5 Types of Machetes and How to Use Them

The machete is an extremely effective survival tool. It combines the chopping power of the hatchet with the finesse of the knife. There are many different styles of machetes designed for different tasks. Here are some of the basic types and their uses:

1. Khukuri (aka. Kukri)

Khukuri Kukri MacheteThe Kukri, more a large knife than a machete, was created by the Gurkhas of Nepal and is carried by their army and used by their people as a general-use tool and weapon. The kukri is an amazing multi-tasker. The big heavy end provides chopping force close to that of the hatchet, and the sharp inner curve gives great control for finer tasks. (Cold Steel makes a great Kukri)

Bolo Machete

2. Bolo

The bolo machete was created in South America, and is used in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cuba. The bolo is a heavy duty tool used for brush clearing and light chopping in the field.

Parang Golok Machete3. Parang (aka Golok)

The parang machete is my personal favorite. It was designed in conjunction with the British Army. It has excellent edge retention, and a great feel. When you hold it seems to become part of your arm.

Panga Machete4. Panga

The panga machete originated in Africa where it has been used in many conflicts. The panga, parang, bolo, and kukri all have the weight focused on the end of the blade where it provides more chopping force. The panga can be use effectively for slashing through light underbrush.

Heavy Machete5. Heavy

The heavy machete is the heavyweight of our lineup, with chopping force greater than that of a hatchet the heavy machete can do some serious damage to solid wood.

Survival Applications

The machete has numerous survival applications from brush clearing, to wood chopping, quartering game, and even defensive purposes if it ever came to that. I keep one lashed to my Bug Out Bag in addition to a hatchet to cover any chopping needs I may have. They can be used for just about anything.

What Do You Use?

What type of machete do you use? Or if you are planning on buying one, tell us what type you chose and why it meets your needs.

Top Photo by: Rachel Strohm


Josh
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Josh is a Boy Scout and an avid outdoorsman. He specializes in knives (and other such tools), various knots & lashings, traditional skills such as blacksmithing & woodworking, bushcraft and fire starting. Read his full interview here. Read more of Josh's articles.

108 thoughts on “5 Types of Machetes and How to Use Them”

  1. great reading Josh the kukri is one of my favs. one thing about it is a true one that they cattied is kind of like the Katana was of ancient japan its handed down from father to son and cared for with an almost fanatical kind of way they will do anything to protect that blade just a little something eles

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  2. I have a kukri. I like the fact that it is a little shorter than the others (except maybe the heavy), making it more maneuverable. Plus, you could split a zombie's (or human's) skull with one in a pinch.

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  3. In reply to both of you, I do like the kukri the times Ive gotten to use it. I choose the parang because its one that i actually own. I know that kukris have been used in beheadings/ executions in as recent times as the 70's.

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    • Yeah, I have a bunch of cheap ones, but every time I use a good quality one I realize how much I want something I can stake my life on if ever the time comes, but other priorities take precedence.

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    • one thing i like about macheties is you can make one if you have the time and the forge and files which i do lol i have made 13 of them so far and gave them out to my friends

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  4. Those cold stone kukris you loinked to aren't really kukris at all. They're just kukri shaped machetes. Real ones are a lot heavier and kind of bridge the gap between hatchets and traditional machetes, able to do the work of both, but not quite as well as either of them. I'd never remove overgrowth growth with a hatchet, and I definitely wouldn't split wood with a machete, but I've done both with a kukri (though I prefer my woodsman's pal for clearing brush). Be careful what you buy, that product isn't able to do what it's name implies.

    Just my two cents

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  5. The kukri I use I purchased from Sarco for about $20, shipped. I had to spend time with a file and stone to put an edge on it, but it's great, heavy and useful.

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  6. some tribes still use them in rituals and sacrafices. they do and will lob off a body part well. even better if you can get someone to teach you the martial art that goes with it.

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  7. LOL… I'm pretty handy with axes, I think I'll stick with those. I've used a Machetes a couple of times and was never very comfortable with them.

