9 Beastly Machetes

Are You Machete Ready?

Get that way by picking one or more of these bush hogs:

1. Gerber DoubleDown Folding Machete

Designed for chopping, cutting and batonning, the Gerber DoubleDown Folding Machete combines the features of a knife, machete and hatchet, and folds up balisong style to half its size for easy stowing. The Quad-lock system engages in three positions.

Blade length: 6.75”
Blade steel: 420HC stainless
Blade pattern: Recurve drop point
Blade Finish: Stonewashed
Weight: 18 ozs.
Overall length: 15.1”
Knife to know: Available in a green or black handle and a choice of blade finishes
Sheath: MOLLE/belt carry
Country of origin: USA
MSRP: $129-$139


2. ESEE Darien

The ESEE Darien features an ergonomic Micarta® handle for comfort and comes with a rugged canvas sheath. According to ESEE, the knife is a chopping machine whether in the Amazon, the jungle or your own backyard. It carries the same “no questions asked” warranty as the knives in the standard ESEE line.

Blade Length: 12.38”
Blade Material: 1075 carbon steel
Rockwell hardness: 54-56 HRC 
Blade’s Maximum Thickness: .094”
Handle: Micarta®
Knife weight: 15.5 ozs.
Overall Length: 18.18” 
Sheath: Canvas
Sheath weight: 4.5 ozs.
Country of origin: El Salvador
MSRP: $100 and up


3. Kershaw Camp 10

Though a camp knife in design, the Kershaw Camp 10 doubles as a machete, too. Clearing brush, making kindling and more, it does the trick. The integral crossguard is a nice safety feature and the handle has holes for either a forward or rear lanyard.

Blade length: 10”
Blade material: 65Mn spring steel
Blade finish: Black powdercoat
Blade pattern: Recurve drop point
Handle: Full tang, glass-filled nylon with Sure-Grip overmold
Knife weight: 1 lb. 2.3 ozs.
Overall length: 16”
Sheath: Glass-filled nylon w/gear straps and belt loop
Sheath weight: 5.7 ozs.
Country of origin:  Design, prototype and quality control in USA; manufactured in China
MSRP: $80.84


4. Utica Stealth I

The combination of a deep blade belly and dropped handle is designed to maximize the Utica Stealth I’s chopping and brush clearing performance. A single integral guard enhances user safety. The nylon belt sheath has a button strap to help secure the knife when sheathed.

Blade length: 11.25”
Blade material: 1095 carbon steel
Blade finish: Black oxide
Handle material: Micarta®
Weight: 21.87 ozs.
Overall length: 17.5”
Sheath: Nylon
Country of origin: USA
MSRP: $129.60


5. Coast F1400 Machete

A D-guard and full-tang construction help highlight the Coast F1400 machete. The sheath has a metal clasp for a secure hold.

Blade length: 14”
Blade steel: 3Cr13 stainless
Blade finish: Black oxide over glass bead
Handle material: Fiberglass-filled Nylon 6
Lanyard: Paracord
Weight: 1 pound, 1.2 ozs.
Overall length: 19.2”
Special feature: Sawback blade
Sheath: Nylon with hard plastic liner and riveted/sewn edge; includes belt loop 
Country of origin: China
MSRP: $29.99


6. Kizlyar Supreme Bushmate

The Kizlyar Supreme Bushmate looks as much like a competition cutter as a machete, but the thin blade and Scandi grind makes it perform much better in the bush. The handle has two lanyard holes for rear or forward attachment, the latter doubling as an integral single guard.

Blade length: 10 7/8”
Blade steel: 420HC stainless
Blade grind: Scandi
Blade’s maximum thickness: .039”
Blade finish: Satin
Handle material: Caucasus walnut
Weight: 13 ozs.
Overall length: 17 3/8”
Knife to Know: The Bushmate is also available in a convex AUS-8 stainless steel version with a maximum blade thickness of .1889” and a 19-oz. weight
Sheath: Embossed leather
Country of origin: Russia
MSRP: $185


7. Cold Steel Kukri Machete

The Cold Steel Kukri Machete comes in two deep-bellied blade lengths: 13 (shown here) and 17 inches. Either is designed as a lightweight cutter for belt carry or lashed to a pack. The sheath comes with a reinforced tip and multiple snap downs.

Blade length: 13”
Blade material: 1055 carbon steel
Blade finish: Black baked-on anti-rust matte
Handle material: Polypropylene thermoplastic w/hole for a lanyard
Handle length: 5”
Weight: 16 ozs.
Overall length: 18”
Sheath: Cor-Ex®
Country of origin: Import
MSRP: $29.99


8. Ontario Camp Plus Machete

The Ontario Camp Plus Machete includes an ample D-guard handle for user safety. The carbon steel’s Rockwell hardness of 52-55 HRC renders the blade malleable enough to better endure high impacts.

Blade length: 12.5”
Blade material: 1075 carbon steel
Blade finish: Phosphate coated
Handle material: OD green molded plastic
Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Overall length: 17.7”
Sheath: Black denier nylon packcloth w/heavy liner and belt loop
Country of origin: USA
MSRP: $29.07 (sheath sells separately for $11.95)


9. Smith & Wesson Cleaver Machete

The Smith & Wesson Cleaver Machete boasts blade cutouts to lighten the load, full-tang construction, an integral guard, and an ergonomic dropped handle with finger groove and a hole for a lanyard.

Blade length: 10”
Blade steel: 420 stainless
Handle: Overmolded rubber
Special features: Sawback blade and textured hammer pommel
Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Overall length: 16.54”
Sheath: Synthetic w/zipper and snap strap
MSRP: $51.99

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