This is my Vietnam war era machete and it's handle is loose!
Being that I use machetes as intended for my work as a landscaper this is unacceptable.
I need to make a custom hand-fitted handled for my favorite tool but I have no fucking clue what I'm doing....
Paracord handles suck in general. Do you think a bit of cord wrapped around a handle will fill up your hand the same way the proper handle will? What happens if you use the paracord? Then you have to use the bare metal tang. Making handles is pretty easy, just get some handle slabs (wood/micarta/g10/whatever the hell you want), drill some holes, glue and pin (brass/steel/whatever rods, cutler's rivets, loveless bolts, male/female bolts), and shape to your hand. Use your Googlefu OP.
This is /do-it-yourself/ NOT /be-lazy-and-buy/ buddy
I'm a man who knows his Machetes and thanks to living in the rainforest for 6months I'm very fluent in how to use them.
YOU WILL NOT FIND a better machete then those issued to the US military for combat in Southeast Asian.
I have a similar design Dominican machete that I wanted to practice making a handle for. I used a grinder and rounded off that spot for the missing rivet. Then got a bubinga wood block from Lee valley and traced the shape of the handle. Cut I out, glued one side on, drilled the rivet holes through the existing ones, glued the other side and drilled through the existing holes again. Then I used brass rod as rivets and just tapped the the ends with a ball peen hammer to peen them. You can mark where your fingers are one the blocks to get an idea of how to shape it. Generally you want the thickest part of the handle to be in between your middle and ring finger. Then you can shape it however you want, with files and rasps or a belt sander. I just used a clear coat to finish it and it turned out pretty good for a first try. <pic related> the new handle
That's a legit handle bro. Ultimately something a handle like this - custom to your hand - is what I need but my DIY power level is not yet high enough.
>soft metal brass/hammer for rivets
>think handle part placement.
Pro Tips I'm down to try.
Why is paracord so highly valued? I've only seen it fail all the time, it's ten times shittier than most normal rope I've seen used.
Some asshat at a camp I was working in tried to use it to secure a bobcat vehicle to a small post we were trying to pull out while boasting about how indestructible it was. It snapped immediately.
What's the hype?
That doesn't really explain anything about why it's so popular.
I blame armchair survivalists that have never tried to use it for anything.
That '550' is a static load, never climb with it, or use it to hold anything life threatening.
>durr but it's used while parachuting
Like a hundred separate strands of it are used in one chute.
you can pierce rivets, remove them and insert new ones, but whime you're at it, replace those ugly plastic handles with wooden ones.
if you do that, you also have the possibility to use a screw to join the two pieces, but screw it a bit more than needed so that the tipe exceeds the handle by half a centimeter, then use an angle grinder to cut if off, and sand paper everything so it looks good then oil it