I can't quite figure out the purpose of the handle on that "sable" machete- it's oddly shaped. It looks like it's designed to keep the blade from twisting in your hand when using a 2-finger "pinch grip"- but it looks uncomfortable to me.
One word of caution on the Imacasas- if you order one, you'd better order a mill file to go along with it. Those things ship with factory "edges" that are dull as bricks. Every Imacasa I have came with a literal "flat" where the edge is supposed to be. I view the factory "edge" as a suggestion as to where the edge should eventually go.
I don't think it's a big deal, I believe that the old Collins machetes- viewed as the finest ever made- were the same way. I guess they're that way so that the user can put whatever kind of edge he wants on them.
Once you get an edge on 'em, Imacasas are awesome. :thumbup: I prefer Imacasas to every currently-made machete, except for Condors, of course. They're not as heavy as Ontarios, and they have better handles than Tramontinas or Cold Steels, and I think the steel is a bit better, too. I don't have the Sable, but I do have the 28" Guarazima- which has a similar blade shape and length, just with a different handle. It's a big, heavy machete. It would take a mighty arm indeed to swing that thing all day.
For zombies- it's just the ticket- that thing hits with authority! If you had the timing right, you could zip Zack's head off in one go- ZING!!!