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Bushcraft Machete (10 of 13)

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Uploaded on Jan 17, 2010

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Machetes come in all shapes and sizes and can be very specialized tools. In the bush, where I have to clear trail, clear camp, harvest and shape natural materials, as well as prepare foods, cut water vines and clean game, (just to name a few) I like a machete that is a jack of all trades. By making a few simple modifications to the blade I get a variety of edge types located in the right places to optimize their usefulness and application to a wide range of tasks. This is what I call a "Bushcraft Machete". It is a machete that is not just the right choice for one task but rather a blade that finds it's way into just about everything I do in the bush.

This video covers some of the uses and applications of the scandi edge I place at the base of my blade as well as the squared spine I use for making shavings. These various edges have wider application than what is shown in the video.

If you would like to put some of these mods on your machete then feel free. I even have a tutorial up that shows you how with simple hand tools. Their application, or how you use them is up to you. If your machete is intended exclusively for clearing land or cutting trail then I recommend a full length convex. If your machete is much longer than 16 inches you will probably find using the scandi base awkward. For a bushcraft machete that will ride on your belt and touch on everything you do in the tropics this size blade with these mods has been working moe for many years. It just might work for you too.

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