Machete or hatchet

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by shawn_c2000, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. shawn_c2000

    shawn_c2000 New Member

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    If I had to bug out and only grab one what would be better / more versatile a good machete or a good hatchet?
     

  2. NitroxAZ

    NitroxAZ New Member

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    A good Kukri is a versatile choice also.
     
  3. Bushwhacker

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    Machete, hands down. Trust me on this one I've got 38 years of experience clearing brush. The machete does a much better job of cutting, is almost as good for splitting, and would make a better weapon.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I agree on Machete. It just seems more versatile.
     
  5. TLuker

    TLuker Active Member

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    Another thumbs up on the machete (or any really big knife such as a kukri), but it has a good one with a heavy blade. :)
     
  6. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Have you guys never used a Woodsmans pal?... All the rangers up in Maine swear by them.
    They work like a machete or an axe, and they have a hook on the end for gripping things like branches, etc....

    I have gone through machetes, and prefer Cold Steel, I have hatchets and axes for chopping and splitting wood, but the Woodsmans pal is the best, hands down, for clearing brush, etc... I really like the hook too, because you can grap limbs that are just out of reach and pull them down. Plus the handle is very comfortable.
     
  7. HOSSFLY

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  8. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Hossfly... Lol
     
  9. Kai

    Kai New Member

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    I use a kukri...it chops like a hatchet and cuts like a heavy camp knife.
     
  10. Bushwhacker

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    I have used the Woodsman's Pal and I found it to be too short, it has no point (which would limit it's use as a weapon) and the hook feature was of little use. the 24 inch Barteaux is my favorite and I've used them extensively for the last 22 years. They've never dissapointed me. the Gerber machetes work well. they take and hold a good edge. They also have a saw back which does work but not very well. I've found the Cold Steel machetes to be too soft. They're easy to sharpen but if you hit anything larger than weeds the edges roll over and the handles are very uncomfortable. Collins machetes have good blades but I don't care much for their handles (both of which are better than Cold Steel). If I could have only one cutting tool it would be the 24 inch Barteaux.
     
  11. capto56

    capto56 New Member

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    How bout the croval? Jk ;)
     
  12. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    Am I the only one who has a hatchet for their bag?
     
  13. capto56

    capto56 New Member

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    I will join you once I find a little extra cash and the right one to buy. I'd rather have one over a machete. Although the woodsman pal looks nice, just dong have that much cash to spare
     
  14. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    I've been looking for some survival stuff in some catalogues o would suggest you check out BudK, they have tons of survival stuff cheap.
    I recently saw these in a catalogue and think they would be pretty good for signaling
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...=8-1&keywords=pulling+fireworks&condition=new
     
  15. Chase127

    Chase127 New Member

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    A "tactical Tomahawk" is far superior to a machete in every way
     
  16. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    These are not for use as weapons though, they are for use as tools
     
  17. Chase127

    Chase127 New Member

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    In a survival situation i would want my choice to be just as viable as tool or weapon that is why ido have a tactical tomahawk
     
  18. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    If you need a weapon, don't use a tomahawk, it's ineffective, bring a gun