Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Materials, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Material, None
5 Years of Abuse
I've owned this machete for about 5 years (Maybe 4 1/2) and have abused the hell out of it. It keeps an edge pretty well for the type of steel that it is. It has a reasonable amount of flex to it, so it's pretty forgiving. I have put the blade in my vise and bent it at about a 45 degree angle, and it just sprang right back to normal. The saw back works surprisingly well for what it is. If you need to cut a big tree down or something then get an actual saw or and axe, but to make the last cut when you're chopping down a small tree it works just fine. Whenever I go back in the woods I take it. If you're thinking about buying it keep in mind that the total length is something like 2 feet, I'm over 6 feet tall and it is still awkward to keep on my hip. I keep mine on my backpack or just carry the sheath in my hand. The grip is held to the blade with 2 bolts, the tang goes about half way through the grip, considering the length of the grip that is still a lot of metal holding it on. The grip is pretty comfortable, but I still recommend wearing gloves to absorb shock if you're going to be cutting trees with it. I actually use paraffin wax (candle wax) as opposed to oil on the blade because when you're cutting bush for a couple of hours I've found that the oil doesn't stay on, the wax does though. I keep the edge at a 20 - 25 degree angle on the straight part of the blade and a 35 degree angle on the curved part. Make sure to keep a file with you.