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Was in walmart the other day and wandered into the camp section. Saw they had a five dollar machete.
How bad could it be?

Especially after the successful with the ten dollar Menards knife.

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The answer is pretty bad.
It’s basically a sliver if thin sheet metal with a what could be generously called an edge, and a plastic handle that feels like it came off a nerf gun.
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but we persevere.

cut off the handle to reveal, nothing particularly surprising
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Cut up some bamboo floor boards into scales
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Some cutting, rasping, shaping, bending and swearing later, I have this
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A text from my wife made me realize it was 3am, so the rest will have to wait for another day.
 

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Well done. it looks like you may have turned it into a useful tool.
I like the possibilities in the new handle shape.
the finger guard might be a bit long and close for me, I often have issues with them. Enough to protect my knuckles is good. So much that my movement is constrained and there is chafing is bad.
hmmm. Fitting a machete handle is almost like fitting a bike seat.
 
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t looks like you may have turned it into a useful tool.
Maybe, Mrs. Verrtinski says it doesn’t matter how nice a handle I put on it’s still going to fold in half as soon as I hit anything with it. She might be right.


finger guard might be a bit long and close for me, I often have issues with them.
Right now it would definitely be a knuckle skinner. I still have a long way to go with shaping it, and it might still get scrapped, as I’m not totally sure my ambition hasn’t outpaced my skill on this one.
 

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I have a cheap springy flexy machete that has held up for quite a while.
you might get surprised with a nice piece of steel.
the less pleasant outcome is also possible.
If I thought it was too thin, I might cut it down before it bends and make a shorter blade to still get some utility out of it.
 
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Mr Swampthing beat me to it.
cut that thing down until it’s not flimsy. I could see getting 3 or 4 knife blades out of it. Use it as you would a sawblade-blade material.
 
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I have a cheap springy flexy machete that has held up for quite a while.
you might get surprised with a nice piece of steel.
the less pleasant outcome is also possible.
If I thought it was too thin, I might cut it down before it bends and make a shorter blade to still get some utility out of it.
Mr Swampthing beat me to it.
cut that thing down until it’s not flimsy. I could see getting 3 or 4 knife blades out of it. Use it as you would a sawblade-blade material.
Great sensible suggestions!

But the outrageous $5 machete needs to stay as outrageous as possible.

If I do any cutting to the blade it will be to give it a clip point and make it even more like a pirate sword :bigsmile:

I never got my Condor Bush Cutlass, Lambit!
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