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Ontario Knife Co 1-18" Military Machete
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The Ontario Knife Company has been manufacturing the 1-18 Machete under U.S. Government specifications for over 60 years. The same high quality machete that our troops expect is found in all the machetes OKC makes. Overall length is 24". Made of 1095 Carbon Steel. Blade is hardened to 50-55 HRC. Molded plastic and riveted handle. Sheath sold separately.
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It is strong and cuts through bushes, shrubs and small branches like a champ. I even cut a small tree down with this.
It is suprisenly durable and holds up to harsh environments and treatment. So as long as you maintain it, it will last for years. That's probably because Ontario makes this machete for the military.
The handle can be somewhat slippery, so I would advise covering it with a sports grip tape or cord. Or you can where gloves while using it. Also the black finish to the blade does take to scratches easily, but that doesn't make the performance go down. It doesn't come with a sheath but you can order one or make one. I made one.
Mine DID come completely screwed up from Sportsman Supply Inc., however. No retail box, and the blade was just crammed into a wad of bubble wrap.
The grind was horrifically off-center, and the blade itself wasn't even sharp enough to cut through paper! In fact, the tip was rounded off, and the edge was covered in rust. I can only assume this damage came from being stored as military surplus.
I had to spend 30 minutes sharpening this thing, but now it is fine.
Other than the shoddy condition i received this item in from Sportsman Supply, this machete is awesome.
The blade is nice and thick, with only a little flex. The handle is hot garbage, however - but everyone knows that.
You do not get a sheath with this - i would suggest buying the plastic one from Rothco. That is the military issue sheath, and it does a great job for $12.
I am pretty hard on this blade and it has never let me down. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, whether it was a homeowner trimming hedges or someone whom relied on it for survival.
The blade has a good weight to it and the handle is comfortable and strong with a full tang. The only modification that I did was a paracord lanyard and used the sheath from the broken Gerber.
I can really see why this machete is standard issue for out military! This machete is a beast! I own and use a lot of different machetes; everything from Tramontina, Imacasa, and Condor, to Cold Steel, Kabar, Gerber, Fiskars, and this Ontario. Needless to say, this machete is way over-engineered! It's a bit thicker than most machetes, and much heavier as well. In return you get a very solid machete that shouldn't ever snap or bend unless your doing something drastically wrong!
This machete is made from 1095 high carbon steel and takes a wicked edge. The reason I'm docking a star from my rating is because Ontario does such a bad just even putting on a basic bevel that the very edge has spots that are completely flat and up to 1/16" thick! This results in taking an inordinate amount of time to grind in a proper edge once you receive this machete. It took me the better part of one day, and a few hours the second day to finally make this machete work ready.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Ontario should make sure these things are razor blades before they leave the factory, but they could sure to a better job at putting a basic grind on the machete than they are doing now! It would be nice to see this problem fixed.
Once this machete is properly sharpened, this thing should give you years and years of service! This is a quality tool, just don't expect it to come work ready out of the box.