-Price Paid: $40.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
After SOGFari failed me, I needed to buy a machete that is cut out for....cutting. It wasn't very easy task to find enough specifications of machetes so I ended up asking about their weight (people seemed too lazy to measure the thickness of the blade.).
So here is Linder Convex Machete with 18" blade, wooden handle and scale tipping at 960g (34oz). After one hour walk through the woods chopping down fallen tree trunks (15" dia.) hanging branches and blocking brushes, my hand was klinically dead for few days.
A heavy machete has very good cutting power but the first few times you use one, it really makes your muscles hurt afterwards.
Because the handle is smooth wood with a little curvy shape you really need a gloves with a good grip to get a firm grip of the machete. In summer I just wrap some tennis racket handle grip on the handle to get that grip.
If you are roaming through thick forest with lots of birch, pine and spruce you need a heavy tool to cut through your way. If you are living in a rainforest or a bamboo forest a lighter machete will suffice.
Comment by Miika 02/18/2014
Update:This machete lasted just under a year until the blade snapped in half. Either it was a bad version or the metal fatigues very fast. I'd recommend avoiding this one.