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      • i used the 22" on a few times my second in comand has one its not bad the weight is good and the saw on the back of the blade works really well he keeps his starpped to his back at all times while in the woods there is nothing he cant do with it and its a good short sword for when we get in the mood to practice with them i use two kind of mid grade ones and that is only if i go for just a day or two i could not see lugging those around for a couple of weeks

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    • I would avoid Gerber products especially the machetes. The Gerber machete doesnt have a full tang. Heavy use will destroy it in no time. Even better it flies off the handle and hurts you or someone else! Machetes are generally very poorly made tools made for light work. I recommend the Woodsmans Pal. Great design, infinitely useful, and well made.

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  8. I live in hornepayne ontario Canada and the bolo machatty I bought and sharpend comes in very handy in any situation I have fallen into I may only be 13 years old but in hornepayne I think every kid owned a knife at one point me more than others

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      • It's a bit awkward at first, but once you get used to holding it and sawing it works just fine.

        Not my ideal saw, but would work well in the event you have no other saw.

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          • Josh, did you read the reviews on the link yoou posted? Not a full tang blade, lousy construction, etc? Gerber has gone down hill as a brand. I highly recommend people avoid their products.

          • It may not be full tang but it still out performs several other machetes I have handled. I have not used the Gerber for any serious chopping, all I really do with it is cleaning up small limbs and cutting back over grown foliage. It may easily be surpassed as a chopper, but the saw functions quite well for what it is, which is a light duty multi use tool.

            Thank you for looking at other reviews and letting us know. I really appreciate readers telling us things like this so that I dont recommend bad gear.

            I would not condemn the Gerber company as a whole for one bad product though, I am the proud owner of several Gerber knives and am very happy with the craftsmanship and quality they exhibit.

  9. Steel wool and a 9volt battery. Rub the battery across the steel wool and presto! Fire.
    Also, I just wrap cotton twine around newsprint and cover with wix. Pretty easy.

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  10. Any fixed blade knife worth anything really has to be full tang. Dont you want a piece of survival gear to be able to stand up to hard use? I mean by virtue of the name of this website doesnt that mean your life could depend on it? I require all my equiment to be robust, heavy duty, multi use tools. Not all of Gerber products may be bad but a few of their products most certainly are. Products that can easily seriously injure a user or bystander while using the tool in a manner consistent with its prescribed usage, products that people depend on. That to me is the mark of a company in decline and a company that a survival website should think twice about recommending the products of.
    Thanks for the response! D
    RB

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    • I found that out the hard way. It was my first machete and while using it in the aftermath of an extremely bad ice storm the beginning of this year the handle shattered and the blade managed to slice my leg.

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  11. I have a machete that I bought over 40 years ago when I was 12 years old. Very plain with an 18 inch blade made in Sheffield England. My Dad was a machinist and ground it to razor sharpness for me. I have used it for over 40 years on camping trips, tree prunings, brush clearings, etc.
    It is the best, most useful tool that I have ever owned! Recently, I picked up a Tramontina bolo machete that I plan to use for light duty, abusive work. Costing only $6 it seems to be an incredible bargain, but it will never replace my English machete.

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    • Thats really cool, I hope it becomes something that can be passed down as an heirloom of sorts. Sheffield has quite the reputation in the knife making community, it is the location of the factory that first mass produced bowie knives, Fairburn-Sykes knives, and a small factory that engineered parts for John Browning.

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  12. my brother is a missionary in honduras and i bought one down there . it is long 30" blade and is a razor. also , if you are looking for a martial art that works well for machette , fillipino escrima stick fighting works well .

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  13. A machete is basically a chopping tool although the parang is designed for both delicate woodworking and chopping. But one of the great misconceptions about tangs (full tang, stick tang etc.) is the idea that simply having one sort of tang or another is all one needs to know concerning strength. But that is not entirely true. A full tang blade that is poorly tempered (the steel remains too brittle for persistent chopping) is just as fragile as a blade with a half-tang or no tang at all. Proper heat treatment, tempering (usually differential tempering) is paramount if one is going to have a sufficiently strong and stable blade. Those comments about full tang vs stick tang often come from people who perhaps do not understand the finer points of metallurgy. A full tang is good only if it's been tempered correctly. Poorly tempered blades are often dangerous and fragile, full tang or otherwise.

