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There is hardly a knife that symbolizes high adventure better than the machete: Equipped with such a tool, many people made their way through the jungle, whether in film or in real life. The machete is a reliable companion wherever a path can be beaten through dense thicket, and even in unwelcome encounters it can be a great help to you.
The machete is definitely not a tool for precision work. Since it is actually "beaten", it is also called a hammer knife, because it is basically a hybrid of knife and axe. But the origin of the machete lies less in the jungle than more in agriculture (for the first time it was used for the clean separation of the sugar cane).
Which machete suits you?
If you have a need to buy a machete, then you should ask yourself beforehand what exactly you need it for. Blade shape and blade length as well as the materials are decisive for the intended use. If you want to carry the machete with you, you also need a sheath. Matching machete sheaths are almost always included with our machetes and included in the price.
Machetes are in other words, large knives: with a blade length between 32 and 45 cm and a blade width of about 3 mm; they are the perfect tool for a variety of applications.
With long blades, bushes, for example blackberry, can be pruned easily, because you reach a lot of space from the bush per stroke. Due to the weight of a longer blade, you can also gain better impact momentum.
Machetes with medium-length blades are also real work animals when it comes to cutting centimeter-thick branches.
Machetes with a short blade, on the other hand, are very handy and can be transported easily. They are suitable for bushcrafters who want to carry as little weight as possible. However, the short blade leads to a corresponding loss in the force of the blows and the range reached.
In addition to the length, the material of the blade also plays a major role. The higher the quality of the materials, the more durable and less care-intensive the machete is normally. Most power blades are made of either carbon steel or stainless steel. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Stainless steel blades are easier to sharpen and do not rust as quickly; they are therefore a little easier to care for. A carbon steel blade is harder than a stainless steel blade, which means it does not deform so easily, but tends to rust faster.
Blade shapes of machetes
If you click through the assortment here, you will notice that there are many different versions. Like normal knives, there is a machete with various blade shapes.
Latin: The Latin American machete form is the classic model that has already gained fame through countless adventure films. The blade back is rather straight and the weight distribution very balanced.
Bolo: Due to the rounded blade shape, this blade shape is very head-heavy and is particularly suitable for swinging the machete. Especially with slightly thicker or stubborn branchwork, a Bolo machete is much more effective.
Kukri: The Kukri is a versatile tool from Nepal. It is used for clearing scrub, whereby the blade area on the handpiece is suitable for carving. The Nepalese military also uses the Kukri machete in combat. The back is slightly convex, although the edge is also quite bulbous.
Parang: Malaysian and Indonesian origin is the so-called parang, a kind of chopping knife. This shape is very popular because it has a quite wide blade even with a short length, which causes the wearer to generate a lot of force with little effort.
In addition, we have all sorts of other special shapes on machetes in our shop, for example the Garden & Camp machete from Cold Steel, which was specially designed for use in the garden. What a machete is particularly suitable for is usually in the product description. If you have any questions about a particular machete, please feel free to write us a message. We look forward to helping you.
Machetes - versatile tools
Despite the generic image, a machete is not only suitable for the jungle. They can still be used in agriculture, but they also provide faithful services in their own garden or on a tour of local, dense bushes. They are perfect for cutting and removing branches, or removing undergrowth.
You can also use the machete to process hard foods such as a coconut. Anyone who has ever bought a coconut for direct consumption at a market in southern countries knows that a machete is usually used there. For this purpose, the seller hits the top of the coconut with the machete a few times until it is removed
Note: As you may have seen, you must be 18 years old to buy a machete from us. Our machetes are sharp and definitely not toys. Please research about laws and restrictions in your country if you want to carry a machete outside your property.
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