My latest love affair is with a ten-inch Tramontina. I've had a sheath made for it which cost many times more than the machete, but I like it. It is light and it has proven to be very useful:
Splitting a carcase down through the backbone is something that I don't do often. With a pig, deer or goat I'd mostly just cut all the meat off the skeleton and discard all the bones (except maybe for some leg roasts). But when I helped a relative butcher some sheep a while back I figured that I should make chops. I sawed some carcases, but I found that I could baton my Tramontina down through the backbone with relative ease and accuracy. I was thrilled to find that this worked. (A guy from America put me on to this when he described how a hunting guide split a moose by hammering a knife through the spine). The blade didn't seem to be harmed at all in the process.
I'm looking forward to taking my new Tramontina out when I'm next trying to trap possums.
I've been wrestling with the urge to own something like a Cold Steel Trailmaster. So far I've been successful at not submitting to this desire. I'm fairly sure I would just fall back on my smaller fixed blades and maybe a machete or hatchet and wonder why I spent all that money on importing the big knife.
So what big blades does everyone else like to use?
Dead Thread I know -
Here is one of my favorite knives, my Von Tempsky Forest Ranger Bowie by Svord.
I know it may seem a bit rambo and people may find it scary but it is pretty useful, I have modified the sheath by putting a jeans stud at the throat of the sheath so it slips inside my belt and is held from slipping through by the stud meaning the knife and sheath can quickly be taken off my belt. Obvisouly it doesn't replace the axe and machete in their own right but it is a light weight alternative to carrying both and batons through wood very well.
Nice knife, JRW!
Thanks, when I first got it I wanted to test it out as a weapon so I bought a cheap leg of mutton and did a back cut onto the leg, it cut though cleanly to the bone, shattered the bone rather then cut through it then cut the rest of the way through the leg severing it completely. I would not be wanting to stick my hand out to someone who was coming at me with one.