- Sep 20, 2020
That cavalry sabre I showed in my oping post is about 2 pounds at a blade length of 34", so that machete would indeed be "a beast" to say the least. My guess is that its probably closer to 700g (1.5 pounds).
I think the cavalry used to call those things "wrist breakers" and seldom actually used them, relying on their Spencer carbines and Colt's revolvers instead.That cavalry sabre I showed in my oping post is about 2 pounds at a blade length of 34", so that machete would indeed be "a beast" to say the least. My guess is that its probably closer to 700g (1.5 pounds).
Absolutely. The US cavalry diddn't often use their sabres from horseback, despite that, they were still designed as proper cavalry sabres & as such weren't well balanced for use on foot.I think the cavalry used to call those things "wrist breakers" and seldom actually used them, relying on their Spencer carbines and Colt's revolvers instead.
For many years in the 80's and early 90's a 12" machete (mine didn't have the handguard) was my "survival knife". I carried it in a Brigade Quartermasters Jump Sheath (there's a blast from the past) with a small file, a match safe full of weatherized strike anywhere matches and a small lock blade knife. I ended up gifting this outfit to a good friend of mine who was moving to Alaska and would probably get more use out of it than I did - for the last 4-5 years of owning it the kit rode in the trunk of my car. I never got around to replacing it, although it's a great choice!Blackie Collins
12 inch including ricasso
Not surprised it has a higher price-tag. Genuine stag prices are through the roof now! Ironically you can thank all the trendy folks out there who are buying up stag to give to their dogs as natural chew-toys, for the price hikes.Ive just stumbled across the successor of the Böker El Gigante. Apparently there is a 2.0 version of the stag one now. They gave it a more aesthetically pleasing guard, but also a softer steel and a higher price tag to go with it. I always liked the El Gigante, very similar to the Trail master, but much better value. A 9+ inch distal tapered blade & tapered tang, with a nice leather sheath for just under €200 (250 for stag) I considered a good deal.
If you like the stag one, maybe see of you can get the old version with the steel guard in N690 somewhere, or go with ebony or micarta instead. I will probably pick up the ebony version myself sometime.
Edit: New version is "ACX 390", something like 420 steel with a hardness of around 55 or 56hrc. Old one is N690, or N695 (440c).