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Cold Steel 97MKM Magnum Kukri
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- Blade length: 17 inches
- Blade thickness: 2.75mm
- Handle: Polypropylene
- Overall length: 22 inches
- Weight: 18.2 ounces
Top Customer Reviews
I used to think one machete was as good as another...no more. Living in Florida, all I ever saw were latin machetes and so that's what I used...and the best one was the 18" one I got from Harbor Freight a few years back for about $5. It has decent steel and an OK grip...or so I thought until now.
Accidently while shopping for a knife on Amazon, I saw all the killer reviews on the CS Magnum Kukri machete and knowing that a particular clearing job was due again, decided to see if it was all that up against my current 'keeper'. It was and more and here's why:
I divided up the current job into halves and last week used the HF latin machete on the first half and finished the chopping and clearing in about 3 and a half hours...and I was whipped. I started the job with a good edge from my Presto Eversharp (another amazing Amazon review discovery) and had to touch up the blade twice with my Leatherman file to keep the edge sharp. The chopping seemed about normal for a latin with good performance, but not many one-stroke cuts. Most cuts on the fronds took at least two good cuts to sever the frond and the cuts didn't look very pretty. A lot of vibration is felt when the cut doesn't pass clean through and after several hundred strikes, your hand is quite sore. Not to mention all the extra strokes and effort.Read more ›
I'd like to address a few issues with some of the reviews here. Some seem to be focused on this machete as if it were a collector's piece. It is not, it is a utility tool designed to be used to death. It has a very basic black oxide coating (effective, but not pretty) and it is up to the user to sharpen it. If you try to use it without sharpening it will be useless. 5-10 minutes with a typical mill file is all you need for a utility blade which is all I've done to it, although you can use a stone to make it as sharp as you'd like.
I really appreciate what Cold Steel has done, which is make machete styles from around the world available to be bought and USED. If Cold Steel wanted to make these pretty, they would have cost more and become useless. The $20 you spend on this goes into the steel - everything else is up to you. That's fine by me, and if you actually plan on using this machete for it's intended purpose that should be ideal.
The sheath is just fine. Codura, riveted, reinforced tip.
Edit: My friend happened to buy this machete a while ago and I handled it the other day. Seems that the reviews that the sheath was awful were right - it apparently used to be different and was pretty useless, flimsy, floppy, almost impossible to get in. The new ones are much better, very stiff, and easy to use. Also, the sticker must have been changed because mine came off very easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very impressive blade. As with most Cold Steel models, it came with a decent edge, and was easily worked into a good edge. Read morePublished 11 days ago by teugene
A true beast of a machete. Front weighted for an easy swing, thick metal, comfortable handle.Published 18 days ago by James Roberts
If you are going to buy this, i hope you have a belt grinder because a stone wont work. When i got this blade i was disgusted by the edge condition and knew immediately right off... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Valerie Jerry
Awesome machete for the money. We have purchased three of the basic cold steel machetes, and they are excellent for the price. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Law
As usual another great cold steel purchase. Would recommend all of their productsPublished 1 month ago by Melanie Pequeno
Awesome product! well balanced and gets the job done! Doesn't come with a sharp edge, but when its sharpened, it is amazing!!Published 1 month ago by BAM
Great machete for the price. Feels sturdy and well balanced. Love the handle too. Easy to put a razor edge on with a belt sander and leather strop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M