The Best Way To Choose A Survival Machete

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Whether you’re camping, walking through a jungle, or you find yourself stranded, and you have to manage on your own, a survival machete is going to prove itself to be an important piece of survival gear.

When you’re trying to get a survival gear together just to be cautious, you are going to want to include one of these cleaver-like knives because they will be able to cut underbrush, grass, small limbs, and vines.

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We do want to note that a machete is ideal for jungle-like environments where you’re going to be traversing through thick brush and vegetation. Choosing the best machete to suit your needs may be a little challenging, considering there are numerous types available, such as:

  • Bush Machete
  • Kukri Machete
  • Panga Machete
  • Tapanga Machete
  • Hawkbill Machete
  • Billhook Machete
  • Sax Machete
  • Spear Point Machete

When choosing which you want to use, you’re going to have to think about where you’re going to be and what you’re going to be slicing through. A good machete should have a significant, but thin, blade. Look for a blade with a spatial shape that is thick enough to make chopping blows without the machete snapping mid-chop.

The shape of your machete is going to determine the ideal use for it. For example, if you want a great all-around machete, you’ll want to choose a Kukri machete, which has a curved blade with a spear point tip. It can chop, pierce, and it is also great for self-defense.

Below, we are going to discuss some survival machete reviews and give you an idea of what type of camping machete (or jungle machete) you’ll want to invest in.

Best Survival Machetes

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We’ve listed five of our favorite survival machetes that we think are a great quality under the $30 price point.

Whetstone Cutlery ‘The Brute’ Super Machete

If you’re looking for a dramatic machete that is more than just a machete, then you are certainly in for a treat. This heavy duty machete is made from black coated stainless steel. The leverage measures 13.75 inches and is made of Pakkawood and features a slot so you can use a strap so you can wear it on your person, instead of tucking it away in your pack.

Whetstone Cutlery 'The Brute' Super Machete

You can use two hands with this blade because it features braiding between the blade itself and the grip. Also, with this blade, you can chop wood on the fine edge side, cut cords, and use it like a saw, thanks to the serrated edge on the top of the machete.

Gerber Gator Machete

For a machete that isn’t going to add too much unnecessary weight to your bug bag, you can’t go wrong with the Gerber Gator Machete, as it only weighs 1.1 pounds total. The 18-inch dual edge blade features 15-inches of a fine edge on one side, and an 18-inch high performing saw blade on the other.

Gerber Gator Machete With Sheet

Gerber is known for their ergonomic rubber grip which provides you with incredible control while you’re using the black oxide-coated steel blade. The overall length of this machete is 25”. When you aren’t using it, you can store it safely in the 400-denier heavy nylon sheath that can be attached to your belt loop.

Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete

This machete is perfect in situations where you have to clear brush or limbs. It features a high carbon steel blade, which is a great material because it is incredibly easy to sharpen, it’s strong, and it isn’t likely to corrode if you’re cutting wet limbs and such.

Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete With Sheet

This particular blade is great because it’s ergonomic textured rubber grip makes it comfortable to use for prolonged use. The blade and sheath only weigh 1.2 pounds, making it a great option to have in your bug bag.

SOGFari 18” Machete

When you are looking for a professional grade machete with dual edges, this is a great option. It’s made from 420 stainless steel and features a plain straight edge on one side, and the other features large serrated teeth on the other.

SOG SOGfari 18

The handle is made of Kraton rubber, thus giving the overall piece a comfortable feel when you hold it. When you aren’t using it to cut down small trees, limbs, or clearing tall brush, you can use store it in the nylon sheath that comes with it and tuck it away in your pack, or use the lanyard for easy access.

Schrade SCHKM1 Kukri Machete

Typically we don’t choose a survival machete simply based on appearances, but we can’t deny that this black powder coated 3Cr13 stainless steel blade is beautiful. The blade length of the machete is 13.3 inches, and the handle is 6.4 inches, making this a comfortable blade to carry and use, without sacrificing power.

Schrade SCHKM1 Large Full Tang Kukri Machete

While you can’t use two hands to help give you that extra control while chopping, the short blade renders the need for a two-handed grip pointless. Because the blade is so short, this would be a great camping machete where you don’t have to cut thick vines or limbs.


What can we say? If you’re looking for a great survival machete, these are all excellent options. However, from an economic standpoint, you are definitely getting the most bang for your buck with Whetstone’s “Brute” machete.

Not only is it under $15, but you're also getting a versatile tool that can cut down trees, chop wood, cut cords, and the extra cording around the blade turns it from a single-handed tool into a two-handed piece of equipment. When you’re looking for an affordable and effective machete, can’t go wrong with Whetstone’s “Brute.”

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