Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Weight, Handle Material
as the name implies...
This machete has a very thick blade (for a machete) near 1/8". This helps with chopping of larger woody stems, but the reach also makes this machete a good slasher for thinner vegetation and dense branches. At the same time, it is a very heavy machete to carry all day long, especially for active slashing in dense vegetation. Still, the reach is a major benefit for tackling multiflora rose, rubus, and greenbrier. It comes fairly sharp from the factory, but a little work on the belt sander to bring the bevel back a bit goes a long way in biting power. The handle is relatively solid, but it has a flat portion on the edge side that is very uncomfortable on the hand. I modified my handle to round this out and taped it with cloth athletic tape for grip. The steel is 1095 hi-carbon, which is great for retaining a very sharp edge; however, it is not easily sharpened by hand with a file. Since I have a belt sander at home, I prefer this harder steel to the 1055 and 1075 commonly used for machetes, but others may prefer something more easily workable in the field. All in all, this is a very good machete and I would recommend it to anyone who uses a machete hard and often. I am always critical of cutting tools, but this is probably the highest quality machete that I have owned. With the exception of the handle material, and with regard to functionality it is probably the highest quality machete as you will find, even at higher prices. Ontario also makes smaller models that may appeal to more people.