Do you have experience with the Kuk design. You might want to try it out first. I have found equivalent quality between Ontario and Kabar - sometimes you get a sharp blade with a good HT, sometimes not so sharp, even rarer is a bad HT. I believe the Ontario is US made, and the Kbar may be Taiwan, not sure. In all respects an HI Kuk will be better quality but more expensive. If you are looking to get a good one on the cheap, get the Cold Steel Machete version 20 bucks, or the Condor Kuk machete for around the same with sheath.