The original Golok machete No. 2-01 is produced by the English company Ralph Martindale Company Ltd. Among other things, since the mid-60s of the last century, after the fighting in Borneo, the famous British army unit SAS has been equipped. Here, in the review, an almost complete copy of this machete is presented..
Copy of the Golok machete No. 2-01, a brief overview and description of the design.
The main characteristics of the machete Golok No 2-01.
Total length 450 mm.
Blade length 330 mm.
Blade thickness 4.5 mm.
Blade Material Carbon Steel.
Hilt material wood.
Weight 520 g.
The exact carbon steel grade is not indicated on the blade of this machete. At first glance, steel is more viscous than brittle. Which implies that at critical loads it will jam more than cough. For a field tool, this is very good. There have been no particular signs of increased steel susceptibility to rust formation..
wooden machete, processed very roughly. Unlike the original, where flat rivets are made flush with the surface of the handle, in this copy the rivets are semicircular and recessed into the holes. When working, during the application of blows, these recesses with protruding rivet heads create a very unpleasant sensation for the fingers holding the handle itself. Therefore, most likely they will have to do something. For example, fill the recesses with some kind of viscous material, like car sealant. Or optionally wrap the handle with a paracord.
The first impressions of this copy of the Golok No. 2-01 machete are not the most favorable. Will they change and how true were they, the upcoming field tests and trials will show to this machete.