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This is the only Spetsnaz Machete video on the internet! This is the Тайга used by the Russian Special Forces. It has a saw back, hollow handle, bone cutting blade, digging edge, push awl and more. The handle is bakelite and the blade is made of carbon steel.
They can be used as a grappling hook, machete, wood chopper, bone cutter, digging tool, trig calculator, protractor, measuring device, saw, leather awl-and the most deadly of applications-as a slasher weapon by an operator trained in Systema, or the System.
It’s sort of like a Woodsman’s Pal, or a Tom Brown Tracker survival knife. The hollow handle could be used to store emergency items like a fishing kit, matches, a compass, needles, water purification tablets, a lighter, paracord and whatever else you might need in a survival situation.
This is a review, and we’ll be making a demonstration video in the near future.
This machete is a peice of Russian history. This former USSR Military knife was only issued to the elite Spetznaz and Soviet Air Force Pilots. It is a very hefty knife and as heavy as some machetes. It is a total of 15 inches long with 9 3/4 inches of high carbon steel blade. It weighs about a pound and a half. The blade is sharp almost all the way around. It has a sharp grove just forward of the hilt for parachute chord cutting then the blade runs about 4 inches before it becomes serrated at the curve, then becomes shapened again at the axe face area (can be used as an axe). The end is shapened and can be used for prying and the top is a saw back. On the blade is 0 to 90 degree marks (I’m told for navigation) and 3 different size holes (again to navigation). It’s also numbered 0 to 15 centimetres. There is a blood grove running 7 1/2 inches just under the saw back. On the back it has a character like an unside down L and the number 108.
The hilt has 2 holes for lashing it on a staff or what not to make a spear. The handle has a hole for a lanyard and is like orange colored composite material (bakelite?). It has a hollowed out waterproof compartment for matches. There is an ice pick device that is molded and held into the handle area by the cap for the waterproof compartment (see photo), When removed it can be re-attached the opposite direction to form an ice pick and be used as a needle / leather awl. It also has a screwdriver / prying edge. The cap / pommel can also be used to hammer. It is just a all around versatile weapon / tool and would be a great addition to a knife or military collection
See my other reviews and demonstrations on this survival tool. I made my version of the spetsnaz machete. I call it the Wolverine.