hey jake depends what your uses are i have a tramontina machete whichs is a work horse once you have put good working edge on it theres a lot out there that i could say are good some of coldsteels machetes are good the kukri machetes ok once you sharpened it is a beast then theres golaks which are good , folding saw is always good and multitool then you should be set STAY SHARP RicK
I'v been looking at the cold steels. But how do you go about putting an edge on those curved blades? I really would only used it maybe 5-10 times a year. The key here needs to be low cost. The lower it is the sooner I could buy it.
Jake, first on ebay or at an import tool store, buy a Tramontina brand short machete, 12-14in blade, plain blonde wood handle. Pay no more than $10, or $15 with sheath. Sharpen it until it will slice an index card like a good knide. Use it as a machete. Then get back with me. You'll know a lot more about machetes then, and youyr first one will be one of the best. Then we'll start getting into the topic in more detail.
I have to say that I am very impressed with Cold Steel's machetes. I am a Filipino Martial Arts instructor so I purchased the 18" and 12" Barong Machetes from CS and I was surprised by my reaction to them. I own a lot of blades and I have to say that these inexpensive machetes quickly shot to the top of my favorites list. I bought them for training and demonstration of my Escrima, but I've used them extensively on my property for trimming and even chopping limbs. I love those things.
I use a puck stone for all my utility edges (axes, hatchets and machetes.)
I used a barong machete to kill a 4m king cobra that rared up in my face on a trail in Antipolo, a far suburb of SW Manila back in 1995. Skin is on my wall. Machete is in my day pack. Good solid knife. Dont forget the classic 12" blade Tramontina machete — best blade in the world, pound for dollar.
I also will tell you that the Cold Steel Kukhri machete is a great path-clearer/chopper.At around $20 it is not pricey,but it is quality.You get the edge sharp and it will cut any wood or shrub in front of it.If you don't feel confident to sharpen it,go to a butcher at a grocery store or your knife/gun store,and for $5 they will put a great edge on it.Happy Trails!!
Hey Andy, Why doesn't anyone mention the old Collins US amrked machetes from WWII. I've been using an old Collins with USMC 1942 markings for the last 20+ years on the deer lease in south Texas. Great piece of steel!