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Cold Steel 2 Handed Latin Machete
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The extra long handle on this model can easily be used one handed (it's tremendously well balanced) but will comfortably accommodate two hands as well. It's unsurpassed for sheer versatility in the field, on the farm or in a forest. Plus, the 21 inch Latin styled blade has the potential to make delicate, precision cuts in tight quarters or deliver brutal limb loppers in an instant. If you like the look and feel of traditional Latin machetes, we're sure you're going to love the extra horsepower available in our new two handed model.
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Anyway, I wanted to relay to any of you out there thinking about purchasing this machete some of the things I have recently put this bad boy through. As I am writing this I just completed hacking down around twenty honeysuckle bushes and half that many wild rose bushes (with accompanying gigantic thorns) and this machete made all the difference in the world! I was able to get the job done in about a third of the time it takes with chainsaws and standard trimming shears. The extra grip space on the handle came in extremely handy on more than one occasion.
I was cutting branches upwards of 1.5 inches in diameter on a single swipe and 3 to 3.5" branches with two to three chops. Even cutting the roots out of the ground was a pleasant suprise and this machete handled the mud and roots without any problem. I just checked the blade (which required me to sharpen it before usage) and found no nicks or dents nor did the blade bend after very vigorous usage. It will require a bit of honing after today, but then again we really put this machete through a lot of stress!
I rated it four stars simply because it didn't come with a sheath, you have to buy that separately and I somehow missed that when buying it, and the fact that it didn't come sharpened (likely because of no sheath). Honestly they need to add the sheath to the price and sell it that way IMO, because I would have paid extra for it. So don't forget that fact, when you buy your's, because this is a damned good machete, especially for the price you pay for it.
However if your looking at all the other two handed machetes by Cold Steel, and are not sure which one to buy, I would really exclude this one from the bunch. I own all of the two handed machetes by Cold Steel, and I love them all. But the problem with this one is that generally if your using a two handed blade, your expecting to have alot more power with it, so that flimsy blades really going to throw you off. Using this with two hands didn't really feel right, the handle was too short to be comfortably used with two hands, and because I was going in for power slashes, the flimsy blade did nothing more than scrape things as it didn't hold up with my power. Again you really have to know what you want a machete for. Personally I like to cut down small trees, put the blade to heavy work, and use it as a potential weapon. This basically did not meet my criteria, and the blade itself even began to warp because I was slashing so hard. I do recommend the Cold Steel two handed katana machete if you want a two handed machete. That one is definitely up for the challenge, and I have used that thing with great force and power and it has held up strongly and I can cut some real thick trees down with it.
What I liked most about this machete however was the balance. I would honestly say if you have never owned a Latin machete, or your not sure what to buy, that this would be the best choice. Only because the other Latin machetes put alot of stress on your wrist as you swing them, as they generally have a large blade to handle ratio. But using this with one hand was very easy and I felt it was exceptional and outperformed all the other Latin machetes I had, even the non Cold Steel ones. My real beef with the blade is you expect it to be best suited as a two handed machete, when it really isnt, it feels really off and doesn't perform well.
All in all, be sure you know what your wanting your machete for before you buy it. So if you want a two handed machete to be strong and durable and battle ready, this is definitely not your pick, for such circumstances I give this about a 1.5 star rating. However if your looking for a well balanced and high performance one handed Latin machete, this would definitely be a good choice, its very easy to use, and the blade does all of the work, for this I would give it a 4.5 star rating.