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A few weeks ago I posted on Permies.com asking for machete recommendations and Benjamin Bouchard, who is knowledgeable about these things, suggested the Condor Eco-Survivor. So I ordered one and it arrived and yesterday I finally got to put it through its paces while clearing brush.

The Eco-Survivor worked great. It came sharpened, saving work at the outset. It also held that edge through a couple hours of work chopping, which was impressive. Its eye-catching orange handle, while a trifle outré in color, is very visible, and the pommel is easy to hang on to, even with gloves.

More important is the Eco-Survivor’s blade. It’s heavy enough to give the momentum to cut through thickish growth and solid enough to chop down saplings. Herbaceous stuff simply has no chance against it.

Slashing and weaving like Inigo Montoya, I made short work of thorns, brambles, and woody undergrowth. All this from a blade that is light enough to use for long periods or to hang on your belt. And for a very affordable price.

The only downside was the sheath. Although it is made of nylon and looks impressive, it tore below the top rivet during the first few hours of use. Some duct tape will hold it together. But if it were better quality, it would better match the machete.
 
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Looks pretty standard, and it wasn't a bad price if the sheath was good.

23 inches is pretty short for me, I have a 28 inch machete, makes it easier to reach the ground, but I am tall, about 6' 1"

Appropriate shape for general cleaning of brush, not a grass machete, but fine for what you are doing.

just the humble opinion of someone with a lot of experience with machetes, living in the land of machetes.

 
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Just following up on a recommendation and letting people know how it turned out. You may want to check the original thread here: http://www.permies.com/t/14896/homestead/Machete-recommendations.

If you a specific make and model to recommend, Fred, that would be a contribution.
 
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I don't live in the USA and so what we have in every hardware store probably isn't available for you.

Sounds like it is working for you, so be happy.
 
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