In the interest of not stomping all over @tobiism 's very cool thread, here's the WIP build of a standard 18" Tramontina machete. You'll quickly see that it's not one of my better builds, things kind of went south and I stupidly put my head down and kept pushing forward. Started off with reprofiling the shape of the blade, which resulted in a length of 16.5". So far so good. Removed the factory wood handle, smoothed out the spine, and worked on the edge. No worries yet. The handle is where it went wrong. Rather than setting up the table saw to plunge cut the mortise, I sliced it with the bandsaw, and drilled it for 3 pins. My cut for the tang was... poorly done. To compound my frustrations I then used pins that I wasn't aware were made of hardened tool steel, which required a metabo and cut-off wheel to trim down. That's where I'm at, here are the pics: 1. Reprofiled blade, new handle with kryptonite pins sticking out.