We've been looking at machetes from all over the world for years and this one is definitely special. The 14" long high carbon steel, full tang blade (1/4" thick) has a beautiful shape with the tip heavy for best effect. The full sized handle with bulb shaped end, tropical hardwood grips and 1/4" brass pins fits your hand like a glove.
All this detail produces great handling control. The fitted full length black leather belt sheath is standard. Made in El Salvador for use by farm workers in that tropical climate, this will not disappoint. It's not as inexpensive as others we know about (and carry), but it's a real honey.
Arrived, and I was immediately pleased with it - this machete is not long, but it's sharp, heavy, and well-designed.
The nicely-shaped handle fills the hand (I have large hands, and it fills my hand completely - be warned!), and will not slip out easily. The blade is heavy, sharp, and well-curved, with the 'sweet spot' of the striking/cutting edge near the tip, but not too near. It's not a fast, agile blade, but one designed to cut with authority; For all that, though, it's agile enough for what you need it to do. It powers through saplings and wild grape vines without hesitation, and goes through lesser obstacles like they're not even there.
The personal machete is so effective that it makes handling brush-clearing fun - fun enough that I have to defend my right to use if. I may be ordering a couple more, just so I can keep mine! The encroaching scrub had better take heed!
- Monday, June 16, 2014
James Scalzo (Venice, Florida)
Beautifully made with excellent balance, comfortable perfectly shaped handle. Best machete I've ever owned.
- Monday, April 21, 2014
Raul Munilla (Miami, Florida)
As with all Condor products, the machete lives up to its name.
It is the go-to when slicing a cold coconut to cool-off while at Muni Farms in Redland, FL.
While I don't object to supporting the El Salvador economy, would prefer your tools being made in USA.
- Monday, April 07, 2014
Greg Hines, MD (Lawrenceburg, TN )
- Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Strong & Pretty
Dave Elliott (Gallatin Gateway, Montana)
This machete is perfect. It is heavy duty to carry the energy, strong enough to pry. It is just long enough to handle without undo fatigue and the curved lines are beautiful. The curve in the grip makes for secure handling.
- Monday, January 20, 2014
David Mills (Suffolk, VA)
Was looking for an awesome machete and found it here. It is an absolutely beautiful piece! I will definitely be shopping here again and was so pleased to receive my purchase earlier then I expected, cant wait to put it to good use as I am an avid hunter and am always in the woods. Thanks so much.
- Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Rich (92648, CA)
A very well made sturdy razor sharp machete. What better Christmas gift could you give? Fantastic product. Thank You Garrett Wade!!
- Saturday, December 14, 2013
Gene Bianchi (Temecula, CA)
You can toss your old machetes when you start using this one. It is comfortable to use and more efficient. The leather holder makes it easy to carry and use when you need it.
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mike Young (Oxford, Maryland)
This machete is the perfect weight for medium woody brush and pesky stuff like bamboo. The construction is first class all the way. I did resharpen the blade to fit my own preferences and found the steel to be easily worked with a file or stone. The edge, even though ground to 30 degrees, held up well against the neighbor's bamboo forest as well as cottonwood and bayberry bushes. The sheath is very good quality saddle leather and fits the blade nicely. The single rivet holding the belt loop was a cited problem in other reviews so I added another brass rivet to "make sure". I think the single rivet was intended to let the scabbard pivot when on horseback, a feature I don't need. As usual, I oiled the leather and treated the really well done wooden handle with teak oil. This tool has become my favorite "bushwhacker". I do own four other machetes of various lengths and weights, but this newcomer is the best in the shop and used for most everything.
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Great Device! Great Balance.
Newton Greene (Hilton Head, South Carolina)
Machete has great balance. Size is appropriate for both myself and my wife.
- Friday, October 18, 2013
Easy to Handle
Jeffery Sharp (Copperas Cove, Texas)
This is a very well balanced and weighted machete. I've had many over the years but this is my favorite so far. It's a lot more costly than one you might buy at Walmart, but it will last much longer and is much more comfortable to use.
- Sunday, September 22, 2013
Gregory Hines MD (Lawrenceburg, TN)
- Sunday, April 21, 2013
3 tools in one
C.R.Comstock (San Diego, CA)
This is a winner! I have the advantages of an axe, a hatchet and a machete all in one. As for quality, this is more than a tool, it's an instrument made of fine blade steel and a comfortable handle.
- Monday, April 15, 2013
George E. VanDamme (Miami, Florida)
A very effective tool that at the same time is attractive and has a nice "feel" to it! (I may be weird, but I find extra satisfaction in using a tool that feels good and comfortable in the hand.) It cuts like gang busters too! My only problem was that the belt loop attachment tore off the sheath the first time used.
- Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Scott Plaisted (Kennebunkport, Maine)
I am in a wheelchair on disability so I don,t have much money. I buy about an item a year for myself and when I saw this in the catalog I just hoped it would be as nice as it looked. The balance and weight is superb, finish is top-notch and it fits in my backpacks ski slots as if made for it. Maple suckers - BEWARE!
April 2013 Rate & Review Grand Prize $100 Winner. Congratulations, Scott!!
- Friday, January 04, 2013
Clint (Duluth, MN)
I purchased this machete as a gift for my boy scout son. It is a quality tool with the real heft necessary to hack brush. He loves it. Linseed oil on the wood added the gloss to really top it off. Thank You
- Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Johannes Liebert (Lake Forest Park, WA)
Nice tool. AFTER giving it an edge that actually works.Took a while! But now,good steel,nice handle-works.
The belt loop of the sheath tore on the first day.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
We're sorry to hear that sheath didn't hold up so well. A replacement is on its way to you.
- Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Steve (Beaufort, SC)
I've been looking for awhile for a non-Chinese made machete, very happy to have found this one. It's worth every penny. The handle is well done, there's no skimping on material, it's a darn nice tool.
- Sunday, April 29, 2012
Mike (Hurricane, WV)
Very happy with the machete. It's a little heavier than I like, but I will get used to the weight. Great offering.