Machete Handle Styles and Materials

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

Handle Styles

Most machete handles have a simple, single quillon that prevents the hand from slipping up the blade. This lightweight construction is ideal for most work situations, as handle guards would only be necessary to guard against attack by other blades in combat situations.

Quillon Handle

Pros: Protects the hand from sliding off the handle and on to the blade.

Cons: Does not provide knuckle or hand protection.

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D-ring or Knuckle Guard Handle

Pros: Protects the hand from sliding off the handle and on to the blade. Protects hands and knuckles from being cut.

Cons: Does not fit all hands. Larger and heavier handle to transport and wield.

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Crossguard Handle

Pros: Protects the hand from sliding off the handle and on to the blade. Protects hands and knuckles from being cut.

Cons: Does not fit all hands. Larger and heavier handle to transport and wield.

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Handle Materials

Another consideration when picking your tool is what type of handle material to choose.

Wood Handles

Pros: Good grip. Warm in hand. Lightweight.

Cons: Will crack or warp if exposed to water and thus require more maintenance. Can harbor bacteria. More expensive.

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Molded Plastic Handles

Pros: Easy to maintain. Inexpensive.

Cons: Can be slippery. May become discolored and brittle with time.

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Stainless Steel Knife Handles

Pros: Beautiful appearance. Harbors few bacteria.

Cons: Can be slippery. Heavy. Expensive.

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Rubber or Textured Handles

Pros: Soft on hands. Good grip.

Cons: Can tear or become worn.

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Leather Handles

Pros: Good grip.

Cons: Requires maintenance. Can become slippery.

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Micarta Handles

Micarta handles are made from layers of heat-treated linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass or plastic.

Pros: Good grip. Very comfortable. Very strong.

Cons: Expensive.

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More Machete Information

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