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Buying the Right Kukri Machete

26 March, 2018 | Blog

Machetes are tools that some of us might not consider having since we have a complete set of our chef's knives. However, little do we know that they will come handy at some point in our lives since they are multipurpose. They can be used for hunting, during camping or hiking, and at times when you need to clear some bushes, tall grasses, shrubs, trees, and the likes that are already growing in your backyard and obscuring and becoming a hazard in your property.


As you can see inĀ this post - , there are a lot of brands and brands of kukri machetes that you can find in the market today. They are all based on the traditional design of this machete that originated from Nepal. However, as similar to any other products, they also have their differences. Some of you might spot it while others would not. Hence, it is important for you what to look for when you start shopping for a kukri machete.

The Blade

The blade of the kukri machete is one of the essential things to consider since it will be the one that will do all the tasks. According to experts, when it comes to the material used in making the blade, there is no such thing as a right or wrong choice. That is because selecting which one works will depend on the job that you need to accomplish.

If you think that you will use your kukri machete in places wherein water will be around most of the time or you live in an area wherein rain very common, then go for the stainless steel blades as they will not rust. You just have to take note that their durability is not too high so you must be mindful where you use them. Also, they require constant sharpening but such will be an easy task. Carbon knives, on the other hand, are far more durable making them capable of handling heavy jobs. However, they will rust easily if proper and regular care has not been done.

The blade of machete also differs in lengths and thickness. Longer ones will be useful in areas that are too bushy since they can clear up areas faster than shorter ones. Thicker blades, on the other hand, are heavier but require less effort when it comes to "swinging" the machete towards the object that needs to be cut or worked on. That is because the blade already has enough pressure.

The Handle

The handle of the machete is also one of the things that you should keep in mind since this has a big role on your safety as a user. The design of the handle will help you determine whether the product will be comfortable to use and if you can grip it securely or properly. Based on the material used in its construction, there is a lot.

The traditional wooden handle has a low weight and is warm in the hand as well as easy to grip. However, they are prone to crack especially when exposed to water constantly. Those that are made of rubber are also comfortable and have good grip but will also breakdown after a few uses. Micarta, the newest material used in kukri handles, is the best since it is sturdy, comfortable, and easy to grip but is more expensive than the others.