Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
- Dec 5, 2005
Hey Lorien, i always was under the impression that a lot of base machete brands like tramontina kept their machete steel a bit soft as the regular use of machetes (i guess this is somewhat more the case for 16" and above) often included clearing grasses, bushes etc with sweeping blows quite close to the ground. Such swings made the chances of the blade hitting the ground or a concealed rock eventually pretty high and the soft steel meant youd get a roll rather than the blade chipping. Also meant sharpening was quicker and easier.
i myself have certainly hit the ground a few times when doing low blows with machetes and once hit a concealed star picket in long grass.
You think this doent hold much validity or perhaps is more applicable to lower quality steels that have a higher chance of big chips over than 3v?
no, I don't. I like quality tools, designed and manufactured for people who know how to use them*
*sorry, I reread my response and it reads different than what I was going for- didn't mean to come off as prickly
all mass produced tools have a place on the spectrum of quality
you can spend a few hundred dollars on a hammer, or you can spend ten dollars on a hammer
both hammers are meant to hit nails, both will incur damage with use. The high end hammer will not incur as much damage, will last much longer, (with proper care) and will be more enjoyable- especially for someone who relies on it regularly- to use
you could use the same analogy with any kind of knife. The common attributes that tie all kinds of knives together with something which imparts value, is edge holding and fit and finish
just because you are accustomed to soft, crappy gas station machetes does not mean there isn't a place in this world for a machete made from the highest grade materials, designed for peak performance
I've hacked into plenty of rocks with my D3V blades- have thrown them into rocks, (by accident) and have always managed to remove the surprisingly small amount of damage done. No major chipping to speak of over the past few(?) years
the trick with a machete is to get the bevel geometry and stock thickness right
geometry is crucial to a rock resistant edge