We carry all the best models and brands of machetes from all over the world, but with so many to choose from, everyone wants to know where to get the best chop for their buck. In this article, we’ve picked our Top 25 Tried-And-True Machetes of 2020.
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A staple of ever Best Machetes list — this 14″ Golok machete from Condor Tool & Knife is truly a work of art. The black powder epoxy 1075 high carbon steel blade comes razor sharp right out of the box. Its 14-inch length (19-inch overall) makes it extremely versatile and easy to wield. It has good weight and is perfectly balanced. Perfect for chopping through thick branches and green vegetation. It looks so nice, you almost won’t want to take it out and get it dirty. Almost.
It may not look like much, but Tramontina makes a true workman’s machete. Don’t let the ridiculously low price point fool you, this is a quality machete made out of good 1070 carbon steel that is tough enough to handle any job. The blade comes a bit dull from the factory, but sharpens easily season after season. Some of our customers have been known to whittle down the wooden handle to custom fit their grip. Comes in 18″, 14″ or 12″ models.
Ka-Bar makes one of the best kukris on the market. With an 11.5-inch (17-inch total length) black epoxy powder 1085 carbon steel blade, this compact tool wields serious chopping power. Ideal for cutting weeds and clearing campsites. It also comes with a leather and Codura sheath. We carry a wide selection of kukri machetes.
This massive 27-inch (32-inch total length) colima machete from Imacasa will make short work of any field. The blade is sharpened on both sides so you can cut with both the fore- and back-hand swings, and the bulged spine is designed to add power to the normally weaker backstroke. This machete is staple for many agricultural and landscaping companies.
The No. 2 Golok from Martindale is a hearty, heavy duty chopper. Made from hot rolled high quality British Steel, this blade features a tapered strip section designed for optimal balance. Its handle is made of German beech wood, cross-sown for maximum strength and stability.
Cold Steel is known for producing quality, reliable machetes, and their take on the classic Latin-style machete is no exception. With its tough 18-inch 1055 high-carbon steel blade with black anti-rust finish and comfortable polypropylene handle, there’s not much more you could ask for in a machete. At $19.99, it’s practically a steal.
A MacheteSpecialists.com exclusive! Made in Ecuador, Hansa brand machetes cannot be found anywhere else in the North America except on this site. This hefty 24-inch machete is popular as an agricultural tool for farmers in the Andes region of South America, as well as a standard issue survival tool for the Ecuadorian Special Forces.
This compact all-purpose tactical machete from Ontario Knife Company packs a lot of punch. It features a 10-inch 1095 High Carbon Steel black epoxy blade with a wedged tip and saw-toothed back, making the SP8 extremely versatile. No camp pack or bug-out bag is complete without one.
This thing is a BEAST. The All Terrain Chopper from Cold Steel has been put through many grueling performance tests and come out shining. Not so much a machete as it is a 21.5-inch 1055 high carbon steel demon love-child between a sword and an axe, it will cut through branches like butter. If the job is big, the ATC won’t let you down.
A new addition to our Best Machetes list this year is the Liniero from Imacasa. The Liniero is a thick panga-style machete ideal for chopping through heavy vegetation. The three grooves at the base of the blade allow it to flex and bend without breaking. Imacasa is the sister company of Condor, makers of some of the finest machetes on the planet. The Liniero comes in 18″, 20″ and 22″ blade sizes
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- Machete Buying Guide
- Types of Machetes
- Machete Blade Materials
- Machete Handle Styles & Materials
- How to Sharpen Your Machete
- Uses of Machetes
- Machetes for Beginners
- Care & Maintenance for Your Machete