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DW Machete

Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by FGYT, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. FGYT

    FGYT Maker

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    Not something i was planning to do as generally Machetes are a cheap tool and work

    But a guy on BB asked for a custom one because He wanted one :cool: made in UK and custom


    nothing massively special about the blade its a std design 18"

    I decided to use the handle I put on my Parangs as its really comfy and works well on a large blade


    Here is the CAD as a start point

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    Decided to start trials with CS80 a good spring steel and hardened all thro at 48-50 ish RC 2.6mm was available


    Blads arrived today from the laser cutter



    So a Quick Grind to start testing (so no cerakote etc ;) )


    its come in at 2.7mm thick and as ground so far with a set of G10 scales and 3mm kydex liners is 695gms


    I have ground on various areas for different jobs so fisr 8" of the balde from tyeh hand;e ahs a higher grind and a sharper edge the front end is more convexed for beating work


    the small choil infront of the handle is sharp for striking a ferro rod or scraping dowels etc


    top the front 8" have a scraper edge on one side ie 85 deg for tinder making or removing bark etc
    front is rounded for comfort and bashing
    ive added in a notch as a pot lifter you can hook under teh bail of a billy to lift on and off the fire
    may be of some use for hooking brambles etc (maybe ?? )


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    here compared to the now diminutive Parang (naked as its scale have been put on the machette for testing savein me making another yet )
    and my Gardening beater abused DWC std bushy size


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  2. TeeDee

    TeeDee Full Member

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    Nice work.
     
  3. dwardo

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    I would certainly hurt my self with that. Still want a go mind :)
     
  4. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Nice - what are you doing for a sheath?
     
  5. FGYT

    FGYT Maker

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    well its not going to be Leather ;)
     
  6. Clouston98

    Clouston98 Woodsman & Beekeeper

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    Lovely work mate! :)
     
  7. Shewie

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    Phwoar, nice sword
     
  8. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Ahhh Tupperware - excellent :)

    I'm really liking your larger stuff - its a break form the herd!
     
  9. ged

    ged Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I rather like that, Duncan. With the extra work near the tip I can't help thinking of that thing the Americans used to make a fuss about in the 1930s, what was it called??
     
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    nice work there duncan

    but as you say, makes for a very expensive matchete.....don't get me wrong though. if thats what the fella wants and and is happy with it, then thats all that matters
     
  11. FGYT

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    After a bit of Wielding etc I think it may be a little heavy for an 18" most at this size are a little thinner
    and its certainly got some follow tru when you swing it and a bit more heavy chopping than a 2mm one

    So will adapt the Flandi grind and take some weight out but maintain the thicker spine should be better suited to UK


    Only a bit of time will tell if the pre hardened sheet @ 48-50 Rc is hard enough for the right balance of edge retention v regular sharpening definitely got spring but a re hardened blade could be differentially tempered to keep that but would add cost back in

    ATB

    Duncan
     
  12. janso

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    Duncan; saw your parang in glimpsed action by John Hudson earlier - what's the verdict after through jungle trials mate? Loving the machete by the way, traditional in look; what's the sheath looking like?


    Sent from my hidey hole using Tapatalk... sssh!
     
  13. CLEM

    CLEM Full Member

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    Fabulous work, really very nice.
     
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    What a beautiful chopper! Lovely work.
     
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    Lovely work that. Really well thought out.
     
  16. TinkyPete

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    Nice one Dunc...looks nicebut a serious bit of work
     
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    You'll be making a suit of armour next I assume, after that longsword!
    Seriously though, nice work!
     
  18. Tiley

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    I love the look of that parang in the last photo. Has it got a handle yet?
     

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