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« on: February 05, 2015, 06:34:17 PM »
Finished this one up today.  It's the first machete that I've tried so I want to take it out and beat it up a little to see how it holds up.  It's made from an old sawmill blade, bamboo scales and bamboo pins.











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Re: Crashete
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2015, 06:49:18 PM »
That's a dandy.....it LOOKS like it would perform beautifully! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2015, 06:50:11 PM »
I like it. The handle would really improve it in use IMO...

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Re: Crashete
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2015, 06:57:42 PM »
Oh my!  That is stunning.  That's the most appealing machete I've ever seen.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 06:58:19 PM »
Wicked......... I approve, but I like big Blades.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2015, 07:01:32 PM »
Incredible work. My word...

What are the specs on that beast?
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2015, 07:11:36 PM »
Awesome!


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Re: Crashete
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2015, 07:22:51 PM »
Great job Dave!

That chete needs to be on a Kracaneuner pack. I would be interested in one after testing.
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2015, 07:43:43 PM »
Yes very nice big blade.
tell us more about it please.
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2015, 10:18:14 PM »
That thing looks like a tank! How much you think it weighs?
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2015, 12:28:25 AM »
Cool!

Did you temper a bit hotter than you normally do for knives?

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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2015, 02:23:16 AM »
Wow!  Very nice.  Love the handle shape,
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2015, 06:49:03 AM »
y'all know I love a big chopper.    :)

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Re: Crashete
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2015, 06:56:33 PM »
Incredible work. My word...

What are the specs on that beast?

Blade is about 12-1/2" with the overall length about 18".  Blade at widest spot is a little shy of 2-1/2".  Steel is 1/8" thick (I think).

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Re: Crashete
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2015, 06:57:13 PM »
Great job Dave!

That chete needs to be on a Kracaneuner pack. I would be interested in one after testing.

If it works out, I'll make a few.

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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2015, 06:58:06 PM »
That thing looks like a tank! How much you think it weighs?

It weighs in at 1 lb 2.45 oz.

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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2015, 06:59:03 PM »
Cool!

Did you temper a bit hotter than you normally do for knives?

I did.  My concern is that I may have taken too much of the hardness out.  I'll soon find out.

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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2015, 10:07:23 PM »
A beast for sure Dave, look forward to hear how it holds up. Hope to play with it soon, like Ron, may want to get on the list.
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2015, 01:39:28 AM »
Cool!

Did you temper a bit hotter than you normally do for knives?

I did.  My concern is that I may have taken too much of the hardness out.  I'll soon find out.

I haven't really had enough experience with the hardness factor, but I go back and forth on edge retention and ease of sharpening.  It was an issue at the last P&M.
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2015, 06:02:24 AM »
That is a great looking knife there Crash. Hope to see that at our next outing.

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Re: Crashete
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2015, 04:31:24 PM »
I still need to beat the heck out of it, but here's a vid from a quick backyard test.


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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2015, 04:44:56 PM »
Dang!  Going for a solo P&M soon... looking for the perfect blade.  Just sayin'...

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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2015, 05:44:46 PM »
Looks like it would be a good fit in the hand, I'm sure you and the gang will put it thru it's paces  :chopwood:
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2015, 06:45:38 PM »
Cool!

Did you temper a bit hotter than you normally do for knives?

I did.  My concern is that I may have taken too much of the hardness out.  I'll soon find out.

As long as you can sharpen it with a file and it springs back to shape when flexed it should be good as a machete. Flexibility is more important than edge holding for a machete, in my opinion. I like the handle design a lot. The flare at the end should let you keep control when hands get sweaty chopping through brush in the summer heat.

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Ok, just watched the video, looks like a winner so far!

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Re: Crashete
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2015, 12:18:23 PM »
Done playing with it.  I'm pleased with how it works.  I'll let y'all know when I get some done - hopefully will have a few to play with at the next Krac gathering.


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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2015, 02:40:44 PM »
Crash, that was just awesome. Loved the slow motion action. That Crashete will definately get the job done.

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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2015, 03:50:15 PM »
Considering that wood was buckin like a bronco, it did pretty good... but can it open a soup can ?  ;D
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2015, 04:08:28 PM »
I like it man! Really like the handle shape

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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2015, 05:34:39 PM »
That's different.
Neat combination of a couple if different styles.


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Re: Crashete
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2015, 05:55:51 PM »
Like zammer mentioned, had you secured that 2x4 to a perfectly secure and solid base instead of letting it bounce all over the place, I'll bet you'd have been through it in half the number of whacks.   Very impressive in how it kept its razor edge!   Looks like a great tool, crash.....nice work! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2015, 06:38:26 PM »
Yeah. the bouncing didn't help things.  I'll probably try it again (on the next one I make) with something more secure and not using pressure treated lumber.

