Cold Steel 97AM18 Latin Machete 18" Blade, Polypropylene Handle


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CS97AM18: 97AM18 Latin Machete 18"
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If you were suddenly castaway on a desert island or stranded in the wilderness or a jungle, what's the one tool you would want at your side? The answer is a good machete. You see the machete, over the last three centuries, has proven to be the ultimate outdoor and survival tool. It will cut, chop, slash, hack, split, scrape, scoop, hammer, dig, crush, carve, whittle, crack or smash just about anything you can put in front of it. The machete also makes a deadly improvised weapon. It can be used to kill both fish and game and will gut, scale, filet, skin, quarter and butcher them for the table as well. And when you look at its meager cost, it's got to be one of the best bargains for hard earned cash in the world. In fact it's so inexpensive and useful that even the poorest peasant in South America or tribesman in Africa invariably owns one and counts on it as one of his most precious possessions.

This blade is made out of 1055 Carbon Steel with a tough spring temper and surfaced with a black, baked-on anti-rust finish. Each Cold Steel machete comes with a good utility edge which, with just a little work, can be made hair shaving sharp. The tough, Polypropylene handles of this machete is designed to provide a comfortable secure grip, and they are rugged enough to resist chipping, cracking or breaking, so they last practically forever.
  • Item Number: 97AM18
  • Name: Latin Machete 18"
  • Blade Length: 18"
  • Overall Length: 23"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Weight: 14.9 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 2 mm
  • Handle: 5-5/8" Long Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Separate Sheath Available, Sold Separately (SC97AM18)
  • Made in South Africa

UPC Code: 016345

1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Cold Steel 97AM18 Latin Machete 18" Blade, Polypropylene Handlerated 3.900 stars out of 5 (10 reviews)
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Cold Steel 97AM18 Latin Machete 18" Blade, Polypropylene Handle
rated 3 stars out of 5
Apr 25, 2015
Pros: Weight, None
Cons: Blade Material
worth it's price, but no more
Let's start with the good. It wasn't completely dull on arrival, has a nice size and weight, and flexes without breaking or staying bent. The handle isn't too bad either. Now, on to the downside. The steel is ridiculously soft. The edge rolled from a swing into the cardboard box used to ship it, though that may be partly due to the edge being ground somewhat unusually thin on mine. I bought this with the intent to experiment with modifying it, so soft steel just makes that easier.The cold steel machetes in the $20-30 range seem vastly superior in quality to this line. In this <$20 price range, I found the marbles machete I purchased in the same order to be much more satisfactory. That's just my experience, and yours may vary. If you plan to really use this machete, I would advise taking a steel with you to straighten the edge periodically.
Cold Steel 97AM18 Latin Machete 18" Blade, Polypropylene Handle
rated 3 stars out of 5
Sp2 Alex
May 09, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Material, Finish
good overall tool
Very tiring handle and not to comfortable. Shape of the handle is to round allover and turns the blade in the hand making it slip out. I added paracord wrap to limit bruising from the texture, and a lanyard, but still the round shape makes it impossible to have a good firm grip. I`ll might have to grind and make a thinner shape to the handle in the future. Blade comes relatively sharp,except for the belly and tip. Needs sharpening but it`s fast and easy to do so. Works on wrist size wood too,for chopping. With a good edge on, the shock in the handle is limited. An overall good machete and not to big for backpacking. Perfect size and weight. I would give a 5 star but the handle issues pull out 2 stars off. I highly recommend, but with care for handle modifications.
Cold Steel 97AM18 Latin Machete 18" Blade, Polypropylene Handle
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jacob Black
Galesburg, MI
Jul 17, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Solid Craftsmanship
I own three Cold Steel machetes and I love them all! This 18" Latin machete is no exception. High quality carbon steel makes short work of anything smaller than me. If you are looking for an affordable, compact brush clearing tool, look no further.
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