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Cold Steel 97MKM Magnum Kukri

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  • Blade Thickness: 2 mm
  • Handle: 5" Long Polypropylene
  • Overall Length: 22"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel with Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex Sheath
  • Workhorse machete with 17-inch Kukri-style blade
  • Weight-forward balance handles tough jobs
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Product Description

If you were suddenly castaway on a desert island or stranded in the wilderness or a jungle, what's the one tool you would want at your side? The answer is a good machete. You see the machete, over the last three centuries, has proven to be the ultimate outdoor and survival tool. It will cut, chop, slash, hack, split, scrape, scoop, hammer, dig, crush, carve, whittle, crack or smash just about anything you can put in front of it. The machete also makes a deadly improvised weapon. It can be used to kill both fish and game and will gut, scale, filet, skin, quarter, and butcher them for the table as well. And when you look at its meager cost, it's got to be one of the best bargains for hard earned cash in the world. In fact it's so cheap and useful that even the poorest peasant in South America or tribesman in Africa invariably owns one and counts on it as one of his most precious possessions. These blades are made out of 1055 Carbon Steel with a tough spring temper and are surfaced with a black, baked-on anti-rust finish. Each Cold Steel machete comes with a good utility edge which, with just a little work, can be made hair shaving sharp. The tough, Polypropylene handles of our machetes are designed to provide a comfortable secure grip, and they are rugged enough to resist chipping, cracking or breaking, so they last practically forever.

A reliable workhorse machete, the Magnum Kukri can out-chop and out-cut knives with far larger price tags. The Kukri's 17-inch blade features the same distinctive weight-forward balance as Cold Steel's top-of-the-line models, helping it handle the toughest chores life can dish out. The blade edge is also presented on an angle, so it's guaranteed to "bite" deep with every stroke. As a result, the machete is ideal for clearing fields, chopping tall weeds, and cutting through dense branches. Also outfitted with a sturdy polypropylene handle, the Magnum Kukri comes with a sturdy Cordura sheath.


  • Blade length: 17 inches
  • Blade thickness: 2.75mm
  • Handle: Polypropylene
  • Overall length: 22 inches
  • Weight: 18.2 ounces

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  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 3.2 x 0.4 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: South Africa
  • ASIN: B0017V19VK
  • Item model number: 97MKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)
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247 of 255 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Russell Jr. on May 30, 2011
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For the past 15 years, I've had the bittersweet fortune to get more time behind machetes than most folks. I live on a large park property that's got tons of palmettos and scrub oaks and general overgrowth. The marsh and water views are spectacular, but only if you keep things thinned and trimmed...and something always needs trimming. That's where the machetes come in...and my love/hate relationship with them.

I used to think one machete was as good as 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.
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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on May 7, 2010
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If you need a machete to cut brush, vines, small trees, dead branches, vegetation growing in awkward places, and even a little wood work, I would highly recommend this machete. The Kukri style blade really makes a difference in focusing more energy with zero extra effort. The handle is solid, it is full tang, 1055 medium carbon spring tempered steel makes for an extremely durable blade that will virtually never break. Front heavy blade lets it do some of the work for you when chopping.

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.
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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful By D. Tennimon on February 22, 2010
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There is a site I think its called knifetesters, but they do destruction tests on a large variety of knifes. They are neutral non-bias and really have a good system for testing. Anyways this thing was nearly indestructible and deffinately wouldn't be destroyed by heavy use in the field. I mean they chopped cement blocks to pieces, cut through steel tubing. if you dont believe me youtube search cold steel kukri destruction test. like 6 parts 10min a piece
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60 of 71 people found the following review helpful By bcb on March 17, 2012
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I purchased the cold steel magnum kukri because I thought that it would be a great alternative to the vast majority of other machetes available on the market. Other machetes out there seemed to me to be flimsy and of poorer quality due to their lower grade steel and thinness. I liked the fact that this machete was thicker than most and was made from high grade steel; for these features are indicative of a hearty and long lasting blade which will hold an edge. I wanted a tool that would endure great amounts of abuse, and the kukri design in general is ideal for chopping pretty much anything. So the fact that there exists a kukri which is 17 inches long is an extremely attractive solution for me to an array of wilderness problems. Here's the thing, when I got it I wasn't prepared for the fact that it was not prepared for immediate use. The blade was extremely dull out of the box and had virtually no angle to it. I did a cursory sharpening job making the blade sharp but not putting on the gradual edge (20 degrees) experience has shown me to work well. I was sorely let down. I have butter knives that cut better than this blade did, and that is after twenty minutes of sharpening with a file and a sharpening stone. Not willing to accept that it was a waste of money, I have spent approximately five hours putting a twenty degree angle on the blade an inch back (using first a grinder, then an ax file, and then a course sharpening stone, and then a fine sharpening stone. I am belated to report that once the work was put in on re-profiling the blade edge I am seeing results that resemble what I expected to see out of the box.Read more ›
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