Machete suggestion for super heavy use

Jan 2, 2019
Machetes that are known for its heavy weight, super heavyduty handling and quality guarantee. Can suggest? Tq
Ontario for the win. They're stiff enough to chop heavy, and I've done plenty of digging with mine. I prefer the 18" sawback cutlass. The saw is great for grabbing things you just cut while you push them out of the way, and that size is long enough to reach into briars, but not so long as to make the blade 'whippy'. I use mine for survey work and as a constant summer woods companion. You might want to replace the rivets in the handle with bolts if you're really going to hammer on the hard stuff, tho. I put brass bolts and stainless nuts on mine, filed them smooth with the grip contour, looks great and hasn't failed. The rivets worked loose after about a year and a half of hard use. We keep Nicholson and Tramonita machetes in the truck too, but I find them too whippy and the handle profile doesnt work for me. Not to mention the wood handled ones always need to be taped up after the first year or so because the grips split.
Realistically an Imasca, Marbles, Tramontina, Ontario, or Cold Steel will all get the job done with easy but regular maintenance. If you got a wad of cash to toss at it, get a Big Chris in 3V ;)
Heavy duties like digging, chopping logs, and etc..


Thats not a machete.;)

Thats not a machete job.

My Fiskars machete is heavy and stiff, I don't like it. My Imacasa machetes are light and flexible, I like them.

Maybe you're looking for something along the lines of a cane knife?

Agreed 100% with marcinek and NapalmCheese.

I hope this doesn't come across wrong, but you're question is nonsensical. It's like asking which felling axe is best for filleting fish.

Chopping logs is the job of an axe or heavy chopping knife. Chopping at a log with an actual machete is certainly doable, but a waste of effort, and really case on now knowing how to use your tool for the job.

Digging is a job for a shovel, although people have used knives as improvised digging tools basically forever, but you hit a lot of silicates in the ground, so any knife you use for digging is going to get dulled, nicked, etc... very quickly.

I guess the major question is, do you know what a machete actually is, or are you simply using the word "machete" to describe a large knife?

if you are insistent on using the wrong tool for the job, I'll echo others with a recommendation for Ontario, as being the least wrong since it is a thick and heavy machete.