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 How to clean this machete?
kennyrock12  [Member]
2/4/2008 6:00:38 PM
I got this machete at a sale today and would like to clean it up without ruining any value it might have. The blade is pretty thick but is rusted a bit. The handles look like bakelite, but not sure.

I figured oil and light steel wooling for the blade, but I'm not sure about the handles.
Thanks in advance for the help.



dfariswheel  [Team Member]
2/4/2008 8:55:43 PM
For the blade, apply a heavy coat of a penetrating fluid. Kroil is best, but WD-40 or CLP Breakfree will do.

Allow to soak for a few days to soften the rust, then apply more fluid and scrub well with a brass "toothbrush".
This will remove the rust without damaging the metal.
On a blade like this, you can also use 0000 steel wool and fluid.

The handle may be hardwood, Bakelite, OR some type of horn like buffalo horn.
I'd wipe it gently with a paper towel dampened with some paint thinner.
You could also use a cleaner like Greased Lightning, 409, or any other liquid cleaner to wipe it down.
80sgyrene  [Member]
2/8/2008 3:08:58 PM
Looks like an old Collins.
kennyrock12  [Member]
2/8/2008 8:12:14 PM

Originally Posted By 80sgyrene:
Looks like an old Collins.


You are correct sir!

Cleaned it up a little and found this underneath the gunk.



It's a Collins no.22. The little I can find on the web is either about the military issue one or is all in Spanish.

I still can't figure out what the handle is made from. It sorta looks like horn, but also a little plasticy(?) feeling. Here's a pic, what do you guys think?


ETA- Could I send my kids to college if I decide to sell it?

anothergene  [Team Member]
2/12/2008 5:22:39 PM
I found a similar one in an abandoned house.
Above the arm & hammer logo there is a "US"
Below the LIGITIMUS COLLINS & CO it says 1942
Mine has a black handle W/leather thong through where the upper rear rivet is on the pictured one.
I noticed a few notches in the grip too...
Cool piece of non firing history, if it could only speak.
80sgyrene  [Member]
2/14/2008 9:47:20 PM
Looks like horn to me. Unfortunatly I don't think they are that valuable. Could be wrong though.