-Price Paid: $55.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Less than 1 Month
(Note that the price I paid was in Canadian Dollars.)
This is a very good knife overall. The blade came quite sharp (I would say possibly a bit too sharp for a machete, but Iâ€™m not an expert), and it isnâ€™t wide enough for CS to put their usual infuriating sticker on it. The sheathe serves its purpose very well, and I would have no reason not to trust it. No major imperfections in the blade that Iâ€™ve noticed.
One problem that this item has is that the handle is uncomfortable. Your mileage may vary, as I do have relatively small hands for a man of over six feet, but I have let others handle it and they agree with me. I feel like using this machete would be murder on my hand. As for the sturdiness of the handle, I am quite impressed. Part of the reason itâ€™s so uncomfortable is the beefy construction of the handle, and while I canâ€™t speak to the internal aspects of it (how far the tang extends and how well itâ€™s anchored, etc.), I would be very, very surprised if this machete failed to perform.
With all things considered -low price, generally good quality, intimidating profile, and solid construction- I would recommend it. As a weapon, I would trust it. As a tool for heavy duty chopping for long periods of time, Iâ€™ll stick with their Kukri machete. Since a machete is primarily a tool for heavy duty chopping, perhaps look elsewhere unless â€œcheap, sturdy substitute for a swordâ€ is what youâ€™re looking for. If that is what youâ€™re looking for, you canâ€™t go far wrong with this.
If you want my advice, buy the CS Kukri Machete first, as I would say it's a better machete for a lower cost. However, I will likely own the entire CS machete line eventually, as I've been pretty impressed with the two I own for the price I've paid for them.