Ontario Knife has been manufacturing the 1-18 Machete under U.S. Government specifications for over 60 years.
Ontario Knife Company's series of machetes is one of the most venerable and storied product lines in the company's 125 year old history. OKC® has manufactured the 1-18 Military Machete under U.S.A. Government Specifications for over 70 years and that same high quality is found in all of our machete products. OKC's® all feature rugged carbon steel blades with a zinc-phosphate finish and molded plastic handles. Black Denier Nylon Packcloth Sheath with Heavy Liner and Web Belt Loop available at BSH18'.
Not as easy to get a good edge as the older model, different steel?
The blocky handle is uncomfortable and the grind on the edge was super rough and obtuse. I’ll probably go with gerber or fiskers next time.
Ordered this after being thoroughly impressed by the work put in with a Spec Plus chisel point machete I bought years ago. Like that knife, this one came in with a saber grind with around a 45 degree bevel that I eased with a file before sharpening. It’s doing a good job of its intended task on clearing blackberry canes and thin, woody debris in our woodland.
I have owned this and many other machetes over the past 25 years or so. This has been far and away one of my favorite tools to go to when working on our Christmas tree farm. The blade holds an edge and takes one well too. The balance is great, it’s been through decades of abuse and needed no maintenance besides sharpening from time to time. I have used it as an axe and and a digging tool, a pry bar and cleared acres and acres of underbrush by hand with this over the years. I cannot recommend this highly enough if you need a machete as a tool by your side.
As a Veteran, it’s important to invest in a quality Military grade tool and to support “Made in USA” Would have easily given this transaction a 5, however during the order conversation, I asked it the sheath would be Black or Green. The rep didn’t know what color it would be. I assumed the sheath was included with the Machete. The package arrived a month or more earlier than I expected, so I was surprised and excited to open the box, check the unit, and discover the color of the Sheath, but was disappointed since there was NO Sheath. So. I had to initiate a new order & pay another shipping cost. As far as the unit, it looks just fine to me. I tried it out on some smaller tree limbs - it worked just fine. I am happy with the Machete & expect it’ll no doubt outlast me… Thank you.