The best heavy duty handle grip that we came up with before was a thick straight piece of rubber hose that’s originally use with car radiators. But because my machete is a very thin piece of metal and we didn’t have a large enough piece left for my handle grip, I had to come up with something else.
My first thoughts were to use a piece of hard plastic water pipe as you can see from the first photo above, but later decided against it. After looking in the garage for other materials to use and taking some time to think it through I found another solution.
I got a relatively long piece of old electrical cord in the garage, took our glue gun, masking and isolation take and did the following steps.
- Step 1: First thing to do is to untangle and then clean the electrical cord with a wet then dry cloth. Don’t strip or remove the wires inside the cord, just use as is. Plug in the glue gun and switch in on so long to get warm.
- Step 2: Cut the electrical cord on one side to make it look neat and glue the pit about 1cm from the bottom part of the metal where the handle should be. After it’s glued on and you’re satisfied with the position of the cord, let it cool off then tightly wind the rest of the cord around the handle till you reached the desired length. Cut the cord on the other end and use the glue gun to stick it there.
For extra staying power, I suggest putting some more glue on the ends.
- Step 3: Use masking tape to cover the electrical cord nice and tight, and then follow with isolation tape.
That’s it, all done.
The only thing that remained was to test it, and surly I did.
The handle is light in weight, water resistant, shock absorbent and provide good solid grip for my hands.