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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TheMechanic, Feb 14, 2012.
Awesome tool! Just picked one up from Amazon.ca, had the best price for Canada, $33.26 delivered.
Here's my trail clearing setup:
If the chainsaw is not needed, the machete slides right into the chainsaw bar cover.
I also carry the 18" Gerber machete.... perfect size
In the past I've carried a hatchet and a machete, but find a folding saw the most useful. This is a SOG folding saw, it's blade is about 10" and I picked it up for about $10. I zip tye the sheath to the upper fork leg, it's light, accessible but out of the way, and doesn't pose a danger to the rider. I could probably mount a small machete or Kukri in the same spot.
Like surferchris, I like folding saws best.
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i carry a silky sugoi 14" saw on my quad and a similar stihl 12" saw on my wr250f. these little saws are a hot knife on butter and well worth the big bucks i paid for them.
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You have a speed limit in your garage? That's unacceptable, go as fast as you want, it's your garage!
My friend bought this as a "gift" for my upcoming month long journey. I'm guessing a machete would actually be helpful around camp. And great for fending off all the rude Canadians.
No idea where to mount it. Crash bar seems to work, probably need to do it clutch side to avoid heat off of headers.
Regardless, it looks pretty funny.
I like mine, but I dislike the sheath. My previous machete went to the bottom when the canoe flipped on a wood cutting run from the campsite, so I decided to try the kukri style. Excellent for chopping, but the sheath is fiddly. I'd like a sheath I could just slip the knife in and secure with a snap.
Haven't strapped it to the bike, yet.
The kukri by Cold Steele is amazingly strong. A guy in you tube spent hours attempting to destroy it. Check it out.
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i always keep a take down saw , light and sharp , i have had it for almost 20 years now .
an Oxhead hatchet which is made of some tough ass steel and doubles as a hammer
and a grohmann #4
it makes cold steel and most other knives look and feel like a mcdonalds plastic knife . i want the one with the gut hook , but this one was a gift so i cant complain .
I rode most of BC last year and didnt need a machete for anything . being bear smart goes a long way .. spray , whistle and bangers ..
One of my favorites:
Bark River Golok
If y'all really want a machete, then get one from the folks who KNOW machetes.
Of course, if you're one of those folks who prone to being overwhelmed when the options get too numerous, you may want to avoid that site.
i used to carry the gerber pictured earlier...i never liked the saw back design though..kinda dangerous to the user i thought.
nowadays i carry a k-bar bk 2
i gave it a side by side test vs. the gerber in my backyard cutting bamboo...no contest. the bk2 went through green bamboo like a lightsaber.
after that i threw the gerber in my shed and haven't touched it since.
the bk2 has a 1/4" thick blade and is sharp enough to shave with.
nice and short so it fits in any bag on the bike..and i keep it in the hammock at night...
i also have a bk7..another excellent knife, and a d2 usmc fighting knife by k bar. a good knife, but the bk2 seems a batter camp knife than either of those man openers....
next i have to settle on a good saw....
Ontario SP8. Great utility machete. Has some weight so it can chop into some dense wood, clear brush, and use to hammer. The serrated edge is useless.
Fits in the case, lol
Apparently you have not been around many (or any) bears. just thinkin
" so i will certainly feel better carrying a machete, though i don't know how effective against a grizzly it would be"
imagine being very very angry, and the asshat you are mad at is poking you with a spaghetti noodle...it would be like that.
"any of you know if it's legal to have a machete strapped to your back in a public place like a gas station? pperhaps under the jacket during travel would be better."
imagine your body tumbling down the freeway or a rocky trail, ass over tea kettle at 60mph.
WITH A 2' LONG INFLEXIBLE PIECE OF SHARPENED STEEL AFFIXED TO YOUR SPINE. the upside is you prpbabaly wont be worrying about bears anymore....unless they are parked in a handicapped space.
For bears, get bear spray. It's legal everywhere and will actually save your ass. If you want to go out in a blaze of glory, please get a gopro cam and have it on all the time.
I carry a hatchet with a saw in the handle. I had to chop wood 3x on my trip to BC last year at the remote campsites and without the hatchet, I would have had no dinner. It's hard to light a big log on fire.
I want a machete, but can't think of a good use for one. I can't ever remember needing to hack bushes away here in the US. Does look fun though.
I've never felt the need to carry one on a bike. However, for the sort of things machetes are used for, I prefer these:
They're called "Bill Hooks".
I used to work as a gardener on an estate and IMO nothing is as good for clearing vines/brambles/small branches. I used to clear overgrown streams, trails and trenches with it and it was unbelievable how much quicker you could do it with one of these than a 'normal' machete once you had the technique right.
From a 'survival' point of view, they're very useful too. Although the knack is hard to acquire, you can de-branch individual fallen limbs too with small branches protruding from them. This serves two purposes:
Making "mid sized" firewood (which is typically dry as it has been held off the floor, due to the shape of the branch).
Allowing you to make relatively straight 'poles' to act as improvised bivvy poles, tipis, etc. for shelter building.
The curvature means you get a longer cutting blade for less total length, making them less unwieldy to pack, too. So, if you did want to carry one on your bike, it'd be easier to fit on somewhere. I would probably go for strapped to the camelbak.