Machetes have a distinctive shape and are commonly used to hack through dense brush. The thick weighted blade helps the machete act much like a long thin axe, cutting through even saplings and small branches with ease. Different designs have arisen over time to meet this need, and there are several different types of machete favoured as collectables around the world.
The standard machete has a thick blade that flares slightly towards the tip to add weight to swings. It is often slightly curved at the end to aid in cutting wood and often has little to no tip as they are not designed for stabbing motions. Another variant is the kukri, in which the blade curves away from the wielder in a hook-like manner. This atypical design features increased thickness and sharpness on the blade's curve, and it is used to hook onto thinner vines or woodier brush that otherwise might slide off a regular machete. Other machete knives such as the parang share this design, but have less pronounced curves. The American military KA-BAR knife, while not technically a machete, often falls into the category as it is made to serve many purposes, including brush clearing. Its size and design shares many similarities with machetes.
Additional Machete Features
Machetes can have different flairs in design or make for either functional or decorative reasons. Most machetes have a simple knife handle that is slightly longer than most knives because of the machete's extra weight and length. Guard pommels and even sword-style guards can also be found. Many modern machetes features serrating on the non-cutting edge, adding additional functionality without compromising smooth hacking ability. Damascus steel is sometimes used, and other alloys can change the colour and durability of the machete. Some are treated with corrosion-resistant coatings to reduce damage from sap and the elements. Machetes based on Japanese short swords like the tanto and the wakizashi can also be found, often billed as ninja-style'. There are even machete designs made to combat zombies. Such designs often feature bright colour schemes and additional points or serrated parts. While obviously made for a fictional scenario, these knives remain functional and dangerous. Search from a wide selection of collectable machetes.