Jump to content
I Forge Iron

Crude Machete


Recommended Posts

Just finished this today. Yesterday I suddenly got the (peculiar) urge to forge a Machete-like knife. The only steel I had that was big enough was an old leaf spring, so I just used that, even though I greatly prefer using new steel. Since I couldn't be completely sure about the steel I didn't bother spending great amounts of time on it, so after forging it out quite crudely I just ground a rough edge and heat treated it. (2 x normalizing, hardening, and 2x tempering). Gave the edge a quick finish and fixed it up with a shaft of very dense Juniper wood. Any comments and/or constructive criticism appreciated!


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I like it.
I think I would have had the blade run all the way into the handle, true full tang style. I think that the design is cool. however I am a bit afraid that if it is a practical machete (chopping brush, and occasionally branches) having the bottom of the blade cut and rounded out may stress the spine a bit too much.
I do like the un-polished sides, that always adds to outdoor/hunting/camping knives! Keep it up I hope to see more of your work!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you both very much!

I intentionally forged it down so it is a lot thicker where it goes in near the handle, maybe 8-9 mm, as to about 3-4 mm on the rest of the blade. I think it should be solid enough, but I don't think it will get a lot of use anyways. But I definately understand your concern, and I'm glad you made me aware of it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...