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Where can I find a good machete in Bangkok?

  • daydreamfar-
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    I'm looking for the heavy duty kind you see those guys using out in the bush (the kind that can take down small trees) not those whimpy butter knife things you find at home. Is there any place in Bangkok worth checking out?

    Thanks

    #1 Posted: 10/9/2013 - 14:01

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  • Snookieboi

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    weekend market?

    #2 Posted: 10/9/2013 - 15:06

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Any big market. Pratunam has them too.

    #3 Posted: 10/9/2013 - 18:15

  • daydreamfar-
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    Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I figured the big markets would have something. My concern is finding a top quality one. I take it you've seen the type I'm describing.

    #4 Posted: 10/9/2013 - 21:38

  • LeonardCohe-
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    i've seen really big ones in markets just sitting around, pretty damn dangerous

    #5 Posted: 10/9/2013 - 21:47

  • MADMAC

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    Just out of curiousity why do you want a machete?

    #6 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 00:33

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    #7 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 05:41

  • daydreamfar-
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    Like the ad sayadian refers to I have a lot of vines, brush, cornstalks and what not to hack down on my property. A good machete would definitely make things easier. Plus hacking up old pumpkins in the compost pit is always good sport. I also think it would be a handy thing to have around.

    #8 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 07:44

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    If we hear about a machete wielding whack job going around Bangkok beheading people in the next few weeks then I'm holding all the respondants here culpable.

    #9 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 08:11

  • LeonardCohe-
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    (the kind that can take down small trees)
    ^^^^^
    Thought it was obvious why he wanted it

    #10 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 08:59

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  • sayadian

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    Any one of those ubiquitous shops that sell things like rope, mosquito nets, baskets etc will have machetes. It's the same name in Thai so easy to ask for.

    #11 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 11:50

  • daydreamfar-
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    Don't most of the tuk tuk drivers carry them. I'll just ask one of those guys.

    #12 Posted: 11/9/2013 - 13:52

  • MADMAC

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    I've never seen a tuk tuk driver carry a machete.

    But yes, for farm work they are useful. No question there.

    #13 Posted: 12/9/2013 - 00:02

  • sayadian

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    ...and there are plenty of shops for farmers so it should be easy to buy one. I just wondered if the OP wanted something superior like a Gerber.

    #14 Posted: 12/9/2013 - 04:23

  • daydreamfar-
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    The tuk tuk reference was to a recent incident in Bangkok where the guy who got into it with one of his customers and hacked him up. Don't know that I would need a Gerber (although they look very impressive). I'm just looking for something that has a good thick blade and sturdy handle. The ones I find at home the blades are a very thin gauge which bend and wobble easily...pretty whimpy.

    Thanks for all of the advice!

    #15 Posted: 12/9/2013 - 07:57

  • sayadian

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    Just looked that up. It was a samurai sword not a machete and he was driving a pink taxi not a tuk-tuk. Killed an American in an argument over the fare. WTF next!

    #16 Posted: 12/9/2013 - 10:14

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