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Yes, it is a pretty sturdy chopper. The blade tapers from about 4.5mm at the base to 1.7mm at the tip, giving it a really nice balance.
That is cool. I live in Northern California, and while I have found mine useful around the camp, and for other jobs around the car it is great. I've tried it while hiking and found it a little too long. It is easier to hike around things than blaze through them chopping, when I did need to cut things out of the way my fixed blade (9 inch blade) was more than adequate. Yours looks like a nice middle ground.It chops like an axe. I thinned our the convex edge as well as reprofiling the big round handle. Both mods are necessary but it generates a ton of power and feels great in the hand.
I'm in jersey where I mostly use these to split firewood and take down branches. I'm heading up to the pocono mountains next week so we'll see what I end up getting into up there. The bushcraft parang's too heavy for bushwhacking, unless you want to walk straight and there's a big tree in your way! My becker bk-5 or ontario's sp-45 are nice and light and slice small branches out of the way when hiking around in the woods, but can still split a log if needed. I have lots of stuff inbetween as well - 9-10" choppers are pretty sweet tools.That is cool. I live in Northern California, and while I have found mine useful around the camp, and for other jobs around the car it is great. I've tried it while hiking and found it a little too long. It is easier to hike around things than blaze through them chopping, when I did need to cut things out of the way my fixed blade (9 inch blade) was more than adequate. Yours looks like a nice middle ground.
Nice looking bolo machete! I you're right about how there's no good category fit for big choppers and machetes. Which other tools do you like?Machetes are a garden type tool to me that live in the garage or tool shed ( I like the light south American stuff ) so they never seemed to fit in GKD and I never thought to post them in the sword forum either, I have just posted them in the Axe tomahawk and hatchet forum but I'm not sure that's really the best place for them either maybe the best of the available choices but theres gotta be something better.
It think a machete forum would be great if it gets enough traction.
I think theres enough people who enjoy a good machete, just look at all the discussion of large thick chopping knives.
Yes absolutely there is a lot of history to discuss with them if that is where ones area of interest lies.They are a tool to some and a weapon to others, They are also an immensely interesting subject spanning many centuries of development and specialization all over the globe.