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Ontario Field Machete 18" Blade, Orange Knuckle Guard - 8516

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Part Number: ON8516
Manufacturer: Ontario Knives
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Ontario Field Machete Orange. 23" overall. 18" black zinc phosphate finish 1095 carbon steel blade and one piece molded orange plastic handle with knuckle guard. No sheath. Made in USA.
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for it's extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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4 out of 5
Terry
miami ok
Mar 25, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
goood
this is a good useful tool. the first thing you need to do is reshape the edge. I am a surveyor so i use a machete all the time. take the bevel back about a inch with a file or belt sander. dont over heat the blade. it will be devasting chopper.You may choose to cut a finger groove in the handle after using and find your pinky finger tender from d guard. It is a good stout blade for your go bag instead of a hatchet.
4 out of 5
Dane F
Conroe, Tx
Oct 22, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, None
Cons: Finish, Handle Material
With a little work, It's PERFECT!
Ok, so many of you might not have the capabilities that I have, BUT... This is a solid piece of heat treated 1095 steel. The handle SUCKS, and the Grind leaves much to be desired. But with a simple grind of the handle (belt grinder) and then changing the grind to a solid flat grind (using bare hands and dunking in water after ever pass to keep from destroying the heat treat) this machete is amazing. Chops like a dream! Before it chopped thick stuff fine, but anything under 1" it would bog down in, instead of slicing clean through like a normal machete would. With the full flat grind it chops thick stuff even better and slices through anything 2' and less with ease. I will have to admit the handle took a little more work than I wanted, and looking back I should have just cut the hole thing off and made a new one, but I was determined to do it at no additional cost. I had to grind through much of the plastic very slowly and even some of the tang in order to shape it correctly. But now it is a dream machete for an AMAZING price.
3 out of 5
C Nagy
Charlotte, NC
Jan 28, 2011
Pros: Weight, None
Cons: Handle Material
Functional
The weight of this machete makes it very functional for light to moderate clearing activities. I have used it to chop down 2 inch trees, when necessary. The weight also means that even a marginal edge will still get the job done. I have beat mine to death and sharpen it with a file. The edge is notched and rough, but it gets the job done. HOWEVER, the plastic handle is junk and broke not long after purchasing the machete. I now have to wear heavy gloves to use the machete and use a lanyard to keep it from flying out of my hand.
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