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Title: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on November 11, 2013, 10:02:20 PM

A thread to show off any of your 'working tools'

Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on November 11, 2013, 10:12:41 PM

I will start with a rather poor picture of mine

At the top...
My copy of Lofty Wisemans survival tool
A cheap but useable Machete
Stick chopper with micarta and brass handle
Billhook with micarta and brass handle
Billhook 'work in progress' handle
Billhook With a typical rat-tail tang
A couple of billhooks/slashers with socket handles

Feel free to add your own pictures/comments  :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: PTRSAK on November 11, 2013, 10:13:35 PM
More common than the machete here in Queensland, Australia is the Cane Knife (sugar cane)

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/SugarCaneKnife_zps4a430b54.jpg) (http://s1309.photobucket.com/user/Peter_Thorpe/media/SugarCaneKnife_zps4a430b54.jpg.html)

stock photo, mine is over at my mum's place at the moment.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: tosh on November 12, 2013, 08:39:17 PM
Lol

I got 2 vintage billhooks a few years back. Awesome weapons tools.

Is it true that is where they originate from? I'm sure I read someplace the hook was often used in battles against armour!! Where the hook would simply slice through the steel.
What a tool - respect.  :salute:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 12, 2013, 09:27:59 PM
I don't feel like going to the shed now. :P I'll try to post some pics tomorrow or on the weekend. A few old sickles, a scythe, a machete, a few old axes, ...
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 10:15:25 PM
Lol

I got 2 vintage billhooks a few years back. Awesome weapons tools.

Is it true that is where they originate from? I'm sure I read someplace the hook was often used in battles against armour!! Where the hook would simply slice through the steel.
What a tool - respect.  :salute:
Other way around really.  The hook aids in taking off TREE limbs, not human. ;)  The billhook was used as a medieval weapon (England especially) but started off as an agricultural tool that was pressed into the role,rather than being designed for it.  Later you did get 'billhooks' that were purpose made weapons, but it's roots will always be more benign.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 10:25:18 PM
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m37/gareth_hunt/Billhook013.jpg)

Oh, and before I forget, this is my billhook.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 12, 2013, 10:32:15 PM
What about that folding thingie you have? :pok: Did you sell it? I always liked the look of that. :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 10:35:42 PM
Hang on, I'll need to warm up the PC for that. ;)  Searching for and posting pics from my tablet is a pain. ::)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 12, 2013, 10:38:52 PM
Hang on, I'll need to warm up the PC for that. ;)  Searching for and posting pics from my tablet is a pain. ::)

This might help. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photobucket.android
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 10:42:47 PM
Here you go mate.  WW II era folding machete.  Issued to both British and US troops I believe.

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss260/gareth_SAKs/Swords/BritArmyMachete004.jpg)

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss260/gareth_SAKs/Swords/BritArmyMachete005.jpg)

(http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss260/gareth_SAKs/Swords/BritArmyMachete012.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 12, 2013, 10:46:29 PM
 :D

 :cheers:

I'd love to find one of those on a car boot sale or something like it. The ones I find on ebay are always in the $200 region or more and that's a bit more than I'm willing to pay. ;)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 10:56:41 PM
Really??  :o  This actually is one that I picked up at a glorified jumble sale, IIRC I paid something like £16 for it.  This was about 15 years ago though.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 12, 2013, 11:03:18 PM
Really??  :o  This actually is one that I picked up at a glorified jumble sale, IIRC I paid something like £16 for it.  This was about 15 years ago though.

From $75 to $425 based on the condition and if they have all the parts/sheath. Currently listed two with sheath BIN prices for them are $320 and $425. (without shipping)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 12, 2013, 11:06:50 PM
Found an old picture of my Tramontina.

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh627/enki_ck/Mics/P9220018_zps4d7840a7.jpg)


About the tip, don't leave your toys with drunken friends when there's a fire around. :doh:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 11:11:49 PM
Oh dear. :doh:  I am sure that part doesn't really NEED to be tempered. :whistle:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 12, 2013, 11:33:19 PM
I will say that whomever designed the folding machete needed a good kick up the rear, the handle is so square it gives you blisters if you just look at it sideways. ::)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: tosh on November 14, 2013, 08:06:00 PM
(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m37/gareth_hunt/Billhook013.jpg)

Oh, and before I forget, this is my billhook.

That thing gives me the shivers.
What a truly hideous looking tool - it reminds me of something they would have used when they hung/drawn/quartered people.
I can't actually think of anything scarier, except for maybe a scythe  :to:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 14, 2013, 08:51:30 PM
OK, I'll have to remember to take some pics of my scythe. >:D Came home late today.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 14, 2013, 08:52:09 PM
Did anyone watch Tudor Monastery Farm last night?  A bit of billhook and axe work being done in coppicing a willow wood.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 15, 2013, 06:30:46 PM
And of course when I do remember to take the pic it 's already pitch black outside. :facepalm:

A quick pic of the sickles and scythe for Nick. The sickles could use some derusting treatment as they haven't been used in ages and it shows. :-\

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh627/enki_ck/Mics/PB150158_zps69b6ee56.jpg)

BTW, if you own a scythe, how do you sharpen it? Around here it's been customary to use a hammer to hammer the edge back into shape. YOu'd have a special chair with a small ambus like thingy in the front and you would thin the edge with the hammer and then sharpen it with a sharpening stone but not like a knife, you'd use a special movement you must have seen in old movies if you'r enot from the country. ;)

Found the pic of the chair.

(http://www.muzejsajko.com/etnografija/images/stolac%20za%20klepanje.jpg)

We call it "klepanje kose" here.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on November 15, 2013, 06:43:29 PM
Thats how they used to do it here aswell,

Tiny little Anvil thingy used to fit on top of a fence post and you would hammer the edge in to being,
this would form a sharp edge and work harden the steel at the same time so you would have a tough blade with a hardened edge

Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: tosh on November 15, 2013, 07:12:38 PM
God I hate the look of that scythe - can you imagine what that would do if swung in the wrong direction....... :ahhh

As for sharpening, I used to have a scythe - that's where my hatred comes from!! To sharpen I used the cigar shaped sharpening stone as shown to me by the elderly gentleman from whom I purchased it from.

Just had a horrible thought - the damn scythe may still be at my parents home  :ahhh

I'll try and find my billhooks tomorrow - they are hidden away in the shed!!
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 15, 2013, 07:48:26 PM
Can you believe my mother let me use a scythe to clear a massively overgrown garden when I was 7 years old?  What was she thinking? :facepalm: 


Still, I do have the standard number of fingers, toes and legs.  Oddly, so does my brother. :think:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: AlephZero on November 15, 2013, 09:35:16 PM
Well I didn't use a scythe, but I did "help" my dad with cutting down some brush when I was like 7 with a billhook, loved every moment of it :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 15, 2013, 09:46:01 PM
Funnily, being taught to chop kindling by my dad at an even younger age doesn't seem as bad as being let lose with a full sized scythe. 
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: AlephZero on November 16, 2013, 10:20:39 AM
Well, with a proper scythe, if there's noone else around, you can hardly harm anyone with it... I mean how can you possibly hit yourself with a scythe?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on November 16, 2013, 02:12:14 PM
Well, with a proper scythe, if there's noone else around, you can hardly harm anyone with it... I mean how can you possibly hit yourself with a scythe?