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« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2015, 06:52:13 PM »
Awesome! Looks like it holds up and stays sharp. I loved the slo-mo bottle chop. :thumbsup:

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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2015, 03:00:01 AM »
Yeah. the bouncing didn't help things.  I'll probably try it again (on the next one I make) with something more secure and not using pressure treated lumber.

Oddly enough that simulated what I faced chopping branches off blowdowns in the river.  Boing boing.  You having to adjust the platform was me fighting the  current in my canoe while trying to chop and drop the branches in the canoe and not the river.

...guess I better start saving my pennies...  :)
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« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2015, 09:16:33 PM »

...guess I better start saving my pennies...  :)

No kidding. That piece of D2 by itself is expensive... I am curious to see how much he is gonna sell them for. I know what is going into making that, and if they are going to be bigger than this one now, that's even more grinding/sanding/polishing/heat treating/testing/sharpening/shaping/testing/pictures/testing/videos/testing.... You get the idea :P

I really like it though, and if it is something I can spring for, I will be all over it. I need another sharp like I need a ingrown toenail, but that's why we are here :thumbsup:
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« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2015, 02:03:34 AM »
I'ld have to sell some boats and bikes.  And lie about how much I paid to "you know who"   ;)

Buuuuut,  I keep coming back to those pics... >:D
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« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2015, 03:41:05 AM »
These are a bit of a pain to make.  A lot more time consuming than a regular sized knife.

Next I have to make some pants for it, and that will take a lot of leather.  I've got to go grovel at the local Tandy store and see what kind of deals can be had.

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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2015, 12:53:13 PM »
These are a bit of a pain to make.  A lot more time consuming than a regular sized knife.


Told you so :P

After making one, top to bottom, the Condor Pack Golok starts to sound REALLY good at $60 lol!
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« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2015, 12:59:00 PM »
Before everyone gets confused, that "told you so" was not directed at you Dave, but another member of the tribe who has been hounding me for a machete... You know who you are.... >:D >:D
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« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2015, 01:17:48 PM »
huh?  What?  Who?  I have no idea what yer talkin' about...  >:D
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« Reply #39 on: February 16, 2015, 01:24:02 PM »
Oh yeah - for the money you can't go wrong with a machete like a Tramontina, but they just aren't as sexy.

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« Reply #40 on: February 16, 2015, 01:26:37 PM »
I've rocked the Tram for years.  Adequate.  Swamp's Condor Parang kicks it's ass on the P&M's.

The Crachete sets the bar high indeed.
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« Reply #41 on: February 16, 2015, 01:28:53 PM »
Oh yeah - for the money you can't go wrong with a machete like a Tramontina, but they just aren't as sexy.

You are correct on all fronts :thumbsup:
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« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2015, 01:33:37 PM »
I'm playing with a couple of different shapes for the blade.  I am fortunate to have a friend with a very large band saw that slices through hardened steel.  To cut out four rough pieces took about 30 - 45 minutes.  With my angle grinder it would have taken most of the day.

I can profile a knife fairly quickly - maybe 5 minutes tops.  To profile the first one (after the prototype) took a lot longer - close to an hour.  Tomorrow is supposed to be raining - maybe I can get some grinding in.

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« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2015, 01:42:24 PM »
Stuff like this helps those of us that don't create these works of art, understand the $ end of it.  And y'all ain't making a living at it.  Like some that ship bent, custom, 450 dollar machete's and blame the heat treatment.  Another inside "joke"... that's not funny.
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« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2015, 02:30:41 PM »
I like it!!

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« Reply #45 on: February 16, 2015, 02:51:29 PM »
If you go with overall performance.  My vote is thick and stiff  (stop. Not going there).  For FL.  I'm sick of flimsy whippy blades.
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« Reply #46 on: February 16, 2015, 03:55:28 PM »
If you go with overall performance.  My vote is thick and stiff 

Just let it go zammer,,,let it go  >:D
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Re: Crashete
« Reply #47 on: February 16, 2015, 06:33:52 PM »
Stuff like this helps those of us that don't create these works of art, understand the $ end of it.  And y'all ain't making a living at it.  Like some that ship bent, custom, 450 dollar machete's and blame the heat treatment.  Another inside "joke"... that's not funny.

I can promise you that the price point will not be $450.  I'll keep it as low as I can.  I may not make any $$, but I'll try not to lose any either.

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Re: Crashete
« Reply #48 on: February 16, 2015, 06:51:40 PM »
I like the profile of my camp golok. But if it was combined with the traditional handle that Crashete has it would be near perfect. Just a thought ;)

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« Reply #49 on: February 16, 2015, 06:53:18 PM »
I'll snap a picture tomorrow of the shapes I'm working on.  I think you may like one of them.