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I would like peoples inbut on a few Machetes
1. Smith & Wesson 12 Inch Bush Hog Kukri
2. KA-BAR 11.5 Inch Kukri Machete
3. Fury 13 Inch Kukri Machete, Rubber Handle
4. Condor 13 Inch Kukri Machete, Walnut Handle, Black Blade
5. Cold Steel 13 Inch Kukri Machete with PVC Handle

Im obviously taking these directly off of http://www.machetespecialists.com/kukri.html and i was wondering if anyone else has used them, what they think of them, the best for the money etc.
 

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In your list I have 2 and 5. I use the cold steel one for yard work and chopping into the ground etc... I really abuse it, then file sharpen and repeat. It's fine. I treat the ka-bar one better and havent abused it much, but I prefer it. If I could only pick one of these 2, Id pick Ka-Bar.
 

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I have a Cold Steel 21" Latin Machete. The sheath is garbage, but the machete holds up well. I've used it to cull some invasive brush and once you get the hang of swinging it, it will cut right through a four or five inch diameter branch.

That being said, I wish I had gotten a smaller one, it probably wouldn't have the same devastating cutting power without all that weight behind it, but it's hard to get used to swinging something that big effectively. If you were planning on wearing it (which I have never tried) it would be awfully difficult unless it was say on the side of your pack.

13" sounds ideal for carry. Cold steel is a good choice.
 

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i got a cold steel 24" its a little too long but i like the feel and swing on it, if sharpned and swung right it will slice off some big branches and the sheeth i got in a cheap cloth style one, it works but i do plan on making me a custom sheath for it, when im hiking in dense area;s i just carry it as i hike. then when im on a clear trail i just strap it on the back of my pack
 

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I bought 2 of the CS kukhris, they are junk. The factory edge was more than terrible and still had chunks of rough steel. The handle is uncomfortable and the sheath is trash.

I should have bought a Condor instead but it was an impulse buy and the only Cold Steel crap I own, sadly.
 

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Ontario USGI or economy Later get a USGI sheath, they are higher quality. $30-40 complete Steel is better, will hold an edge, will chop down brush all day Cold Steel cheapies are fine for light brush, but theyre so light if you do it all day, putting more muscle into it- gonna be hurtin! That said, I love my old CS Kukri All depends on what its for Trees- get an axe Brush- machete Both- kukri
 

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I love my Cold Steel Panga. A while back I posted my Panga and how I sharpened just the back side of the curve, about 6 inches. In effect making it a partially double edged machete. I've been thinking about getting the 2-handed Cold Steel Panga and doing the same with it as I done with my single hand regular Panga. It's a sweet cutting machete and I use the 6 inch edge I made more than the full sided factory edge.

I gave $7.00 for it at a flea market back in 2001 and I've abused the hell out of it. I sunk it into an oak tree and left it for almost a year on some land I used to own, and come back and got it, filed the rust off the edge and it's always performed 100%.I believe a forward cutting edge chops better, especially when chopping heavy duty things like 3" saplings because the forward curved edge is curving into the wood instead of away from the wood so there's more surface area of the edge.

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I'm with Smuge on them Tramontina blades there light and no sheath.I also have a Old Hickery 14" butcher knife twice as heavey no sheath but that thing can chop and is very well made for 15 bucks
 

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I'm with Smuge on them Tramontina blades there light and no sheath.I also have a Old Hickery 14" butcher knife twice as heavey no sheath but that thing can chop and is very well made for 15 bucks
I actually got a sheath mock leather thing not very good with the bolo, the machete I found in my dads shed............ wonder if he's missed it yet :D:
 

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i know this is not what your asking but a longer one with a thin blade works best. Generaly if your using a machete you chopping underbrush. Myself I wont to stay away from it as much as i can, also a longer blade you get more speed and more chop for your swing especialy if you put a little wrist action into it. I use a machete quite a bit keeping fence lines cleared. Ive broke K-bars but a thin flexable blade cuts much better that the heavy ridgid ones. just my 2c on it.
 

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Out of the ones you mentioned I only have the cold steel kukri machete. I know others have bashed this machete but I like mine. It does not hold a edge for some crazy amount of time but it is relatively easy to sharpen. The only drawback on mine has been the handle when I first received it the checkering was to aggressive and would blister my hand. However just 10 min with a mill file on the handle to flatten out some of the texturing and it has not caused a hot spot since. So for under 30 bucks, you get machete that you will not break under normal usages. It is not for trail blazing but it will process wood, chop hedges and brush from around the house, process game I slaughtered a goat once for the freezer and used the CS kukri machete to take off its head. This was accomplished with one swing. I also used it to separate the meat. It is light and yet packs a punch<IMHO I think you get a good deal. While there are better machetes out there ie., imacasa 14" daga, tramontina 14" bolo, you are not getting a bad machete with the CS kukri. Just like any other they are cheaply made and may need some additional work to get them were you want them.
 

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used a lot of these in my time ... i would always go with either the cold steel or the kabar ... prefer the kabar ... if im off camping or survival training then would always go for the kabar for the more long term comfort in the handle ...
 

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I would recommend the Ka-Bar. I have a traditionally shaped Ontario machete which I really like, but I just like the feel of the Ka-Bar more. Plus the way it will bite into wood is just...satisfying. Good sheath and good looks (at least IMO).
 
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