Couple additions to the stockpile……

Lawrence over at SurvivingTheDayAfter (yahoo group) has been on me about trying out some bowie knives from Kennesaw Cutlery. I decided to go ahead and purchase the Timber Rattler Jungle Fury you see in the pictures below.

My initial impressions of the knife are positive. Overall quality seems very good and blade is very sharp. Over the coming weeks I will put the Timber Rattler through its paces and see what happens.


While I was at the Kennesaw website РI saw the United Cutlery Edge Sawback Survival Machete. I decided to order it and check it out. Initial impressions are so-so. Decent sized blade which came very sharp. I was impressed with the angled-sawteeth on the back of the full-tang blade. Immediate negative was the appeared quality of the handle. Looks rather cheap Рbut we shall see. I will be hacking with this thing and see if it holds together.

Now – I know these two examples are not super expensive knife was $9.99 – yes, $9.99 and the machete was $19.99) . I also would have to say they lack they quality of many of the more cstly examples that can be found. BUT…..will they work.

I intend to find out.

More later…..


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7 thoughts on “Couple additions to the stockpile……”

  1. To each his own, and I am certainly not disputing the large price difference, but I will stick with “Made in USA” knives. Even a knife I plan to throw in the tool box and use as a sharp pry bar will tend to be “Made in USA” (though I do have a few knives made in Germany and Italy). I feel better about supporting a craftsman in New York (damnyankees!) than I ever would about keeping some business in Taiwan open.

    • Harry –

      Totally understandable. Where an item is made is something that I certainly consider – as well as price.

      Thanks – Rourke

  2. How, exactly, did the designers intend for you to use the saw teeth on the machete? The hand guard will prevent holding it any way but blade down!

  3. I have a Meyerco – a similar design to the United . Holding the handguard is a bit clumsy, but allows you to use a surprisingly-good saw (even a decent kerf on the Meyerco). Honestly, better than I expected – I was only really thinking ‘nasty backhand cut’ if I ever had to use it as a ‘cutlass’

    I like the handguard idea. I broke 2 fingers a while back hitting an ‘oops’ branch with a issue-type machete. That got fixed by a lot of swearing and a trip to the local ER. In a more serious SHTF situation, that could have been fatal.

    A tip I learned from a long-retired NYPD cop: There is a cord loop attached to the hilt, similar to an old-school police nightstick. It is NOT a wrist strap, so you don’t lose it. (Think about it for a minute – do you REALLY want something long and sharp, like a machete, dangling from your wrist flopping around as you walk, or worse, if you drop it while swinging it? Even an MZB-gang member doesn’t want the nickname “No-Knees”)

    Re-tie the loop size so that you can put your thumb through the loop and wrap it around the outside of your hand so that the hilt is firmly braced in your hand when you hold the hilt. If it is a bit loose, give it a rotation or 2 to tighten the loop. Try using the machete, with and without the hand loop, and see the difference.

  4. You are very welcome, Rourke –

    a disclaimer of a sort: If you are in Belize, or someplace similar and use a machete all day, every day, or a hatchet, or even a big ‘ol knife, “attaching” the tool to your hand will probably ‘blow out’ your wrist or elbow or both in a few years due to transmitted repetitive stress. No sugar-cane-harvester in Cuba uses a hand-strap. Occasional use like clearing a trail or whacking the random ‘zombie’ shouldn’t hurt much, and you do hit a lot harder and more accurately. Be careful anyway.


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