Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
This is an unusual machete. I would not describe it as heavy duty, although it seems fairly strong, because its talents lie not in brute-force chopping but in wicked, deep slashing and clearing of brush and other softer materials.It is also a nice choice for self-defense, as it both looks and performs like a cutlass, and is fairly intimidating yet easy to wield in confined spaces. If you keep the exposed steel edge oiled and protected, it will take and keep an excellent edge, which paired with just the right curve, gets through jungle foliage (bamboo, vines, etc) and grasses like a razor through arm hair.The sheath deserves special mention. It is sturdy, swift on the draw, and with its swivel mechanism it is exceptionally easy to wear while sitting, walking, riding, doing pretty much any activity. The swivel is a fantastic idea for any kind of machete, and I am disappointed that more machetes have not made use of the idea.The bush cutlass is more refined than most machetes; an intermediate step between a chopper and a sword. In the right environment it is positively thrilling to wield, watching it sail through huge clumps of vegetation. If it were just a little more versatile, it would earn five stars on my scale. What it does, it does exceedingly well.