I have one old one and the handle is broke and its pretty pitted, so I'm needing a new one. Can someone here give me a recommendation?
I never said there was anything wrong with machetes, just that there are better knives out there - particularly for use in places like the United States. Parangs and Kukris cope better with hardwood forests because of the curve in the blade, whereas machetes are intended for chopping less "woody" vegetation.Avoid machetes ?
You're obviously well traveled :
My gardener carries one that he has used daily for 15 years.
Personally I'd avoid Machetes, they are a one-trick-pony.
Malaysian Parangs or Nepalese Kukris are just as good choppers (if not better) and the blades are more versatile. Both of them are designed to deliver the "sweet spot" of the blade at an oblique angle providing better cutting. The Kukri is also a good stabber and carver as well. I'm not sure if the parang can be used that way
Oh - and avoid the cheap Cold Steel stuff. Their expensive stuff is meant to be OK, but the cheap stuff is just sheet metal with an edge put on it.
I'm not kidding.
I bought my kukri from Tora Blades. They get their stuff in batches from the craftsmen in Nepal who they deal with, so they go for long periods with a lot of stuff out of stock. But the level of quality is worth waiting for.
EDIT - Oh and this Tibetan Kukri looks good for lots of chopping. It has a 14" blade. I wouldn't be afraid to wonder off into the woods if I had one of those by my side and some firesteel in my pocket ..... well, and a few other things :thumb: but you get the idea.
That's exactly what I said. But if you want to cut something stronger like, say, a small tree, there are better knives out there.Avoid machetes, huh. These are the universal cuttings tools of any underdeveloped nation.... Cold steel does have some cheaper lines of cutting instruments but any of there machetes are well within handling any task of cutting brush, vines and foliage you might encounter with ease, along with the ease of sharpenability due to its softer steel.
The Cold Steet kukri machete is not a true machete. It has a curved blade that makes it more like a weird cross between a machete, a Parang and a Kukri. However, it has an extremely flexible blade due to the fact that it is made out of hardened sheet metal. Nepalese Kukris have rigid blades, and the good ones are hand forged out of truck springs by master craftsmen.I personally own 4 different cold steel machetes and my two favorites are the kukri and the bolo.