How to Customize Your Machete
At our June Meetup Ron talked about different machete’s, including shapes, materials and how he customizes his machete to give different blade shapes and abilities in different sections of the machete. Recently there has been some talk on the Space Coast Preppers Forum about this presentation, and Ron has been nice enough to go into more details about what he does. The following is part of the thread that can be found here. Ron shares two YouTube Videos with step by step instructions on how to modify a machete.
“Hi yes it was me that did the Machete presentation. Sure thing would love to share what i have done with mine. I use the Ontario 6145 Military Issue Machete which is an 18 inch blade machete. I can give the links to the you tube videos showing how to sharpen
Zorro, what are the common uses of the four blade surfaces (2 in front, 2 in back) in this machete modification? Just need my memory refreshed.
On the back edge toward the handle
- This is an area about 3 to 5 inches and its sharpened as a square plan this is great for making fine shavings and as a way to strike a fire starter flint.
- The remaining Back side of the blade is rounded to provide a safe edge for handling and a dull edge while using a baton to split wood.
- The Front edge of the blade near the handle Is sharpened to a Scandi type blade for whittling wood to small pieces and cutting rope and things that need a knife sharp edge. the Scandi Edge is only 3 to 5 inches and is a delicate edge by nature so be sure not to chop with that portion of the blade
- the final part of the front of the blade is the working part of the machete with a Convex edge to hold an edge for long periods of time. the convex allows the machete to release from the wood after the cut easier. Once that edge is created it is easy to sharpen in the field.
One other thing I do is clean up all the hard edges of the handle to insure a smooth handle for long periods of usage with out getting blisters. As like any sharp knife be careful with the machete and it will give you years of service.
Thanks Ron for helping out the community with this great information. I hope everyone finds this useful.