Friday, March 25, 2011

KA-BAR Cutlass Machete Knife Review

KA-BAR Cutlass Machete Knife Fixed 11 inch Blade

KA-BAR's Black Cutlass Machete reaches back to the roots of both designs, coming up with a new approach that works well for modern campers and adventurers. The 16-1/2-inch rat tail tang knife -- with 11 inches of 1085 high carbon steel cutting edge -- chops brush, slashes rope, and in a pinch could repel a boarding party, just like the seaman's cutlass of yesteryear.

Actually, there really is a strong resemblance both in form and in function, since the fighting cutlass originally was a short heavy blade designed for chopping work. With a handguard added, it became a crude but effective fighting weapon popular with sailors and pirates. Later on in history, the practical working ability and hand protection made it the preferred tool for hand-harvesting sugar cane on Caribbean plantations.


In this lighter design, with a Kraton grip and no basket hilt, the Cutlass Machete serves well for today's camping and bushcraft needs. Break trails, clear a campsite, chop kindling, and when you're done, slip the 1.12-pound knife back into the leather and Cordura belt sheath to keep it handy. Hollow ground with a stout edge angle of 20 degrees and tempered to HRC 52-54, the knife holds up well to harsh treatment. If honed razor sharp, it could be a decent butcher knife for field dressing big game, but the intention behind this combination cutlass and machete is much less delicate work.


Specifications:

  • Weight - 1.12 lbs.
  • Blade Length - 11"
  • Overall Length - 16-1/2"
  • Shape - Cutlass
  • Stamp - Taiwan
  • Edge Angle - 20 degrees
  • Steel - 1085 Carbon
  • Grind - Hollow
  • Handle Material - Kraton G
  • Made in Taiwan


To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR Cutlass Machete Knife, click the link below.

KA-BAR Cutlass Machete Knife Fixed 11" Blade


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