New BCUSA Serechete

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  1. M.Hatfield

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    Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it. :)
     
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    This batch is officially sold out. We will have more late summer early fall.
     
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    I assume these will handle some light battoning, correct? Being 1/8” and O1 I would think they are stout enough. Any pictures of the kydex?
     
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    So those interested have plenty of time to save up.
     
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    Do you guys ever get gear and sell out and wish you'd ordered more?

    I think its smart marketing ordering smaller batches because it increases demand, but it keeps you from sitting on stock which costs you money every day. Its also not cheap to order a bunch of blades to sale not knowing if they're going to fly out the door or trickle out.
    I'm just wondering if you think "dang it, another half dozen would have been great"? Or whatever.
     
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    We never know how things will sell, it's about smart inventory management. Then sometimes there's only so many of one item we can get at a time.
     
  9. IA Woodsman

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    It will handle battoning. I have some pics of the kydex I will post up soon.
     
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    Dang, it's here already :dblthumb:

    I like the weight. It feels like a chopper. Something a modified Ontario doesn't. That just fees like a large sharp knife. This new Serechete has some weight to it and for me, all in the right places.

    And it reeks of quality craftsmanship. LTW did a great job blending the two different edges and going from spine to edge. And the grip is nice, though I may add a bit of jute whipping to aid grip under the middle finger. It's a micarta thing with me ;)

    Seems to be a keeper :4:

    I've got some saplings just begging to be test dummies, too.
     
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    Need pics!
     
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    It looks exactly like the one on their website ;)
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    LoL. Well there are things I’d like to see that are not shown. For example the sheath and if there are any LT stamps on the blade, etc.
     
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    Hmm... I don't recall seeing LTW's stamp. The BCUSA one looks nice though.
    And I don't recall what the sheath looked like either. It's black. I remember that. I'll be making my own sheath for it. I remember saying that, too.
    I'll snap a couple pics right after this beer :dblthumb:
     
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    Actually I take back that I will be making my own sheath for this. This is a pretty nice sheath. Nothing like the earlier ones, which were more "machete-like" in their appearance and rough looking. All I'll be doing for this one is replacing the belt loop and making a dangler for it.
    They even put a mold in the kydex where the edge is. Something I've only seen myself do before.
    I'm not sure what the bump is on the back, maybe from tape? But it's on the back so that's all good, too. It's a very decent sheath.

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    Well done! Thanks for the pics. It looks like a great package BCO and LTKW put together.
     
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    It's a nice rig.
    Especially with the supporters' discount :)
     
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    Supporters discount!

    What?

    I never even thought of that!

    Poop!

    Mine arrived today as well! Super fast shipping!

    First impressions:

    *So oily, I'll have to scrub the sheath and knife down!
    *Much better overall fit, finish, and grind evenness then on any of the multiples of the original versions that I have had.
    *I like the micarta, although mine has so much oil on it, it is hard to get an idea on grip
    *Not sure if I love it....might not be a keeper. Too early to tell.
     
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    Mine had a little oil on it, as I would expect. Nothing a quick wipe with a paper towel couldn't take care of.
     
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    I like the sliding lock button on the sheath. Nice touch.
     
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    Yeah, that's a pretty slick way to add adjustable tension :)
    I've got mine about a third of the way up and it's where I like it.
    And I just took the screw out for the closed belt loop. That is a project onto itself, lol. They must have use red loctite.
     
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    I understand the kydex, but I'd love to see a well executed leather sheath, maybe a hybrid? Course I don't have one, but I still like to look at stuff like that.
     
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    Ok, I got some fondling time in this morning - it's a keeper!

    I'm already starting to make it mine! Added a ferro rod and deciding if I want a companion knife on it or not. I need to find some more kydex screw/grommets though.

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    Yep—now we are getting there!
     
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    Dang. You've been busy.
     
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    I like how you didn’t forget the bottle opener. Might need to go baldric carry if you keep adding stuff to it. I like how it allows for customization.
     
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    It wheel chop.

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    1" stuff is like slicing butter.
    2" hardwood took a some whacks, but that was mostly downward with just a couple upwards due to the position of the tree against a fence.
    This is by far my best chopper for similar large bladed one hand tools.
     
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    Mine came in today! I've already mounted my ESEE 4 on it :) Pretty stormy outside now, but I'll get out to try it soon :)
     
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    Insomnia has ruined my life! But I use the negativity to generate positivity!
     
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    You never know when a six pack will attack while Bush tromping!
     
