These machetes are known for their thick, leaf-shaped blade, which is usually only sharpened on one side. The traditional weapon of certain tribes in the Philippines, the barong was feared by European colonizers for its ability to cut through rifle barrels. T
his weapon is used in the forms of martial arts known as Kali, Eskrima, or Silat, all of which originate from the Philippines.
Alternative Names: Barung, moro barong
Golok Machete (includes the Parang):
Goloks tend to have a thicker blade than most other machetes, and have a prominent primary grind that prevents the blade from lodging in green wood.
Good for cutting thick, green vegetation without lodging in the material.
Alternative Names: Golok Kembar, Golok Mala, Pedang Batak, Klewang,Talibon, Gununting, Pinuti, Burmese Dha, Golok Bengkulu, Sable
Popular in SE Asia. The distinctive bulge adds heft to the fore-blade for additional chopping power.
Cane machetes are heavy, blunt-tipped machetes perfect for hacking corn stalks and sugar cane. Often the blade is hooked to allow the user to pull the chopped cane from the plants still standing. The thin blade allows for easy cutting through cane style vegetation.
Typically used for cutting sugar cane, rice, and corn stalks. Cleaver variety great for butchering and chopping thick vegetation.
Alternative Names: Beaver Tail, Cleaver, Corn knife, Cuta, Garab, Machete de suelo, Tunca, Parang Bandol
Ancient European blade with a straight edge. The machete of medieval northern europe. Differs from other machetes by having a flat cutting surface which reduces slipping or slicing when cutting.
Machete design popular in Africa and the Caribbean. Deep belly provides weight for chopping and curvature for slicing. The upturned point can concentrate force on a small area for piercing.
chopping moderately thick woody vegetation.
Alternative Names: burriquito, cutlass machete, daga, liniero, rozador, tapanga.
Bill Hook Machete:
Ancient agricultural implement with a curved blade for chopping around curved objects like tree trunks. Traditionally used for snedding, which is the process of stripping side shoots and buds from a branch. The hooked blade, sharpened on the inner curve, is ideally suited for gripping and cutting vines and brambles. Also used for hedge construction and maintenance, and by charcoal makers for use in coppicing and woodlot management.
Alternative Names: Bagging Hook, Bill Hook, Billhook, Coa, Reaping Hook, Sheaf hook, Trimming Hook.