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Ontario SP8 Machete (Black)

4.6 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

The SP8 Machete made by Ontario Knife is part of the Spec Plus Next Generation series designed for military, sporting, and rescue use. Situated in New York State's scenic Southern Tier, Ontario Knife Company produces one of the most comprehensive, wide-ranging product lines in the cutlery industry today. While being a worldwide supplier, the Ontario Knife Company is also a major supplier to the U.S. Government and its military. Ontario has built its reputation on a heritage of uncompromising craftsmanship, quality materials and components, and a steadfast commitment to its workforce. Epoxy textured and powder coated black steel blades. Full tang blade with chisel nose is hardened to 57-59 HRC. Kraton handle resists the elements and has finger grooves for a secure grip. Piped lanyard hole in handle. Includes leather cordura sheath.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3 x 2 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00152MF1O
  • Item model number: 8335
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,667 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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First, let me just say, that this is not a fighting blade and really is not a machete, either. If I had to give it an aptly descriptive name, it would be SP-8 SURVIVAL TOOL ... In short, you could build a log cabin, with this thing ... a good one !

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 ! ...
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I use as the SP8 as a general purpose camping wood processing tool to prep firewood for campfires, clear trails and fabricate wood seats, tables and tools in the woods of NH. I also wear it while dog walking through woodland trails to clear hanging branches and fallen trees. The SP8 is specifically designed to be carried with you, it's relatively light weight comfortable to wear and has so many effective uses you only need to bring one tool reducing your packs weight. Works incredibly well splitting logs and raking small limbs off trees and does most any cutting tasks very well, Chop through 2+ inch hardwood in one swing. The rounded corner/tip on the SP8 is absolutely perfect for fire by friction using a bow drill, specifically by quickly drilling a hole in your fire board for your spindle. It's compact size compared to other machetes makes it ideal to cut dense brush where you don't have a lot of room to swing. It's also comfortable and effortless to wear on your belt, I have walked over 100 miles wearing the SP8 and just love it.

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.
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I got this tool for use with traditional Bow Hunting (Long Bow) to go in my Rucksack as a XMAS gift. I also have the long handled Woodsman's pal. This tool is superior to the historic and excellent Woodsman's Pal. It has a excellent weight and balance to it. My only wish is that the sawback surface is not a cross cut type sawback. My Woodman's Pal is going to became a hand me down to a family menmber who also hunts. THe sheath is also excellent. The sheath is made of steel hardware, treated leather, and ballistic nylon. Shop aroud and you can find this item at somewhat below retail. The OKSP8 can be used as a machete, saw, or axe/hatchet, or crash/rescue tool. As a bonus this item is made in the U.S.A. by American workers. The hard rubber/nylon (Kraton polymer handle) grips are very comfortable, durable and solid. The resin type enamel (epoxy powder coating) finish is non-reflective and very durable. The steel is high quality high carbon 1095 steel. The edge of the tool comes sharpened, but a turn on a Arkansas stone or ceramic V stick would help bring it wonders. Overall you will be very happy with this tool for gardening, brush clearing, general camp use, survival, or as a crash/rescue tool. You will be prowd to own this tool. It should give you years of service. This is an excellent tool at an excellent price even at twice the retail price!
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What I really wanted was a Becker TacTool, but then Camillus went out of business and I was looking for something similar. This is a good, solid knife with a decent balance between heft and portability. The rubber grip is comfortable and doesn't get too slippery when you're sweating from heat in the Outback or nervous tension in the bathtub.

...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.
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