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Just Arrived For Testing: SOG ‘SOGFARI’ 18-Inch Machete

Image: Chris Dumm for TTAK

Confession time: this particular blade acquisition was inspired by a video game. It’s a lot easier to escape Dead Island with a machete in your inventory, and it seemed like a good idea to start with something fairly cheap and simple for our first Really Big Blade review.

Image courtesy SOG Knives$20 is pretty cheap, and this is a Really Big Blade. Unlike brush-clearing cutlery from Harbor Frieght, the SOGFARI has a stainless-steel blade (3Cr13), a rubbery Kraton handle and a functional (non-sucky) sheath that works for carrying, as well as storing, the machete.

I used to live in a temperate rainforest choked with scrub oak and blackberry patches, which would have been an ideal Machete Testing Lab. We sold that house years ago, but we are doing some landscaping soon and I’ve got some photinea bushes that are going to die a horrific, violent death.

I might even post some video of it in the final review, as long as I don’t look too much like an idiot doing it. No promises there.

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Discussion

8 responses to ‘Just Arrived For Testing: SOG ‘SOGFARI’ 18-Inch Machete

  1. Huh. The sawteeth, at least from the picture, seem to be actually functional.

    I actually just ordered a Condor Tool and Knife Bush Cutlass.

  2. I feel that SOG and Gerber’s blades that you can pick up at any wally world are about equal in quality. That being said, Gerber’s gator machete that i recently picked up worked really well for a long day of woods work. It never failed, and held an edge well (and im talking after about 8 straight hours of clearing brush, thicket, and trees up to about 6 inches thick). It rusted a bit after 1 day before i cleaned it though, and was so sharp it sliced through the sheath (remedied with a thin piece of sheet aluminum and some duct tape)

    good luck, and watch those fingers!

    • That sharpness is encouraging. How are you sharpening it? I have a machete. and have used a carborundum puck on it–boy, it is sloooooow going.

  3. Is there a Kydex liner or something similar inside the sheath to keep the edge and more specifically the saw teeth from eating up the fabric?

    • There is! It’s not Kydex but some softer, more-flexible plastic. Such a long piece of Kydex would probably snap unless it were heavily reinforced.

      Sheath durability will certainly be part of the review, but for now I’m pleasantly surprised that a low-cost machete has such a promising-looking sheath.

  4. As a surveyor, I had to cut line. Cut a line of sight from the survey gun to the prism. I would not attempt that job with anything less than a 20″ blade. My machete has a 22″ blade. 18″ is barely a machete. Or is this supposed to be some kind of survivalist all-purpose machete? Saw teeth? Tell me that saw is not going to catch things on the up-swing. If that saw blade catches a branch on the up-swing, it’s likely the machete will be torn out of your hand, possibly blade facing you. Catch a falling knife anyone?

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