+1  :tu:

And make sure all your pet bunnies are in their run  :dwts:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 16, 2013, 03:31:08 PM
Besides hitting an occasional rock hiding in the tall grass I don't think I ever decapitated anyone. :think:

:ashley:

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh627/enki_ck/Mics/PB160172_zps800adf32.jpg)

Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on November 20, 2013, 10:28:33 PM
Might be a little interesting

Musings of an Apprentice Mower

http://randy.whynacht.ca/archives/4836
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on November 21, 2013, 02:16:16 PM
Besides hitting an occasional rock hiding in the tall grass I don't think I ever decapitated anyone. :think:

:ashley:

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh627/enki_ck/Mics/PB160172_zps800adf32.jpg)

the dry cleaners called and said your black cloak is done
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: enki_ck on November 21, 2013, 05:32:05 PM
Besides hitting an occasional rock hiding in the tall grass I don't think I ever decapitated anyone. :think:

 :ashley:

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh627/enki_ck/Mics/PB160172_zps800adf32.jpg)

the dry cleaners called and said your black cloak is done

Back to work again, ha? :-\

(http://forum.multitool.org/the-axe-hole/show-us-your-billhooks-slashers-machetes/?action=dlattach;attach=88276;image)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on November 21, 2013, 11:01:24 PM
speaking of, I've got a list of people... just a thought that they might be worth visiting
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: tosh on November 22, 2013, 06:25:55 PM
Hey sparky, that's fantastic.

I think there is something honourable in hard work. I really do. But I bet anyone not conditioned would pay dearly the day after.

As previously mentioned, I did/do  :think: have scythe and remember attempting to cut the meadow at my parents home years ago - it certainly wasn't as easy as those chaps made it look, and yes, I was stiff the next day...only a little  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on December 07, 2013, 12:52:22 AM
An old pic of the billhook and footprint wrench I got from Tony.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on December 07, 2013, 10:22:52 AM

 :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on December 08, 2013, 02:03:43 PM
An old pic of the billhook and footprint wrench I got from Tony.

That's a lovely one David. :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Cupboard on December 31, 2013, 08:04:35 PM
I got home to my parents for Christmas to find two billhooks with no edge whatsoever - I think they'd be better at bludgeoning wood into submission rather than splitting it. Took it upon myself to slightly remedy the situation but I'd left most of my sharpening gear at my house.

I then found a hand powered bench grinder in a shed and have sort of managed to put a reasonable edge on them, you wouldn't want to draw it across your hand but it's far from shaving sharp! The problem is holding the billhook at a sensible angle, it's fine when the handle is on the left but swap the handle on to the right and the grinder's handle keeps hitting it whenever it turns  :facepalm:

Hey ho, I think an electric bench grinder but do as a future Christmas present, if I remember next year!
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on December 31, 2013, 09:00:46 PM
A few more pics of the bill hook Tony got for me. It's a Brades Co. 191.    :)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on January 01, 2014, 10:15:04 AM

Nice pictures David  :tu:
Have found any jobs for it to do yet?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Medic82 on January 01, 2014, 11:58:23 AM
Can you believe my mother let me use a scythe to clear a massively overgrown garden when I was 7 years old?  What was she thinking? :facepalm: 


Still, I do have the standard number of fingers, toes and legs.  Oddly, so does my brother. :think:

Well my grandfather made a scythe for me when I was 4 or 5 and I used to help him cutt the grass. He also gave me an axe where he made the handel to fitt me so I could help him when he was cutting lumber in the woods or firewood. I also have the standard number of fingers, toes and legs oddly enough.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Farmman on January 10, 2014, 07:15:42 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/11/uze3ejy4.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/11/be7a2abu.jpg)

Just got these two.  The bottom one is a real beast and is a WW1 British Army issue.  Both need sharpening and the smaller one has a bend near the tip which I will try and get out

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on January 10, 2014, 11:45:00 PM

Those are very  :drool:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Mike, Lord of the Spammers! on January 10, 2014, 11:54:13 PM
Very nice bit of working nostalgia :)

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Farmman on January 11, 2014, 12:10:31 AM
Thanks guys. Spent most of the evening working on sheath designs an researching sharpening for them.  Looks like that's my weekend sorted, the tax return can wait another week surely?

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on January 11, 2014, 12:25:23 AM

 :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Farmman on January 19, 2014, 10:15:28 PM
Well it appears that the tax return was important (at least to the wife). Anyway I had a little time and knocked up this today. Its not fully finished and the PIC is poor. I will try and finish it tomorrow and get a better picture.

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: dmanuel on March 18, 2014, 03:33:44 AM
Sese JEST Bolo and Sese Parang

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e118/dmanuel/EDC/Sese/DSC_1611_zpsfa75b9e6.jpg~original)

Sese Sundang

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e118/dmanuel/EDC/Sese/DSC_1606_zps0ff41d23.jpg~original)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on March 18, 2014, 08:23:16 AM
Wow!  Where can I get one of those? :drool:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 18, 2014, 09:26:40 AM
Dmanuel,
I love the look of those  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: dmanuel on March 18, 2014, 11:02:25 AM
Wow!  Where can I get one of those? :drool:

Dr. Arvin Sese (https://www.facebook.com/groups/177563835718142/) here in Philippines makes these by hand. Most of them are made from ball bearing steel but others are made from leaf springs. The balance and weight are perfect, I expected no less but still found myself astonished when I held them. The guy definitely deserves his reputation as one of the best bladesmiths for working tools in Philippines. That is saying a lot when you consider that everyone here has a machete and that his are the favored blades for the military here, Jungle Survival Instructors, and even a few survival "celebrities". It's a shame his grips aren't as nice as his blades though.

Dmanuel,
I love the look of those  :tu:

I agree wholeheartedly, they aren't all mirror polish and perfect finish but they look like a tool that will last me for many years to come. Plus, there is just something about the rough around the edges look when it comes to handmade blades!

Edit:
FWIW, he ships to Europe all the time. He just sent out a whole batch (25+) for a French SRT team. And they are quite reasonably priced for handmade pieces from high quality steel. Around $40 for the Parang and JEST (Jungle Environment Survival Training for US/Philippine soldiers) Bolo and around $25 for the Sundang.

