Cold Steel 97SMATS Smatchet 14" Carbon Steel Blade, Polypropylene Handles, Cor-Ex Sheath - 97SMATZ


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CS97SMATS: 97SMATS Smatchet
Cold Steel
Cold Steel is proud to breathe new life into a classic WWI knife called the Smatchet.

Famed for its countless exploits in the trenches, the rubble-strewn streets and the thick jungle, it carved out a reputation for ferocious effectiveness that still echoes today.

A knife that gained much of its notoriety in the hellish melee of trench warfare, the Smatchet was all about function. Its flat, heavy blade struck fear into the enemy and provided a distinct psychological edge to the wielder. Just holding a Smatchet instilled confidence and a grim determination for getting the job done. Its very name became a byword for guts, glory and bravery.

Our modern interpretation of this true military classic features the same instantly recognizable broad spear point and false edge with the addition of a strong steel reinforced guard and rugged weather-proof handle with a generous lanyard hole in its contoured, comfortable and virtually unbreakable polypropylene handle.

A formidable tool that can only be described as part machete, part short sword, our Smatchet is fully sharpened and coated with a rust resistant matte finish that is baked onto the 1055 Carbon Steel blade for extra durability.

Affordable, strong and reliable, the Smatchet is made to survive.

When you feel the comforting heft of the Smatchet hanging from your belt or pack in its Cor-Ex™ sheath you will know the confidence that comes from having a knife that can handle the very worst that the world has to throw at you.
  • Item Number: 97SMATS
  • Name: Smatchet
  • Blade Length: 14"
  • Overall Length: 19 3/4"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Weight: 23 oz
  • Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Handle: 5 3/4" Long Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex™

UPC Code: 705442010937

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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5 out of 5
May 22, 2016
Pros: Weight, Materials, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
great for what it is
As a machete, this isn't very effective because the blade shape is all wrong. As a light chopper, though, and as a fighting knife, it's awesome. It is so much fun to carry this thing in the woods! I really love it.
5 out of 5
North Texas
May 06, 2016
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Blade Sharpness
Awesome short sword & chopper, mediocre machete
I've owned this blade for a couple years now so I can give it a decent review. This isn't the best machete for use on grass or vines, but it does the job if given a good long stroke and a snap of the wrist. This gets tiring in a hurry. It comes into its own on woody vegetation and zombies (careful not to get the blade stuck wedged in the skull), hitting with authority seldom seen in this size tool or this price point. The smatchet chops wood nearly as well as my expensive cold steel kukri and better than every hatchet I've used except my 16" estwing camping axe. The estwing doesn't beat it by much and you pay a terrible penalty in weight and lack of other utility unless you also need a sledge hammer. Other reviewers complain of how slick the handle is. This slickness is intentional, and much appreciated! It guards against hot spots & blisters in extended use. A lanyard hole is provided for retention. Put your first three fingers through a lanyard loop of appropriate size and your pinky under the loop so both the coming and going side of the loop go over it and the smatchet will be inseparable from your grasp until you choose to release it. Neither the blade nor its sheath are very sexy. Both the finish and grind of the blade are rough and uneven. The rivets securing the plastic reinforcing the tip of the sheath should've been put through washers on the back side as was done with all the rest of them. If you're going to go to all the trouble of making a the sheath this ugly to begin with then all the rivets should be put on ugly side out to truly maximize its ugliness and also so the smooth side is against your clothes & gear to limit abrasion. A strip of webbing down the back for lashing to gear would've been nice too. None of the rivets or stitching has failed in several years of hard use. The sheath gets more floppy with time, which I didn't think was possible given how floppy it was when it started. The strap holding the back of the sheath together doesn't have to be undone to draw the smatchet from its flaccid scabbard, but it does get chewed on by the sharpened top of the blade if you aren't careful. I added several wraps of electrical tape as a sacrificial guard. The placement of handle retention strap on the belt loop will allow about an inch of blade to be exposed before the guard stops further travel so I make sure that bit of the blade is dulled for safety. The back of the snap on this strap mars the handle so needs its own strip of tape. I made a loop for attaching a thigh strap or lashing to gear by routing cord under the plastic reinforcing at the tip of the scabbard. FWIW my wife is always stealing this to dig in the garden and on 2am trips to the bathroom when car camping. So far she's killed numerous snakes in the garden & while camping as well as scaring the p*** out of some poor guy who walked around the corner to see my wife, snake blood covered smatchet in hand, on her way to the bathroom. Surprisingly, he was actually OK until she said "Don't mind me. I've just got to wash the blood off"
5 out of 5
Tim C
Keizer, Oregon
Jun 29, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
This knife is amazing
Holding this blade is incredible. It feels good in the hand a mnd the handle is very comfortable. The blade is wicked sharp with a needle tip point. False edge came sharpened. Wish I had this knife when I was in the military.
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