Pros: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Svord Kiwi Machete
I am not usually one to post a review this early as I like to wait for the long term but this blade is sweet. Big enough to get jobs done quickly but light enough to go for a long time. This is a blade for proper traditional use. Yes, it's very sturdy and flexible but is still a light machete. Right tool for the right job, my tomahawk does the heavy stuff. That said, I live in Arizona. Sun dried mesquite can really do a number to a blades edge... no sweat for this lil darlin'. It ate through green mesquite quite well, clearing many low lying branches on my neighbors property beware the thorns)Not really fold of the orange color, but the feel of the handle is great. Little bit longer than MY hand (I wear a size Med) but offers great leverage when I grip way back with just 2 fingers and a thumb. The pommel is great preventing likelihood of lost grip while swinging... wields like a fighting knife, well balanced and agile giving the user absolute control. Just beautiful, a true pleasure to use. My personal hobby is in a state of lightweight durability. This fits the bill VERY NICELY. I don't torture test my gear, but I won't baby it either. This is a good solid piece of working equipment that will likely stand the test of time from what I have experienced already. The sheath is my only real concern. It's rubberized canvas. Long lasting, cut resistant... Aaaannnd doesn't breath. Make sure to oil and care for this blade in the sheath. Though not fond of the sheath material, simple blade maintenance (which you should be doing anyway) will prevent any problems. Great tool, this has already become a standard in my kit bag. Happy wandering.