How to choose the right machete

How to choose the right machete

imacasa machete
An imacasa machete with scabbard
A machete is the ultimate tool for everything. You can use it to work in your garden, you can chop off some small trees, prepare fruits for your food and many things more.

Did you know where the name machete is from? 

A machete is a large cleaver-like knife. The blade is typically 32.5 to 45 centimetres (12.8 to 17.7 in) long and usually under 3 millimetres (0.12 in) thick. In the Spanish language, the word is a diminutive form of the word macho, which means male or strong and was used to refer to sledgehammers. In the English language, an equivalent term is matchet, though it is less commonly known. In the English-speaking Caribbean, such as Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada and in Trinidad and Tobago, the term "cutlass" is used for these agricultural tools. (read more on wikipedia)

machete costa rica
A machete from Costa Rica
There are some different kinds of machetes available. Some of them are big and heavy, some of them are rather small, light but much sharper. If you want to use this machete as a garden-tool, you should get one of the bigger and heavy ones and one of the smaller sharp ones. People usally have more then one machete. Check out this video of a guy chopping down some coconuts. For working on top of the coconut tree, he has a big, not so sharp machete. After the is finished with his work and climbed down, he choosed another smaller, but much sharper machete to open the coconuts. This video was created at Casa Valeria in Samara, Costa Rica.

Buy an imacasa Machete

Probably the best manufactor of machetes is imacasa. They are building all kinds of machetes and garden tools. If you want to buy a machete, buy an imacasa machete.

imacasa quality machete
Quality machete

An Imacasa Machete offers you:

  • Industrial grade tempered steel
  • Insuperable Edge
  • Indestructible
  • Life Time Warranty


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