Ka-bar Cutlass Machete, Leather & Cordura Sheath

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The KA-BAR Cutlass machete is perfect for chopping down weeds, limbs, and cutting a path through small trees for clearing a campsite. Its 11" 1085 high-carbon blade also fits like a glove in its included leather/cordura combination sheath! Its super no-slip Kraton handle performs well in adverse weather conditions, making this a must-have tool for any enterprising land-owner or outdoor enthusiast. With a sleek black anti-rust coating, this is a machete that you will come to love and will provide years of excellent service. From the expert manufacturers at KA-BAR, the Cutlass is a swashbuckling standby for all types of hard-working professionals!

• Blade Detail: Plain Edge

• Blade Length (inches): 11.00

• Blade Material: 1085 High Carbon, Black

• Carry System: Leather/Cordura Sheath

• Handle Material: Kraton

• Overall Length (inches): 16.50

Model Number: 2-1248-2
Catalog Number: 15707
Blade Length 11 inches
Blade Material Carbon Steel (1085)
Sheath Material Cordura and Leather
Blade Edge Plain
Point Drop Point
Handle Material Kraton
Total Length 16.5 inches
Blade Color Black
Sheath Included Yes
Pocket Clip Included No
Knife Type Fixed Blade
Handle Color Black
Machete Type Bush
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Making a quality KA-BAR product requires the talent of experienced craftspeople performing dozens of processes with precision and skill. Each knife undergoes specific manufacturing processes to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge.

Soon after its introduction in the mid-1920's, the KA-BAR trademark became widely known and respected. There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper. This particular fur trapper's testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company.

He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was "k a bar". The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.

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Customer Reviews

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By Caleb L. from Jacksonville, FL
April 21, 2013

I bought this machete a while ago. The sheath is nice and durable, as is the machete. Since this blade is 1085 steel, it should be able to handle wood. The weight is well balanced and helps with chopping and swinging.

By David B. from Washington, DC
July 25, 2012

Good weight for heavy chopping. You'll get a workout. Holds an edge.

By Joy H. from Ohio
January 27, 2012

Love this knife. I was able to trim my apple tree with.

By John S. from Northern NY
October 11, 2011

Balanced well, cuts well, carries well, and super grip on the handle. After a thorough honing I have been tackling 3" plus birches regularly. The epoxy coating is a bit rough and makes for a lot of friction. It takes some cutting to wear it off the bevel before it reaches it's optimum slashing potential.

By Cheri H. from Chicago, IL
November 30, 2008

It has great weight distribution! The machete is excellent for cutting small brush and limbs!

By Michael J. from Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 12, 2008

It is well balanced, the right weight and length for extensive use. The blade remains sharp after much use and the finish makes it easy to clean. The sheath makes the machete easy to remove and replace while working.

By Rein L. from Storrs, CT
February 13, 2008

I have tried several makes of machetes but none of them cut efficiently on my 6 acre wooded lot with under brush. The KA-BAR knives cutlass machete is my kind of tool. It feels solid, cuts well, and is safe.

By Chris O. from Connecticut
August 3, 2007

It is good quality materials does the job well!

By Dwight H. from Lawrenceceburg, TN
June 22, 2007

It's a chopper with no pretense at being something else. Don't confuse this with a knife function wise. It feels good in the hand. A hatchet drives nails better than the flat of the blade but it is more forgiving on point of impact when chopping. Keep one in the trunk.

By William D. from Holliston, MA
April 2, 2007

Fantastic product. Quality, Quality, Quality and fast delivery. A+ all the way. I will be buying more from this company.

By Byron U. from Chicago, IL
March 12, 2007

I like the machete very much. It is a quality knife well made and takes a good edge.

By J F. from Chicopee, MA
January 9, 2007

This is an excellent knife! It's very sharp. I am more than pleased. This knife (machete) exceeded my expectations.

By Carolyn P. from Amherst, VA
December 5, 2006

It is excellent quality for the price.

By Bill Y. from Rainelle, WV
November 27, 2006

Since the cutlass machete was a KA-BAR, it was as expected, a very good product.

By Chip T. from Houston, TX
July 30, 2006

This is another example of how much improvement their has been in the KA-BAR brand. It gives added comfort in the purchasing decision.

By John L. from Honolulu, HI
November 7, 2008

This is a good blade!

By Doc D. from Florida
May 25, 2008

It is a useful knife with excellent balance and grip for medium to low density path clearing and opening up area for group to camp overnight. The blade stays sharp with minimal honing and sheath accepts blade after initial stretching very easily, can be rigged to hang of shoulder with leather or other strapping material or attached to belt.

By Sarah D. from Fort Walton Beach, FL
February 12, 2008

This was a gift for me to use at work. So far it has proven itself to be a very sturdy, durable knife that does the job I need it to do. The sheath is nice. I do wish it was more of a classic sheath in which the knife would slide right in (without the snaps), but I understand the difficulty that would entail due to the unique curvature of the blade. Overall I am very pleased!

By Pete S. from San Diego, CA
August 21, 2007

We put this machete through it's paces in the jungle. The blade has some weight to it - means less effort chopping down brush. The blade was well coated and held a good cutting edge, only needing sharpening every other day (unlike others in our crew with Gerber machete's...). The two snap straps on the sheath weren't very practical for carrying a lot of gear.

By Mike C. from Greensburg, PA
June 26, 2007

This is very well made.

By Ed Z. from Baton Rouge, LA
February 11, 2007

This is a great machete if you need something short and beefy. It has an excellent grip and a great blade.

By Tom S. from Glastonbury, CT
December 28, 2006

I have used this item to cut through heavy bittersweet, rose, and grape vines with no problems. I also managed to cut down a few 2 inch plus diameter trees with the machete. It did a good job!

By Jess O. from Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
February 10, 2012

I like it (Ka-bar Knife Cutlass Machete/Leather/Cordura Combo sheath) but not in my expectation that it was made in China.I like most made in U.S.

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