Machetes can be a game changer in a survival
situation, and not just for cleaving zombie heads!
Depending on your choice in machete, a machete can
be terrific for chopping, slicing, carving, cleaving and
In skilled hands, a machete (depending on the design you ultimately choose) could arguably replace your knife and your hatchet! With the right machete you can chop wood, do fine carving, strike a ferro rod and many of the other tasks that you do with your knife, hatchet and axe! With a well chosen machete you can go from chopping directly to intricate carving without having to switch tools! This may not sound like a big deal, but when you need to construct a survival shelter with only a few hours of sunlight left, this can make a huge difference!
Above are three popular "machetes". The top is the Ka-Bar
Kukri. The bottom is our favorite machete, the Cold Steel
Gurkha Kukri. In the middle is the Ontario RTAK II. The
RTAK II is technically not a machete, but we love using this
large knife like a machete.
|The famous Latin style machete.|
The Bolo style machete adds a little
extra punch for chopping.
|The popular and versatile kukri.|
|Large Bowie style knife.|
While the Bowie is a large knife as opposed to a machete, it has much in common with the popular kukri. The Bowie is a "king sized" multipurpose knife that has great chopping and slashing abilities, but the Bowie's design allows it to also be used for processing game and skinning! It is also a terrific weapon. We realize that we are taking some liberties by including the Bowie very loosely in the "machete" category, but the Bowie is arguably the closest thing to an American version of a machete. Just as the kukri is truly a utility knife yet loosely included in the machete category, the Bowie knife could easily be treated the same way.
|Here is just one example of the difference between our|
$50 Ka-Bar Kukri and our $150 Cold Steel Gurkha Kukri.
Asyou can see, the Ka-Bar on the left is a flat piece of
metal from handle to tip. The Cold Steel Kukri on the
right has a nicely tapered blade that improves the balance
in your hand incredibly. This means that your hand and
arm experience far less fatigue as you use the Cold
We cannot emphasize enough how much this Cold Steel
Gurkha Kukri is worth every single penny that it retails
Now that you understand the asset a machete can be in a survival situation, it's time to choose yours! Here are three that we have tested and recommend!
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