ontario machete re-handle

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  1. brian7498

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    We were asked to do a re-handle on this Ontario 12" Machete , our client wanted the handles to be from a tree native to Texas. We went over a few options, Mesquite, Live Oak, Juniper and Finally settled on a material that we have used a few times in the past, Mustang grapevine. I love the grain and patterns in grapevine, the only problem is that it is super porous and if not properly stabilized will shrink an amazing amount. Luckily we had a piece that was big enough that we cut last year and was fairly dry. We soaked it in stabilizer, pulled a vacuum and still had to let it sit in there for a few days before it would completely saturate. once it was fully stabilized, we were able to put them on and shape them out :) Hope you like the results!
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    With a matching bead ;)
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    Hey now....That's sweet work there boys. That looks awesome.
     
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    Very nice, that's just what I need to do to an old sheffield machete. I keep telling myself to look for some natural local wood.
     
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    I like it. Great job
     
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    What do you charge for something like that? The handles that come on Ontario machetes now are not comfortable.
     
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    I would have never thought of using grapevine for something like that. That looks great!!!
     
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    Very nice. Getting ready to try a handle on a 12" version I believe.
     
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    Thanks everyone!! :)


    We start Re-handles at $50 and go up from there depending on what you would like done and what material is used. These were done for $50 :)
     
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    Those look great! Guess vine has another use other than fire now eh?
     
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    Nice work on the rehandle guys! Looks plenty useful now that it has some real material on it. It's got Soul now. :14:
     
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    ha! yep i love the look and feel of it, and would probably use it a lot more often if it wasnt such a pain in the butt to get it to a usable state :)

    Thanks MoraBob!
     
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    What an improvement.
     

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