Ka-Bar Black Cutlass Machete
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- 100% Synthetic
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Ya'll have fun now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great machete. Love the size and it comes with a nice sheath.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This thing is awesome!!!! cuts through brush like butter. I've always had good luck buying from K-BARPublished 28 days ago by Timeryder
Very good, hard-working field knife. Needs re-sharpening frequently, but the trade-off is a tough blade - although mine did chip a little once, when chopping a venison leg bone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nahanni47
another great Ka-bar product. this is a nice size piece of hardware. it feels well in your hand as well as being good quality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle W
I have had this machete for over 3 years now, and I have used this on numerous camping trips to the northern woods. The blade is still as sharp as the day I got it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MistaGLant
This is an absolutely mediocre machete, at best. I'm surprised that Ka Bar allowed their name to be lent to it, and disappointed that I somewhat blindly relied on machete rankings... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin G.