American Bushman

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Went Big

"Go Big or Go Home" is a phrase I've heard and/or said from time to time.

Well, yesterday I went big with regard to machetes and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to go back.

For years I've been telling people that the ideal machete for my use is a cut down Ontario 18" Military Machete trimmed to about 16" and convexed with a squared spine.

I got a 22" Ontario from Machete Specialists and the extra reach and weight may push me from a shortener to a full-length-er.

As with any Ontario of recent production, it's going to need lots of TLC to bring it up to a useable state. This one has about 4" of unsharpened steel in front of the handle so I will round the spine, square the edge-side, and then square up the rest of the spine.

Actually, the first thing I'll do this morning is strip off the black coating with Bar Keeper's Friend. Then I'll probably tweak the handle to take away the gap between the scales. Once that's all done I can start on the steel modifications.

I'll try and take some measurements and weights before I start this project so I can give you a good comparison before and after.

Thanks for reading,



At 2:32 PM, Blogger sam_acw said...

Sounds good - I'd love to see some photos and cutting test comparisons of the 2 lengths.
Seeing the transformation would be cool too. It's the one tool I don't have yet and probably one of the more important. I guess the low price and agricultural use makes them a bit unglamorous.

At 10:19 PM, Blogger tjbbpgobIII said...

I just got a kiruki and it's a nice enough blade but hell to sharpen. I would be interested to see the transformation and also your sharpening tips for the machette and the kiruki too.


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