Guest post today. Angry Mike (that crazy bastard at www.mresource.net) is at it again. “Angry Mike” – lol – that shit cracks me up. We need a peace loving, dance through tulips kind of post from you so we can call you “Less Than Angry Mike” – at least for a day.
I was asked by a friend whether I would choose a knife, machete or axe in a survival situation if I could only have one and why I would choose it. My immediate response was that it would depend on where I would be. He then throws out an outlandish scenario, something to the effect of the government conducting an experiment with me in an undisclosed location and I had to grab one of them in 10 seconds or leave empty handed. I told him the machete would be my choice then.
He looked a bit puzzled, frowned and commented on my numerous knives and the fact that I currently have only one machete and one axe. He was expecting me to say knife. Now he wanted a thorough explanation of my choice. “It is simple” I said, “A knife can not effectively do what an axe or machete can do. An axe can not effectively do what a knife or machete can do but a machete can do most of what an axe can do and all of what a knife can do”. I think I fried his brain at this point as one eye crossed and he started to stutter.
Machetes have been used throughout history as tools and weapons as have axes and knives. It is a known fact that a small knife can not do the work that a large knife can but the opposite is often true. Anyone who has ever attempted to split a fallen tree limb for fire wood or build a shelter with a small knife will attest to this fact. Turn a large hunting knife on to the task and you are making progress. Put a machete to good use and you will make short work of it. An axe or hatchet would work equally well for this job.
If you need to clean a fish or clean and skin an animal a small knife could get the job done with patience and effort. A large hunting knife will probably be more effective. A machete, while being much longer and a bit unwieldy for the task will prove effective and will easily chop through bone. Using an axe or hatchet for these tasks would scare me though.
Good luck cleaning your fish and game. Most axes and hatchets are not capable of being sharpened to the point that they will easily cut, as they are designed to chop. I would be looking for another option like a smashed rock with a sharp edge, bringing me back to the equivalent of a small knife. At least you could chop off the head with the axe. Fish with entrails and scales anyone?
Let’s look at it from a self defense perspective. If all I had to defend myself with was a small knife such as a Swiss Army “Executive”, I wouldn’t. I would just fist fight the aggressor. It would be a useless and hopeless endeavor that would most likely do little more than piss my opponent off, after he was done laughing so hard he had to pee. A hunting knife would be much more effective from the defensive and attack standpoint as well as being intimidating to most people.
A machete gives you the advantage of a lot more reach through a longer blade that can be sharpened to near razor sharpness, the ability to slash, stab, slap and swing it at your opponent as well as flip it over and use the unsharpened edge to put a serious but less lethal whooping on him that is capable of crushing bone and inflicting serious trauma without deep cutting. It is also intimidating as all hell and most people would rather choose flight than fight when faced with a machete.
LOL! I’m so sorry here Angry, but I just gotta interject on your last sentence. Have you ever seen the movie Machete? LOL – no, me neither. I guess it’s still in production, but you soooooo gotta watch the movie trailer – LOL. It’s hilarious as shit. I have no intention of watching this trash movie, but the trailer is AWESOME! Plus – it has boobies! Choice quote: “They soon realize they just fucked with the wrong Mexican!” LOLOLOL
Is it just me or is that Cheech from Cheech and Chong playing the bad ass priest? Lol! Gawd, I hope that movie never gets finished – lol. I’m sorry, back to Angry’s post.
An axe or hatchet could be a very formidable weapon but you are limited to swinging it or jabbing with it, effectively turning it into a heavy stick. You are vulnerable on the down swing, you can easily be assaulted before you get your second swing off if you miss the first time and it can be grabbed and snatched out of your hands by your opponent with relative ease.
As far as prices go even the smallest Swiss Army knives are in the $15.00 range. A decent axe is in the $20-$50.00 range. A good quality hunting knife is in the $40-$100.00 range. A cheap machete can be purchased for around $8.00 and a good quality machete for less than $30.00 in most places.
It is my opinion that dollar for dollar and pound for pound, a machete is the ultimate survivor’s tool. That is not to say all of the others, as well as blades not listed do not have their place. If you are on a tight budget or can only take one, take the machete!
~ Angry Mike
– Ranger Man
BTW: If I had to choose just one – you know what I’d choose – my survival knife on roids. That being said, the Crocodile Golok #2 machete you carry is pretty mean looking. I wonder if that Mexican Machete dude owns one – or two.
Also, news report – Food Prices Likely to Remain High
And, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a COLD winter. Is it just me or does the Farmer’s Almanac predict a cold winter EVERY winter? Year after year. Did you notice all of their advertisements for cold weather stuff in their pages? Hmmmm . . . . .
Now, go take a class from Weaponcraft. They’re the best – lol.