Something of a cross between a knife and an axe with a heavy blade fixed to a handle and swung, the Machete has been in existence since prehistoric times. While the blade is lean enough to be used for slicing like a knife, the weighted upper blade provides force for chopping like an axe. A machete may also be classified as a sword, as they are generally much larger than typical knives and because it can be used like a sword.
Generally used as tools more weapons, the unique attributes of the machete derive from their original purposes- clearing land and for agricultural purposes- and as such range in size from 12 inches to almost a yard, though most field machetes range from 18 to 26 inches. It requires a strong arm to swing a machete longer than 22 inches all day due to the heft of the blade.
Both the materials used and the shape of the blade itself is important to making a good machete with Medium to high carbon spring steels such as 1050 to 1095 being well suited for construction. Machetes are made of soft metals and are designed to be sharpened regularly. Here at Swordsswords.com we offer only the highest quality machetes, we also offer sharpening stones to keep them in tip top shape
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