Two fixed blades and another picture of the Sundang can be found here. (http://forum.multitool.org/index.php?topic=7563.msg862167#msg862167)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 18, 2014, 07:40:58 PM

Thanks Dmanuel   :salute:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on March 19, 2014, 01:53:21 AM
:tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on April 30, 2015, 10:16:40 PM

Newest addition to my Billhook collection

(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2015/DSC02336.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2015/DSC02336.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Mike, Lord of the Spammers! on April 30, 2015, 10:41:28 PM
Lovely clean edge on that one mate :)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on April 30, 2015, 10:51:11 PM
Thanks Mike, it took a little work

a before shot

(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2015/DSC02240.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2015/DSC02240.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Mike, Lord of the Spammers! on April 30, 2015, 11:49:39 PM
Certainly came good mate :)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on May 01, 2015, 06:29:38 AM
That billhook is looking real good Tony!
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on May 01, 2015, 06:37:25 AM

Thanks David,
Need to make a sheath now before I cut something I don't want cut  :o
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on May 01, 2015, 07:57:15 AM

Nice pictures David  :tu:
Have found any jobs for it to do yet?


Sorry I'm just a little late here Tony. Yes, I've used it to trim branches off of osage orange trees that were in the way. That is a never ending job. Those osage orange trees are always popping out fresh branches every time you turn around.    :D


Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 01, 2015, 11:02:51 AM
I've got a new-ish toy to add to this thread.  My Condor Pack Golok.  Seen here on my paddling trip from earlier this year.

Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 01, 2015, 11:27:01 AM
One thing I did find out on that trip is that the handle shape is pretty poor.  Far too fat, far too round, so it had a bad habit of twisting around when in use.  With that in mind I set to with a wood rasp and sand paper and gave the handle a bit more "shape", much better now.  Also the sheath is very nice, but I don't see the need for the second strap, the top one I've got done up holds the golok perfectly securely all by itself.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Syncop8r on May 01, 2015, 01:08:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsfIHiBB6xE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I4RNenmfFI
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Mike, Lord of the Spammers! on May 01, 2015, 02:08:51 PM
Lovely looking Golok mate. I wish is kept my old British Army one ::)

That dude with scythe was awesome :o
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on May 01, 2015, 05:27:17 PM

Nice pictures David  :tu:
Have found any jobs for it to do yet?


Sorry I'm just a little late here Tony. Yes, I've used it to trim branches off of osage orange trees that were in the way. That is a never ending job. Those osage orange trees are always popping out fresh branches every time you turn around.    :D




Glad its getting some use Mate  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on May 01, 2015, 05:29:07 PM
My Condor Pack Golok.

 :gimme:

That very nice Gareth
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SAK Guy on May 01, 2015, 05:55:06 PM
My Condor Pack Golok.

 :gimme:

That very nice Gareth

+100   :cheers:


Here's my Condor...

(http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz256/SAKGuy/Go%20Go%20Golok_zpsccqnd8du.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 01, 2015, 06:29:19 PM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SAK Guy on May 01, 2015, 06:34:17 PM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:

I like it but hate that it's convexed...... :(
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on May 07, 2015, 12:18:20 AM
(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k115/asc67/Multi%20tools%20and%20Knifes/IMG_4974_zpsfssppem7.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 07, 2015, 12:39:21 AM
That's a proper looking machete Steve. :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SAK Guy on May 07, 2015, 01:02:29 AM
That's a proper looking machete Steve. :tu:

+1  Very nice!!!  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 07, 2015, 01:03:36 AM
That's a proper looking machete Steve. :tu:

+1  Very nice!!!  :tu:

+2  :tu:  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on May 07, 2015, 01:20:48 AM
Thanks ! It's a U.S. army machete made by the Ontario Knife company.

It's seen a lot of use for clearing a nuisance invasive tree we have around here (Buckthorn). It got a little rusty when my garage roof leaked a few years ago. I cleaned it up recently and sharpened it. It takes a wicked sharp edge.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on May 07, 2015, 06:51:05 AM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:

I like it but hate that it's convexed...... :(

You don't like it because its convexed?
I thought a convexed edge was best  :think:


Nice one Steve  :drool:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SAK Guy on May 07, 2015, 07:15:06 AM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:

I like it but hate that it's convexed...... :(

You don't like it because its convexed?
I thought a convexed edge was best  :think:


Nice one Steve  :drool:

It probably is but I don't want the best on these kind of tools. I want something I can hit a few licks with a mill smurf file and keep going instead of relearning how to sharpen it. Always have a file around the farm or in my gear.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on May 07, 2015, 08:52:46 AM
Just watched those videos of the guy with the scythe. Wow he is good! I've used my grandpas many years ago but that guy would run or cut circles around me.    :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 07, 2015, 08:53:57 AM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:

I like it but hate that it's convexed...... :(

You don't like it because its convexed?
I thought a convexed edge was best  :think:


Nice one Steve  :drool:

It probably is but I don't want the best on these kind of tools. I want something I can hit a few licks with a mill smurf file and keep going instead of relearning how to sharpen it. Always have a file around the farm or in my gear.

You and me both mate.  :salute: 
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 07, 2015, 09:19:28 AM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:

I like it but hate that it's convexed...... :(

You don't like it because its convexed?
I thought a convexed edge was best  :think:


Nice one Steve  :drool:

It probably is but I don't want the best on these kind of tools. I want something I can hit a few licks with a mill smurf file and keep going instead of relearning how to sharpen it. Always have a file around the farm or in my gear.

Oddly enough I've already attacked my Condor with a file (after accidentally attacking a stone with the Condor) and found the steel pretty soft and easy to work on.  I'd even go so far as to say that compared to a knife it's too soft, but as a machete then I think it's OK.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Weasel on February 21, 2016, 10:16:56 AM
Here's my billhook that a friend recently gave me(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/02/21/63a23c04440f578fae51813cfc2ebe1c.jpg)


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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on February 21, 2016, 12:10:19 PM
well you're ready for the zombie apocalypse
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Weasel on February 21, 2016, 04:41:45 PM
Yeah that would be my first  choice for close quarters zombie killing


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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on February 21, 2016, 06:37:45 PM
That's a cracker mate. :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Weasel on February 21, 2016, 07:00:47 PM
Cheers buddy


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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on February 21, 2016, 09:20:29 PM

Nice one Weasel  :tu:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on February 27, 2016, 03:07:50 PM
I've no idea what this tool is called - I found it in my shed/workshop, I guess it belonged to my father though i don't remember him ever using it. The balance seems very "off" to me, but perhaps there is a technique to using it that i don't know.


(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0274_zpsfcgq0d10.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0274_zpsfcgq0d10.jpg.html)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0275_zpsmfjkltsa.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0275_zpsmfjkltsa.jpg.html)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0276_zps4x41lyln.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0276_zps4x41lyln.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on February 27, 2016, 11:28:34 PM
Yours looks like a good heavy one to me Mate  :tu:

I have just found this artical that you might find interesting Eamo
Looks like yours is a Devon Billhook,  :salute:

Billhooks are a tool for cutting or splitting green wood; they are something between a knife and an axe. They were traditionally used to coppice thin wood for animal feed and bedding, split hazel for making hurdles, cut fencing stakes, thatch roofs, make rough furniture and cut thin firewood, such as smurfs which were used in bread ovens. In continental Europe they are a traditional tool for pruning the grape vines that were needed for wine-making. The hooked end makes it easier to catch cut pieces of brush and flip them in the right direction.
 

