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.
$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.