Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
A Fine Tool!
This is a real 'panga' machete with thin blade, 2.5 to 2.8 mm. The thinness of the blade provides excellent slicing and the length of the blade provides enough weight to chop in the jungle behind my home. Enough said. 5160 spring steel at 53-55 rockwell is as tough as I'll ever need and I own a lot of US made and other made machetes. For me, 5160 is the best machete blade steel out there. The wood grip is 'thin' and rough when new but Ballistol oil cloths filled the pores, smoothed and darkened the grip. Very well balanced! The sheath is over built but a very fine product with a re-enforced snap that works better than any other sheath snap that I own. If the sheath had been tapered in the grip area, the sheath would have had much better aesthetics. Still, in all, this is a superior machete sheath with all the protection to carry and store the machete safely. I did find that although the grip is thin, when you hold the grip all the way back against the birds head the balance of the machete was so perfect that the thinness issue went away. The blade grind was also perfect, not what you find on most other machete brands. The blade edge has primary and secondary bevels which I actually prefer to a convex edge on a machete. A 22 degree to 25 degree edge is perfect for a machete and easily sharpened in the field. Ontario did it's homework. A fine tool!