Sunday, July 14, 2013

Reply: New Cold Steel Bowie Machete: First look and how to Sharpen it

Anonymous said...
Hey, I took your advice and bought one of these, it's nasty. I thought if used for self defense you would have sharpened the false edge on top of the blade, any thoughts?
Steve.


Hi! I used the new Cold Steel Bowie Machete to cut down a medium size palm tre. The Bowie went through it like butter!
I think that one of the advantages of the bowie design over the classic Latin machete tip is that with that narrow clip point the bowie has its well suited for defense too if sharpened well.
I wouldnt touch up the false edge. Its good enough as it is. Try stabbing some water bottles or some other material and you'll see how easily it pokes into anything standing in front of it. Besides, in some places it might be illegal to have double edged knives, and at the very least, if you use it for defense it might cause you problems explaining why you did such modification. Other than sharpening, leave ti as it is, especially when you dont really gain anything by modifying it.
Take care!
FerFAL

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was a little skeptical about your endorsing this machete design, but I tried it and owe you an apology - I really like it a lot. This some was some years back and time has only proven it better than I hoped.

The quickest implement I've found to sharpen my machetes is the SPEEDY SHARP, a very handy item to keep in your shop and/or kit. Also does a good job as a striker for your fire steel. Not too expensive either $10 plus shipping, quantity buys lower the price.

Not the manufacturer or having any connection to them, just a very satisfied customer.

Thanks Ferfal.

Totalinvestor said...

So what happened in Belfast?

FerFAL said...

Same antisocial racists doing their thing. Nothing new really.

Elliot said...

I'm going to have to get myself one of these too...need a machete-type knife for the bugout kit.

k said...

"So what happened in Belfast?"

Its palm trees turned brown a couple of years ago. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12673412 (read about the palms at the middle of the page)