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.
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.
Another consideration when picking your tool is what type of handle material to choose.
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.
Molded Plastic Handles
Pros: Easy to maintain. Inexpensive.
Cons: Can be slippery. May become discolored and brittle with time.
Stainless Steel Knife Handles
Pros: Beautiful appearance. Harbors few bacteria.
Cons: Can be slippery. Heavy. Expensive.
Rubber or Textured Handles
Pros: Soft on hands. Good grip.
Cons: Can tear or become worn.
Pros: Good grip.
Cons: Requires maintenance. Can become slippery.
Micarta handles are made from layers of heat-treated linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass or plastic.
Pros: Good grip. Very comfortable. Very strong.
More Machete Information
Read our other valuable articles on the make, use and care of machetes:
- Machete Buying Guide
- Our 25 BEST MACHETES
- Types of Machetes
- Machete Blade Materials
- How to Sharpen Your Machete
- Uses of Machetes
- Machetes for Beginners
- Care & Maintenance for Your Machete