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Cold Steel 97BAM18S Machete, Barong W/Sheath
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- Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
- Handle: 6 1/2" Long Polypropylene
- Overall Length: 24 1/2"
- Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel with Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
- Sheath: Cor-Ex
- Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
- Overall Length: 24 1/2"
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The Barong is common throughout all of Southeast Asia. Often used as an agricultural tool, it is also known as a savagely effective implement of warfare. A popular blade style within the Filipino martial arts, the Barong has a fearsome reputation for inflicting massive wounds and deep slashing cuts. The Barong also makes an excellent bushcraft tool. Cleaving vines and branches with ease. Its classically shaped down-turned polypropylene handle anchors the blade in the hand and helps to resist centrifugal forces when making a hard chopping or slashing strokes. Its beautifully curved 18" leaf shaped blade is made from 1055 Carbon Steel with a baked on, matte black finish to aid in rust resistance and each Barong comes complete with a Cor-Ex sheath for ease of carry and convenience of use. Many of the employees here at Cold Steel, including our company President Lynn C. Thompson are practitioners of the Filipino Martial Arts and have great admiration for the Barong. We are proud to release this new interpretation of the classic Barong to our modern tactical Machete offerings. Specifications: Blade Length: 18"; Overall Length: 24 1/2"; Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish; Weight: 24oz (Approx.); Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm; Handle: 6 1/2" Long Polypropylene; (more.).
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If you're looking for a cheap entry into barong training, this is a good place to start.
There are a few things to note, though.
It's bigger than a standard barong. Both in length, and weight.
The point of balance is pretty much the same, and allows some agility that a regular western machete doesn't give you.
The blade geometry also allows for chopping, slicing and piercing. Where most machetes are best suited only to chopping.
The handle is the typical material that Cold Steel uses in a lot of their stuff. It's like a high impact plastic. I have no issues with that material.
The handle shape keeps the design of a traditional baron, with the hooked portion at the bottom. This allows for better retention. It won't slip out of your hand, unless something knocks your hand completely open.
In general, it's a good blade.
The knock off of a star is mostly due to the horrible edge it shipped with.
Nasty, toothy and dull.
Took a little time to reprofile the edge, and get it to the point where it will cut nicely.
So if you're looking for a utility blade, this is a good choice (after you sharpen it).
If you're looking for a martial arts training tool...this is ok. Just remember the difference in size and weight.
I would say the barong shape is great for defensive training, but not my go to choice for wilderness survival or bushcraft. At least for me, the blade shape doesn't lend itself to camp chores. I prefer other blade styles, such as, the golok, the parang, the bolo, and a regular machete for wilderness survival training Of course, if it is the only blade you have to rely on you will make it work. There are better machetes and blades out there for bushcraft.
During one of my test cutting practices, I hit a metal fence and dinged the blade. A fine 8" file quickly repaired the ding. When swung hard against dense objects like wood, I have felt some shock, and occasionally during a hard swing the back of my hand hit the curve of the handle and it hurt a little. These are very minor criticisms. I think it is extremely important to remember that this blade cost anywhere from $20 to $30 bucks. Often in these reviews people seem to lose sight of that.
If you don't have a lot of money and want a do-it-all, self defense/survival blade this is a damn good choice. The tip is strong for thrusting but not unbreakable. The blade is thick enough to last for a very long time. I would strongly recommend this blade. Of course, the sheath sucks, but it does hold the blade. I purchased a kydex for it and I am quite happy. Overall, this machete is a keeper.
The sheath is another story. The sheath is well designed however I am skeptical about its durability. If the pointy blade pokes thru the sheath (I think it might eventually) I will have to make another sheath.
Came with a nice wide edge on the blade, which is typical of machetes, and great for abusing shrubbery. I put mine through the ken onion worksharp grinder until it had a sick 30 degree chefs knife's edge. Took forever because the metal is so thick, but now I can cut giant watermelons lengthwise. That and... I spent a hundred forty on the KO grinder, so I feel like I have to use it on everything...