There are several schools of thought about what features comprise the ideal machete.
Some people prefer a thick, heavy machete which gives increased chopping power. Other people think a light weight, flexible machete is the solution. There are upsides and downsides to each point of view. Of course, the heavier machete will yield more progress with each swing than its lighter counterpart. The downside is, each swing takes more energy – which can be a precious commodity – and it is also extra weight you are carrying around all of the time.
On the other hand, a lighter machete will not weigh you down as much on the trail but will require more swings to cut through the brush as opposed to the heavier option. Also, while it is possible to achieve a sharper edge on a thinner machete, it does tend to lose its edge more quickly. This may not make much of a difference when you’re cutting your way through weeds and small brush, but when you’re trying to prepare firewood it can be a bit of a headache.
Chosing Your Machete
When I considered all of this, I searched through dozens of different machete designs by many different companies. I wanted one blade that could meet all of my requirements without compromise. I finally settled on this one. It is light enough that it is not a burden, hard enough steel that it keeps a good edge, and its curved design does a good job making up for the loss of chopping power due to its reduced weight. As an added bonus, it is somewhat reminiscent of a small scimitar, so it could be used rather effectively as a weapon if such need arose. The only downside thus far, is that since it is carbon steel it does have to be oiled fairly regularly to prevent rust. Luckily I’m already used to that because of some other blades I have in my collection.