Different Types of Machetes: 9 Most Common!

Jul 27, 2018 | Blog

For a complete newcomer to machetes, it’s difficult understanding the many different types out there. From old school Kukri’s to modern versions that feature additions such as serrated edges, to machetes that cater specifically to the agricultural market, there’s a lot out there.

9 Different Styles of Machetes

1. The Kukri

These machetes, are good all-purpose blades that have honed their design over hundreds of years of use. They also tend to come sharpened to perfection, giving you huge cutting power.

As for that history, it goes back some 300 years to the Ghurkha regiment of the British Army. These blades hail from Nepal, and the Ghurkha have specific training and experience with hand to hand combat, and surviving in mountainous terrain.

The Kukri machete is specifically designed for these instances, with a blade that’s just as happy cutting brush or clearing a campsite, as it is cutting through skin and bone!

2. Survival Machete

These blades do overlap considerably with camping machetes. That’s because they both do a similar job, helping people to survive and camp outdoors. They frequently offer serrated edges, plus other features that will help set up a campsite.

A good survival machete is usually made of forged steel for strength and has many blades to suit different types of work. The nature of the survival machete means that it could be used to cut a life raft free of a sinking boat or help cut brush for a much-needed campfire.

3. Latin Machete

This style of machete has its root set firmly in agricultural use. The blades tend to be longer than most styles of machete, which helps when cutting through thick undergrowth.

4. Heavy Machete

These blades feature large cutting blade, which forces the weight onto the front of the machete. As you can imagine, this provides amazing chopping power, yet not much else.

Heavy machetes tend to be used in specific circumstances such as heavy brush removal and some agriculture and building jobs.

5. Combat Machete

These blades often look frightening or theatrical, depending on your viewpoint. They’re also designed for one thing only, combat!

Serrated edges, sharp blades, and ergonomic handles are all features of a weapon designed to cause significant injury. Depending on whether the machete is to be used as a stabbing or swinging weapon, the blade and handle will be weighted to prove more stability and/or a heavier blade that can pack as much power into a swing as possible.

6. Bolo Machete

Designed for maximum chopping power, the Bolo Machete places it’s weight forward in the blade and features a smaller handle than most. Blade lengths are typically 15 to 20 inches long and designed for heavy brush clearing.

You’ll see these in use for agriculture, plus it’s sometimes a go-to weapon for Pirate costumes!

7. Tactical Machete

These knives are often used by weekend campers and kayakers. While still technically a machete, tactical blades have a lot in common with multi-purpose tools. You’ll find serrated edges, cutting areas, and other handy features packed into a tactical knife.

There’s a large overlap between the tactical machete and survival machete. This isn’t surprising as both are used for worse case scenarios.

8. Golok/Parang Machete

Another classic design, the Parang is another machete with the weight placed forward for ultimate chopping power. Unlike the Kukri, the Golok is almost purely designed as an agricultural knife. That’s not to say it can’t hurt someone when used in anger, yet the Kukri is designed from the ground up to be far deadlier in the right hands

9. Bill Hook Machete

The bill hook is an ancient and well-known style of machete commonly used for agriculture and farming. The hooked blade makes harvesting smaller crops easy, and handles are almost always made of hickory, or extremely well designed for repeat use.

Some Bill Hook machetes also feature either a serrated or shear cutting blade on the back of the blade. This turns the hook into a knife, making it a multi-function tool of sorts.

Which Machete Do I Choose?

To get started, it’s worth thinking about how you’ll be using your machete:

Cutting trees: If you’ll be tackling heavy branches, it’s worth considering machetes with serrated edges for extra cutting power.

Survivalist & Camping: These blades are usually high quality, and are designed for clearing brush ground or cutting ropes.

Length: If you’ll be slashing branches, you really need to consider a longer length machete.

In this roundup, we’ve looked at every type of machete out there. Be sure to check out our reviews of the best machetes on the market right now.

Clarence McCall

Editor for Survivalgearexperts.net

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