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    • Good point. When I forge knives I coat the tang and spine with clay during the tempering process to allow the handle to have more spring when chopping and batoning .

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  14. I'm a bit partial to my "Woodsman's Pal". Grandpa had one and seemed to have a couple of advantages over a machete. As long as you didn't chop yourself in the head. Maybe I'm a sentimental traditionalist……

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  15. Also the forward curve of the Khukuri adds an immense amount of power to your strike compared to the other machetes/short swords. (Chopping through walls/doors/asshole-has-a-shield)

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  16. I went with the Ka-Bar Cutlass, mostly for the Ka-Bar name…my Ka-Bar I had when I was in the Corps, although it became rusted and corroded with our many surf entries and exits, always cut whatever I needed to cut…we'll see with this machete.

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  17. My personal choice for carry on my pack is a Vietnam Era US Army issue machette, kind of like a cross between the bolo and panga. its pretty comfortable in the hand and holds an edge well, you can pick them up pretty cheap and I would recommend a different sheath than they come with, I had one custom made out of high density plastic that is vacuum molded to the blade (I have one for my Cold Steel Bushman to).

    For my vehicle kit I have a Cold Steel that is the same blade as the "heavy", but it has a 3' handle, I have always heard this type called a "cane axe" but I don't remember what they call it off the top of my head. This thing makes clearing brush, taking down small trees and butchering deer into "primal's" a breeze!

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  18. A good "entrenching" tool like the kind carried by Spetsnaz troops in Russia can be used much like a machete. I know of at least 3 soldiers that have used them in self defense while in combat, one is my dad!

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    • I used an "entrenching tool" or small "shovel" sharpened like a knife when going in and out of Angola in the Conflict there in 1985, and used it "in self defense", {yes I won} after exhausting all my ammo after being followed up by a large force.
      I now carry as a machete, a PARANG made in El Salvador for Cold Steel, heavy, balanced and razor sharp when I go out bush here in Australia especially or jungle and heavy rain-forest/bushland, it is perfect

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  19. Old Scout, have you seen the Cold Steel "Bushman"? I have one and it's great for the improvised spear! It's a single piece of carbon steel, the handle is hollow and has a small hole near the opening (where the pommel would be on a sword) that can be used for securing the knife to a handle, I have used screws and even a carved "pin" made out of deer bone. The only drawbacks I can find with this knife is the lack of a hilt (could be real easy for your hand to slide up the blade if the handle gets wet) and the sheath that comes from Cold Steel is garbage! I had one made out of vacuum compressed high density plastic that even keeps the blade dry (found that out when my girl and I "dumped" into a river because of a hidden "strainer" on a canoe trip!).

    Good point about the US entrenching tool, I have a Vietnam issue folder that has one side sharpened. I have used it as a hatchet on camping trips with the Boy Scouts. Just about anything made out of decent metal, that will hold an edge, can be sharpened in a pinch.

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  20. I had one of them cheap machetes you can buy in the camping dept. at the local wal-mart, the brand name was coughlans, I'm sure most of you are familiar with some of their products in the familiar green packaging, some are quite useful while others like their machete are cheap to the point of being dangerous. the sheath gave me trouble right from the beginning, it wouldnt stay fastened then I tripped on a tree root while hiking and even though I stayed on my feet the machete flew right out of the sheath that was tied to my pack and the handle broke. later that evening while hacking bark off of a downed tree for kindling the blade snapped off and barely missed my shin. from the time I opened it to the time it was rendered worthless was about 8 hours.
    Now I'm in the market for a good reasonably priced machete, I've done some research and I'm leaning toward a Gerber Gator( with the recall issue corrected of course).

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    • I steer clear of their (Coughlan's) embarrassingly crappy stuff. I don't understand why they even bother with some of it. I'm all for finding a good value, but relying on garbage gives a false sense of security.

