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Old 07-11-2012, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5 to 10 seconds and your done
I paid $4.22 for mine and it works great.
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yep, yep, yep, own it and like it, like it, like it
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I've always used a bench grinder
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I use a file
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I have used the bench grinder too but I'm thinking this may be the thing to keep in my pocket to refresh the edge while working!
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Where do you ge3t it? Who sells it?
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Accusharp the only way to go . easy and cheap .. Ebay has them Im sure , got mine at flea market long time ago...
FPL Florida Power and Light trim crew uses them also You can see them dangling from rear view mirrors in the trucks
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Bench grinder for me too. Tried those 2 blade sharpeners and it seems like it takes too long to get the edge to conform to the sharpener dimensions.

Hey Trebor - nice weather thingie!
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I use either a small angle die grinder with 36 grit disc or a 5" air grinder with 36 grit disc. Leaves the edge slightly serrated and scary sharp!
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Bench grinder for me too. Tried those 2 blade sharpeners and it seems like it takes too long to get the edge to conform to the sharpener dimensions.!
A machete is soft steel, so if it takes more than 60 seconds to get a blunt edge to conform then it was either made in China, you need to visit a gym, read the instuctions, or all three.
A file and bench grinder simply can not compete with it.
If you are looking for scary sharp, you will be more than satisfied.
I know many store owners who sell machetes and send them out to be professional sharpened, and everyone of them agreed that the accusharp made a much sharper edge.
There really is no comparison, anyway good luck
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I use either a small angle die grinder with 36 grit disc or a 5" air grinder with 36 grit disc. Leaves the edge slightly serrated and scary sharp!
Interesting --- it will be fun finding my discs. lol-not!

Reading instructions - that's no fun. And the machete I'm using right now is hard not soft steel. Will toss it soon as the handle shattered and it's a pain to use with a hand towel wrapped.

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Hey Trebor - nice weather thingie!

Thanks I need to get it a little more interesting maybe long and thin
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Thanks for the Accu bit, gotta try that. Mine are not as sharp as the best of the best.

I mostly hit mine with stone ... but some times with diamnd wheel on angle grinder, or a diamond pocket sharpener (mostly use that with kitchen knives). Long time ago I tried "peen" bit with a regular hammer (versus a real peening hammer), no real luck, but that is how they used to sharpen scythes to razor sharp, or so I read.

Busted handle - it is Bondo time. My favorite machete handle was "custom" made after the old wood shattered. I may have looped some nylon string thru it, can't remember. But anyway, slopped a few gobs of Bondo in the handle area, then held it in plastic bag (or wax paper) to get it to the shape of my grip. Has lasted 5 years or so.
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There is a simple reason a machete is made from soft steel.
I can't believe it is possible that you don't know the difference between hard and soft steel. So you must be joking and I prefer to laugh with you.
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NEW 23" Ice Hardened Steel Tramontina Brazilian Machete | eBay

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maybe Dan does have a hardened steel machete!!!

I think he does.
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Keith, Charles ---- mention of Brazil reminded me of the thick bladed machete I bought at a lawn eqpt store. And stamped on it is Tramontina Brazil. It's the 18" model. Has been soaking in grease for a few months to loosen up the mancha. Now I remember why I kept the handle-less long one - to cut thru big trunks. And on checking it is a soft steel one.

Will toss the long one and clean up and use the Tramontina from now on. Don't cut down trunks at the base anymore - now it's at 6ft. And the handle on this one won't shatter when stepped on.

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Toughness is important because of the twisting and impact forces that the relatively thin blade may encounter, while edge retention is secondary. Medium to high carbon spring steels such as 1050 to 1095 are well suited to this application (with better machetes using the latter), and are relatively easy to sharpen. Most stainless steel machetes should be avoided, as many high-carbon stainless-steel machetes cannot stand up to repeated impacts, and will easily break if abused.

After hardening, many blades are tempered to maximum toughness, often nearly spring tempered. In comparison to most other knives which are commonly heat treated to a very high degree of hardness, this results in a tougher blade more resistant to chipping and breaking, with an edge that is easier to sharpen but does not retain sharpness as well, due to its lower hardness
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For a backyard banana grove, do you really need a Machete? Want a pruning saw work as well although not as quick? Never had to whack a banana plant since this is my first year planting.
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A saw works too just more mess and he banana fiber can be difficult to saw through. With a sharp machete it's one quick chop and done. For cutting big pseudo stems I use a saw.
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