Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Weight, Finish, None
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Lightest sharpest machete I've seen
This is hands-down the lightest, sharpest machete I have seen - and I own many of them, from Ontario and Condor principally. If you want to carry a machete backpacking, this is the size and weight to choose. The blade stock is really thin for a machete - but sturdy enough if you're sensible. It doesnt' have a lot of weight behind it as a result, so you'll need to modify your technique if you're used to longer and beefier machetes. Edge-holding has been great so far - better than Condor carbon steel for sure. This machete should be about perfect for green/springy stuff - grasses and live conifer branches for shelter building.I like that the handle is orange, but in general the texture of the Victorinox plastic is better than the stuff Svord is using. The sheath could use some sort of retention aid and some additional attachment points for a pack. The handle sits so deeply the lack of retention isn't much of an issue unless it ends up upside down or sideways.