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Choosing machete/kukri for camping

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FreeLancer:
Look at the Cold Steel Trailmaster, too. It’s a modern Bowie that’s cheaper and easier to sharpen than a Kukri and chops well.

In my opinion, about 75% of Cold Steel’s designs are marketing BS but they do have some winners and their steel is very good.

Greekman:

--- Quote from: David in MN on November 07, 2019, 09:13:32 AM ---Machete vs. kikri? Ford and Chevy. They both work so it's just a preference thing.

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not exactly according to someone that was making lots of jungle living, etc.
Machetes are good for long skinny branches that flex nad move. Parangs (closer to kukris) are for thicker stuff.

My segestion is to try something like these.. it is formidable on small trees, cos it combines weight with a gradually thinning to an edge profile
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Fiskars-Chopping-Brush-Axe-78606935J/202681658
https://www.amazon.com/Eastern-Cloud-Professional-Billhook-Balanced/dp/B003DIL8J8
https://www.woodmanspal.com/

kid_couteau:
Try looking at Parangs

Heavier blade and not as "weapony" as a kukri

nocturnal:
Thanks for your opinions and expertise, gents!

I was eyeballing CS Gurkha as it has some good reviews and feedback, but some of them got my attention. One wrote "blade is loose in the handle, it rattles inside", others told about issues with humidity and the default sheath. Some guys even mentioned that after some chopping "Kukri took so many rolls on the blade", but I'm just wondering - how much real abuse it took to do that? Also the price. I decided it might be an overkill (as I'm just planning to try a whole new concept for me), even though I liked the shape of the blade. Not this time, I believe.
As I've mentioned already, the other option was Ka-Bar Blade, but it's just smaller (and lighter) than I thought - gave it a try when I was at my friend's home and decided that I still want a heavier blade.

Instead of being compulsive, I ended up ordering Cold Steel kuk'chete - the one FreeLancer mentioned above - it seems to be more practical, so now I can't wait to test it. It's still lighter than I wanted it to be, but it's closer to the kukri than the knife I have now and there's always a room for an upgrade. Certainly, it might take a while to get used to it, but it's worth a try.   

Plan to post some updates as soon as I could take it with me in the woods.

imasurviver:

--- Quote from: FreeLancer on November 06, 2019, 06:00:55 PM ---Cold Steel makes inexpensive kukri machetes, if you want to try the concept out without dropping a bunch of money.

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That's a good idea. But if you know what you want spend a little bit more for something that will last years. There are some cheap camping knives out there that'll work as well.


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