|Posted on May 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Base price : $440.00
Blade length @ 11 1/2”
Handle length @ 5 ¼“”
Grind: Convex (this knife has no grind choice option)
Thickness available: only 3/16” at this time
Spacer note: The model 16 always comes with thin red, yellow and black spacers. This cannot be changed.
I use a machete/bolo pretty often, all spring, summer and into the fall a bit. I find it one of the
handiest designs there is for how I camp. In all that use however I noticed that I very rarely used the tip of a big knife for anything. I decided to make a machete that I could use to dig with if I had forgotten my shovel, if I was in a hurry or for small quick work. I remembered seeing a U.S.M.C. round tip bolo that was used during ww2 and thought I’d make a version of that with my design influence thrown in. What I drew out looked almost exactly like the knife pictured above.
A few days later I stumbled onto an eBay auction for what looked almost exactly like the knife
I had drawn out just a few days before. I’d never seen one before that point and I liked what I saw a lot. The knife in the auction was a C.I.S.O. ( counterinsurgency support office) supplied S.O.G. (studies and observation group) bolo that was used by American Special Forces soldiers while running recon missions in Laos and Cambodia. Then and there I knew this was the knife I wanted to make so that I could do my small part to honor those veterans who did such a difficult, dangerous and vital job during the Vietnam war.
In honor of 5th Special Forces group I have named this knife the Recondo bolo. 5th group
hosted the Recondo (Recon and Commando) school and trained members from all services in the skill of reconnaissance and commando tactics in Nha Trang Vietnam from 1966 to 1970.
This bolo also comes with only one style of spacers which are the flash colors of 5th group during the Vietnam war.
The tip and back of the knife are left nearly dead soft for toughness while the edge is full
hardness. The knife is meant to be used to do light digging with and inevitably it will hit rocks. With that in mind I left the tip soft so that it would bend rather than chip. I’d rather have the edge bend so I can beat it back straight instead of chip and have to grind it out.
This is the knife I will use around camp and tromping through the woods. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Options available: Only handle material and pin type.
Here's a quick video I did while testing one of the prototypes.