Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Weight, Blade Material
I bought three
Delicate handling and solid power. I use it for gardening. The tip is thin and delicate enough for poking and weeding. I pick and sort with the tip, the blade tip easily inserts into dirt 4 inches and its stiff enough to torque or do roots. No cap on handle so you cant't hammer it in but a little light baton on the cap is OK. 1055 Blade is what I call dead. I don't especially like 1055 for edges but that's just me. I like AUS 8a and spring steel. The Bowie Machete does not sing like my 1095 imacasa double edge machete which I can make evil sharp in no time at all. Being short and stout the Bowie isn't really quick enough to cut tall grass and bush leaves but it's ok for stiffer twigs and vines. A bit tip light, and heavy in the belly it sort of seems like a light hatchet. However, it doesn't seem likely to cut firewood or big pine trees. Your elbow will hate you. No wild limbing and slashing through willow thickets like the long old army latin style ontario? machete I had in Alaska. Not for building tree forts but the bowie can handle cutting in tight areas where the latin machetes don't have room to swing and are long and clumsy. All in all, I consider it a machete bowie more than a bowie machete. But hey..I bought three!