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    I forgot to mention that I received mine a couple of days ago. I just opened the box today. I have to say that you guys hit it out of the park with this one! I never got to hold one of Brian's though. Typical LT Wright with great fit and finish and I love the design.

    Great job guys! This, paired with my BCUSA Puukko make for a formidable combination in the woods...err, I mean brush (I'm in Texas).

    Aaron
     
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    This is better.
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    I utilized the same method as the original sheath maker. I put a rivet through the strap hole and re-used the Chicago screw to give it more movement if needed. Or to swing the dangler 180 degrees out of the way.
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    Posting some pics with comparison to orig serechete and some thoughts....hope that's ok. If not LMK and I can move to it's own post in edged tools or something.

    Initial impressions are very positive. Came screaming sharp, familiar serechete ergos, and nice durable micarta handle. Nearly as soon as it arrived today, went down to the gulch/stream and cut some trail. Chopping along the river bed, I probably hit half dozen rocks. I was dreading looking at the edge. Surprisingly, very little damage. Awesome LT quality and heat treat seems spot on for it's intended use. More rolling than chipping and majority came out with a gossman sharpening steel. Few swipes on the strop and it was popping hair again. Chopped through a couple 6" thick plus trees extremely well....very capable chopper-maybe not SFA-like but definitely perfectly suited for rain forest.

    LT versions Vs. The original SET: definitely some subtle yet distinct differences. Brian's grind lines are definitely smoother and more refined. Thw LT grind goes further around on the spine side. I also very much prefer the SET handle. the jute wrap and thickness promote a much more secure grip, less prone to rolling. The LT grind line is lower. I presume the angle is more obtuse and perhaps more durable. I will eventually do some side by side chopping but suspect the SET may offer a little more bite. The Scandi portion is longer in the LT version. I dont have much of an opinion on it yet comparatively but the added length may prove easier to sharpen. The sheath is thinner on the LT and I really like the SET sheath. However, I would probably give the nod to the LT, simply for the fact you can belt carry without having to rig something.

    In short, I think they are both great tools and would have no issue carrying either in the bush. I will have to use them comparatively for a few weekends of yard work before any conclusive opinions. First thoughts are a pretty strong preference for the more secure jute wrapped SET handle (LT rolls a little on me and is thinner), Aethetically the SET has more refined grind lines and a distinct winner to me. I prefer the carry-ability of the LT sheath and the sliding lock retention (but prefer the thicker SET kydex). I am not sure yet on the preferred grind height or length of the scandi section. I suspect the SET acute edge might get a little more performance and have not had an issue with its durability. The longer LT scandi section may prove easier to sharpen with a little more room to work with.

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    I'm really liking this thing :) I got out and chopped some maple that's growing up behind our barn, and then took a crack at the one-stick green wood fire challenge (which I failed) and the serechete showed itself to be an extremely capable tool. It sinks into green wood with quite a bite!

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    Molson Ice?? You’re better than that! Looking forward to pics with a Red Dog 40 ;)...
     
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    I found the LTW version to be very secure in the hand.
    But then I added a lanyard like all my large choppers have. I use that grip method that @ReallyBigMonkey1 had a video on where you stick your thumb in the loop, let the blade dangle down, then roll your hand so the lanyard comes across the back of your hand. It's very secure with a properly adjusted lanyard and easy to get out of.
     
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    Think I know that lanyard technique, but any link to the video?
     
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    No, sorry.
    I don't recall if it was a separate video on lanyard techniques or the long video he has showing and comparing all his machetes.
    Maybe he'll see this and will know.
     
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    That lanyard technique is at 55:55 in this video.
     
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    I put it up for trade the other night, but might try it out this weekend if it ever stops raining. Considering some mods, but it would be foolish to change anything before trying it out stock. It might work better than I am expecting. Mainly the handle at the pommel area is really tall and I don’t feel like I have the best grip on it for chopping. Also the micarta, while finished beautifully, might be a bit too slick. Maybe roughing it up a bit and sanding the rear of the bottom of the handle slightly might help it fall into place?
     
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    My first micarta handled knife was the LTW BCUSA knife and the first thing I did was bead blast the grip. It didn't do as much as I had hoped it would.
    Then the more I started using these knives the less I minded a slick feeling grip. Sort of like a 1911 with a smooth front strap. Those don't affect my grip either. Maybe I just grip them harder.

    Granted, I'm not out playing in mud with blood running down my fingers ;)
     

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