I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

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I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:14 pm

These are great utilitarian implements that can be used to clear brush and chop down small trees. At about $26 + the cost of a good sheath the 1095 Carbon Steel Machete works extremely well for heavy yard work. (In a pinch, It could be called on for "urban" use, but I'll leave that to my three Tomahawks). Does anyone have one of these? I'd like to hear from someone before I take the plunge and grab one.

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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by TRYKER » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:01 pm

there is a site that only sells machete's. but i prefer the tramintina brand.

i also have a woodsmans pal i keep on the atv.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:17 am

I ordered the Ontario Machete this morning. The Tramontina is a fine machete, but won't chop heavy (3"+) branches as quickly as will the Ontario. The blade on the American tool is 3.17 mm while the Tramontina is 2mm at its thickest. The 1095 Carbon steel blade of the Ontario machete helps the blade power through the "thick stuff".
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by kugr » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:05 pm

Get a khukri!!!!!
Looking for those un-repairable, lost cause stilettos.

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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:44 am

The Khukri is nice, but the Ontario Miltary Machete bites deeper and will suit my needs a bit better. (It has been working for the US Armed Forces since 1943). The thick .125" (1/8") spine carries its weight when it comes to severing arms, legs, necks, etc.. I also ordered a ballistic nylon sheath in which to carry it.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by gravknife » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:59 pm

Fishtail

I agree about the older machetes .I have a Martindale marked with a crocodile stamp British ww2 1943 carbon example, and I absolutely love the American ww2 collins examples. ....both are very good for chopping and clearing bushes and a fine melee weapon in jungle warfare .
They sharpen up a treat aswell
There is a shorter model in England issued to pilots and special forces that was a very handy tool aswell...easy to conceal if need be.

I was toying with buying this 1840s swedish sidearm a while back for bushcraft, but the knifecrime here is getting ridiculous and so will the sentences for anyone caught with knives bigger than a 3" blade . :(


This falchion I believe its called would make a great kniife for bushcraft self defence and any heavy duty chores.The one i looked at was missing its guard and scabbard and was reasonably priced .The Carbon steel on these swedish Eskilituna knives is always excellent and retains a good sharp edge

Heres a few pictures of the survival machete ww2 ,some American miltary sidearms and machetes aswell

I hope your well mate.

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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:40 am

Thanks, Ian. I am well and am happier having moved away from my then resident maniac. The woman was a pain in the derriere. No matter, I am now among people that aren't "chemically dependent".

I want one of the new Smatchets (based on Colonel W.E. Fairbairn's original design). These are great in an urban setting as well as the field.

Blessings, brother.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:32 am

The Ontario Military Machete was shipped today and should be here on Friday (or so says Amazon). The next stop will be another Smatchet.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by TRYKER » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:46 pm

I just recently picked up a ontario with a saw blade on the back that i'm going to do some mods to. starting with cutting it down to 10'' blade with a rounded tip for digging, then reshape the handel . on the ass end of the blade i'll put a 2'' scandi grind. this should work well in the bush.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:29 pm

TRYKER wrote:I just recently picked up an Ontario with a saw blade on the back that I'm going to do some mods to. starting with cutting it down to 10'' blade with a rounded tip for digging, then reshape the handle . on the ass end of the blade I'll put a 2'' Scandi grind. this should work well in the bush.
Interesting. The 1095 High Carbon Steel Ontario uses to manufacture these (tempered to 50-55 Rockwell Hardness) makes them hold a mean edge and tough. No wonder the US Military has used them since 1943.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:43 am

My Ontario Military Machete arrived via UPS today. It will need some attention from my crockery sticks to attain a nice edge. (A 30-degree angle should be just about right for this piece of 1095 American High Carbon Steel). I believe that I'm really going to like this.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:33 am

I took the Machete to a Lansky Honing Steel and it took a sweet edge within 10 minutes. Now it is prepared for bushcraft and brush clearing.

I love it when a "Made In the USA" product delivers outstanding performance shortly after unboxing. If you buy one of these, you won't regret it for a minute.
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by gravknife » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:29 pm

F.P

Glad you got the Ontario machete and it lived up to your expectations.Military knives are always well made and made ro last.

I was using my Martindale last night to chop some wood for a garden fire....still doing its job just fine after 75 plus years.

Great allround tools and a fine bush craft knife/ weapon.

Hope your well

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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by Fishtail Picklock » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:51 pm

Ian:

Isn't it strange how that works? The Ontario Military Machete has been doing its job for 76 years now. The formula works. (If it isn't broken don't "fix" it).
So many newcomers to the machete (field knife) market attempt to supersede the old "tried and true" methods with limited success. Properly heat-treated, (and more expensive) higher carbon steels appear worth the money. So many want to use "tougher" stainless steels. While they may not rust as quickly, they tend to dull rapidly and require frequent honing/re-sharpening.

Just keep the blade dry and put a coat of oil on it and the High(er) Carbon Steels never fail (1055-1075-1085-1095) accomplish the job with consummate aplomb.

Cheers!
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Re: I am considering an Ontario Military Machete (18" blade)

Post by gravknife » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:18 pm

Here is the Martindale mate.

Carbon tempered blade as you say best for resharpening and holding an edge.
It has a dimpled steel effect which resembles crocodile skin and has a croc stamped in the blade with the British phaeon or govt. crows foot.
Leather sheath sramped B.H.G (possibly Home guard ) and 1943.
No frills ,handle over riveted but will be with this knife long after i depart this ball.
Tools like this and the American versions like yours were tried and tested and proven in humid conditions during the war .
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