Medieval Italian using a billhook (Photo from billhooks.co.uk)
 
As the most widely available edge tool the billhook would also have been the principle weapon of self-defence for the medieval English peasant, and is often said to have been the main weapon used in the English civil war. Big orders were placed by the government as late as World War I, where they were used to clear scrub and cut stakes for trench construction.
 
 
 
These days, volunteers on OCV tasks use billhooks mainly for trimming the side branches of hedge-laying stakes (snedding) and for hedge-laying itself. The billhook is a very versatile tool though perhaps one of the more tricky to use for us volunteers with weak 21st century arm muscles and not having had too much practice. Quite a lot of strength is required to use one effectively for significant lengths of time, and there is a risk of doing yourself or someone else serious injury with the sharp blade. The main risks are cutting your other hand, hitting your legs or cutting your fingers fishing one out of a bag of tools.
 
 
 
In days gone by there were thousands of different patterns of billhooks used in different parts of the British Isles and in Northern Europe and other parts of the world, including those that were colonised by Northern Europeans. In many cases this would match the local style of hedge-laying, though it would be hard to say which came first since people would pass down both the tools and the technique.
 
 
 
Although there are patterns named after many of the English counties, in fact, there was probably a different style being made by each village blacksmith. They eventually gave way to small manufacturers who made tools in larger numbers, perhaps with forges powered by waterwheels. There might only be a few of these tool makers in each county, so the tradition continued. In the 19th century, mass production took over from small manufacturers, and production of bladed tools took place in cities like Sheffield. Farming was still not mechanised, and a large number of people still lived and worked in the countryside so there was still great demand for hand tools in the countryside and with different areas requiring different styles, the big toolmakers produced catalogues boasting of hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of patterns of billhook they had available.
 
 
 
As demand for hand tools dropped off in the latter part of the 20th century fewer different patterns remained available. Nowadays, choice is quite limited if you’re looking for a new tool rather than a museum piece which you might pick up at a market or on eBay. But you will still certainly be able to find these general patterns:
 

7 different patterns of billhook
 
It’s sometimes still useful to know which is which. On OCV tasks that’s normally because we’ve managed to lose one and we want to know who saw it last. Or sometimes we end up with a bit of particularly tough bit of hedgelaying that means we have to find out who’s got a Yorkshire billhook – the only one that can be used two-handed.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on February 27, 2016, 11:37:17 PM
Very interesting Sparky !  I had to google hedgelaying.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on February 27, 2016, 11:52:36 PM
Bill hooks were a real multitool of the countryside in the old days,
they came in a huge amount of different shapes and sizes for many jobs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Andv7a0NPEc

A couple of interesting sites  :salute:

http://billhooks.co.uk/photos-and-other-images/english-billhooks/

http://www.timelesstools.co.uk/index.htm

Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on February 28, 2016, 12:24:25 AM
That led to this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpWE11EuNYo
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on February 28, 2016, 11:08:07 AM
Yours looks like a good heavy one to me Mate  :tu:

I have just found this artical that you might find interesting Eamo
Looks like yours is a Devon Billhook,  :salute:

Billhooks are a tool for cutting or splitting green wood; they are something between a knife and an axe. They were traditionally used to coppice thin wood for animal feed and bedding, split hazel for making hurdles, cut fencing stakes, thatch roofs, make rough furniture and cut thin firewood, such as smurfs which were used in bread ovens. In continental Europe they are a traditional tool for pruning the grape vines that were needed for wine-making. The hooked end makes it easier to catch cut pieces of brush and flip them in the right direction.
 

Medieval Italian using a billhook (Photo from billhooks.co.uk)
 
As the most widely available edge tool the billhook would also have been the principle weapon of self-defence for the medieval English peasant, and is often said to have been the main weapon used in the English civil war. Big orders were placed by the government as late as World War I, where they were used to clear scrub and cut stakes for trench construction.
 
 
 
These days, volunteers on OCV tasks use billhooks mainly for trimming the side branches of hedge-laying stakes (snedding) and for hedge-laying itself. The billhook is a very versatile tool though perhaps one of the more tricky to use for us volunteers with weak 21st century arm muscles and not having had too much practice. Quite a lot of strength is required to use one effectively for significant lengths of time, and there is a risk of doing yourself or someone else serious injury with the sharp blade. The main risks are cutting your other hand, hitting your legs or cutting your fingers fishing one out of a bag of tools.
 
 
 
In days gone by there were thousands of different patterns of billhooks used in different parts of the British Isles and in Northern Europe and other parts of the world, including those that were colonised by Northern Europeans. In many cases this would match the local style of hedge-laying, though it would be hard to say which came first since people would pass down both the tools and the technique.
 
 
 
Although there are patterns named after many of the English counties, in fact, there was probably a different style being made by each village blacksmith. They eventually gave way to small manufacturers who made tools in larger numbers, perhaps with forges powered by waterwheels. There might only be a few of these tool makers in each county, so the tradition continued. In the 19th century, mass production took over from small manufacturers, and production of bladed tools took place in cities like Sheffield. Farming was still not mechanised, and a large number of people still lived and worked in the countryside so there was still great demand for hand tools in the countryside and with different areas requiring different styles, the big toolmakers produced catalogues boasting of hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of patterns of billhook they had available.
 
 
 
As demand for hand tools dropped off in the latter part of the 20th century fewer different patterns remained available. Nowadays, choice is quite limited if you’re looking for a new tool rather than a museum piece which you might pick up at a market or on eBay. But you will still certainly be able to find these general patterns:
 

7 different patterns of billhook
 
It’s sometimes still useful to know which is which. On OCV tasks that’s normally because we’ve managed to lose one and we want to know who saw it last. Or sometimes we end up with a bit of particularly tough bit of hedgelaying that means we have to find out who’s got a Yorkshire billhook – the only one that can be used two-handed.

Thanks Sparky, very interesting, a lot of history and technique behind my billhook so :)
I had always thought a billhook was a sickle style tool didn't know there were different styles. I get what the article says about 21st century muscles too, theres weight in mine, i'd definitely find it hard to keep using it for a couple hours, let alone a full day.