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  21. I carried an issued GI machete while serving as a Gunner on UH1N Huey and later on MH-53 Pave Low. I actually had to be lowered on a hoist to prune tree branches in a very tight LZ in Panama. We also used the machetes to quickly chop a cargo strap that secured a rope ladder that became entagled in jungle vegetation. The GI machete sheath w/ built in sharpener is superior to anything else I have seen. I currently prefer to carry the "heavy" machete on my ATV as it doubles as a shovel. YMMV.

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  22. I carry a large mexican machete in a saddle leather scabbard I picked up in Del Rio for $10 US it is hand made frome some really good steel and holds a edge really well, looks similar to a parang but almost 30" of blade with a abs rivited handle. I also carry a Kukuri I forged from a leaf spring and fallow horn it works for butchering and light woodwork.

    Cheers

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  23. People put WAY too much faith into machetes.. they're nice to have (I'll be adding one to my collection o' blades soon) however, they are not necessary and should never be thought of primarily. Most are cheap and bend easily, unless you have too much money and spend a couple hundred bones on one. In a realistic survival situation, I'd personally much rather have a good crowbar.

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  24. Cold Steel Machetes are the best. I own 2 kurkis and they are some of the best machetes I've ever owned! A kurki will last you as long as you need it too.

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  25. I carry a real Kukri myself. Kukris from Nepal are often made from truck leaf springs and carry some real heft to them. I can cut brush, chop firewood, and split skulls if needed. I also have a vintage Collins & Co machette that excels at cutting light grass and brush, but the Kukri beats it at everyting else. If the SHTF, I would carry the Kukri and the machette would be left behind for the looters.

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  26. You are correct, they are not primary wood cutting tools, but when you just need to limb a branch, or split kindling they work fine. If I could only have one tool to survive with it would be a large bowie like a Kershaw Outcast, or Parry Blade, IMHO.

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  27. The shape of the Kukri looks interesting , never handled one and wonder what the impact on your wrist is like because of the downward curve ?

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  28. I have a Cold Steel kukri, that has been very good at brush-clearing (I don't live anywhere near a jungle). My new favorite, as an all-around tool, though, is the Meyerco sawback I picked up last year.
    Holds a great edge, the sawback is thin enough not to be a total joke, and the spear-point could have its uses in an altercation. Mostly, I like the handguard. About 25 years ago I broke 3 fingers and a knuckle in a moment of stupidity, and a bit of protection could be good in a survival situation.

    Think of the overall design as a "21st Century pirate cutlass"

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  29. I found an a Kukri…as I have not purchased it yet (though I plan to), I cannot comment on they quality. Ontario blades makes the Survival Gurkha Kukri; it's made from carbon steel ( I would never purchase stainless) and runs approx. $53. Bonus is that it's manufactured from American Steel… I don't know of many manufacturers making blades in America anymore, this includes the staples like Gerber, Smith &Wesson, Browning, SOG, Remington.

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    • when you do get it and test it out , please let us know how you like it . I have a cold steel heavy machete instead of a hatchet . It works good for that . The kukri I am curious about and would like to see how it performs as a heavy chopper on wood in case I ever have to replace the one I have as they make a heavy kukri .

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  30. i used to have the heavy machete, i once used it to cut down about a ten year old tree. it works well but for a weapon it has it's drawbacks. it doesn't come with a sheath and it's shorter then others I've seen. and after cutting down the tree i realized how bad the handle is, it's far too large and isn't comfortable at all.

    i ended up buying this when i moved and thought the cost and time to ship my old one down was too much of a hassle. http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Machete-Black-Tita

    it is very sharp and would be a good weapon. but it's not as strong as the heavy. it could cut down brush well but not anything large. one other thing is that when i got it the very tip (1/4") was bent and broke off when i tried to fix it. good thing people hardly use the tips of machetes in combat.

