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#6547930 - 11/17/16 12:42 PM Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self:
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Note to self: When cutting pine saplings....you WON'T need to use as much force on those down strokes as before. grin

Addendum to note to self: IF you don't adjust your swing (for the now sharp blade)...it WILL cut though the pine and continue on until it meets your shin. Said 'shin' being much harder than pine will stop the blade.... but not before the blade embeds itself about 1/4" into your bone.

P.S. take band-aids with you when you go to the woods. Alternately, be more careful than I was.


Flint.


[b]Edited to provide a less disgusting pic: [/b
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Edited by flintknapper (11/17/16 01:33 PM)
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#6547939 - 11/17/16 12:46 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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I just got light headed looking at this.

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#6547943 - 11/17/16 12:50 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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you could use a pedicure.
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#6547946 - 11/17/16 12:51 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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Meh....just one of those things.

Had to find a rag in the truck to tie around it to get the bleeding to stop. Normally have a first aid kit with me, but it was in the ranch truck and I have to put a new starter in it today, so I was in the Land Cruiser.

Its my own fault, just in a hurry to clear out a path.
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#6547950 - 11/17/16 12:54 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: Limit Extender]
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Originally Posted By: Limit Extender
you could use a pedicure.


Yes, had just finished mowing my lawn and weedeating earlier (Deck shoes and no socks) so feet were kinda dirty. I apologize.
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#6547982 - 11/17/16 01:19 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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Better get stitches....

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#6547992 - 11/17/16 01:24 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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That looks pretty!
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#6547993 - 11/17/16 01:24 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: DocHorton]
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Originally Posted By: DocHorton
Better get stitches....


Shaved the leg, have surgical strips on it. Going to let it drain. Blade got into the bone pretty good, so I don't want to close it up completely just yet. I have a suture kit if needed, but the 'cut' is only about an inch long.

Provided no infection gets started....we are good to go. Bone hurts a little, but that's to be expected.
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#6548015 - 11/17/16 01:34 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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Might be time to change your name to Boneknapper.

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#6548026 - 11/17/16 01:40 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: ACEHONDO]
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Originally Posted By: ACEHONDO
Might be time to change your name to Boneknapper.


Hah, yeah I deserve that. wink

This is actually only the second time I've 'whacked' myself in over 45 years of using a machete, so all in all..not a bad track record.

I was just going too fast and didn't allow for how much easier the 'sharp' blade was cutting the saplings. It went through the one pine like butter and I couldn't stop the 'over swing'.

Oh well....no big deal. Just be careful out there guys and keep a first aid kit handy.
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#6548046 - 11/17/16 01:51 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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Aww, I want to see the disgusting pic!
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#6548054 - 11/17/16 01:58 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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No stitches required....no problem....nothing more than a scratch...... up
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#6548069 - 11/17/16 02:11 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
No stitches required....no problem....nothing more than a scratch...... up


Thats my take on it too. If I can make it stop bleeding (or put a stitch or two in it) myself, then I'm not driving 25 miles into town to sit for a couple of hours.

Too much to do around the ranch for that. If you hack through a tendon or something...that would be different. But not a shin bone. grin


"Toe bone connected to the foot bone
Foot bone connected to the heel bone
Heel bone connected to the ankle bone
Ankle bone connected to the shin bone
Shin bone connected to the knee bone
Knee bone connected to the thigh bone
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#6548078 - 11/17/16 02:17 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
No stitches required....no problem....nothing more than a scratch...... up


sounds like you didn't sharpen it enough. rofl Seriously though if you hit the bone clean it good. I got a catfish fin stuck to the bone and they had to scrape it to keep bacteria off the bone.
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#6548114 - 11/17/16 02:53 PM Re: Sharpened Machete this morning.....note to self: [Re: flintknapper]
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Originally Posted By: flintknapper
Originally Posted By: DocHorton
Better get stitches....


Shaved the leg, have surgical strips on it. Going to let it drain. Blade got into the bone pretty good, so I don't want to close it up completely just yet. I have a suture kit if needed, but the 'cut' is only about an inch long.

Provided no infection gets started....we are good to go. Bone hurts a little, but that's to be expected.


Well done...sounds like you are on the right track!

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