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Old 03-05-2017, 08:46 AM
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If you'll steam or boil that blade in clean water the red rust will turn dark and it'll take on the 'anvil patina'. I have a BUNCH of S. American exotic woods if you want to make new handles. Give me a size and preference. Brazilian rosewood of course is banned and rare and I'd never think of exposing you to risk but I have some Brazilian Carnation wood.
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Old 03-05-2017, 10:02 AM
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I knew that East Indian was banned, but did not know about the ban on 'zillian rosewood

Another good patina forcer is (with clean...clean blade) mixture of about 30/70 cold blue and wine or apple vinegar. dip or wipe on (dipping less likely to streak and neutralize when it reaches your desired patina
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Backwards on the rosewoods. East Indians rosewood is plentiful and cheap. It's fast growing and used for shade in tea plantations for years. The Brazilian stuff got scarce just about time I got into knifemaking. I bought all I could afford from a casket maker in Atlanta. I wish now I'd borrowed money and bought it ALL!! Its' not illegal to have or use it but there is no more of it being imported. It's not like Cuban cigars, either. You can't go to Canada or Mexico to buy it.

The 'ban' on East Indian started with the Ozero raid on Gibson Guitars. The wood can't be imported in logs or flitches, it has to be 'processed' by Indians by agreement. I've bought boards of it but one side is sanded.
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:50 PM
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TrapperID, there are some Eversharp machete's being sold on line. Just "google" the name. I found several, but none that looked like your model. I suspect if you keep looking you can find another one like the one you have. It may take a while.
I looked for several years before I found the Ralp Martindale model I wanted. I bought it from an outfit that buys estates and sells the goods. Mine is supposed to come in on Friday. I can hardly wait. I called Ralph Martindale for the first time in
2003, if memory serves. Been trying to find Model 1778 ever since.
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Old 03-08-2017, 01:37 AM
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I will take a few measurements and PM them to you Jack. I wouldn't pass up a couple "carnation" wood scales I thing I will try your boiling technique, what about boiling and a cold or rust blue? Sure would be nice to have it protected from the elements. I do plan on using it, kind of the point of a machete. The project will have to wait til I can dig my trap boiling barrel and equipment out of the snow bank. We just keep getting more and more snow up here. Got another 4 inches today. I went out back to dig the barrel out, and the snows frozen hard enough, I will just wait and let it melt.
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Calico, I did find a model that looks identical with the correct markings on Ebay. Good price, I may have to snag it. I don't "need" another, but if you want a new one for your collection its the first one that pops up on Ebay.
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Calico, I did find a model that looks identical with the correct markings on Ebay. Good price, I may have to snag it. I don't "need" another, but if you want a new one for your collection its the first one that pops up on Ebay.
Thanks, but I have bought about all of the machetes I can handle for a while. Will keep an eye open for an Eversharp next time I go into a cannot-live-without mode. You may want to get the one on line to use and retire the one with the memories. I bought three of the Collin's from Army, Navy Sales. They are originals they found in one of their warehouses. Then I bought the Ralph Martindale. The urge is satisfied for now. The three Collins, one for me, one for my son and one to gift to a like minded friend.
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yup, i'm a knife snob; I won't carry one that ain't older'n I am (71) unless it's a swiss army folder. i'm partial to green rivers and I tend to pack 'em in buffler-hunters' sheaths: a skinner, a ripper (or the 6" hunter) and a steel in one three-pocket sheath. I often have a collins legitimus machete aboard, too, usually the 22" navy model, although I have gone smaller at times, and I have a russell sheep-splitter that works in some kinds of brush. i like the machete sheath to have a flapper on the face so it don't slip through my belt. I've cut survey lines through many miles of head-high or higher blackberry and vine maple with the collins; anything less is a toy, not a tool. 'tain't no trouble usin' cuttin' tools that ain't made no more; it gets me out to the gun and antique shows more often than not, but worth it. I've got a collection of working skinners, another of machetes, and another of injun-trade knives and lanceheads, a few old bowies, and a couple of old hawks, but there ain't much that's made today that is "up to green river" fer me.
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I got my Collin's machetes in. Army Navy Sales has been in business since 1946. Collins went out of business in 1966. My blades are then at least 50 years old and possibly considerably older, as they have been lost in Army Navy's warehouse. The blades are in excellent condition. The blades are coated with something that has obviously kept the rust away. The handles are a little rough. The ones I will use will get some work on the handles. I will get pictures here when my computer gets back. I am using my wife's desk top. My laptop had a hardware problem and had to be shipped off. Supposed to get it back tomorrow. The Ralph Martindale blade was also very nice. Only a little surface rust. The wood handles were not flush with the tang at the back so I used a little filler to seal the gap. Will include pictures of it, also.
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The Ralph Martindale is the long one. I had worked on the handle on this one to get it to fit my hand. I did a little light buffing with a scouring pad to remove what little surface rust was there. The other is the Collins. This one is straight out of the box. All of the Collins came exactly like this, almost pristine considering they are at a minimum of 50 years old.

I reworked the handles on two of the Collins for my son and I to use. I cut them down some to fit smaller hands, then use Tennis Racket tape for grip. Both Collins took a hair shaving edge. I am sure the Ralph Martindale will do the same when I am finished. Overall, I think the Collins will be more useful to me. Both brands have blades that taper thinner toward the point. The long blade on the Martindale is more flexible and should excel on lighter vines, etc. The Collins taper is not as much and the bolo type blade adds sufficient weight for heavier work. Both are well balanced. I took both out to the woods at the house and played with them a while. I can see why both brands get world wide acclaim. I have the Eversharp on my bucket list of blades.
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This is the Collins' original stamping.
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This is the Ralph Martindale stamp. Note the original Crocodile. Sorry about the glare. Did not look so bad until it got here.
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