From the Deepest Depths of Uselessness: Camillus M-13 Machete

I’m about to go off again. I’ve got a soft spot for Camillus. My first good knife, a BSA Camillus Whittler, was given to me by my father. I’ve even got a small collection of Camillus Boy Scout knives that I have picked up over the years, and a Camillus-made, WWII era, USN Mk2 fighting knife. Problem is, the Camillus I loved is no longer a going concern… bankrupt, with the name sold to the highest (Chinese) bidder back in 2007. So when I see something like the M-13, I can’t help but shake my head.

I was about to keep my mouth shut… “if you don’t have anything nice to say” and all… but then I remembered, I don’t get paid to be nice. Truth is, I find this entire design offensive to the core – an insult to a brand that used to stand for American quality.

Where do I even begin? The M-13 looks like nothing more than a French kiss to the mall ninja set and the advertising copy is disconnected from reality.


The only thing that skeletonized blade will do besides look “cool” is get tangled up in branches and brambles.

Titanium blade? You have got to be kidding me.

Machete with a “gut-hook”? I’ve seen some examples with brush hooks, but this looks far too small to work in that manner.

Don’t even get me started on the way they’ve lashed it to a stick to make a spear.

Even if you fixed everything above, the blade shape itself doesn’t look like it will work. They are calling it a modern kukri, but they put that point on the edge right in the middle of the chopping sweet spot.

The advert above says “no-nonsense” but the Camillus M-13 looks exclusively nonsense.


  1. sean says:

    yup, this is stupid and I don’t really understand how this actually got made. The “titanium-bonded” steel, im fairly certain is referring to the black coating on the blade, similar to DLC or the like…..and that’s just confusing because people who dont know anything about knives will think that “titanium” will make it better…or stronger since it is typically associated with being stronger and lighter than most, even though we all know that a titanium blade is practically useless next to a properly hardened steel blade at edge retention.

    anyhoo, this thing is funny looking and not very useful, and dare I say…dangerous, if an unsuspecting person goes to chopping with this thing and breaks the blade.

  2. cmeat says:

    looks like a great stained glass project.

  3. james terrio says:

    I have often railed against knife “designers” (ie: “marketing nitwits”) who seem to just throw every good idea they’ve ever seen into a barrel, pick four or five of them at random, and cobble them together into something that’s not particularly good at anything, and pretty awful at almost everything. But rarely have I seen an example where they’ve actually tossed every REALLY BAD idea they’ve ever seen into a dumpster, picked four or five of them at random, and cobbled them together into something far, far worse than the sum of its individual mistakes.

    This atrocity is like a trash fire full of dog turds wrapped in burning hair, but without the charming glow. And yes, you can quote me on that.

    1. Sam L. says:

      Oh, come on! Tell us how you reallllllllly feel. (You have a heckuva great start!)

  4. As a consummate machete user I can safely say that there is not a single feature of that abomination that looks like it would make it enjoyable to use. I would have a hard time designing a worse “machete” if I tried.

  5. Jake says:

    Sooo a solid handle and a skeletonized blade, just brilliant. How about some nice brittle mystery stainless steel to make that skeletonized blade better. It’s suppose to be a machete?, we might as well call it a sword, axe, or boomerang since it would be equally awful as one of those items.

  6. Sam L. says:

    Looks like the bastard son of Quasimodo.

  7. steve says:

    I own a knife store. I would guess the target customer for this product are those who are preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.

  8. Robert H says:

    Food prep is out because the main belly is recessed. Fire wood prep is out because you would smash the gut hook portion when you baton wood. The gut hook might work on a something the size of a polar bear but not on anything somebody might actually kill for food. The curved spine would lever and likely break a spear shaft under pressure. By removing stock from the blade they made the grind angle incredibly steep and likely a terrible slicer. As mentioned in the review, any real chopping is out because the blade shape has that 90 degree turn in the edge. Whittling tent stakes is out. I guess you could hang it up around camp pretty easy with those holes in the blade.

  9. What the hell are you even talking about? Are you each on the competition payroll to stop it eliminating them all? Since trialing the M-13 it has replaced my Cold Steel GI Tanto, the CS Trenchhawk and my Sog tomahawk to become the only belt carry I need. It does everything well for less weight and more ease. Evil sharp, soldier proof durable, delightfully weildly and light as a feather. So what if it looks Hollywood cool? Maybe perfect ergonomics just end up there because that’s what real practical beauty is about. If you haven’t gotten used to it being the all you need field carry aside from your Victorinox tool knife then you just haven’t used it enough. Get one, get outside, get real and get used to it.

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From the Deepest Depths of Uselessness: Camillus M-13 Machete

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