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    Does anybody know where to get a realistic prop machete? I want something that even up close it looks real. I have seen some, but their paint jobs are bad and the "blade" is to thick.

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    I make my own, use lexan (available from plastic supply houses) cut it to shape and then heat the corners to remove sharpness. I then have the lexan blade chrome plated, then you have to age it a bit with paint and add the plastic handles from a real machete.
    The up side is that you can normally get several great props out of one sheet of Lexan. I know its alot of work but its worth it, the prop machete will also take a beating as Lexan is bullet proof in the proper thickness.
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    Thanks for the reply. Are you talking about this? http://www.polymerplastics.com/transparents_lexan.shtml
     

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    yes, but almost any strong sheet plastic will do. I just like lexan.
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    I love the look of the foam props, however with my actors they wouldn't last ONE night, much less a month! Heck I don't think the real thing would last a month!

    I like Allen's Lexan solution, any trouble in the fact that there isn't much plastic when you come down to the handle as opposed to the blade area??
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    No its pretty tough stuff, you should be fine.
     

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    Allen- What do you cut the plastic with?

    Thanks
    Last edited by scarygoat; 06-29-2009 at 08:43 PM.
     

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    I will either use a sabre saw (jig saw) with a plastic blade, or a rotary cutter in my steroid dremel (the big one).
    depending on thickness I might also use a soldering iron or hot knife.
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    Alright thanks. I found a place on eBay that has it for a good price. Would you recommend any paint, I know some paints are not going to stick well to the plastic.

    Jake
     

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