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

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

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby kugr » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:05 pm

Get a khukri!!!!!

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

Postby 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)

Postby 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)

Postby 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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