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Been thinking of getting a machete to clear out some thick stuff while I'm scouting. Anyone have any suggestions to what is junk and what might last a while?
 

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I had a cheap one from harbor freight for a while. Lost it in the woods somewhere. It was nice for the $5 or whatever I paid for it, but would dull very quickly and wouldn't hold an edge for long. My buddy had a Gerber that was far superior. I had never used one before but I was quite impressed with the effectiveness of it.
 

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I have one that my son brought home from Indonesia about 20 years ago that was hand made. It does have a real long blade about 3 1/2 feet plus a handle that's made for both hands. They used them on the rubber plantations. Sharp as all get out. I have a cheap one that I bought at Wally World is ok for real light cutting.
 

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Usually see the Gerber Jr. and longer Gerber on sale for 14.99 and 19.99. I have the Jr. The saw on the back of the blade works ok too.
 

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I have one from Ontario knife company with a black "D" handle and coated blade. 22". Very happy with it. Once you learn to use it correctly, you won't know how you ever cleared shooting lanes etc before. I can easily cut through 2" + limbs with one swing.
 

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I have used the crap out of my Gerber machete in my battle against ailanthus. Liked it enough to buy a second one.
 

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Second woodsmans pal. A rugged piece of equipment. My step father used one for years and now it's mine and it still as good as the first day.
 
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