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Favorite Cold Steel machete and why?

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by Woodcamo Nut, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. Woodcamo Nut

    Woodcamo Nut

    Apr 15, 2014
    What's your favorite CS machete, and why is it your favorite?

    My favorite is the bowie machete because it's the only CS machete that I currently have and I like how it chops, plus it has a great piercing clip point.

    Hopefully they bring back the 18 inch bowie machete because I only have the 12 inch.

    I'm looking forward to trying out the other CS machetes in the future.:thumbup:
  2. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    Ooh ooh, I wanna play. My favorite by far is my barong machete, which I did some regrinding on. It now has a 4.5 degree primary bevel with a 17 degree edge and a 20 degree (sharpmaker) microbevel. I thinned it down a lot when doing the regrind. It was down to 0.015 inches at the top of the edge bevel. Even before the regrind, it would cut 1" rope free hanging and chop a 2x4 at least twice and still shave. I have a Panga and a Kukri machete too, but the Barong is still my favorite. I have one of the older ones from China.
  3. DShiflet


    Jan 25, 2013
    I like the newer version of the barong machete. Good shape for my needs, and I like that they use the traditional handle style, which is nice in the hand. There's not a lot of barong machetes on the market here, and even the barong from Condor(whose machetes are usually better than Cold Steel's in ever way) doesn't have as nice a handle as the CS model.
  4. Jac The Slayer

    Jac The Slayer

    Sep 27, 2008
    For me it's a toss up between 18 inch Bowie machete and the old style kopis. Although for fun factor I like the gladius


    Dec 2, 2010
    I agree. Two of my favorites. I am also a fan of the Machete Katana after some modifications.
  6. FTR-14c


    Jul 24, 2011
    The only CS machetes I own are the 12 and 18" bowie. I will admit that I picked them up for the cool factor alone... and they were so inexpensive I couldn't resist. I don't think that I have ever handled a more menacing edged tool than either of these, they are flat out gnarly. I keep the 12" within arms reach of my bed and the 18" in my truck, both as last resort options. As the OP pointed out, with their heft and fine tip they would be very useful as stand alone tools for field use.

    EDIT: I wanted to add that the sheaths are very sturdy and well put together. Maybe the best non leather/kydex production sheaths ever.

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2014
  7. Sokumoto


    Oct 5, 2014
    My favorite Machete is the Jungle machete the simple design the weight forward and the grip feels good especially after I carved on the handle a bit withe a Dremel tool to make it it grippier. (still new to this Blade forums hope the link to the pics done right)

  8. Woodcamo Nut

    Woodcamo Nut

    Apr 15, 2014
    the Jungle Machete is most likely the next CS machete I will purchase, I've been wanting one since they first came out but had too many other tools I had to buy instead.

  9. DShiflet


    Jan 25, 2013
    The jungle machete is definitely a nice one. As far as Cold Steel machetes go, it's my second favorite, after the Barong.
  10. sodak


    Mar 26, 2004
    If you could bend it to 90, you could pass your ABS Master test! :D

    I like the Gladius the best. Talk about making someone back up when you hold it! :D
  11. Riley12


    Jun 26, 2013
    Kukri machete is my favorite. Re ground the edge and absolutely love it. Razor sharp. Have the bolo machete too and that's a really decent chopper.
  12. Camber


    Jul 13, 2011
    Panga followed by the Kukri Machete. Love the shape of the kukri more, but find the Panga shape easier to maintain.

    These will both be replaced by the bill hook when Cold Steel decides to bring that to the machete line!!! :p
  13. Sigarett

    Sigarett Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 16, 2013
    I have a Panga, Bolo and Small Kukri machete and for me the 13 inch Kukri is by far the handiest. I take it with me fishing and use it for cutting bait to clearing out an area to fish. The shorter overall length makes it very packable and it packs a big punch for being no larger than it is. Panga would be #2 with the bolo coming in last of the three.

    CS machetes have got to be the best machete value there is bar none so I think you will be happy with any version cause you will eventually own more than one.
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  14. DShiflet


    Jan 25, 2013
    If you like you some billhooks, check out Bladeforums member FortyTwoBlades's website(baryonyxknifecompany.com), he has a boatload of Italian billhooks for sale. Some of those might hold you over till CS puts one out, I got 3 of them myself.
  15. Camber


    Jul 13, 2011
    Thanks for the advice DShiflet. I will check them out. I just have a real strong love for the Lasher products. After you get past the initial edge they work so well and are so reasonably priced through CS.
  16. DShiflet


    Jan 25, 2013
    I don't love them as much as some other brands, tbh. Without getting into the really expensive scale, Condor makes a great product, as does Aranyik(though it can be hard to actually get these), as as for reasonably priced, you can get a Tram or Imacasa for even less than the CS machetes, though CS has some styles they don't have...and I always take notice when CS puts a new one out, too. I'm still waiting on Baryonyx to get that new Thai machete in stock...
  17. smith357


    Feb 19, 2005
    I have a few Latin machetes but only one CS, I really like the Kukri Machete, it's a good chopper almost on par with my tomahawks, and here in the hardwood forests its chopping power is handy.

  18. noviomagus


    Dec 25, 2007
    Bring back the 18 inch Bowie machete !
    What a thing to have.

    My favorites for now are the Cold Steel Smatchet and the CS Bowie machete 12 inch.
    They are both very mobile,maneuverable, fast.
    I did have the Gladius machete, but found the large pommel in the way for good chopping motions.
    The Handles of the Bowie machete and the Smatchet don't have this issue.
    And both stab perfectly fine.

    For chopping purely , the Magnum Kukri machete is really nice.
    Light but very effective.
  19. hermit dave

    hermit dave Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    I also have the 12" and 18" bowie machetes. I've had the 18" for many years. The grip appears to be Kraton, while the 12" looks like polyethylene. The edge and point on the 18" is vastly superior to the 12".

    Oddly, over time, the sheath for the 18"er began to smell mildewy and fell apart!

    They're both outstanding, versatile tools. Not sure why Cold Steel discontinued the 18"er. I'm glad i've got mine.
  20. tholiver


    Feb 22, 2003
    Ooops nevermind,lol.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016

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