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  31. If you want just a cheap get it done machete or camp hatchet walmart has some crap ones for 10$ each they are made of some sort of sorfter metal and do t keep an edge for shit but there cheap and will do what you need if you don't mind sharpening them pretty much constantly

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  32. Arnis is the Filipino art form. It's not as common in the US as many of the other arts, but is effective. They start with sticks and machetes and then teach unarmed techniques.

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  33. I'v used a cold steel Panga style machete- occasionally as my only tool on survival training trips. It has performed extremely well in all circumstances, and in a variety of environments. In maine- the land where the axe is king the panga is is still my go to tool. It may take a bit more work to fell a tree with it, but with the proper understanding of the sabering tech there is really nothing that it can't cut down- It is definitely a tool I would recommend to anyone especially to the inexperienced- The learning curve for a panga blade is much quicker than with a more advanced chopper such as a kukri.

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  34. I have two different types of machetes that I use now (have had about seven or eight but the others broke or couldnd keep an edge). My first and what I would call brush or bamboo clearing machete is actually a converted Japanese sword. I had it shaved down to 24" full length (from the bottom) and had the lower 4" of blade squared, a friend of mine covered the bottom in leather, and I had a shipmate of mine used 550 paracord to wrap the handle to fit my hand. It is a true Japanese sword, i would not suggest trying it with a cheap decorative piece. It is sharp as a razor and I have actually tested it while hunting to clear a shooting lane through wild bamboo. My second one is a heavy machete for chopping or heavy duty tree type clearing. I also have three "heavy duty knives" and they might be something that everyone wants to look into they are basically machetes with nine inch blades and have many utilitarian uses. I once again removed the cheap handles then practiced my leather working skills and small line working to make my own personalized grips.

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  35. I personally prefer the kukri style. I have been using the Cold Steel model for several years and I am amazed with it's durability and edge retention. I just ordered a kukri by Big Bohica so we will see how it compares.

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  36. 12+ years ago I purchased a saw back standard style machette made by Ontario knife Co. Full tang is an understatment. The tang is as wide as the handle. I have used it quite a bit everything from backpacking to yard work. It was inexpensive (around $15) and American made (big + in my book) I do like the Gerber/Cold Steel/SOG varities, but when it came to bang for the buck Ontario couldn't be beat. The downside is the "saw back" is about worthless as a saw, can't get much of a grip for saw purposes.

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    • A sharpened stick would likely prove largely inefective against an animal such as a bear. Their hides are really thick and extremely tough compared to animals like deer. If I had nothing but basically a sharpened stick, I would temper the end in a fire, get it as sharp as possible, engage the animal at a distance and hope for the best

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  37. Thanks for your sevice in Panama, myself and my family litterally owe our lives to the men & women of our military who came to our aid in '89!

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  38. I have used a machete in the 1960s to cut trails through jungles, I HAD A MILITARY ISSUE MADE BY ONTARIO This blade kept an edge all week long unless you hit rocks then you were back to the stone to get the nick out.I used this for a year and still use it around house and camp.It survived everything I hit a rock and the tip broke off 3 inches.Well a little time at the grinder and the tip was back and my ONTARIO was ready to serve me the rest of my life.I ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT THIER WARENTEE. I cant tell you what is best for you but i can still depend on mine.

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  39. I have the Ontario Kukri and LOVE it!
    US steel, great handle, etc.
    I went to SMKW and handled them all, K-bar was good but jap steel, Cold Steel had a crappy handle. The rest were cheap imitations.
    I trust my life to my Ontario Kukri, it will go to my grandchildren, only complaint if any is the sheath will need to be replaced long before the Kukri.
    PS. some awsome sheath ideas on yahoo images- Kukri

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  40. I carry a Cold Steel Kuhkhri machete and a scanvik fixed blade knike for woods ranging on my belt. Both are light weight and handy for any camp or survival task. For fall or winter a 3/4 axe and Buck saw for a base camp or longer trip on my pack. Haven't had to bust through ice with a 3/4 axe to get to water in Virginia, but it does better on frozen wood than a saw. As to an entrenching tool I use a folding Gi shovel and it goes in my pack. For Truck Camp a regular shovel. As to self defense the presence of the kuhkri and fixed blade are enough of a deterent for 1 or 2 trouble makers. My concealed carry Glock is for anything the other can't handle, 2 or 4 legged.