I've sharpened it using a file and my lansky puck even though i can't see myself using it and i think i'll sand it at some stage to shine it up :)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 02, 2016, 07:11:25 PM

Rust removal?
This thread might be of interest to you Eamo   ;)

http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,41665.0.html
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 02, 2016, 07:58:08 PM

Rust removal?
This thread might be of interest to you Eamo   ;)

http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,41665.0.html

oooh thanks Sparky :2tu: - bookmarked
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 04, 2016, 09:12:39 PM
Sparky, did i see a pic of a billhook very similar to mine on the car boot finds thread, where you had pics of the joiners box you restored ?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 04, 2016, 09:33:12 PM

I’ve just had a look at that picture, yes looks like it,
it might be in my ummm collection somewhere unless I’ve swapped it with someone  :think:

I will take a look if your interested  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 04, 2016, 09:46:10 PM

I’ve just had a look at that picture, yes looks like it,
it might be in my ummm collection somewhere unless I’ve swapped it with someone  :think:

I will take a look if your interested  :tu:

no, you're grand, just curious was all, thanks :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 04, 2016, 10:13:13 PM

You know I'm going to have to see if I can find that one now,
might have to do some clambering  ::)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 04, 2016, 10:52:19 PM

You know I'm going to have to see if I can find that one now,
might have to do some clambering  ::)

 :cheers:

Sorry
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 04, 2016, 10:57:43 PM

You know I'm going to have to see if I can find that one now,
might have to do some clambering  ::)

 :cheers:

Sorry

 :D

No probs... keeps me out of trouble.... mostly  ;)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 05, 2016, 08:15:56 PM
Eamo,
This I think is all of them not counting; slashers, stick choppers or butchers choppers etc
My two users are on the right   :)
(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2016/DSC04780.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2016/DSC04780.jpg.html)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 05, 2016, 09:06:14 PM
Eamo,
This I think is all of them not counting; slashers, stick choppers or butchers choppers etc
My two users are on the right   :)
(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2016/DSC04780.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2016/DSC04780.jpg.html)

 :cheers:

a nice collection !

now that mines seen daylight, and i've sharpened it, I would like to give it a whirl, just for the fun of it ! though the kind of work i'm doing on my place a slashhook is more useful - plus, got a case of tendonitis / tennis elbow despite never having played tennis . . . possibly the most frustrating thing i've had to endure and no sign of it getting better, can't do a damn thing outside, i've tried and just made it worse  >:(  :bnghd:
such is life  :shrug:

Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on March 06, 2016, 07:22:14 AM
I've no idea what this tool is called - I found it in my shed/workshop, I guess it belonged to my father though i don't remember him ever using it. The balance seems very "off" to me, but perhaps there is a technique to using it that i don't know.


(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0274_zpsfcgq0d10.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0274_zpsfcgq0d10.jpg.html)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0275_zpsmfjkltsa.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0275_zpsmfjkltsa.jpg.html)

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0276_zps4x41lyln.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0276_zps4x41lyln.jpg.html)



Reckon thats a great billhook there E!  :)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on March 06, 2016, 07:24:40 AM
Eamo,
This I think is all of them not counting; slashers, stick choppers or butchers choppers etc
My two users are on the right   :)
(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2016/DSC04780.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2016/DSC04780.jpg.html)

 :cheers:



     :gimme:     Great collection of billhooks Tony!
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 06, 2016, 09:01:53 AM
Eamo,
This I think is all of them not counting; slashers, stick choppers or butchers choppers etc
My two users are on the right   :)

 :cheers:



     :gimme:     Great collection of billhooks Tony!


Hey it’s not a collection  :ahhh  they are all users or  :think:  ummmm works in progress

Everything is available for the right offer David  ;)

 :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on March 06, 2016, 09:14:56 AM
Eamo,
This I think is all of them not counting; slashers, stick choppers or butchers choppers etc
My two users are on the right   :)

 :cheers:



     :gimme:     Great selection of billhooks Tony!


Hey it’s not a collection  :ahhh  they are all users or  :think:  ummmm works in progress

Everything is available for the right offer David  ;)

 :D



Corrected     :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 06, 2016, 09:24:07 AM
I’m really not trying to collect them but when I see one I just want to rescue it....  :think: I might have a problem
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on March 06, 2016, 10:34:55 AM
I’m really not trying to collect them but when I see one I just want to rescue it....  :think: I might have a problem


I understand my friend.   :)   
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 06, 2016, 10:45:25 AM
I've no idea what this tool is called - I found it in my shed/workshop, I guess it belonged to my father though i don't remember him ever using it. The balance seems very "off" to me, but perhaps there is a technique to using it that i don't know.




Reckon thats a great billhook there E!  :)

Thanks David !
Eamo,
This I think is all of them not counting; slashers, stick choppers or butchers choppers etc
My two users are on the right   :)

 :cheers:



     :gimme:     Great collection of billhooks Tony!


Hey it’s not a collection  :ahhh  they are all users or  :think:  ummmm works in progress


Tony, don't let Mags hear you saying it's not a collection ! I get where you're coming from, all my tools/MTs/Knives are users, but to Mags if you have more then one its a collection  :rofl: :rofl:

I think selection is such a better word, yes

Any pics of what you call stick choppers ? I'd like to see what they look like . . . i'd have thought that'd be a hatchet :D :D
and sure while you're at it, throw up one of the slashers too :D (if you don't mind)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 06, 2016, 10:48:17 AM

a nice selection !


updated, for the new, correct terminology for us non-collectors.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 06, 2016, 09:32:58 PM

Yes I’ve said it before, Mags is a bad influence 
I will snap a few tomorrow  :salute:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 06, 2016, 10:40:49 PM
Mags is such a bad influence, he is giving Kirky a run for his money -

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/I%20blame%20mags_zpsecvhuzip.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/I%20blame%20mags_zpsecvhuzip.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on March 08, 2016, 11:19:10 AM
Slashers
Well the top one is definitely a slasher, as you can see there are a lot of different patterns
At the bottom there is a Yorkshire pattern on the end of a long stick, unless someone tells me different I’m calling that a slasher as well

Along the top next to the billhook are my stick choppers
Some people have said they are called that because of the ’stick tang’ (I call it a rat tail tang) but I don't think that is right.
In the old days when everyone in town used to have a coal fire you needed kindling to get the fire started, everyone owned one of these to chop up the kindling
I can remember as a little kid visiting my Grandad and ‘getting paid’ to split scrap wood with a blunt stick chopper  :D

(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2016/DSC04785.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2016/DSC04785.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: eamo on March 08, 2016, 12:55:33 PM
very nice selection there - i've never come across stick choppers before - growing up, an axe/hatchett was what we used, and still use for kindling. 

this'd be my version of a slashhook/slasher -
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p639/eamonf/IMG_0278_zpsvspo7blr.jpg) (http://s1159.photobucket.com/user/eamonf/media/IMG_0278_zpsvspo7blr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 04, 2016, 03:11:25 PM
I may be wrong but I believe that sort of hook is not used for mowing, but for gathering in and squaring up sheaves that have already been cut.

Hey Zoidberg, is there a machete/billhook badge in the works yet?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 08, 2016, 06:02:32 PM
Hey Zoidberg, is there a machete/billhook badge in the works yet?

Sorry for the late reply, I'm slowly catching up on the unread threads.

As far as I know there isn't anything atm. I don't mind applying for one though. You after a user or collectors badge?

It would also appear I haven't posted a pic in this thread yet.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 08, 2016, 10:41:20 PM
Hey Zoidberg, is there a machete/billhook badge in the works yet?

Sorry for the late reply, I'm slowly catching up on the unread threads.

As far as I know there isn't anything atm. I don't mind applying for one though. You after a user or collectors badge?

It would also appear I haven't posted a pic in this thread yet.

User's badge, of course. I don't collect them, I accumulate them, and I beat the hell out of them and sharpen them with a mill file.  There's nothing collectible about my machetes.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 09, 2016, 01:46:13 AM
Hey Zoidberg, is there a machete/billhook badge in the works yet?

