All About Machetes With Joe Flowers | Knife Banter Ep. 61Jun 16, 2021
if you don't realize the huge selection of cutlery on the table let's talk about
machetesin central and south america indo pacific machete is king hey guys zac here with blade HQ we are at blade show 2018 I am sitting with joe flores how are you doing well yes very well thank you for being here thank you for inviting me over yes and if you can't see the great selection of cutlery on the table let's talk about
machetesyes machetes are my thing. I work for Condor's Torn Knife. I also design for covers and I take people to the Amazon jungle to use machetes in the jungle, so I brought a bunch of machetes that are here today that are a little different. some that I have helped design and figure out if you talk about it real quick great I love it now here's a question so why a machete that's a great question and you know we're in North America so everyone's thinking accent accent I I'm a fucking frontiersman, I should be able to use an axe, but in Central and South America, the Indo-Pacific, the machete is king, it's one of those things where people still fight with blades today and then an example comes out with the machete and people use machetes to eat to hunt as a shelter for bushcraft and survival and of course also for farming so it's kind of original farmer tool bushcrafting
knifeyeah You know, I argue that it's probably the most widely used sharp tool today that nobody knows about. you know only poor people use it in places where you can't have tractors that's where they use it yeah so it's an interesting thing perfect we'll teach each other about ourselves so we know we know good so we know about machetes we know that they are big long blades, well what happens when a sword and machete have a baby?
Well, I'm not going to tell you the details, but this is a result, so this is a two E and a machete called Makara. This is made by Condor. two a
knifeis pre tty popular because it's like a two handed machete you can use it on a lot of big foliage you can use it on trees you can probably use it on zombies but it's a machete before tonight so it's a little thinner now machetes they have a distal taper they go from thick to thin along the line one has a Japanese look and is called Makara this is really cool come on bat machetes because they still used it for combat sometimes oh that's so yeah whats the idea two handed why would you want a two handed machete out of combat?
It's cool to feel like Conan, yeah, you feel like you can get a little bit of extra power slashing with two hands if you just have enough space to like with one hand we can hold one hand there and to the right and do that and hug each other like that. I'm trying to speak as best as I can because we've been talking all day at Blade Joe, yeah, and our voices are gone. This is, um, another like one. and a half wedding not much to Hana m Achetes out there you can also do a draw cut where you cut with the machete and then pull back where your little finger ends on the other side and that makes it like a science thing physics it cuts a little better in some cases ok this is a machete of contention btw my conduit and what would she think for something like this oh usually it's leather it comes out of leather it's like a sofa full of leather right they both have a lot of leather there are some kydex machete blades lying around yeah but they're expensive man you're talking like 60 bucks for a machete blade right so it gets expensive ok then we are talking about hybrids, they are praying on a kukri, this is called this.
It's called the amalgam, it's a cross between a prayer and a kukri, and you know one thing people don't know about machetes when they use them. and your thumb and index finger and me you can use it longer well that works for coupe creases so you lock it so you put fourth index finger thumb yeah and then you're good yeah and you can do it and this is about the longest length where i would actually use a lanyard because when you have a machete no matter the make and it falls out of your hand you spin it around your nether regions you have to be careful with that beware this is another card of mine a more tactical machete called Warlock made by Condor also designed by me this interesting item is a is the Condor large bladed machete designed by Matt Graham of Dual Survival Lucia has a blade shape on its barong type and because it has more weight in the back it's able to cut a little bit better so it's a neat little machete now with one like this it has a little more weight when you're still going with the barong grip pinch, yes, yes, I wanted to wear a pinch. group almost everything ok i would have even explained it's like using a hammer you know you don't want to use it all day putting on a death grip you'll have to have a slight hint so all the energy doesn't get transmitted to your arms my only experience with machetes is this side of the table just a cheap machete my grandma she had literally an acre of weeds yeah my daddy said go out and do it boy so I'd rather meta stupid machete and started chopping it , but I definitely did. dit and it made me hate machetes yeah yeah you need to make you hate stocks it can make you hate stocks yeah it can make you hate shoveling snow in your yard if you're not careful though I like that same shot oh yes it works great.
