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Ka-Bar Black Cutlass Machete

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4.5 out of 5 stars 189 customer reviews
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  • Sturdy machete with cutlass-style 1085 carbon-steel blade
  • Ideal for chopping down weeds, clearing campsites, or cutting branches
  • Ergonomically shaped Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer handle
  • 20-degree edge angle; blade measures 11 inches long
  • Includes leather/Cordura combination sheath; weighs 1.12 pounds
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Equipped with a cutlass-style 1085 carbon-steel blade, the Cutlass machete from Ka-Bar is ideal for chopping down weeds, clearing a campsite, or cutting small limbs and tree branches. The machete is comfortable in the hand, with an ergonomically shaped Kraton G thermoplastic elastomer handle that ensures a nonslip grip. Users will also love the leather/Cordura combination sheath, which fits conveniently on your belt. Other features include a hollow grind, a 20-degree edge angle, and a blade length of 11 inches. The Cutlass machete measures 16-1/2 inches overall and weighs 1.12 pounds.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 4.6 x 2.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B001H53Q80
  • Item model number: 2-1248-2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,003 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I just spent a weekend putting this knife through the paces at a mountain cabin. If you don't want to read the whole review, I'll just say it's the perfect option for handling wood in the wild - great chopper, great splitter, not a bit unwieldy, and not too heavy to strap to a pack.

First, my rant. Too many knives try to be the kitchen sink. But in reality, knife tasks break down into two broad categories: fine work like cutting cord, food, feather sticks, etc., and heavy work like chopping and batoning wood. In my opinion, a knife that's heavy and sturdy enough for the latter is too clumsy for the former. "Jack of all trades, master of none ... "

So to me, the perfect combination is two knives - a small knife to keep on your belt for the quick-access, fine work, and a larger knife for handling wood. In my case, I like the KABAR Short Black Plain Edge Knife with nylon sheath on my belt - small, light and elegant for the fine work, but very tough and can be pressed into hacking wood in an emergency. (Some find the grip of the Ka-Bar Short too small, but I have smaller hands. Pick a knife that suits your hands and your needs.)

As to the larger knife, the Ka-Bar Cutlass Machete fits the bill perfectly.

The blade on this machete is 11 inches. Pull out a ruler and see how long that is. It's much shorter than what you'd think. But it ends up being the perfect length. Short enough to strap to the side of a pack, but long enough to be effective.

The blade thickness is about 1/8" or 4mm. Even though that's half the thickness of the Ka-Bar Heavy Bowie, which has a 1/4" blade, it's not a thin or a weak blade. This is a machete, not a pry-bar.
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Back home in Jamaica there were street vendors who would chop coconuts and sell them for a few cents. They could open a coconut with three quick strikes (i.e., chop away the husk and then crack the top of the nut inside just enough so that the coconut meat was left intact). You could then tap out the hole and drink the water from inside. Once that was done, you'd hand it back to the vendor and with one strike they'd cut the coconut in two to get to the coconut meat. They'd also slice off a piece of the husk to use as a spoon.

I'm happy to say that I can now do the same with this machete. Well, it takes about five strikes to clear the husk, but I can chop it open with a single strike now. It's an almost perfect weight for this sort of task. Not too heavy that you'd get tired, but enough so that gravity can do lots of the work. It also retains an edge so that slicing off the "spoon" is easy.

The balance is pretty good, though the center of weight is a little more forward than I expected (but absolutely correct for this sort of tool). The handle material is durable but hard; i.e., it's not a rubberized type of handle. If you intend to use this machete for a good length of time you might consider wearing gloves. If you don't then after the initial blisters your hands will be tougher than mine :D. As to the blade, it is equally sturdy and durable. I went through about a dozen coconuts without sharpening. The only caveat is that the blade angle is not the same as my Smith's Carbide/Ceramic sharpener so you should check before using a fixed-angle sharpener.

OK, why four stars? The coating on the blade is not completely uniform. This *might* be by design, but from my eyes it appears more like a quality control issue. This said, this doesn't affect the utility of the blade in any way. As noted, the handle is not ideal for me. My hands tend to perspire so I would prefer a handle similar to the Gerber LMF II.
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I purchased this knife based on the brand name alone and I was not disappointed. It is very sturdy and handles most thick brush well. It is not as heavy as some other machetes I have used; I wouldn't use it to take down any small trees, but it serves well as a heavy utility knife and is perfect for camping.
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This is is not in my view the kind of machete I would prefer for weed whacking a vacant lot. You need a long thin fast blade for that. If you grab the thin stuff at the top you can chop through it at the bottom with no problems so it can get the job done. On the other hand clearing out the brush, shrubs and small trees along the edge of my lot and taking off limbs on what I left worked like a charm. I consider this to be much more effective tool than a BK9 which I also own for chopping shrubs and processing wood for a fire but I don't consider this to be a knife while the BK-9 does work as a large butcher knife. I regard this as a hatchet replacement but more forgiving about exact blade placement. Batooning is not a problem but on small stuff it isn't going to be needed either. You can tear up and old snag without any problems.

Due to sheath design this is as compact to carry and less awkward to transport attached to your belt than a BK9. That being said I would carry a light fixed blade like a Dadley which weighs almost nothing on day trips and if I expected to need to do some chopping adding this blade computes. I know for a fact that you can spend a lot more for a blade without actually gaining anything for it because I have. This blade is about as good as it gets for what it is best at.

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