Because of the wearing out of my shoulder and elbow joints and tissue, I am retiring my Blackie Collins 22-inch heavy D-handle machete with custom leather Amish-made sheath. I like the convenience of having one of my hands free when surveying, and the less I have to carry, the better I like it. I bought a Gerber Gator Brush Thinner that came with a gimpy little nylon sheath that will probably last less than a week under normal working conditions. The sheath belt loop mounts the brush blade too high, and the two-handed handle sticks up above the belt. Mounting it upside down could work, but both ways make the handle prone to snagging on just about everything. Getting to the little zipper and hook & loop fastener is difficult anyway.
I will either switch back to a bank blade (aka kaiser blade or joe blade) or try hand-held pruning shears if this new blade does not work out. I already carry a folding pruning saw that is very handy to use that fits into my tool belt pouch very well along with my 6-foot folding rule.
My main question is this: Does anyone use this blade, and how do you carry it? I am looking for a leather sheath to fit the 9-inch blade into and a loop of some sort that will secure the long handle. I would want it to hang below my tool belt and be easy to remove with one hand and put back in and secured with one hand. I searched the internet, but nothing comes up. I could contact the Amish leather craftsman I used last time and see what we could come up with, but I wanted to reach out this community to see what you guys are using for cutting blades.
I still have a long machete (Ontario Knife) in the truck but I'm not using it as much as I used to. I also have loppers and hand clippers (Fiskars, from Home Depot) , which get more and more use these days.
For big jobs maybe find somebody with a brush cutter equipped Bobcat. They can clear more in an hour than you can in a hard day of machette-ing. Probably end up saving you money.
Fiskars Ratchet Drive Anvil Lopper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003BC79KS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_o5HXBbT35T51J
Have not touched my machete for three years.
I had a Collins machette shortened about eight inches and a new contoured handle put on it. This customization lightened the blade enough that it is easier to carry, swing and cut. I don't get into much that it can't handle.
I gave up on swinging blade tools the day I cut my thigh. Currently have Fiskars extendable arm compound lopers. If I can get it in the jaw I can cut it.
Paul in PA