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  41. escrima, kali, and aris are all Filipino martial arts. They vary somewhat in application, just like different forms of karate, but the basic principles are the same.

    It is hard to find a good Filipino martial arts school; unfortunate because they have a lot to offer!

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  42. I agree. I really enjoyed my short stint in Arnis. I liked the added style of "triangles" instead of the normal "circle" movements most arts employ. It adds another degree to style and can have the added benfit of confusion, especially when dealing with a novice in the business of martial combat.

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  43. I also had one made in Sheffield. It was a great machete. The blade was just thick enough to stand up to hard use. I was hiking on the AT and it broke loose from my pack pack one day. It was only that evening when I was making camp that I realized it was gone. Next day I back tracked but never found it. I guess someone else found it and hope that they got some good use out of it. I have had many since then but yet to find one that was as good as that one.

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  44. The "Woodsman's Pal" will out perform any machete out there. It's got the handling of a machete but the power of an axe. It has multiple uses unlike the one dimensional everyday machete.

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  45. I personaly use a Panga. Fits my needs just fine and I find it estheticaly pleasant to.

    Does enought damage to wood to be used for choping if you forget the hachet, sharp enought to clean bushes and light enought to move decently fast with some training.

    Oh, and I personaly witnessed that it's also good as a weapon to defend yourself (no wonder they used it on conflicts in Africa): I once had a bad ecounter with a boar and he charged. I had to resort using the machate as I have no firearms. All I can say is that a single chop on his "upper" neck came this close of choping the boar's head of.

    To sum things up, in my opinion, it's a good all-around machete and a good choice if you a beginner who still doesn't have a particular preference

    Safe travels

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  46. GINUNTING – Used by Filipinos for breaking brush and is standard issue for their Marines Forced Recon Units. AWESOME!!!

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  47. BRKT Grasso Bolo I, II, or II. I like the III because it's weight forward design makes it the best chopper. Chops as good as a Kukri or hatchet. Easier for battoning than a Kukri. I have my multi tool and Bravo one for smaller tasks, but if I didn't the Grasso Bolo can be used for detailed work if need be. I can use it like an Ulu when I need to. I'd hate to have to, but with the broad blade it could be used as a spade. All around my favorite big blade ever. The I and II might better serve some people due to size/strength issues. The smaller two might also be better as defensive blades because of the weight/balance of the shorter blades. But for me. The Grasso Bolo III is the all around winner. It's so good for so many tasks that it allows me to carry fewer tools. Just my opinion of course.

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  48. The bolo wasn't created in South America. Filipinos were already using bolos even before native south americans started using metal tools and before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines.

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  49. My personal favorite is a WW2 Marine Corps bolo. These were issued to Navy Corpsmen attached to Marine units in the Pacific Theater. They are an exceptionally heavy blade, that is rounded on the end. They were issued so that Corpsmen could chop litter poles from available vegetation. It is basically only a chopping tool, but extremely well made one. You can split firewood with ease.

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  50. After using many different types of machetes and survival blades, I have settled on the Hibbins MkIV. I don't think I will ever look further for an all-around wilderness survival blade. This thing is made of truck-spring steel, 1/4" thick, about 4 lbs of hi carbon steel which holds a razor blade edge almost no matter what you do to it. I've used it to clear campsites,, split logs, hammer tent stakes, poke the fire and dress larger game, in addition to normal campsite knife uses. I wrapped the tang handle with 12ft of paracord, covered by 10ft of duct tape. Makes an effective grip/shock reducer and affords me those handy items if I need them. This blade is remarkable in that it seems completely indestructible. I can make sparks with it by striking it on several grades of rocks, too. I sure would grab it in time of full-contact self-defense encounters. My buddy borrowed mine and said he fried an egg on it over the campfire. No visible damage to my blade. I can drop wrist-thick trees with 2 or 3 well placed blows. Used it to make a TeePee shelter (with old Tyvek sheets) and it saved lots of time. I usually carry several blades into the wilderness, but if I had to limited myself to one, it would be the Hibbins. I paid $60 for mine, new with a sheath. Then they got popular (because Hibbins went and named them after Rambo) and the price nearly doubled.

