22" Cambodian / Khmer Hand Forged Carbon Spring Steel Integral Machete

22" Cambodian / Khmer Hand Forged Carbon Spring Steel Integral Machete
Product Code: Product 529
Product Length: 55.90 cm
Product Weight: 18.00 oz
Reward Points: 0
Availability: 1
Price: $119.00
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This integral knife was hand forged in northern Cambodia, home to the city of Angkor. Angkor was an incredible civilization, and at is peak, was one of the largest and most advanced cities in the world. The Khmer people have an incredible culture, and, as is often the case with the world’s peoples, this is evident in the blades they use. While this working knife is far from pretty, it is a masterpiece of design, and truly represents Cambodian anthropology and history.

This Cambodian integral machete is the only one I have in stock and it is a truly interesting, and very usable, farm tool. It is long and light, making it ideal for light tropical vegetation. It would, of course, be perfect for yard clearing in the West, or as an expedient weapon anywhere in the world.

This machete measures in at 22″ overall, and weights 500g / 1.1 lbs. It is hand forged from carbon spring steel, and is of integral construction: all one piece. While this isn’t the prettiest machete around, it is practical, solid, and doesn’t have a wooden handle for you to worry about or replace. 

The convex blade and the convex grind mean this blade is both an excellent cutting tool and a tough one to boot. The length of the cutting edge is maximized, and the tip makes this one heck of a chopping weapon. The blade is forged with a distal taper, but widens toward the tip. This improves balance and cutting performance. Similar working blades are also found in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, which share somewhat similar cultures to Cambodia, but this particular expression of blade culture is all Khmer.

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The balance point is 6.7″ in front of the socket handle, which allows for more efficient cutting. The spine tapers from 6mm to 2mm at the tip. While the entire cutting edge is sharpened to a utility edge, it’s the end of the blade that is meant to do most of the work. The shape of the blade maximizes the efficiency of the blade’s length. Compared to a light golok/parang or western machete of the same length, this machete will definitely cut easier and deeper because the very end of the blade is still usable. The blade is 1.78″ wide at the end.

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There is a Khmer forge stamp on the blade. The forge scale is retained; this is a rustic-looking blade. Keeping the forge scale on the blade preserves the temper (often lost during polishing) and also holds oil well, preventing corrosion.

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The 4.2″ long handle is surprisingly comfortable. The design of the handle allows you to creep up on the blade. I have large hands, and find the size of the handle just fine. In the Northern Philippines and Taiwan, socket handles are usually wrapped with natural fiber for greater comfort and grip, but the 1″ wide socket handle on this machete is perfectly comfortable as is. 

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This is a unique and well-thought-out design from an area that is home to one of the greatest cities and civilizations of the pre-Columbian world. Only here at Pinoy Steel, and this is the only one I have! $119.

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