Sorry for the late reply, I'm slowly catching up on the unread threads.

As far as I know there isn't anything atm. I don't mind applying for one though. You after a user or collectors badge?

It would also appear I haven't posted a pic in this thread yet.

User's badge, of course. I don't collect them, I accumulate them, and I beat the hell out of them and sharpen them with a mill file.  There's nothing collectible about my machetes.

Noted.   :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 10, 2016, 11:33:27 PM
My machetes.
Top to bottom:

1. A cheap Chinese Bolo made out of unknown stainless steel.  Heavy enough for chopping, but it doesn't hold an edge.

2. The Fiskars Machete Saw. It's got a concave edge that is only good for hacking through grasses or hedge trimming, but the saw works very well so I use it mostly for the saw.

3. Tramontina jungle style machete that is over 20 years old. Scary sharp and the one I still use most often for cutting green wood up to about wrist diameter.

4. Tramontina Bolo with hardwood handle that I use for heavy cutting jobs greater than wrist diameter, but it is a general purpose machete that can even be used for digging. It has taken a lot of abuse over the years.

5. Tramontina 12 inch machete / camp knife. Brand new. I've sharpened it but have not used it yet.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 10, 2016, 11:35:58 PM
Guess I had better find a pic...
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 10, 2016, 11:50:47 PM
I also have the military version of the Woodman's Pal, but I can't find it. :facepalm:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 11, 2016, 12:06:46 AM
Last years pic will have to do for now...

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/18881902222_599104bf38_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uLwFGj)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on May 11, 2016, 12:08:47 AM
Cool pic Zman!
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 11, 2016, 12:11:54 AM
Thank you David.   :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 11, 2016, 12:47:33 AM
I managed to dig out the Woodman's Pal. I had put it safely away where I would be sure to find it, but I couldn't remember where I had put it.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on May 11, 2016, 06:12:20 AM

I like the look of those Alan  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 11, 2016, 09:23:23 AM
I find the Woodman's Pal is more like a hatchet than a machete.  They leave the toe of the blade unsharpened so you won't cut yourself if you hit your boot, and also, so you can use it somewhat as a pick when digging.  Most people I know who have one ended up sharpening the blade to the end because they find it more useful that way when used for its primary job which is chopping. I'm still undecided about sharpening it to the end of the blade as that is a modification that can not be undone.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on May 11, 2016, 09:21:42 PM
 :tu:

I think I would have to sharpen it if it were mine  :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 12, 2016, 12:56:00 AM
:tu:

I think I would have to sharpen it if it were mine  :D

I am leaning in that direction as well.  I'm also thinking it needs to be sharpened more towards the handle too. They leave a lot of undeveloped real estate on those blades.  I would guess, that because it is intended as a military survival tool, the designers wanted it to be safe to use.  No sense in surviving a helicopter crash only to then cut your hand open.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Weasel on May 13, 2016, 03:15:03 PM
My bill hook on root duty(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160513/73a3c1dea989bff176d851396910bca0.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 13, 2016, 03:57:04 PM
:tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 17, 2016, 10:41:57 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7539/26793473570_5ccdeabef6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPDydS)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gerhard Gerber on May 18, 2016, 04:14:22 PM
When I was looking at the Condor range I definitely considered that one. :tu:

I like it but hate that it's convexed...... :(

You don't like it because its convexed?
I thought a convexed edge was best  :think:


Nice one Steve  :drool:

It probably is but I don't want the best on these kind of tools. I want something I can hit a few licks with a mill smurf file and keep going instead of relearning how to sharpen it. Always have a file around the farm or in my gear.

Necro quote/reply  :whistle:

So you start with a convexed edge, a well-supported edge suited to purpose - what prohibits you from sharpening it with a file?

Sadly I find heat treatments and grind angles&types more interesting than naked women (for instance), and currently interested in the experience of users vs the theories.......

I have a huge downer on hollow grinds going on.....
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 19, 2016, 01:44:07 PM
I am a long time machete user.  If you read my review of the Fiskars Machete Saw you'll see why you don't want a concave edge on a machete. http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,64206.0.html  In the review I commented that the concave edge caused the machete to turn in the branches, splitting them along the grain, instead of severing them outright.  This meant more work for me as it took multiple swings with the machete to cut through thin branches that a proper edge would have cleaved in a single swing.
I do sharpen my machetes with a file in the field and they hold an edge very well when it's done right.

This explains the convex edge fairly well.  http://site.baryonyxknife.com/blog/2014/08/11/why-convex-edges-are-awesome-its-not-why-you-think/
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Syncop8r on May 20, 2016, 10:46:22 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7539/26793473570_5ccdeabef6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPDydS)

I'm lichen the finish on that....  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 20, 2016, 11:09:43 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7539/26793473570_5ccdeabef6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPDydS)

I'm lichen the finish on that....  :tu:

:doh:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: getahl on May 24, 2016, 04:00:56 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7539/26793473570_5ccdeabef6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPDydS)

I'm lichen the finish on that....  :tu:

:doh:


There's my lost machete! I moss have left it out.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: TazzieRob on May 24, 2016, 08:35:04 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7539/26793473570_5ccdeabef6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPDydS)

I'm lichen the finish on that....  :tu:

:doh:

You're no fern
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gerhard Gerber on May 27, 2016, 11:12:13 AM
I am a long time machete user.  If you read my review of the Fiskars Machete Saw you'll see why you don't want a concave edge on a machete. http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,64206.0.html  In the review I commented that the concave edge caused the machete to turn in the branches, splitting them along the grain, instead of severing them outright.  This meant more work for me as it took multiple swings with the machete to cut through thin branches that a proper edge would have cleaved in a single swing.
I do sharpen my machetes with a file in the field and they hold an edge very well when it's done right.

This explains the convex edge fairly well.  http://site.baryonyxknife.com/blog/2014/08/11/why-convex-edges-are-awesome-its-not-why-you-think/

Can't open the 2nd link from work, will check later......

Can you just clear up (see highlighted) - you mention you don't want a concave edge, which is a hollow grind.......?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on May 28, 2016, 12:49:57 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grind

The edge is so narrow that instead of compressing fiber in front of it and biting into the wood until it had cut completely through a green branch, it would cut only as deep as the height of the edge where the shoulders of the edge would catch preventing it from cutting any deeper, and then the momentum of the cut would turn the blade into the grain and split the green branches I was trying to sever.  The bite of a machete is different than the bite of an axe.  With an axe you want to remove chunks but with a machete you want to slice through something with a swing that ideally would end on the other side of the branch you are cutting.  If cutting thicker branches with a machete, you know you're not getting through them in one swing, but in your mind's eye you picture the blade going through in order to have the correct swing.  You are mentally anticipating the follow through on the other side of a branch in order to put that cut where you want it. This is similar to when you think about your golf swing where you're picturing the head of the club going through the ball and continuing around your body.  When the concave edge of the Fiskars turned into the grain and split the branches I was trying to cut instead of severing them, it completely threw off my game.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Alan K. on July 21, 2016, 06:51:30 PM
I had half a chance to use my new CRKT Halfachance on some palm fronds today.  It's a good cutter, and very comfortable in the hand.  Not quite as sharp as I'd like, but the factory edge from CRKT is very good right out of the box and will do for some time.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on July 21, 2016, 09:45:01 PM
Can't think I've seen that one before Alan, very nice mate.  The handle/blade angle just looks "right".  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on July 22, 2016, 07:14:40 AM
Good looking steel there Alan!   :)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on July 22, 2016, 08:00:34 AM