Now why do you think your machete was blunt? It may have been a problem with the border or something. Oh yes, yes, definitely, like some of the cheaper machetes, they come with my friend Benjamin Bouchard. sharp is yes I didn't realize when we were looking at it before a lot of user machetes don't have a polished edge because it's the maker or the person at the end and he sharpens it with the file and makes a very very thin edge . or a very very thick edge depending on what they cut, so a lot of times you're using a file and you start from the spine back to sharpen the machete, and we have many examples of machetes with different types of edges. this one has a more convex edge this is the 0.23 zero machete from the top and i think you guys have that and you're on your side i think we have it and this easily sharpens with the file - this is 1095 whereas all these are hived 1075 carbon steel and this is an American made machete but can also be sharper with an edge we use this machete on our global bushcraft trips through the amazon ok there is a guy named Alberto and he fishes with this machete, he kills Cayman with this machete he rips his nails out with this machete you know what he does when it doesn't have to be he lifts his foot and shaves the callus off his foot and uses it on the fishing hook and actually stands up with that, oh god, yeah, well, it does, it's amazing, we call. he beast mode bushcraft thats awesome fish with the machete if this is a fish the internet if this is a fish and i go after him i would use a light chop so i dont have to pick up two pieces of the fish because thats annoying and you aim straight ahead so if you advance you go into the right blade and you use a flashlight to make the eye glow and you want to buy your head which is really very interesting so we covered like pincer grip and some tips like that what do you have other questions about machetes Well, I have some of the machetes.
I think I want to see what's going on with this thing. Oh what is this thing? So this is like a Philippine machete. The Philippines, to me, the Philippines has a great machete and blade culture. You can see it has a hollow handle there and it's white in a way and look at the handle. What do you think that material is? I mean it looks like a bamboo or buy a vine or yeah this is a vine so it's a cane that's kind of impervious to water and they have a little bit of glue underneath but what's interesting about this is it's not Kydex but it's pretty cool because when you put it in the holster you click forward like this it holds it so kim and it can hold up really well and they pull it back and you can pull it out and then i see the inside of that yeah yeah i play with wood every once in a while I really like it like a scalloped scab on a really really tight ramp and you can make these at home you can even make a machete scabbard out of PVC pipe 230 degrees celsius interesting yeah we have lots interesting things from different areas of the world, not just from Latin America, but this is probably the most interesting.
Do you think that just ok like a big blade or like a whale going into the ocean or something its not an orca cutlass although before sometimes I have seen this advertised as a snow knife actually it is a knife used in Costa Rica and what happens is that the blade has a curvature of a few degrees and then you can cut it a certain way close to the ground to cut the grass. which they can engrave for this particular model right here so they can put all sorts of really cool designs but it's also used for grass so this would make it border this bit as a tourist but this particular one might still work with it because oh yeah yeah okay um it's chisel sharp for the guys so it's sharp on one side yeah I've used it to try to use it but it's kinda weird we can yeah you can try and swing it and see its oh yeah very interesting its an interesting swing thats for sure so this type is used for meat its a paring knife used by butchers in latin america in south america el salvador is where condor comes from and they are mostly machete companies so you can see this says my house on it my house is the parent company of gondor a Condor Tour Knife is kind of a step up so that's a quick overview of some of the machetes in the table.
Awesome. There are some really cool features with the machete that can help you too. machete so if you can imagine breaking this this is like a tent peg yes this way this can be a tent peg this is a tree where there is a branch that grows in one direction and a branch that grows on the other this can also be used as a hook so when you use your machete a hook like right brambles you want to stay away from units because I don't want to go through that yeah so you would hook it go ahead and Would you hold, yeah, would you hook or put it on? in your left hand, left hand, yeah, and then you would hook the material, yeah, and then pull it back and make it arch and then cut it, oh yeah, you can cut it that way or you can pull it back that way this way and throw it back and cut it and throw it over their shoulder they use it for no grass house which is used to cut all kinds of different pieces of agriculture that are made up these are the reasons why I really like machetes you know , I see people do so many amazing things with them yeah and I'm passionate about it it's a really versatile tool to be honest it's kind of off my radar how versatile they really are yeah if you see someone coming to South America and I want to see you change a car tire with a machete, remove your nails with the machete, do all kinds of different things that you really have a respect for how multifaceted this amazing tool is, okay, so two things, one, it sounds like I was It was to South America together, sounds good, an adventure, I like that machete too, which one should I put on the table?
Which one should I buy? I love everything I love any machete, I mean obviously in your personal collection, right, yeah, but this is like one of 200. I have another card and probably over 400 that I have in my house. That is incredible. I'm writing a book at some point. I really like this guy. it's called the amalgam oh yeah there's the yes ok i like it so much there's my awesome blender amalgam it's all smashed up but you can carve well with it it cuts really really good and it's kind of a lightweight amalgam cool. I'll take a look at the amalgamation yes I like this sound when pulling teeth yes exactly it's an amazing cure well thanks for being here hey you can find more about us at bushcraft global calm condor TK on instagram facebook and just google machetes and you'll find somewhere there's trouble somewhere I probably don't want it to sound too crazy but I really like the show. playlist of the team blade show so we hit here on youtube and see you next time
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