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Cold Steel 97MKM Magnum Kukri
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There's no single edged weapon that can out-chop or out-cut a Cold Steel Kukri. Plows through the toughest chores life can dish out. The Kukri has the distinctive weight-forward balance of Cold Steel "top-of-the-line" models. This Kukri always presents it's edge on an angle so it is guaranteed to "Bite" deep with every stroke. The comfortably formed polypropylene handle will not deteriorate from the elements. Includes cor-ex sheath.
A reliable workhorse machete, the Magnum Kukri can out-chop and out-cut knives with far larger price tags. The Kukri's 17-inch blade features the same distinctive weight-forward balance as Cold Steel's top-of-the-line models, helping it handle the toughest chores life can dish out. The blade edge is also presented on an angle, so it's guaranteed to "bite" deep with every stroke. As a result, the machete is ideal for clearing fields, chopping tall weeds, and cutting through dense branches. Also outfitted with a sturdy polypropylene handle, the Magnum Kukri comes with a sturdy Cordura sheath.
- Blade length: 17 inches
- Blade thickness: 2.75mm
- Handle: Polypropylene
- Overall length: 22 inches
- Weight: 18.2 ounces
Top Customer Reviews
I used to think one machete was as good as another...no more. Living in Florida, all I ever saw were latin machetes and so that's what I used...and the best one was the 18" one I got from Harbor Freight a few years back for about $5. It has decent steel and an OK grip...or so I thought until now.
Accidently while shopping for a knife on Amazon, I saw all the killer reviews on the CS Magnum Kukri machete and knowing that a particular clearing job was due again, decided to see if it was all that up against my current 'keeper'. It was and more and here's why:
I divided up the current job into halves and last week used the HF latin machete on the first half and finished the chopping and clearing in about 3 and a half hours...and I was whipped. I started the job with a good edge from my Presto Eversharp (another amazing Amazon review discovery) and had to touch up the blade twice with my Leatherman file to keep the edge sharp. The chopping seemed about normal for a latin with good performance, but not many one-stroke cuts. Most cuts on the fronds took at least two good cuts to sever the frond and the cuts didn't look very pretty. A lot of vibration is felt when the cut doesn't pass clean through and after several hundred strikes, your hand is quite sore. Not to mention all the extra strokes and effort. I was too tired to pick up the debris and left it for two days later.
Fast forward to today. I used the 17" CS Magnum Kukri and the job took 3 hours. That doesn't sound like much difference until I tell you a few things: Easily 60 - 70% of the cuts were one stroke clean through with the identical edge from the Presto (5 min job tops) that I put on the other machete. And they took much less effort, it was like the blade was helping me...even lame off angle hits did vicious damage to the stringy fronds. Consequently the chopping was going much faster with more progress using less energy and with less hand shock. Machete users will know what I mean about hand shock...either it or fatigue will end your session and both were much, much less with this blade. Who knew a little physics and geometry could make such a difference. There were times when I was actually laughing after light elbow/wrist flicks would lop a frond clean off. I had to learn to pull back the juice and let speed and the blade work. This allowed me to get into smaller areas with less room for a full swing and work. As such, I actually cleared well outside my intended area, and did a much more thorough and better looking job with neater results...clean cuts look much better than hack offs. I easily removed dozens of smaller palmettos that would've been too much trouble before. It looked so much better that I went back into the latin-done area and redid it too and now it all looks good. Only two hours had passed at this point...I still had enough energy to haul off my debris, which I did and in fact I was done and showered in less time than just the chopping took with a decent latin machete. Oh...the edge was still scary with no touch ups after hundreds of palmettos, some scrub oaks and vines, and plenty of misses and carryovers into the dirt. This thing is a beast!
I didn't think the design mattered so much in machetes, but apparently it does. I'm sure the steel quality helps. I know I'm comparing a $23 machete to a $5 one, but hey they're both dirt cheap and how much is your time and sweat worth? I saw the insane tests on this blade at[...] after I had already bought it, but needless to say if it stands up to more abuse than most survival knives costing hundreds, its all good.
I know this is running long, but a couple of other thoughts: The sheath is OK...not great, but it works and survived my thoughtless romping through waist-high brush without any sign of damage and holds the blade securely when snapped and releases it cleanly without requiring you to slice the edge-side stitching. The huge and goofy CS sticker came off cleanly using a blow dryer on high once it got really hot and the glue melted. Also always oil your brush blades (machetes and saws, esp.)...with real oil, not WD40. They will go through material much more smoothly and not gum up as bad and will be easier to clean and rust less. Always use gloves and a lanyard that is just long enough that when looped in front of your knuckles will prevent your hand from sliding onto the blade if it gets pushed back hard. Why just in front of the knuckles? Because if your blade gets caught in something and starts to pull you with it, you can fold your fingers and it will slip off and not cut your hand off at the wrist.
So, if you wanted to hear from someone who actually uses machetes a lot, then here you are. This thing rocks! Its my new 'keeper'. If someone knows of a better one in this price range, please comment.
This was a long review, so thanks for taking the time to read it and I hope it helped.
I'd like to address a few issues with some of the reviews here. Some seem to be focused on this machete as if it were a collector's piece. It is not, it is a utility tool designed to be used to death. It has a very basic black oxide coating (effective, but not pretty) and it is up to the user to sharpen it. If you try to use it without sharpening it will be useless. 5-10 minutes with a typical mill file is all you need for a utility blade which is all I've done to it, although you can use a stone to make it as sharp as you'd like.
I really appreciate what Cold Steel has done, which is make machete styles from around the world available to be bought and USED. If Cold Steel wanted to make these pretty, they would have cost more and become useless. The $20 you spend on this goes into the steel - everything else is up to you. That's fine by me, and if you actually plan on using this machete for it's intended purpose that should be ideal.
The sheath is just fine. Codura, riveted, reinforced tip.
Edit: My friend happened to buy this machete a while ago and I handled it the other day. Seems that the reviews that the sheath was awful were right - it apparently used to be different and was pretty useless, flimsy, floppy, almost impossible to get in. The new ones are much better, very stiff, and easy to use. Also, the sticker must have been changed because mine came off very easily.