That looks like a useful tool Alan  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on November 06, 2016, 09:14:10 AM
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5820/30312980810_8452d2a59c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NbDX7b)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on November 06, 2016, 09:15:09 AM
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5828/30381777410_88e723d64f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NhJxWs)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on November 06, 2016, 09:16:09 AM
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5793/30697571861_eaa4ed47fa_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NLD5Cn)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on November 06, 2016, 10:39:31 AM
Looks like you've been having fun mate. :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Poncho65 on November 08, 2016, 01:59:56 AM
Looks like you've been having fun mate. :tu:

Some very nice shots to go with all the fun :cheers: :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Smashie on February 21, 2017, 04:05:09 PM
Well after a conversation with Tony the other night I talked myself into this.

Condor Village Parang

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170221/ec893647773d9e8043e04d5cab89d4e2.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on February 21, 2017, 06:37:57 PM
Very nice mate. :tu:  I got the condor golok and while I have a slight quibble with the design there's no question that I think it's a tough tool.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on February 21, 2017, 08:04:19 PM

 :pok: Hey don't blame me  :whistle:

It does look nice though, and that sheath  :drool:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on February 21, 2017, 08:15:36 PM
Well after a conversation with Tony the other night I talked myself into this.

Condor Village Parang

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170221/ec893647773d9e8043e04d5cab89d4e2.jpg)




 :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Smashie on February 21, 2017, 08:29:26 PM

 :pok: Hey don't blame me  :whistle:

It does look nice though, and that sheath  :drool:

It's a beast of a hunk of steel, I find the handle comfortable. You are right about the sheath Tony, like all my other Condors the sheath is superb and puts many other expensive brands sheaths to shame.

So far Condor haven't let me down and though there prices have increased a bit over the last few years that seems to be coming with innovation
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: AlephZero on April 19, 2017, 07:15:57 PM
Well, this is it, folks... I finally did it...  :mail:

So, the postman was kind enough to bring THIS one in...
(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/IMG_20170419_192617.jpg)

 :o  :ahhh  :think:

Ooo, what is it I hear you ask...


Lo and behold! Varusteleka Terävä Skrama is here!
(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/IMG_20170419_192646.jpg)

That smurfing thing is huge... The handle is like 1 1/2 hand grip, and I have shovels for hands :P



Description:
    Skrama - as in Scramasax or Seax, a short, single edged sword popular in the Middle Ages. Much like the Scandinavian Leuku it doubles up as a tool and weapon.
    A fine name is always nice and the best ones are those with some history behind them - our 21st century Skrama would surely meet the demands of any Saxon
    man from "ye good  olde days".

Some specs:
    Total length: 430 mm.
    Weight: 525 g (knife only).
    Blade: length 240 mm, width 46 mm, thickness 4,2 mm.
    Edge: 34° for chopping, 25° at the base for finer work.
    Steel: Carbon steel 80CrV2, 59 HRC
    Grip: Moulded rubber, rough texture for a good grip.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Smashie on April 19, 2017, 08:09:52 PM
Well, this is it, folks... I finally did it...  :mail:

So, the postman was kind enough to bring THIS one in...
(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/IMG_20170419_192617.jpg)

 :o  :ahhh  :think:

Ooo, what is it I hear you ask...


Lo and behold! Varusteleka Terävä Skrama is here!
(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/IMG_20170419_192646.jpg)

That smurfing thing is huge... The handle is like 1 1/2 hand grip, and I have shovels for hands :P



Description:
    Skrama - as in Scramasax or Seax, a short, single edged sword popular in the Middle Ages. Much like the Scandinavian Leuku it doubles up as a tool and weapon.
    A fine name is always nice and the best ones are those with some history behind them - our 21st century Skrama would surely meet the demands of any Saxon
    man from "ye good  olde days".

Some specs:
    Total length: 430 mm.
    Weight: 525 g (knife only).
    Blade: length 240 mm, width 46 mm, thickness 4,2 mm.
    Edge: 34° for chopping, 25° at the base for finer work.
    Steel: Carbon steel 80CrV2, 59 HRC
    Grip: Moulded rubber, rough texture for a good grip.

Now that I like :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: AlephZero on April 19, 2017, 08:30:26 PM
Well, this is it, folks... I finally did it...  :mail:

So, the postman was kind enough to bring THIS one in...
(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/IMG_20170419_192617.jpg)

 :o  :ahhh  :think:

Ooo, what is it I hear you ask...


Lo and behold! Varusteleka Terävä Skrama is here!
(http://i737.photobucket.com/albums/xx12/CaineKitty/Forum/IMG_20170419_192646.jpg)

That smurfing thing is huge... The handle is like 1 1/2 hand grip, and I have shovels for hands :P



Description:
    Skrama - as in Scramasax or Seax, a short, single edged sword popular in the Middle Ages. Much like the Scandinavian Leuku it doubles up as a tool and weapon.
    A fine name is always nice and the best ones are those with some history behind them - our 21st century Skrama would surely meet the demands of any Saxon
    man from "ye good  olde days".

Some specs:
    Total length: 430 mm.
    Weight: 525 g (knife only).
    Blade: length 240 mm, width 46 mm, thickness 4,2 mm.
    Edge: 34° for chopping, 25° at the base for finer work.
    Steel: Carbon steel 80CrV2, 59 HRC
    Grip: Moulded rubber, rough texture for a good grip.

Now that I like :like:

 :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on April 19, 2017, 08:33:36 PM
Cool Seax Aleph   :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on April 19, 2017, 08:40:05 PM

That's a whopper  :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on April 19, 2017, 10:11:06 PM
While I have NO need for another big blade this one has caught my eye ever since I first saw it on line.  I'll let you have all the fun and live though you instead. :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on June 03, 2017, 07:48:17 AM

Thought I would add this one in here, interesting bloke showing how he uses a scythe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVn1kiZnldQ
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on June 04, 2017, 08:13:46 AM
And I forgot to add my latest

(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2017/DSC07124.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2017/DSC07124.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on June 04, 2017, 09:41:59 AM
that's for bacon, right?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on June 04, 2017, 07:05:04 PM

Only if the bacon is hiding in a bush  :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on June 04, 2017, 07:46:05 PM
it might
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on June 04, 2017, 08:48:17 PM

Look out its an hambush!  ? (from an old childish joke  ::) )

 :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on June 04, 2017, 09:01:34 PM
well you gotta be ready :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on June 05, 2017, 08:25:37 AM
And I forgot to add my latest

(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n184/sparky_415/2017/DSC07124.jpg) (http://s112.photobucket.com/user/sparky_415/media/2017/DSC07124.jpg.html)

I've already said it elsewhere, but that's just a fantastic looking blade. :drool:  If you ever find another one... :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on June 05, 2017, 08:14:42 PM

They are not cheap Mate, I mean that one cost me a fiver  :ahhh

 :whistle:

I will keep an eye out for you Gareth ;)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: thatotherguy on June 06, 2017, 03:22:04 PM
Mine's not of any account, so I won't bother taking a picture. Just an 18" standard Latin pattern Tramontina that I've put through its paces in the rare times I have a chance to use it.