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  51. Don't forget those "things" on "The Descent" film. I still don't get the production didn't gave a simple big knife to the team. How someone could be a survival actor theses days treated that way.

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  52. after doing some research and learning all about how the Gurkhas are pretty much the "biggest" bad *sses on the planet and all the history/traditions behind the Kukri blades I was pretty much sold, but then my half-Chickasaw wife insisted that moving through the woods was more about working with them, not bending them to your will or something + machetes leave a very, very obvious trail to follow and we already had a 'hawk, so I settled for a decent knife to match it instead. That said, machetes are a great way to go and if you're looking for a weapon then you could do worse than either that or the Panga. Remember the Rwanda genocide of the early '90s? 1,000,000 victims by way of that blade, just saying…

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  53. My personal machete is the Golok from Condor Tool & Knife. I had never had such a heavy machete before so the weight took a little getting used to. The blade and handle are very stout and solid, when you swing this machete you can let the weight do a lot of the work for you. The best quality I have ever handled, and a fair price I think.

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  54. Hi there….i'm Indonesia just want to inform that in my country we dont used bolo instead we use Parang aka Golok. I believe golok or parang is a local name for them. Thanx

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  55. I collect machetes and swords. I have 3 Katanas but I really love my machetes. They are made for whacking branches and vegetation. Try it with a sword. It won't last long! I have a $111 kukri called a sirupate. It is over 2 foot long and hand made from spring steel from old trucks. I got all my machetes from amazon. Check out kukris made in Nepal. The BEST!! Get the 10" British military issue one.

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  56. I have several different machetes, but I prefer my Ka-bar Kukri machete (I have 3 and have given away others to family), mainly because IMO it's the best all-around blade style. At 17 inches overall, with a 11 1/2 inch long, 3/16 inch thick blade, it can do almost any cutting/chopping you might need to do! No knife/machete can out chop/cut an axe or saw, but skinning/field dressing with an axe or saw is quite difficult! A small neck knife is very good for skinning/field dressing, but doesn't wood very well! The answer is to carry all 3 (or 4) because no one cutting tool can do all tasks well and things get lost or broken, then you're SOL! (Unless you a very good blacksmith) If weight or space is a issue, then a neck knife is first, then the Kukri, and then the axe or saw depending on preserved need! Good Luck!

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  57. Speaking as someone who owns one of those Cold Steel kukri machetes (they do use the word machete in the name), it may not be as heavy as the ones crafted by the ancient artisans in Nepal, but it still does excellent work. I used mine to cut down a palm tree about 12" in diameter in about 20 minutes. An axe or hatchet may have been faster, but it was still very impressive from such a small, lightweight tool. Do not hesitate to buy one of these machetes just because it's not 100% "authentic."

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  58. I bought a al mar pathfinder like 25 years ago best thing I've ever owned. Never let me down from making camp to scarring the stuff outta people

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  59. I use Cold Steel's Khukuri at the house. It's also a great defense weapon. I bought it after bout with Gerber's worthless "gator" machete. I wrote up a review on it. I'd avoid any of their machetes.

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  60. Great stuff a machete is the best all around tool if people have noticed all of your suvival shows most people want a machete.

    I perfer a bolo and a longer one for reach I like a full tang with a wood handle cheap and flexible sharpen with a file
    and if possible a stainless one it is hard to keep these rust free and rust hangs or drags in thick material like cane.

    wait a minute vines will tear your legs up and catch your pants if not bloused properly so having a blade you do not have to stoop as far over saves your back and blazes a cleaner trail but that leads to another problem
    if you trying not to be found followed a cut trail is not helpful.

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