11.19.2015

Product Review Over Coffee: I got my Tramontina Bush Machete's from Machete Specialists (14" and 18")



This isn't a sponsored review - I did some research into what I wanted and needed and purchased these full price online from Machetespecialists dot com. 

A machete is something I've wanted for the last few years but never got around to buying one because it wasn't a priority in the budget and I could 'put off' the work I wanted to use them for until "next Fall", or I could use another tool to do it.  However, this week I found myself tackling overgrown black raspberry bushes and a jungle of briars and other invasive weeds... with a little hand held pair of pruning clippers.  And after about 2 hours of working, came into the house, got online and ordered 2 machetes (that I had already researched and bookmarked) from Machete Specialists.

About 3 years ago I started to keep my eye on various knives and machetes at the sporting goods stores and hardware stores we visited.  For the most part, I found them to be cheaply made, over priced and stamped with some tv celebrity name on them in order to sell an inferior product.  In the end, I wanted a true, 'working' machete and wanted it to be made in South America where they use and know their machetes.  Not China.

Although I had 5 machetes bookmarked; when I was going to order them, my first 2 choices were out of stock.  I had 3 in my 'cart' but could really only afford to get 2 of them so I opted for the 2 Tramontina's; a 14" and an 18". I also opted to pay a bit more to order them with sheaths so I didn't have to bother with ordering or making them separate. A leather sheath would have been nice, but again; budget.

Here are the two I bought and their product descriptions from the website:


Tramontina 14 Inch Bush Machete with Canvas Sheath

Product Description

Brand: Tramontina
Total Length: 19 inch
Blade Length: 14 inch
Weight of Machete: 12 oz
Blade thickness above handle/at tip: 1.25 mm/1.25 mm
Blade width at handle/widest point: 4 cm/6 cm
Blade Composition: SAE 1070 High-Carbon Steel
Blade Detail: Primary grind established at factory but will require further sharpening for fine edge.
Style: Bush
Handle: Natural color hardwood handle with full tang.
Features: Heavy Duty Green Canvas Sheath Included. Made in Brazil.




Tramontina 18 Inch Bush Machete with Canvas Sheath

Product Description


Brand: Tramontina
Total Length: 23 inch
Blade Length: 18 inch
Blade thickness above handle/at tip: 1.25 mm/1 mm
Weight of Machete: 15 oz
Blade width at handle/widest point: 4 cm/6 cm
Blade Composition: SAE 1070 High-Carbon Steel
Blade Detail: Primary grind established at factory but will require further sharpening for fine edge.
Style: Bush
Handle: Poly handle with full tang.
Features: Heavy Duty Green Canvas Sheath Included. Made in Brazil.


 They were delivered today.
So... what do I think?

PROS
  • The delivery was fast.  I appreciated that!  As a matter of fact, they shipped within a couple hours of me ordering them.  Kudos for that!
  • The canvas sheaths are much better quality than I was expecting.  Seeing how nice and durable they are, I didn't feel bad about not ordering a leather one after all.  
  • The knives are nice. Full tang. Have a good feel to them.
  • I opted for a wood handle on one and a poly handle on the other to see which I liked better.  I love the wood handle!  It also happens to fit the best in my hand and has a great feel to it.  The poly, I will be wrapping in either leather or possibly tennis tape for a better fit and better grip.
CONS
  • This isn't really a 'con' as it was expected; but the Tramontina's don't come factory sharpened.  I knew this and didn't think it was a big deal I'd have to put a good edge on it first - but when they arrived, I had underestimated how excited I would be to use them! It killed me not to be able to grab it and go tackle some brush asap as I have to sharpen them first.
  •  It was beat up.  As in... the tips are beat up - one more so than the other and there are a few surface scratches (eh, no biggy) but one has a pretty deep scratch to it.
My husband knew I was really excited about my new machetes so I called him when they arrived and I told him that I knew these would be 'working' machetes.  I'm not going to be hanging them on the wall or trying to keep them pretty.  I'm going to be using them and they are going to be dirty, scratched, dinged and used but I couldn't help be disappointed when I pulled them out of their sheaths and found them already sporting a couple deep scratches.  

He laughed at me... but when he was finished laughing he said he understood.  That when you get something new you want to be the one to put the first scratches, gouges and dings in it.  You don't want them to come 'new' like that.  Could I contact the company and complain?  Yeah.  But it's not an expensive blade, and I'm going to be using it for clearing brush and crap so it's not like it's not going to be dinged up by me too.  

I was just disappointed to have it arrive beat up - when I wasn't the one doing the beating.   


 Here is a deep scratch in one of the blades as it was delivered to me, brand new.

The tips are beat up a bit - not that I plan to go stab anyone with it anyway


 You can see some lighter scratches and another beat up tip

But... these blades are going to be cutting through some of the overgrown black raspberries and briars and other growth down by the creek and lining the side and back of our yard before our woods start.  Working blades.  So... I'll try not to dwell on my initial disappointment. 






Everyone has opinions on handles so I got one wood and one poly.
It ends up the wood handle is my favorite.  And, it fits my hand perfectly - I like the feel of the grip.
I may end up wrapping it if I find it gets too slippery from sweat when it's being heavily used but
I'm very happy with the wood handles.

Some people like poly handles.  I found they aren't my favorite.
But I planned on wrapping it anyway; leather or tennis grip tape, etc.
I'll decide that later.

Overall... I'm THRILLED with my blades.  Love the sizes too!  I'm a girl - about 5'5" and I opted for the 14 an 18 inches for this order.  I plan to order a 12" as well - which I will be not only using around the yard and woods but will keep in my backpack for camping and hiking.  Although a lot of guys like the longer 20, 22 and 24 or more... I don't anticipate having to fight off any zombies any time soon and for what I need it for and my size, I made a good choice.











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