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Hatchets and machete. Part 1


Category : Machete

Good day to all readers of our blog about interesting swords! Our first publication will be devoted to this kind of bladed weapons like cutlasses and machetes. So go on:

The big knifes always were widely used both in army, and in a life. In army a sapper hatchet used for rod cabin.
To such hatchets always aspired to give the maximum universality, for this purpose on a butt cut a saw. Their massiveness in itself promoted wide application as tool and in case of need as the weapon. The similar tendency has remained in some models sapper bayonets which have lived before the First World War.
Other branch of development of large knifes are knifes-machetes.
The Latin American machetes, despite a generality of problems, differ both under the form, and in the sizes. There are the samples who are bearing a strong resemblance to sabres, with the developed hilt and the sharp end calculated on a prick. It is an echo of boarding sabres.
Traditional Colombian machete is designed for Cutting through a dense thicket of jungle


Traditional Cuban machete has a flat front part, since it is often used for digging - this is the feature of using this tool on sugar cane.

Virtually all the peoples of the tropical zone, has its own large knives in varying degrees, replacing the machete. Often these are original designs that use completely different principles, such as the Nepalese kukri (khukri). Machetoobraznye knives can be used in the North, where there are no large trees, but there are dwarf varieties, more like a shrub. Hatchet with them can not cope, and a large knife - just right. Hence the solid dimensions of some models of Lapland knives.

kukri knife

Traditional weapons gurhov - kukri knife. This knife was in the armed forces gurhov that were part of the British armed forces. In addition, the knife was officially and is in service with several Asian countries. It successfully combines the high combat qualities and possibilities of a universal instrument. According to experts, kukri - is one of the best knives for survival in the jungle. The experience of kukri Norgeem Tenzing - the first conqueror of Everest. He speaks very well about this knife, which helps them to approach hacked through the jungle, and on the icy slopes with his help cut steps. As you can see, this knife, despite its size and weight, found it even in extreme mountain travel

kukri knife

Kukri decorated in the performance

But first consider the classic machete. This is a long thin knife, sharpened on one side. The cutting edge is usually straight, although the profile blade can be bent, but bending is most often on the back. Blade usually expands in the front. Typically, a machete is designed only for cutting, although it may also have sharpened part of the blade. But even with a sharpened blade to cause thrust is difficult because of the low stiffness and geometric shape of the front. Most do not have a machete sharp front, moreover, it can be implemented as a blade. This design, for example, the Cuban machete or some African samples. The design of the handle is usually very simple. Garda may be absent, but in the back of the arm has a projection for fixing the arm.

Sheath for a machete, usually leather and carried on a belt on a wide belt loops. Since a long knife on the belt prevents walking, then the sheath may be a special strap that fastens with a machete in addition to the leg. There are structures where the loop is not rigidly fixed to the sheath, and ends with a wide leather cuff, which pass through cami sheath. This mount allows you to quickly remove the knife from his belt.
Some machete on butt is drinking. Good machetes easily pererubaet tree with a diameter of 50-60 mm, but thicker trunks are hard for him. Therefore, the presence on the butt with a machete blade makes more versatile. In addition, a long thin blade of the machete is more convenient to accommodate the saw blade of a knife than a massive survival. Flexible blade machete practically does not yield a flexible canvas ordinary hacksaw. When properly cut saw and a good layout with a machete sawing teeth much more effectively than drinking survival knives that was visible for sawing logs with a diameter of 200-250 mm. Therefore, a machete with a chainsaw is convenient not only in the tropics, but also in the middle lane.

Machete may differ considerably in size. The average length of the blade varies from 500 to 350 mm. Long machete is more effective for cutting through the thickets of the length of the blade and higher speeds. Short comfortably in cramped conditions, when the blade's length is simply nowhere swing.

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