24″ Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife Review
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Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife Review
I was intrigued to say the least, when I finally got a chance to review the Cold Steel Latin Machete. This machete is by far the biggest one-hand cutting tool I have ever actually used, so I was interested about how functional 60 cm (24 inches) of blade real estate would truly be. I’m sad to state that performance sadly does not reflect the frightful aesthetics of this blade.
Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife – Sheath
Before talking about performance, I would want to discuss the Latin Machete’s sheath. In many ways, the sheath isn’t especially important for a machete, as machetes are mostly carried on one’s waist. That being stated, I do like the fact that Cold Steel gives a reinforced sheath to this blade. It makes travelling with the Latin Machete a lot easier and safer,at the very least.
To try out how the knife would feel when carried on your belt, I strapped the sheath on. It is clearly a horrible idea when you put it on, technically allowing you to carry it on your side, while the machete’s sheath does hold. Practically, the blade is just too long to be worn like this. For transporting this blade, I would personally treat the sheath purely as a safety feature, rather than utilizing it to wear the Latin Machete.
As specified the tip of the sheath is reinforced, which is really nice. No problem about pushing it down into a loaded pack or tossing this machete in the back of the car, the sheath will hold it. Under ordinary circumstances I doubt this sheath would fall apart, considering those rivets and the ballistic nylon construction.
The belt loop on the Cold Steel Latin Machete sheath is reasonable, soyou will be able to do it wearing basically any belt in the market,in case if you are a sadist and still demand on dangling 60 cm (24 inches) of steel from your waist.
The main issue with this machete is that it’s so huge and it’s silly. Itsthinness is one thing, and its length, by contrast, is quite another. Cold Steel’s Latin Machete, is indeed only 2 mm (1/6 of an inch) thick, by comparing to its 60 cm (24 inch) length, all of which you should carry one-handed.
Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife – Blade
After just one week of substantial use, at last I gave up and deemed using this machete only torture. The blade is very clumsy, and when it’s wedged in wood it just doesn’t handle shock and torsion gracefully. It doesn’t imply that it does not look great. I mean it’s obvious it’s quite a great looking machete. That being stated,trust me, for practical use, it’s way too long.
Cold Steel’s genuine issue is that the selling point of this machete is the 60 cm (24 inches) of blade. If the machete was wedged in wood and if they made it tougher, it would be able to withstand extreme torsion, or able to withstand side blows without any deformation, Cold Steel would have made the blade stock thickeror hadto either make the blade shorter (defeating the purpose of the beastly machete), making the blade essentially heavier, and almost impossible to use.
Even though you can see the deformations of this machete to some extent in the picture, it doesn’t appropriately reflect how beat up the blade truly is. There is an extremely obvious, and quite a large twist in the alignment of the stock. It deviates by a distinct 1 cm to the tip. Considering the machete’s length to width ratio this deformation is to be expected. Cold Steel’s Latin Machete is overpowering to use on wood thicker than a twig, as the blade nearly fights you when chopping. For even regular garden/outdoor work it’s extremely exhausting to use.
Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife – Handles
The handles on the Cold Steel Latin Machete are generally well designed. At the pommel, they have a bird beak design, that is extremely useful as it stops the machete from being ripped from your hands because of the gravitational force. As I found the relatively smooth dimpled surface to lack comfort for extended use, I was forced to wrap some hockey tape around the scales.
Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife – Edge
The edge does not come honed from the factory. However, don’t let that frighten you, as the machete is not intended to replace a fine cutting utility knife. Machetes make use of their length to chop vines, brush, and saplings through sheer force and momentum. As such,the edge on the Latin Machete is never going to be stinging sharp, and Cold Steel picked wisely, when they utilized 1055 Carbon Steel for the blade. 1055 Carbon Steel has immensely high tensile strength (durability), at the appropriately low rockwell hardness (low 50’s). This machete won’t snap under coercion it will simply bend.
The Latin Machete weighs nearly half a kilo (18.3 oz.), which is not that much, howeverhalf a kilo feels stretched out to a ton, when the distance is so high. This truly is the utmost delicate chopper I have ever utilized. Than this machete, I definitely have more controlover my Ontario Marine Raider Bowie or with an axe. It’s just too much, and it has the annoying habit of twisting and bouncing, if the blade doesn’t strike your target dead perfect centre: not something I have ever experienced with my 18 inch Ontario or 18 inch Tramontina.
