Machete is an outdoor companion tool that can be used as an axe or as a sword. In most parts of the world, a Machete is used for agriculture purposes. It can be used for scaling, quartering, butchering, and gutting.
Before buying a Machete, consider the following:
Blade length: Almost, many of the machetes come with 18 inches as a common length. They vary from 10 to 28 inches. Smaller sized machetes are portable but are hard to reach. Large-sized machetes are hard to transport but are easy to use.
Blade Style: As Machete is used all over the world, there are many styles available in the market. The styles differ according to the place and requirement. Machete styles are not standardized, but the following are a few popular ones.
- Bush Machete: As the name suggests, it is used mostly for vegetation and for cutting and clearing the forest or bush. This type of Machete is popular in South America. In spite of the long size, they are lightweight and portable.
- Bolo Machete: Bolo Machete is a popular tool with the Filipino version and used in Indonesia, the US, and Cuba. It has a long blade and is mostly used for agriculture and chopping. They can be seen while opening coconuts.
- Kukri Machete: These are popular styled Machete natively originated in Nepal but used in the US and other countries. The Kukri machetes are designed with a unique curved shape blade that is used for chopping. The tipping point is made for puncturing and piercing while the thin blade is used for cutting. It is used for skinning the animals, chopping, cutting the food, etc.
Tang: The machete blade that covers the grip and handle is called the tang. It is required to select a machete with full tang as chopping and slicing needs to be done with force. In smaller Machete, the tang is heavier to generate more force.
Composition: A machete can be made of either stainless steel or carbon steel or both. High carbon steels are more durable and easy to re-sharp. It is economical and quality-wise they better than the stainless steel blades.
Handle Material: Rubber, Wood, and Polymer are the different types of material used for machete handles. The wooden handle is moderately durable and economical compared to other materials. They have the grip on handling, but when it is exposed to moisture, or if the handle is not maintained properly, it has chances to crack. Rubber handle has grip and provides visual appeal, but when using for a long time, the rubber may tire. Polymer material needs little maintenance. Although polymer handled machetes are economical, they have a drawback of getting slipped when using in wet conditions.
The machetes are common and available throughout the world. The best thing is machetes are economical, and hence you can own the design that you wish to have. Each Machete has its uniqueness and some unique purpose. All you have to know is the purpose and size of your requirement that suits you.