    Incolma history video ...

     
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