I’ll have to admit, when making clean chops, the Latin Machete certainly does look badass. Yes, it does actually perform, and so does everything else that I own. I fail to be impressed by the Latin Macheteas such. Up to 1.5 inch saplings, I don’t predict anybody having any issues going through in a single strike. And you would be pushing itany more.
The blade has an interesting matte black, baked-on finish,in terms of some of the machete’s highlights, that’s almost parkerized in appearance. So far, it seems to be pretty durable and I actually really like it.
Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife – Performance vs Comfort Ratio
Chopping larger limbs is totally possible in a pinch, however I cannot accentuate how uncomfortable chopping with this thing is. It performs sufficiently in terms of cutting performance alone. If you consider the performance vs comfort ratio, however, then the Cold Steel Latin Machete is a troubling failure.
Any sort of fine cutting is at the end of the day is technically doable, however in practice is what I would consider unusual punishment and cruel. I would strongly suggest against putting yourself through this.
Do not let the pictures fool you, I truly do mean it when I say, any detail work is unbearable with this machete. However, it may look easy to wield in the photos, it is not, and it can be devastating due to lack of control you have over all that length.
I tried making a decent spear point, a typically simple and effortless task. While I tried, the blade kept bouncing around uncontrollably, with the Cold Steel Latin Machete, making this process take much more effort and time than I care to admit. Elise got so annoyed watching me, she told me to give up on more than one occasion.Definitely not a great thing to watch.
Controlled slashes at a slope using flexible sapling is horrible. Really horrible.
But I’m adamant, and thus after the basic point was chewed out, using my left hand I rapidly put a point on it as a resting place for the blade while utilizing my right hand to guide the edge over at the right angle. Technically, still not happy but once again, though painful, possible.
For sheer entertainment (just for you, my readers) with the intent of batoning through the wood I tried a firm chop into a thicker log. The blade of the Latin Machete wedged in and refused to budge instead. After it was wedged you don’t want to know how hard it was to get this thing out of there. The Cold Steel Latin Machete is essentially too long and too flexible to wand with. If you are planning on using it to separate anything, reconsider. It’s simply not going to work. As machetes are not designed for splitting or batoning,clearly that should not be considered as a mark against the machete, although keep that in mind, in case if you have planned on being able to muster any wood splitting with this tool.
If you put aside the comfort issues, now something the Cold Steel Latin Machete could do reasonably well: cutting greenery with the Latin Machete was easy and pleasant. The blade shrieked through tall weeds like they were blades of grass. If the machete was a more manageable size, I would be able to utilize this for a long period of time. It’s fine to use in short bouts as it stands. Obviously, this is an issue of heft and length, and not of design.
I doubt they had the Canadian wilderness in mind, when Cold Steel considered the Latin Machete. As you read this review, just keep in mind that, even though the blade is clearly meant to be used in a jungle environment,I tried this blade with a typical woodland material. Sadly, for testing out machetes I don’t have a jungle conveniently located in my neck of the woods, so I had to do testing of the Latin Machete with what was around me.
Whilst I do not live in the jungle, with that said, I have spent some time in South East Asia, and I see there is good reason why local people usually utilize cutting tools with lengths of 10-18 inches at the most 24 inches of blade that might look pretty amazing, yet in practice, the length is more of a pageant than a practical tool.
The last machete I looked into was the Gerber Parang, and for my utilizations, it is infinitely better, both in performance and comfort, than the Cold Steel Latin Machete.
Cold Steel Latin Machete Knife – Conclusion
I am certain somebody some place would be inclined to disagree with me on the practical uses of the Cold Steel Latin Machete. Somebody will undoubtedly believe that they could utilize their 24″ Latin machete to destroy the whole forests, however I can only speak for my own experiences. For me, the Ontario 18″, Gerber Parang, or Condor eco lite, are much better alternatives for use, although in terms of aesthetics, one could certainly argue for the Latin Machete.