LWL TR No. 68-10 Trail Cutting Machete

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  1. rescout

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    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/672483.pdf

    I accidentally found the attached army Technical Report produced in the middle of the Vietnam War. It’s kind of interesting. My comments:

    • The Army had a “Limited Warfare Laboratory” or LWL. I wonder what kind of machete the “All Out Warfare Laboratory” would have produced.

    • Compare the quality and approach of this document to those produced today. It is relatively brief and sticks to the facts.

    • Apparently the genesis of this effort was the fact that the GI machete was a bit much for jungle trail cutting, and GI’s were altering them to be lighter.

    • It has a square tip and a long unsharpened “ricasso” or “throat” (for an extra hand grasp area) with digging in mind. The field unit recommended a larger cutting edge; one could infer they preferred more cutting edge over “improved” digging ability.

    • The shape looks kind of like the British Army pattern.

    • The LWL wasn’t afraid to try new things (chisel grind combined with tungsten carbide coating, a tungsten carbide plated steel sharpener, and a new scabbard), and also wasn’t afraid to discard those that didn’t work out, or to accept user criticism.

    • They sent machetes out to a unit engaged in the field for their feedback. It reminds me of the Boards the frontier West army used to evaluate equipment.

    • The operating instructions were one sheet long. It would probably take a field manual today.
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    Thats cool. Thanks for posting it. Now off to my searches to see if i can find one.
     
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    Neat history but I wonder if they knew that they "invented" a good ol Martindale golock?
     
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