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'.
Here are some remarks that I allow myself to make to you because I appreciate your company and its products. Otherwise I would not waste my time writing to you to try to improve what I think needs to be improved. The rest is very good.
I performed a test with your machete 1-18. I filed perpendicularly with a file to create a fine breaking primer. Difficult because this steel is hard. Then I stuck the blade in a vice and hit with a hammer. As a result, the blade broke like glass.
If I do the same operation with a South American machete (Tramontina, Imacasa, bellotto, Martindale) the blade will twist, it will not break, because the steel is less hard, and therefore less brittle. Such a blade can be redrushed in the field and continue to work. While your machete, if it breaks, will become a useless tool and may have hurt its user while it broke.
Your Ontario Knife Company 6144 Military Machete - 18" is in my opinion a dangerous tool. What do I care if the US Army uses it. I trust South American farm machetes more which usually use SAE 1070 High-Carbon Steel which is a steel much more flexible and resilient to shocks and bending than your 1095 steel which should be reserved for your knives. Even your Ranger RD series were made of very strong and break-resistant 5160 spring steel.
I don't understand your choice of steel for your machetes, nor your stubbornness to continue equipping your machetes of this uncomfortable too angular and square handle while this defect is a criticism which comes back mainly on the international reviews of Amazon. It is necessary to round off the design of your handle of machete in order to make it finally comfortable and, well in hand and safe.
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.