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  • Pathfinder1
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    Hi...


    Don't know the brand of the one I have left (I'm too lazy to get it out and look at it!), but it meets my criteria: tough, sharp, and has a hand guard. The hand guard allows more chopping power with less force on the hand.

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  • Sourdough Dave
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    Not much in the way of jungles here in the Rockies, but when I had found myself in such places in my travels and adventures I found that the weight forward style of the Bolo worked well.

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  • Happy Myles
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    I have two favorites. One I picked up decades ago in a roadside duca .(tiny store). In the C.A.R. , while picking up coarse cut heavy tobacco for my Pygmy team. It has an interesting adaptation, the tip is cut off and blunted to help prevent injury while working in heavy jungle cover where occasionally one might accidentally get hit in the face with a pointed tip. As I recall, this tool cost me around a buck. Probably less than the cost of the awful looking, but large quantity of tobacco which was required as part of daily wages. The second machete, or panga, is a swanky custom made thing with ivory handles that holds a razor sharp edge made here in the States. I used it a lot until it became difficult to take it from country to country because of the handle material which is artificial but often takes some explaining and one more hassle to deal with.

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    Edward J. Palumbo-
    Texas.

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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    crm3006, in which state do you live?

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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    crm3006, in which state do you live?

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    U.S. Army model of 1943 by S.W.I. and the bush knife made by Tramontina. Both have their uses. Have not used the Woodman's Pal, it looks a little bulky.

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  • buckeye
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    I usr a Woodsmans Pal as well. I little expensive, but they are well worth the money. Made with great steel.

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  • AJMcClure
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    Tramontina cane knife all day. Cheers.

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  • Quinton Schmelzenbach
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    Having grown up in Papua New Guinea, I honestly believe you can't beat a "5:90" or 2.5 foot bush knife made by Tramontina.
    (So named a 5:90 because when they first were introduced, they cost 5 kina 90 toia.)

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  • Treestand
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    My vote for the Woodsmans Pal.Vietnam issue.works well in the Florida swamps.

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  • PigHunter
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    I've used military spec machetes for about 40 years and like the British design best that does not have a pointed blade. I absolutely hate the Cold Steel Kukri because it was very uncomfortable for long periods of use in my large hands. In my opinion it's cheap junk. Thanks for the tip Country Road; I'll try a cane knife.

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  • RockySquirrel
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    The Woodsmans Pal. Proven in South Pacific jungles in WWII.

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  • Hobob
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    Fiskars is the one I use. My only complaint is it did not come with a sheath but it is very good for the price I paid $20

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  • country road
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    I highly recommend a cane knife by Imacasa or Tremontina. I've never figured out a reason for a point on a machete, and a cane knife is just the right weight and balance for cutting brush, vines and saplings. I've made believers out of a lot of folks when they try them side by side. A two-handed cane knife is a wonderful tool, too, just don't get one with too thick a blade. Used correctly, a cane knife will out-cut a machete every time, it's just not made for heavy hacking, where you should be using a hatchet or camp axe (or chain saw) anyhow.

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