Origin of the Darien® Machete Name

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  1. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

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    Since I have seen this question bantered about on the WWW, I'll explain a little. What does the name Darien mean?

    There are precious few places you can travel on this globe and not be able to pull over to get a Coke and a hamburger. The Darien Gap is one of those places. It is a very thick jungle covering the bottom part of Panama and the top part of Colombia. It is called the "Gap" because of a gap in the road system (and civilization for that matter!) of somewhere about 60-70 miles. You can drive from the tip of Argentina to the tip of Alaska fairly easily...except for the Darien Gap. It is too wild to build a road there. The last time anyone bothered to try was in the 90's.

    There have been a handful of vehicles to drive through it, but many more have failed, and they aren't on an actual road, just sort of driving overland. It's still so remote, if you are able to drive through it, you'll make the news. Even if you can cross it on foot, it's a newsworthy accomplishment. Many people have entered and not been seen again.

    In 2003, we spent an anxious week waiting to hear word of Robert Young Pelton, who was kidnapped here and held by a Colombian paramilitary group. Through a series of events, he was released. DPX GEAR was that close to never happening....


    Anyway, the best tool you can have in this type of environment is a machete light enough to swing all day since doing just about anything requires cutting something. Hence the name associated with the newest Expat Knives tool.

    And here's the sticker in the works, you know, because we will always be first and foremost a sticker company:



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  2. Strigidae

    Strigidae Moderator Staff Member

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    Very cool! I wondered if it was a family name or something.
     
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    DYSPHORIC JOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I need some stickers for the family.
     
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    shaneadams90 ESEE Knives Marketing Director Staff Member

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    Awesome story....share on the Media of socials ...
     
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    I like the look of that machete.
     
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    Reuben and I have been using the heck out of one for about two weeks now. We both love it!
     
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    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

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    Hmm. Learned something new. I always thought it was named after your brother that had a speech impediment and couldn't pronounce his own name properly when the teacher asked him.
     
  8. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

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    That’s my other brother Darien
     
  9. Strigidae

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    Well played reference.
     
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  10. Expat

    Expat Expat™ Knives Staff Member

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    Oh, so you’re old too?
     
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    I picked up one of them Darien machetes. I was expecting a sticker, so I was surprised when I got a machete.
    I think I like the machete better. It cuts saplings and limbs pretty well so far.

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    I would pay full price for the patch.
     
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