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Go with Gerber
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This machete didn't make it very far. It seems like the edge is too soft. Regular expected use resulted in a damaged edge.
bye the door and ready for action.
no problems so far
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've had the Machete for about a year and I haven't had any problems yet. I use it mainly when car camping to clear smaller branches and prep wood for c camp fire. The build quality of the machete and the sheath seem to be high quality...but again I haven't tried to hack through anything 4" or thicker like other reviewers.
not worth purchasing
I have purchased two of these machetes unfortunately. They're very thin, weak and prone to breaking. I would agree with most of the posts in saying that it is just very poorly manufactured. Apparently the makers don't realize that people actually swing machetes, we don't just let them hang on a wall and look pretty.
Bucket of crap
- Gender: Male
Three hits on a 1" branch and it was bent. Six hits on a wood sleeper and it's completly ruined.
Photo compares the results on the sleeper against a Condor El Salvador.
DON'T BUY THIS MACHETE.
Worst machete I've ever used. Handle is OK, and that's the only good thing I can say about it. Shattered like glass (and sounded like glass) after about 5 swings on a ~4 inch branch. I have 2 other machetes that have taken worse treatment for years with no problems. DON'T use this on anything other than lettuce, it isn't safe. The shards of metal sent flying when this thing breaks could easily hurt someone.
Depends On how you use it
Had mine for well over two months, used it to cut down very thick tree branches with the saw edge, used the bladed edge to trim down vine, weeds and other various bushes.
I cut out a full dead rose bush last night, my blade is still intact.
If this ever comes back into stock, dont hesitate buying it, just dont expect to chop down 4x4's and tree logs with it.
Bought this off The Clymb on their SOG sale. Came in the mail... the sheath immediately broke. The strap that keeps the blade from coming out tore off.
After a few days of use, chunks of the blade started coming off. It doesn't feel too sturdy either... holding it in your hand and shaking it it feels like there is a break in the middle of the handle. Shortly after the chunks came out the blade snapped in half (I was chopping a three inch branch to use in a fire). The whole thing was a massive waste of money and extreme disappointment. I won't be buying SOG again.
Wish I could give it no stars. Worst product I've purchased in quite some time, I have other SOG products and they work great, in fact the SOG name is why I decided to purchase. Used this thing one time and it was missing chunks like in the other guys' picture. I was flagging singletrack and simply chopping branches that would otherwise poke me in the eyes.....Don't Buy This!
Good for price
Eh, lightweight and works good on brush, primarily pricker bushes for me. However, if you hit anything, the metal is very brittle and will break off instead of bend. If you're careful, it can last while I'm sure, but it's a machete.....
Only used this once a year for two year to cut down brush and such, recently hacking some tree growth, 1" limbs, the thing snapped in 3 pieces and I narrowly missed being sliced open as it hit my face and chest. What a flimsy piece of crap! dangerous and should be taken off the market
SOGfari vs Wal-Mart Special
The top one is the SOGfari after about 5 minutes of use, the bottom one is my Wal-Mart generic blade after about 10 years of much harder use.
Looks great, feels great.... breaks. Don't buy.
We have a lot of acreage and a lot of dirt bike/quad trails which need maintenance and a machete is quick and easy for the majority of the work that doesn't need a chainsaw. I also use them for camping, firewood while camping, fire pokers and other random tasks. I've used machetes for the last 15+ years, primarily a basic one from Wal-Mart that's nothing special but with nothing other than slight modification to the handle and occasional sharpening has served well for years.
I bought this on SAC and initially I was excited about it. The handle feels great, design and weighting is nice, sawblade has offset teeth which are more effective, finish seems nice enough, I like the sheath well and it did come sharp from the factory. It worked wonderfully for maybe two minutes of cutting small brush and then I looked down at it to find a bunch of sizeable chunks (1-2 inch long sections about 1/4-1/3 inch into the blade itself) missing out of the blade.
(I've uploaded pictures, see for yourself... literally... 5 minutes of small brush and branches on the SOG and 10+ years of abuse on the $7 Wal-Mart one.)
While I've seen machetes bend a little or get a chink in them if you caught a rock etc.(which I certainly did not here) I've never seen anything do this. I'm honestly amazed that SOG would put their name on this. Hopefully mine was a more defective piece than their normal product as this was absolutely unusable and dangerous.
Luckily, Backcountry/SAC were amazing as usual and after chatting with them they did provide a full refund with no return shipping cost incurred by me! THANK YOU BACKCOUNTRY/S&C!!!
Overall, if you're looking for something to cut tall grass or something with the consistency of... corn stalks?... this will work perfectly. If you're looking for a moderately tough or durable machete DO NOT buy this.
Here's my SOGfari after only about 5 minutes of use on brush and small tree branches.
SOGfari on Palm tree
Chopping and Sawing
Worst Machete Ever
Got this on SAC, and wasn't even worth that low price. A truly awful product, definitely the worst thing I've ever got from BC/SAC. Let me count the ways:
1. Blade damaged beyond use in just 5 minutes of testing on misc. creeper vine, finger-thickness Russian olive branches, and a fence top bar. Wavy, chipped, edge rolled...pretty much everything you'd expect out of WEAK MILD STEEL that hasn't been heat-treated in any way. Contrast to my 10+ year old Ontario machete that's dull as a butter knife but I used on Saturday to make the 2 yard-waste bin sized pile of cuttings that I was testing this one with....without any blade damage.
2. Too thin of a blade for effective chopping, and the blade grind makes it lodge in thicker pieces (wrist-thick creeper) on deep cuts that fail to completely sever the material. Initially quite sharp, however...the sole plus.
3. Saw teeth are also pretty soft; can't see them holding up...though tooth design is better than most.
4. Protruding metal on pommel is a danger to the user, clothing, and gear, but no valid use for anything except perhaps zombie head-smashing.
5. The combination of 1 with the presence of the saw teeth makes one wonder what would happen should the blade break during chopping.
6. The sheath is designed in such a way that withdrawing the blade will at some point slice the retention strap. Note that the sheath is only useful for this type of machete with a handguard...it will not retain the standard type.
All in all, EPIC FAIL, and a deathblow to SOG's already shaky (with me) reputation. Do not buy this if you actually plan to use it as a tool. Perhaps a good Halloween accessory though.