A few months ago my grandfather had his machete stolen that was handmade for him in Panama while he was stationed there. He has been asking me if I know of any good machetes but this is not my area of expertise. I have tried out several of the normal production machetes including Gerber, Ontario, Cold Steel, and SOG. All of them have had some sort of issue with the steel either being too soft or hard and not being able to hold an edge very well.
I was wondering if anyone knew of a machete that was made of good steel with a good heat treat so that it can hold up to anysort of camping/hiking shore that you would throw at it (my grandfather is a scout master now so he uses it on a normal basis). Maybe there aren't any production machetes out there that meet this criteria and if so does anyone know of a good custom maker of machetes? Thanks for the help