Whether you're splitting coconuts or doing yard maintenance, a machete is a powerful tool to have on your side. This straight-blade knife is large enough to tackle woody brush yet small enough to wield easily. Choose a kukri machete and you'll also have the benefits a curved blade offers, including being a powerful weapon.
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I got carried away processing wood and broke our family tool. Didn't want the std K-bar, so after some research, I chose the Mah-chete. Day after UPS dropped it off, I went back to the same wood that broke my previous tool. I chopped, hacked, made kindling. It was excellent in every way. Chopped like my Estwing. Batoned my way through several 5-7" pieces of maple with ease. Wood just flies apart. My only complaint is that I would have had a rougher texture on the handel. Maybe cryton/zytel. After a day of hacking, just had to touch-up the edge a little.
I bought this for use around the campsite. After using it camping, I now use it around the house quite a bit as well. The heavy blade gives this tool all the power I need to hack through alleyway overgrowth, as well as prepare kindling for the fire pit. I'm also impressed by how well the blade maintains an edge. I've only had to work a nick out once from when a vine had grown through a fence, unbeknownst to me. Also, the handle design is impeccable, keeping it in your grasp far beyond minor fatigue. Overall an excellent tool for whatever you need a 14" blade for.
When you open the box you see this huge blade, it will destroy any over grown jungle of a back yard, hold a good edge and is well balances and a joy to use. I use it to cut down bamboo that has gone feral and it does this with ease.
It is everything it says it is, AND MORE! Must Have
Really nice and sturdy work. Good materials and balance. Only thing I would have liked is for it to have a sharper edge on it.
The item not only looks cool, it did some serious damage to the fruit test we put it through. It went through all like a hot knife through butter... Plan to put it to some more rigorous testing (hacking through woods etc), but for now super happy with it.
The good: A solid chunk of steel, though I've not put it through it's paces, the blade should prove to be durable. Cold steel never skimps on the metal. The strap ring hole at the butt of the handle is a good addition. The handle material has a good grip to it. The sheath is secure and has a decent build as well, although I probably would prefer a leather material. I like the finger guard design, which also acts as a stopper on the sheath. The bad: The blade has a rough polish; and the spine is very flat with a sharp hard angle. While the flatness provides good hammering surface and the sturdiest possible spine by virtue of thickness, the sharp corner will eat into anything that strikes it. Then entire blade is very flat, more reminding of a primitive chopping tool than the traditional Kukri. Perhaps this is intended for the survivalist crowd, who seek a basic yet solid chunk of steel to bang around, or just to cut costs. Overall, and for the price of this knife, I would expect higher craftsmanship in the blade profiling and finish. Also, I was a little disappointed with the factory edge sharpness. I own two other Cold Steel knives, and both came much sharper than this one. I think it's a very good knife in the sturdiness department, but slightly overpriced for what it really offers in the end.
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