Timberline Dave Young Alpha-3 MSS Machete Survival System, 16.5" 440C Sawback Blade, Custom Nylon Sheath - 4803

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Part #: TM4803 | Timberline Knives
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TM4803: Alpha-3 MSS Machete Survival System
Timberline Knives
The MSS Machete Survival System is a do-it-all camp/combat machete that is built for the hardest of use. The forward weighted 16.5" full-tang blade is made from 440C stainless steel for a durable, worry free edge with a matte black titanium coating for a non-glare finish. It has sawback serrations along the spine but the real cutting power comes from the two combination edges on the base of the blade and near the tip on the spine. The thermoplastic rubber handle is overly large for gloved hands and extremely ergonomic, creating an awesome grip. You have a wire cutter/stripper at the base of the blade and a carbide glass breaker on the butt end. It includes a custom coyote brown, MOLLE compatible nylon sheath. Every inch of this robust tool delivers superior performance and no feature was overlooked.
  • Integral carbide glass breaker/field marker 
  • Partially serrated sections
  • Sawback
  • Full-tang
  • Cord/strap cutter
  • Custom nylon sheath with MOLLE loops, straps, snaps and grommets for optional paracord attachments
  • Blade Length: 16.5" (419 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 16.25" (413 mm)
  • Handle Length: 6.5" (165 mm)
  • Overall Length: 23.0" (584 mm)
  • Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Blade Style: Sawback
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Black Matte Titanium Coating
  • Handle Material: Checkered TPR
  • Sheath Material: Nylon
  • Weight: 33.5 oz. (0.95 kg)
  • Designer: Dave Young
  • Made in China
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
440C Stainless Steel
440C Stainless Steel
High end stainless steel with a high resistance to corrosion and will sharpen to a razor edge.
4.667 (3 reviews)
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5 out of 5
Apr 29, 2018
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
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Here's my update, influenced by the comments by our friend below in IL. After using this Dave Young machete extensively I must say it is my go-to bush tool. It is robust. It gives the user confidence. For bush clearing it is tops. It digs and hooks well. The steel sharpens easily; I use a small mill file.I ordered two more yezterday. With postage they work out to $49 each--an excellent deal; these are $100 machetes.I carry one in the truck and one in my RTV. Generally it is a most versatile chopper, root excavator, branch breaker. It would serve as a weapon much better than your average machete of heavier stock. The drawback as a weapon is its side flex; the stock is cut from a flat sheet of 440. But you will be well armed with one of these.Good luck out there.
5 out of 5
Peoria Il
Mar 12, 2018
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Weight, Finish, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Must have for any go bag
This is a must have for any go bag. If zombies attack or you need to cut down an oak tree this is the tool. I see complaints about it being heavy, I do believe that's actually an attribute. Very high quality blade and sheath. After much research I do believe it's probably the best on the market.
4 out of 5
Sep 24, 2017
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material, None
Cons: Weight
An odd tool, well built
Best features of this Timberline Alpha-3 machete are, it is well built, full tang, of good quality steel.The handle is not ovoid but flat. The rubber coating on it grips very well. Unlike most machetes this one will not fly out of your hand.The grinds are well done, consistent and crisp. The serrated top, the last five inches or so that terminate at the tip, is quite useful for hooking brush and dragging it away. I dislike the "saw" on the spine; the teeth are not alternated nor ground for cutting; the sawback is the only bad feature of this machete. I'd rather the square spine, for breaking down dead branches or batoning.This sonb***h sharpens easily and holds an edge; this is why I know it is good steel. It is more sword-like than machete-like. It might stand in for an axe; it bites extremely deep at 30 degrees or so. If I had to choose just two blades for deep bush, I'd select a small work knife, and this Alpha 3 machete. It can take down up to a 6 inch tree, and process the smaller stuff. I have waded through waist high weeds in my WV hollers and this machete mows them down in a brutish, barbarian sort of way---but again, this machete is way too heavy to wield for more than 15 minutes or so.It lies flat in your vehicle. The sheath is very heavy, made of cordura with a heavy plastic sandwich insert. The sheath is well made. Altogether they are much too heavy to pack for more than a few miles. This is a machete you carry in your vehicle. I keep it in the back of my truck and use it mainly for clearing fallen limbs from my roads. This is a very good bargain. It is a $100+ plus value. You won't go wrong with it. It's a keeper.
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