- Product Dimensions: 30 x 6 x 3 inches ; 3.5 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- ASIN: B006YBY91K
- Item model number: 97DRMS
- Average Customer Review: 267 customer reviews
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Cold Steel Cutlass Machete 97DRMS
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- Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
- Handle: 6" Long. Polypropylene
- Overall Length: 30"
- Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel with Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
- Sheath: Cor-Ex
- Blade Thick: 2.8 mm
- Blade Length: 24"
- Handle Length: 6"
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Inspired by our 1917 Cutlass, our Cutlass Machete features a stiff, cut and thrust blade that's just as useful for repelling boarders as it is for hacking a path through the blackberries to get to your favorite fishing hole. Complete with a steel reinforced knuckle bow guard and a sturdy nylon scabbard, it's ready for your next adventure be it on land or sea.
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I was watching a video on knife fighting, and one of the instructors said, "if you get in a knife fight, don't ever think you're going to use your arm or body to block a blade. Your best defense is always, don't get cut. To that end, go for your attacker's knife hand." Then I remembered reading stories about battles from medieval times when women would go around after the fighting, and fill entire baskets with fingers.
You know what I'm leading up to: if you're going to ever use a sword or longknife in self defense, you want to be sure and protect your hand. Most machetes and even a lot of swords don't do this for you. This cutlass does! That tough polypropylene handle will stop a blade -- or thorny branches, for that matter, if you're using it as a machete. We need the hand protection!
As for the blade, it is 2 feet of high carbon steel. That means, it will take an edge. Mine came reasonably sharp, but not enough (and I do understand that it's a safety feature, not to ship a blade with it's keenest edge. The makers don't want your first experience to be slicing yourself!). A few minutes with a file, then stone, and I had a wicked edge.
The handle is 6 inches long, and fits my hand very well. I like that the blade has a baked on anti-rust finish, and that the cutlass came with a canvas sheath.
This is a great price for what you get!
Inexpensive at $23.99
Came sharp and can be made sharper
Protective coating reduces maintenance
Hefty enough for good chopping power
Very thin and easy to conceal for quick access
Cheap enough to buy several
Handle gets slippery fast when using. I added friction tape to the handle, problem solved
Unlike quite a few people who ordered this mine came very sharp all the way down the blade. I beat the hell out of this thing, I have a quarter mile long driveway with pine trees all the way down it (alabama) so I took off all the low lying branches so the ups guy won't complain anymore. Blade was still decently sharp after about an hour and a half to two hours worth of work. It handles very well, better than my standard latin machete, also a lot less blade flex, which I like:) A LOT. The handguard helped a little, not much, probably kept me from having a few cuts on my hands.
To sharpen I use a cheap old hand held knife sharpener (the one with the v shaped carbide and full handle that has a finger guard) I paid 2 dollars for 10 years ago and still goes strong. Trick for that is to use a little gun oil (hoppes) or wd40, seems to take less time to sharpen that way. Once my new lansky puck comes in I will try sharpening with that.
Handle can be modified with a grinder to resemble a saber and this greatly improved the usability of this blade and enhanced the ergonomics considerably. If you modify the grip, it becomes the best machete on the market. Heavy thick blade with constant curvature can do real damage to thick brush and larger pest trees. Works very well on sweetgum over 2" thick.