Ontario SP8 Machete (Black)
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- Made of 1095 Carbon Steel
- 10 inch plain edge blade
- Knife Closed Length: 4.06-Inch
- Knife Open Length: 15-Inch
- Weighs 22.8 ounces
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Here are the tasks it excels at, by order of efficiency.
* SPLITTING LOGS: Using an impact baton (on par with a Cold Steel Trailmaster ).
This blade has the span, the thickness and the height to split logs over 6" in diameter.
Because the stock is so thick (a full quarter inch), you only need to baton half way through ... if that far.
Because the edge is straight and there is no point or belly, it is the strongest "hand axe", period.
* LIMBING: Sheer mass and reach ... Rakes limbs off like whiskers (often with one chop).
* FELLING: Certainly, at least as efficient as ANY hand-axe, hatchet, or hawk ... Long, massive, 1095 edge. Consider that the LONG edge is much safer to use than a hatchet or hand axe, especially when you are fatigued or under stress or if the light is not good or if your footing or position is awkward. I am just saying that you are more likely to connect more consistently (to miss or "glance" less often) because the edge is much longer than a hand-axe. If you DO manage to chip or roll or dull PART OF your edge, you will still have MORE SHARP EDGE, remaining, to work with, until you can repair your edge.
* DRAW BLADE: Will strip bark and shape logs like a dedicated draw-blade.
* "CHISEL": You can use a hammer, mallet, or baton to impact the butt/pommel and shape notches, bowls, joints, etc. The tip is not an actual chisel grind ... it has the same (flat saber primary grind) profile as the main blade.
* PRY-TOOL: Just look at it ! ...Read more ›
I Prefer the SP8 instead of a hatchet or large knife or other similar choppers for a few reasons. It chops as well as a small hatchet but has a safer wider striking surface and is easier to wear or pack than a hatchet. Most large survival knives can chop and baton ok but such use voids the warranty and they just aren't meant for that type of abuse. The SP8 however has proper blade geometry for chopping and battening, and no tip to snap off! The SP8 is also not threatening like a large knife can be or many modern hawks/hatchets, the SP8 looks more like a tool making it more usable/carry able around people. It's also relatively cheap, indestructible, and made in the USA!
Sheath: The sheath is just as BA, functional and durable as the SP8.Read more ›
...maybe I've said too much.
I sharpened this thing with an Accusharp sharpener and it's kept its edge well after I got my agressions out on some heavy brush. It's a pain to sharpen the rounded corner, though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great hunk of steel. I got this as a gift for my bday and what a great one. This is an excellent chopper it's very heavy I have the kabar Heavy Bowie and it is like... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Austin
I bought this based on others experiences and reviews, and I was definitely NOT disappointed. For basic camping chores and wood gathering, this thing was no joke. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Jayro
my wife got a tattoo of this on her ankle. that is how effing badass this tool is. it is not a knife, it is a serious tool. it is a chisel, it is a brush clearing monster. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Valeria S.
Love this. I have used and abused this in every way possible, and this little baby has never failed me. Leave it in my car at all times. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Roger
So far I like it. The sheath isn't real fancy, but it holds the tool just fine. I used the tool to process a couple of downed limbs that were 6" diameter and about 12' long. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Travis B.
A very robust tool. Feels good in large hands and is well balanced. The handle provides an excellent grip in wet conditions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Rissmiller