TerryGecko wrote:I have a question for any machete experts. If you were to purchase a machete from Cold Steel to use as a weapon, which one would you choose? Obviously, you would use it as a tool for a lot of things, but if you are thinking mostly weapon, do you go with a Kukri, the Latin, Spear Head, Barong, etc...?
I'm not an expert, but out of the Cold Steel machetes, I'd recommend the khukri, the panga or the bolo.
I just got my Bolo and a 12" Sax machete in last week. I keep meaning to put up pics, but forget when I'm home.
They need to be sharpened before they'd be good for anything, but I'm very happy with them. The Bolo is very similar to a chinese broadsword in shape, though a bit shorter than the sword.
I find that what I know of the chinese style (I've only dabbled with the style, so I may be completely wrong) translates pretty well to the bolo.
The Sax is a good size for an everyday blade, and the shape makes it good for use as a cleaver or chopping blade, and by changing your grip, makes it suitable for finer tasks as well.
All in all I like the Sax for its size and probably would choose it for my everyday utility tool/last ditch weapon in a SHTF or PAW situation, maybe paired to my Trail Hawk if I'm not going too far and don't have to worry about weight as much.
From a pure combat perspective I'd probably choose the Bolo, but I wouldn't feel too under gunned with my Sax.
I'm going to try to get an edge on them this weekend, and test them on some brush if it ever stops raining here. I'll have a better review up here after I do that.
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