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.