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Cold Steel 97BAM18S Barong Machete 18" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath

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Part Number: CS97BAM18S
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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Description
CS97BAM18S: 97BAM18S Barong Machete
Cold Steel
 
The Barong is common throughout all of Southeast Asia. Often used as an agricultural tool, it is also known as a savagely effective implement of warfare.

A popular blade style within the Filipino martial arts, the Barong has a fearsome reputation for inflicting massive wounds and deep slashing cuts.

The Barong also makes an excellent bushcraft tool. Cleaving vines and branches with ease. Its classically shaped down-turned polypropylene handle anchors the blade in the hand and helps to resist centrifugal forces when making a hard chopping or slashing strokes.

Its beautifully curved 18 inch leaf shaped blade is made from 1055 Carbon Steel with a baked on, matte black finish to aid in rust resistance, and each Barong comes complete with a Cor-Ex sheath for ease of carry and convenience of use.

Many of the employees here at Cold Steel, including our company President Lynn C. Thompson are practitioners of the Filipino Martial Arts and have great admiration for the Barong. We are proud to release this new interpretation of the classic Barong to our modern tactical Machete offerings.
Specifications
  • Item Number: 97BAM18S
  • Name: Barong Machete
  • Blade Length: 18"
  • Overall Length: 24 1/2"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Weight: 24oz (Approx.)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Handle: 6 1/2" Long Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex™

UPC Code: 705442010814

Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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.
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Gordon T
Humble, Tx
Sep 05, 2016
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
Good Value. Performs well.
I wanted to wait until I had a few weekends of use before I wrote a review. Overall I like the Barong quite a lot. Weight, blade length and shape, and handle were fine for me. Good Cold Steel value as you would expect. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars primarily because the edge grind angles were odd. It was 18.8 degrees on one side and 24.5 degrees on the other. That was not a huge deal as this steel is easy to sharpen. I re-profiled it to 23 degrees per side (46 degrees total angle) using my Edge Pro with a diamond stone. That is working well. Over the past few weekends I've used it to clear heavy brush, chop wood that was 2 to 3 inches in diameter, and cut down some nuisance bamboo. I rated the "sheath/scabbard" as a pro, not because it was anything special, but it seems adequate for a machete.
5 out of 5
Pedro
Fallbrook, Ca
Apr 23, 2016
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
PERFECT SHTF TOOL!
I added this in my 72 Hour get-home bag and I really love the weight and quality of this tool. It is a machete, so do not expect a tool that has all the bells and whistles. Overall, very happy and I am getting ready to buy another one.
5 out of 5
Frankie
PR
Dec 25, 2014
Pros: None
Cons: None
If you can only have one...
If you can only have one machete, this is it! Versatile, perfect size and hefty.
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