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Thread: Ontario Blackie Collins "Machete"/Fighting Knife

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    Default Ontario Blackie Collins "Machete"/Fighting Knife

    Yesterday, I ran across one of these. I looked it up online and saw they were selling new for about $25, although someone bought one used on eBay last month for almost $60. But both of those were with sheaths. The sheath that was with the one I got is actually a longer "cordura" type material that was folded to suit the length. However, unfolded, it'll take my longer Promedoca machete.

    I just nosed around the web a bit and am not finding much exposure/coverage of these blades, in particular. This seems to fit in my mix somewhere roughly in the "chopper" slot, between the machete and, say, the BK-7. It's now about as dull a blade as I've ever seen, so needs some serious sharpening. But the edge is only a bit nicked and being 1095, 1/8" thick I think it'll come back just fine. It's got a 12" blade, but with 1.5" or so unground by the handle for a cutting length of 10.5" and OAL of 18"

    These must not be too popular, noting the absence of appearances online? I paid $15 for it.




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    $15 with sheath not bad at all. A good 12" machete. I like it and would have got it.

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    I'm pretty sure that those were made with Ontario blades, just a diferent (and perhaps more comfortable) handle put on to it.

    Good score for $15.

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    i have one & love it

    it rides in my truck @ all times

    hard to beat COLLINS or ONTARIO, when it comes to a tool to be used in every day situations

    DITTO, for being able to depend on a tool in an emergency

    just an OLD MAN'S point of view

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    Very good score!

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    Nice, I really like that good price .

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    I can't attest to the handle on yours but with a convex, that blade is a real work horse. Great snag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwolf View Post
    I'm pretty sure that those were made with Ontario blades, just a diferent (and perhaps more comfortable) handle put on to it.

    Good score for $15.
    Yeah, it's an Ontario blade. I was having trouble figuring out why the versions I can find online were so cheap new retail, and why any of these are relatively hardly mentioned even among blade enthusiasts, yet just last month both that were sold on eBay, used, went for quite a bit: one for around $60 and the other around $100. Online auction dummies, or what?

    Seems that this model was actually a military model, with "U.S." stamped on the blade too. And the handle is a bit different from the consumer models. I guess these are "rarer" and, perhaps, "collectibles" among some folks. ALL of my blades are "users" though. So far.

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    I've had one for nearly 20 years now. I lost it for the last 5 or so years, and just found it again Monday night. I am super stoked to mod it with the half skandi, half convex grind. But this is a little hard using only a file and sand-paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homebody View Post
    I've had one for nearly 20 years now. I lost it for the last 5 or so years, and just found it again Monday night. I am super stoked to mod it with the half skandi, half convex grind. But this is a little hard using only a file and sand-paper.
    Dude--don't worry about putting a scandi section on it. Just sharpen the whole thing nice and thin at 15 degrees per side and you'll be just fine and dandy. A properly thinned and refined 30 degree included angle on a machete edge will not only carve like a Mora--it'll chop better too.

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