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on June 06, 2017, 03:28:30 PM
Mine's not of any account, so I won't bother taking a picture. Just an 18" standard Latin pattern Tramontina that I've put through its paces in the rare times I have a chance to use it.

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I'm down with tramontina, post some pics.   :tu:   :tu:   :worthless:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: thatotherguy on June 06, 2017, 03:30:40 PM
Mine's not of any account, so I won't bother taking a picture. Just an 18" standard Latin pattern Tramontina that I've put through its paces in the rare times I have a chance to use it.

Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk



I'm down with tramontina, post some pics.   :tu:   :tu:   :worthless:
I'll dig it out from the shed and get a pic or two for ya.

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: thatotherguy on June 06, 2017, 03:44:56 PM
My ugly Tramontina in its adoptive rural Kentucky habitat.
I redid the edge, rounded off the handle a little, filed the handle half of the blade square for scraping and the tip half round for use as a draw knife, and rounded off the tang of the blade where the edge stops so I can choke up for finer work if I need to. Aside from that all I really ever do with it is hit it with a file or a coarse stone when it goes dull and use the snot out of it.
The X burned into the handle is my mark, which I put on my tools if they are in a position to get loaned out so I can identify mine from others', and as a point of pride in the tools I modify (I don't put my mark on it unless I'm happy with it).(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/6beb7bcfd1f51395d040b0d1374e6780.jpg)

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on June 06, 2017, 03:52:38 PM
My ugly Tramontina in its adoptive rural Kentucky habitat.
I redid the edge, rounded off the handle a little, filed the handle half of the blade square for scraping and the tip half round for use as a draw knife, and rounded off the tang of the blade where the edge stops so I can choke up for finer work if I need to. Aside from that all I really ever do with it is hit it with a file or a coarse stone when it goes dull and use the snot out of it.
The X burned into the handle is my mark, which I put on my tools if they are in a position to get loaned out so I can identify mine from others', and as a point of pride in the tools I modify (I don't put my mark on it unless I'm happy with it).(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170606/6beb7bcfd1f51395d040b0d1374e6780.jpg)

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 :tu:   :like:

I make similar adjustments to my ones as well. There are probably pics back a page or two if you are interested.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on June 06, 2017, 04:02:19 PM
So not a standard Tramontina at all.  :D  Very nice mate and the work sounds well worth doing.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on June 06, 2017, 05:59:51 PM
^^^
What he said  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: thatotherguy on June 06, 2017, 10:09:22 PM
So not a standard Tramontina at all.  :D  Very nice mate and the work sounds well worth doing.
Bah, took half an hour with a medium file. No big deal. Just making it functional for what I needed. Thanks though!

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Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: daverobson on August 30, 2017, 10:00:41 PM
Speaking of slashers, I've just taken over a very neglected allotment which needs a lot of clearing before it can be used for anything. :ahhh
I've been looking at the "Large grass/weed slasher" shown below.
Has anyone used this type of slasher before?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Grass-Weed-Slasher-Clearer-Scythe-Garden-Clearance-Wooden-Grip-Hand-Tool/222296630558?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D45732%26meid%3D39703ad185804479b49dc6044299cc7c%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D371027897659&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on August 30, 2017, 10:08:56 PM
Speaking of slashers, I've just taken over a very neglected allotment which needs a lot of clearing before it can be used for anything. :ahhh
I've been looking at the "Large grass/weed slasher" shown below.
Has anyone used this type of slasher before?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Grass-Weed-Slasher-Clearer-Scythe-Garden-Clearance-Wooden-Grip-Hand-Tool/222296630558?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D45732%26meid%3D39703ad185804479b49dc6044299cc7c%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D371027897659&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

Yes, though not in quite a few years now.  IIRC it's all in the shoulder rather than the wrist.  They work rather well once you've got a rhythm going.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on August 30, 2017, 11:22:38 PM

I have something similar somewhere but never used it in anger  ::)
For that price you can't go wrong Dave  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: daverobson on August 30, 2017, 11:46:03 PM
 As you say, at that price I might as well go for it :tu:
In fact I think I'll get two  :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on July 18, 2018, 07:07:51 AM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/926/42576239745_c60936fd3c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27SjmK4)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on July 18, 2018, 07:45:13 AM
cleaning the trail?
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on July 18, 2018, 07:48:07 AM
Cutting new track.
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on July 18, 2018, 08:23:40 AM
Lovely picture Zoidy,  :tu:
I thought the saw had a side handle at first look  :D
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on July 18, 2018, 01:35:23 PM
:cheers:   A side handle might be quite useful for horizontal cuts...
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on July 18, 2018, 09:18:34 PM
Great looking set-up mate.  :tu:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on July 19, 2018, 04:54:40 AM
Cool pic z !
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on July 19, 2018, 11:27:56 AM
Great looking set-up mate.  :tu:

Cool pic z !

Thanks you two.   :cheers:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on October 08, 2018, 12:29:45 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eScD8DYNV8
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Sparky415 on October 08, 2018, 09:48:47 AM

Nice watching the old Guy work  :tu:
Interesting video Steve   :salute:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: styx on October 08, 2018, 10:45:25 AM
Steve again with an amazing video
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Poncho65 on May 29, 2019, 01:23:32 PM
I think that the Skrama will fit in here nicely :cheers: Thanks goes to Aleph that I have this awesome giant blade  :o :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/LccQQ4Sh.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on May 29, 2019, 01:26:59 PM
:like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: SteveC on May 29, 2019, 01:59:57 PM
Nice !   :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Gareth on May 29, 2019, 05:23:26 PM
Oh, very nice.  8)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: David on May 30, 2019, 01:03:50 AM
I think that the Skrama will fit in here nicely :cheers: Thanks goes to Aleph that I have this awesome giant blade  :o :like:

(https://i.imgur.com/LccQQ4Sh.jpg)


 :tu:     :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: cody6268 on June 19, 2019, 03:27:31 AM
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/926/42576239745_c60936fd3c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/27SjmK4)

 :like:  I have a similar saw by Orsa--it's huge; with an at least 30 inch blade. The local power company used it long before the adoption of powered saws to clear the lines.

I'm working on this old Collins brush axe we've had around the farm many years. Trying to get it sharpened up to use.

(https://i.imgur.com/rN46goH.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: zoidberg on June 19, 2019, 11:49:16 AM
:tu:   :like:
Title: Re: Show us your Billhooks, Slashers, Machetes
Post by: Syncop8r on June 19, 2019, 12:54:50 PM
I want that saw... Disston?