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Favorite Cold Steel machete and why?

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

  1. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    My regular Kukri is a nice medium chopper. I like the Smatchet (cool factor) best though. It's like a budget Gladius sword. Both of these are solid, and don't flex like regular machetes.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2016
  2. MichaelMyers


    Dec 10, 2015
    My favorites are Bowie machete and Barong machete. I like the balance and speed of the bowie machete. The barong is a powerful chopper and good for thrusting as well. But a little blade heavy and slow my taste.
  3. upnorth


    Nov 25, 2006
    Magnum Kukri. Why ?, because it's the only C.S. machete that I have, lol. Actually it worked quite well clearing trail in the winter Boreal forest. I still like and have it....... I got into Condors for a while.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016
  4. ichor


    Aug 27, 2002
    Another vote to bring back the 18" Bowie machete :D
  5. Liam Ryan

    Liam Ryan

    Sep 26, 2005
    I have the gladius and the tactical katana. They have a lot of cool factor points but I would have liked them made with thicker steel, especially the katana. It's a bit floppy with it's narrow width.
    I plan to get one of their kukri's someday, have heard many good things.
  6. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    "Heavy Machete".
    It works quite well for my needs.
    I do want to try that two hand Chinese War Sword machete. Who knows? It might break down wood shipping pallets even better than the Heavy does.
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  7. berzerker


    Jan 27, 2002
    Smatchet. Rubberized grip tape on the handle, thinned the edge slightly, and added a Dual-Lock strap fastener to the sheath. It's really a short sword.

    Sits by the bed.
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  8. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    18" Latin Machete after I thinned and convexed the edge on my belt grinder .The thing doesn't stick anymore and is a chopping demon.
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  9. mael333ca


    Jul 5, 2012
    I just love my old Chinese 18inch bowie, bought 3 at the times and I gifted one. got one NIB still :D I also love the 12 inch Chinese spear points, from the same era of production. They have a nice 3mm stock, they hold a good woodworking edge AND they are virtually indestructible....no effing kidding there!!! splitting a big log, I had one bowie machete ben at 90degree trough a knot! well, I slammed another heavy log on top of it like there was no tomorrow, while to log gave, the machete just took back it true shape! That 13$ machete made me regret my 140$ trailmaster at the time HAHA
  10. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    An online vender made me an offer that I could not refuse. I am the proud owner of a Bowie machete, and a Royal Kukri. Both will stay indoors, stored in strategic locations. Both came pretty sharp. The Royal Kukri blade shape is very unique. It is pretty stabby, and curves forward much more than the regular kukri. I really like them! Unbelievable prices for what you get.:D
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  11. sodak


    Mar 26, 2004
    Just got done bucking tree branches with a Barong machete. It was a joy to use, and would just "snick" through branches an inch thick. Great handle retention and geometry.
  12. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014
    Love my Bolo by Cold Steel.
  13. Sharp Knives

    Sharp Knives

    Feb 25, 2015
    ukri machete is my favorite.
  14. oxman198


    Jun 17, 2013
    Love the bowie machete, its like a sword/machete hybrid. Its my only one but it rocks, I used the crap out of mine today.
  15. ichor


    Aug 27, 2002
    Yeah,but that looks like the now discontinued 18"-er. I love my 12" but would sure like to see CS get off the dime and bring back the 18" Seems like I see requests to bring it back every time I'm online. shrug
  16. oxman198


    Jun 17, 2013
    If I would have known that I would have bought 3!
  17. tbenedict


    Feb 9, 2010
    24in Latin has been good to me. Great for pruning, vines, and cleaning limbs off downed trees around the house. Easy to sharpen with a file too.
  18. WayTooSharp


    Aug 18, 2014
    Kukri Magnum. Best design so far.

    for weeding scrub: probably a long sweeping style but it seems dangerous compared to just like, goats eating it

    Worst: gladius tip rolls too easily.
  19. Lockedin


    May 20, 2016
    Panga Machete - so far I've only used it to edge the ice plant in front of my house. The green parts don't splatter as much as when using a weed whacker, and the thick tip makes short work of the brown, viney stalks.
    Of course, this low level chopping and my lack of technique means that the blade hits the dirt far more often than I would like, but a quick pass with a file, or a pass on a coarse Carborundum stone and the edge is back in service.
  20. gardenrambo


    Jan 21, 2014
    Received two 12 in. Bowie Machetes. One came with the CS sticker on the blade, the swedge coated black, a soft rubberlike grip and a sheath where the tip is reinforced with two plastic parts (one on each side). The other one came with a stamped CS logo, the swedge is uncoated, the grind is off...almost looks like a chiselgrind, the grip is harder and more plasticlike and most important the sheath looks more high-grade because the plastic reinforcement covers the whole tip of the sheath and ist much sturdier than on the other sheath..... and the plastic shows the Cold Steel logo which the other sheath doesn't. I didn't know they changed the sheaths......
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