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I'm glad you started this thread because I was going to start one asking about getting an Ontario 12" machete with saw back. But after reading what "peter" and "jfountain2" posted I think I will pass.

I have an Ontario 18" machete I have used for many years that rides behind the seat of my truck. I need a new sheath for it and Midway has them in stock. I sharpened the top edge of the blade near the handle so it has a sharp edge and now it really sparks a fire steel. I like the idea of sharpening the whole back edge so you can use it as a scraper. Good idea.

I bought a Woodsmans Pal because I read so much about them in the Backwoodsman magazine. I hated it. I didn't like the dull tip or the hook on to. So I drew out a new shape with a magic marker and used a dremel cut off wheel (8 of them) to cut it to the new shape. Now it kind of looks like a 10" Kukri. I made a leather sheath for it.

I would like to get a WW2 Bolo machete. Maybe some day.
 

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I'm going to accumulate a few, myself. The Ontario SP-8 is first in line; saw back - I know - but it's the size and thickness overall that I'm looking for.

I'll likely add an 18" Ontario or Condor for the truck to go along with my E-Tool.
 

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Tramontina. Cheap, durable, comes kind of dull but will take and hold a great edge. About as good a factory sheath as you could hope for.
I second the Tramontina. It does come dull but sharpen's nicely.

The sheath has numerous pockets that I use to full effect, including a small folding knife, stone, Bic w/ candle, ferro rod, smith sharpener.
 

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What exactly do you want a machete for? I know that can sound like a pretty stupid question, but there are numerous machete designs and for various applications:





I've always like how the Machete Specialist defines many of them:

https://www.machetespecialists.com/buying-guide/machete-types/

In addition to the actual blade designs are the blade thickness, handle (already mentioned as an important aspect), and blade size/length. What I think most immediately think of when they hear "machete", is the typical Latin-American, "bush" machete that was a common adoption in the Army with an 18" blade. Several survival schools (and a few I attended) have always touted the slightly shorter 12" model of that same machete as the "gold standard" survival tool.

I'm sure that's debatable, but having spend some time in South America around some small mountain and jungle villages, machetes have proven to be the ubiquitous Swiss-Army tool for many of them, including kids as young as 8-10 years old.

I personally like the smaller machetes styles in the 12-14" blade ranges. Thinner ones for the spring and summer; thicker, slightly more weight-forward ones for the winter months:





Different cultures, climates, environments, needs, and applications will show in their machete-designs. Some are much thicker and meant for thick vines and harder woods. While they chop much better than the thinner/lighter versions, you will get tired if you're trying to clear long grass or just light, leafy foliage. There's the whole "physics" aspect to blade shape, weight, length, and thickness...knowing what you want or need a machete for will help in the selection.

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That was well said.
 

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I just watched a youtube vid where a guy makes his own machete from an old hand saw blade. Easy project with die grinder if you take your time and don't draw the temper.
 

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I prefer the Ontario 14" Butcher knife. Sturdy with a simple wood handle that you can rework on replace. Carbon steel to take a good edge, just keep a bit of oil on it. Fairly easy to make a sheath for it that will outlast most factory ones.

https://amzn.to/3iqNOos

Though if you want to buy a sheath, this one might work.

https://amzn.to/3iz0jia
 

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I'm going to accumulate a few, myself. The Ontario SP-8 is first in line; saw back - I know - but it's the size and thickness overall that I'm looking for.

I'll likely add an 18" Ontario or Condor for the truck to go along with my E-Tool.
A 24" axe would round out that setup nicely.
Years ago the local army navy store had a bunch of surplus Chinese E tools. I figured at ten bucks a pop I'd give one a shot. I ended up buying another before people caught on that it was a good deal and started snapping them up.
 
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Tramontina Bolo 16 inch is my favorite.
There are also Latin shaped Tramontina's 14, 18, 22 inch versions.
 

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I have a couple of old (30+ years) Cold Steel machetes I bought for like $7 bucks apiece---made in South Africa---thin blades but still going strong---great for backyard work---sharpen them every 4-5 years... Recently bought a Condor "Jungelo Machete"---not really a machete at all---more of a very large (13" blade) knife---thick blade---wouldn't want to swing all day, but a hell of a chopper---sadly Condor QC has gone way downhill---finish was crap---edge had no less then 13 dings in it! I resharpened the edge and the finish doesn't bother me too much as I will use it hard... Sadly, Condor prices have gone WAY up recently---not nearly the value they used to be...
 

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12 inch tramontina is great for wood working and processing fish, meat and is an all round tool. You can rebuilt civilisation with it just about.



Heavy chopping I look to the golok or axe depending.
 

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12 inch tramontina is great for wood working and processing fish, meat and is an all round tool. You can rebuilt civilisation with it just about.



Heavy chopping I look to the golok or axe depending.
I have a few 14" Trams like that. A little light, but OK for watermelons. I like their 14" bolo for a handy chopper. For kitchen use, I got a Friedrick D!ck 10" cimeter (scimitar) and they make a 12". Very nice.



I have a few Imacasa 14" #127 pattern machetes that are thin and slicy. Got quite a few on closeout for $3 each.
 
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