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  • #16
    I don't own but have used the ESEE Junglas and their light machete, Im not sure on the length of the machete but the Junglas is definitely shorter than 24, probably closer to 16". It is a great piece of gear, I highly recommend it.

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    • #17
      Rapiddagger : I just did some research on that knife of yours (Mainly because I want one) and found that USMC does actually stand for United States Marine Corps and that is a USMC Hospital Corps Knife. I will post a portion of one article below and link it (So if anyone else is looking for one they'll be able to find it)

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      An article I wrote on them a few months or so ago:
      USMC Hospital Corps Knife

      United States Marine Corps, Hospital Corps Knife: It is a knife not a bolo and not a Medical Corps knife. The correct nomenclature is arrived at logically; the Naval Medical Corps designates its members as Officers. Physicians who might use a scalpel, letter opener or a pocket knife but not a large knife such as this. The medical enlisted personnel, Navy Corpsman, who would use this knife, are in the Hospital Corps hence the proper name, Hospital Corps Knife.

      http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/sh...hp?tid/386312/

      And here I found some info about its specs

      http://www.olive-drab.com/od_edged_w..._usmc_hosp.php
      Last edited by Jason_Tx; 05-23-2011, 06:25 PM.
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      • #18
        I love my K-BAR Kukri BB beat me to posting a picture. It is sturdy and is razor sharp out of the box. The steel is great quality.
        The government can only give to you what they take from you.

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        • #19
          Well Thanks for the straight poop Jason, I will reeducate the guy that told me the other story, I knew U.S.M.C. could only stand for one thing OORAH!!

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          • #20
            Look here for some really good deals on machetes www.machetespecialists.com

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            • #21
              I bought a marbles a few years back at a yard sale it works very well for clearing brush and other yard work I just checked and they have a web site and are still in operation.
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              • #22
                I've got a Kershaw outkast, after rebevelling the edge, its a chopping monster.

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                • #23
                  Time to think outside the box a bit...
                  I own a Cold Steel 24 in. machete, and while it's a fine tool, I have a Cold Steel Kukri with about an 18 in. or so blade on it that actual works better than the longer machete. I use it all the time at home and at the camp.
                  There are two different models from Cold Steel, I believe. I have the ones with the thinner blades; maybe not so good prying manhole covers up, but seems to cut better, 1/3 the price and sharpen easily. And the shape of the blade puts the weight of the blade at the cutting surface, a good thing I assume.

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                  • #24
                    I made one from an old planer blade from a veneer mill, pretty heavy, razor sharp and holds it's edge very well. Just don't ever hit yourself with it, it could lob of a leg with ease.

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                    • #25
                      I own Cold Steel, Ontario and Gerber machetes. All are good. I think as long as you buy a name brand with the blade design that fits your needs you will do alright.
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                      • #26
                        I'm obviously just throwing this out there, but if you ever find yourself in a country where machetes are normally used it would be a good idea to get a couple there. In Nicaragua you can purchase a machete for $5 that would cost $100 here in the usa
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                        • #27
                          +1 on the Cold Steel 18" Kukri machete. Had mine for awhile and its a workhorse.

                          They have (had?) a line of various style blades in the $20 range. At that price you can abuse it and not be too put out if its damaged. Most retailers stay near that price point also when they sell it.
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                          • #28
                            Here is the best place to get research on all the different types of machetes out there. They talk about the history and type of work each is good for.

                            So here is the web address: http://www.machetespecialists.com/

                            Luck

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                            • #29
                              I have a couple, nothing to write home about. The one on the right is not considered a machete. The one on the far left is my favorite, it's a IMACASA Made in El Salvador No. 808; lightweight, sturdy handle and wacks just about anything I need to.Click image for larger version

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