Bolo Camp Knife
|Blade Length||14 Inches|
|Product Care Instructions||Hand Wash Only|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.2 Kilograms|
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- Package length: 60.96 cm
- Package width: 7.366 cm
- Package height: 2.54 cm
- Product Type: SPORTING GOODS
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18 3/4" overall. 13 3/4" orange finish blade. Natural wood handle. Bulk packed. Crafted from the highest quality materials. Built for performance and durability. Made in El Salvador
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5 x 5 inches; 7.05 Ounces
- Item model number : MR33514
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : July 12, 2010
- Manufacturer : Marbles
- ASIN : B003VJQ0XS
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update...misplaced it or it walked off...at $20 it was a great deal, at $43 I'd call it attempted robbery. No excuse but pure greed. The first Marbles I got a few years back was 15 bux.
If you find something you LIKE, buy TWO cuz friends it WILL go up to STUPID price very often.
What I liked:
- The feel of the machete was pretty nice. There were some gaps where the handle was oversized for the tang, but no big deal. It feels good in the hand and has nice balance.
- The partial cutting blade on the back. I like being able to finish something off with a back stroke.
- Looks. The bolo looks hefty and seemed to me as if it would be a good chopper. I, as always, am thinking of how it would work in a backpack as a survival tool.
- That the paint is orange. Look, I'll be honest... I'd rather there not be paint, but if there is, it should make sense. Hi-viz orange makes sense. You won't lose it.
- It's very good against light brush, makes a good yard or lawn tool.
- Sharpens to a razor's edge and holds an edge well.
What I didn't like:
- Case must be ordered separately. C'mon!
- The blade is way too light and way to "tinny" as it makes a hollow ring on every stroke from blade vibration.
- It's a TERRIBLE chopper because there is so little heft in the blade, largely stemming from the partial back blade which sacrifices the weight of the spine for another cutting edge. Additionally, the spine down below the back edge is too thin. This thing needs some meat on its bones. One thing that makes a machete so formidable is the weight behind the blade. This has very little.
- I hate the paint. I get what they're going for, but I took it off. I couldn't deal with it. This is personal preference and if it has to be painted, orange is OK, but I like a more natural look.
Honestly, I use my machete like a cross between a machete and a hatchet. I like chopping wood. I like being able to snap thick stuff. Compared to my Cold Steel magnum kukri or my Condor parang, this thing is a toy. Were it not for my habit of sharpening things too sharp (including that dangerous back edge that comes down about four inches from the top), I'd give it to my 11-year-old. If I spent a lot of time hacking through sawgrass, coffeeweeds and swamp reeds, this thing would be handy, but given my tendency to find myself in southern hardwood forests, this isn't the right tool for me. It is well made and it's decent steel but I feel like I am giving it too much credit with a 3 star rating, though it is well made and I can't make myself drop it to 2 stars. I put it in the same class (albeit a notch above within that class) as my Gerber Jr. Gator machete, though with a better fit and finish. YMMV.
The only downside is the handle. Like some videos mentioned, the groove (or more of a gap) all around. I'm going to fill it with epoxy to strengthen it and part of the handle towards the blade doesn't "sandwich" the blade properly. Filling up the inside areas with epoxy may do the trick.
After all that i was ready to give it a test run. After work today i went into the forest and started cutting up some tress. For a good part of an hour this Bolo KICK BUTT. The edge held up, the handle feels good, the blade is nicely made. i was about to leave home when i saw this log and i though one last swing. I went to this log and took a nice swing, a heard a loud "ping" the blade bounced off the oak. I looked at the blade a large portion of the blade a fallen off, not bent just disappeared. i Looked into the log to make sure there was no nail, or other metallic parts, but the machete fell apart with just about one hour of use. I give this product a there because i am a little rough on my tools(tough love) but there is no reason this blade should have cracked under the pressure.