Machete Buying Guide

There are a number of things to consider when purchasing a machete, but these 5 factors are among the most important:

1. Blade Style

For most people, the distinguishing characteristic of most machetes is the shape of the blade, which varies considerably depending on the use. As the machete is used in rural areas all over the world, names and styles vary and often overlap. Preferences for one style over another are often subjective, and like many other things, based in large part on tradition and experience. Popular styles of machetes include: bush / latin-style machetes, bolo machetes, billhooks, kukri, cane machetes, parang machetes, and more.

For a complete list of machete styles offered at, visit our Types of Machetes Guide.

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2. Blade Length

Most machetes range from 10 inches to 28 inches, with 18 inches being the most common length. Smaller blades have less reach, but are more portable. Long blades are harder to transport, but are able to clear larger areas in less time.

At, we carry hundreds of machetes in every shape and size:

3. Blade Composition

Machetes are differentiated primarily by the type of material with which the blade is made. The most common blade materials are stainless steel and carbon steel . High carbon stainless steel combines the advantages of both stainless and carbon steel. Learn more about machete blade materials.

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4. Tang

The tang is the part of the machete blade that extends into the grip and connects the blade and the handle together.

For a chopping and slicing implement swung with a great deal of force, it is important to make sure the blade has a full tang that extends to the end of the handle and is riveted in place.

5. Handle Style & Material

Machete handles come in as many shapes, sizes and materials as the blades themselves and are often tailored to very specific uses. Our machete handles guide will help find the right handle for your machete.

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More Machete Information

Read our other valuable articles on the make, use and care of machetes:

Finding the Right Machete

Now that you’re equipped with the information you need when buying a machete, you’re ready to browse our expansive inventory and find the right machete for you.

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