I am a big fan of machetes as survival tools. Many people think that machetes are only useful for the thin, springy vegetation found in tropical environments but that isn’t the case at all. They can be use for many of the same tasks that you would use a hatchet for while still being useful for knife tasks. One of the more interesting machetes that I have seen lately is the Blind Horse Knives (BHK) Outdoors Machete.
BHK has machete blade blanks made to their specs from 1075 carbon steel which is a great steel for machetes. They finish the blade with a great edge, micarta handles, and a very nice kydex sheath. The sharpened edge is 12 3/8″ long and the overall length is 19 3/8″ long.
The Outdoors Machete has one of the most versatile handle shapes that I have ever seen. It is extra long so that the user can hold lower on the handle to increase chopping leverage. It also features finger grooves that allow you to choke up for finer, more detailed cuts. The handle also features two different lanyard attachment points – one close to the butt of the handle and one closer to the blade.
BHK also brings the sharpened edge much closer to the handle than is typical for a machete. This greatly improves the ability to make controlled cuts when you are trying to do tasks like notching a stick for a dead fall or making a feather stick for fire prep. The blade shape itself should lend itself to many tasks and the spine is squared for use with a firesteel. Many machetes have rounded spines that won’t spark a firesteel.
As you can see, a lot of details went into this design to make it better than the average machete as a survival tool and that is really saying something since just about any old $5 machete is a pretty darn good survival tool. If you are looking for a machete for your next woods bumming trip, check out the BHK Outdoors Machete.