A decade ago, the notion of a “high-end” machete would have drawn some strange looks. It is typically the crudest of instruments, stamped from mystery sheet metal, and sold for about $10-15 at hardware stores. Today there is no shortage of offerings from big-name manufacturers, even designs from marquee names in the knifemaking industry.
I have reviewed the CRKT/Ken Onion Halfachance, which at a $45 street price is still fairly pedestrian compared to the latest offering by TOPS Knives – El Chete.
Not your typical machete shape, El Chete looks more like an oversized competition-knife with a point. At $300, El Chete is not going to find its way into most suburban garages, but if you want a knife that will process wood like a hatchet, El Chete may be right for you.
From TOPS Knives:
How does TOPS define destruction? El Chete. It has a wicked new blade finish called Acid Rain. The sandwiched Micarta handles fill the hand well and look outstanding too. The sheath is a clever out-the-back design that comes with either a spring steel clip or a leather dangler. On top of the aesthetics, TOPS president Leo Espinoza designed it to demolish wood as a chopper thanks to its heft and thick tang. If you’re in the market for a large knife, you’ve definitely found it.
Pick yours up today from an authorized TOPS Knives Dealer or at www.topsknives.com/El-Chete
Overall Length: 17.5”
Blade Length: 12.0”
Cutting Edge: 11.38”
Blade Thickness: 0.25”
Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish: Acid Rain
Handle Material: Sandwiched Black Canvas and Green Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight: 29.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath: 37.5oz
Sheath Material: Black Kydex
Sheath Clip: Spring Steel or Leather Dangler
Designer: Leo Espinoza
I will be visiting TOPS’ manufacturing facility in Idaho Falls this June. I am looking forward to this both personally, and for the cool blog-content it will provide.