Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Brush knife, camp axe, machete all in one
I have a work crew constantly battling invasive plants and trees. We put our brush clearing tools to heavy use clearing trails and thickets. We bought three of these knives and use them for just about every brush clearing task we encounter.More flexible machetes are great for clearing light brush and vines where swinging with higher speed is required. Hatchets are just the thing when you're taking down small trees or branches and you need a bit more rigidity and weight to get the job done. This knife combines the best of both in a single, easy to carry tool. You might still need a machete for leafy, light weight vegetation or a hatchet for splitting kindling but this knife will do just about any task you put it to including taking down small trees as well as any hatchet (I've even used it to split kindling where it does a fair job). Given its weight and rigidity, it is probably more hatchet-like than machete-like though the length of its cutting edge and the fact that it has a knife point make it more useful than a hatchet. Because of its lighter weight, better balance, and excellent grip I experienced a lot less hand fatigue with this knife versus a hatchet under similar use.It would be a great camping knife but I can't image going far with this strapped to my belt, though I could see strapping it to a backpack and carrying it that way. A lanyard would have been a helpful add-on.All in all an excellent, highly versatile and durable tool that is worth every penny.