Get an Ontario G.I. machete with the hard plastic sheath G.I. sheath. You should be able to get both new for around $30 and the quality is hard to beat. Most Army surplus stores should carry it or order it from Brigade Quartermasters.
Yup you hit the nail on the head. Ontarios are hard to beat. You may wanna look into their Blackie Collins line with the D guard too. I`ve had a GI Ontario since I was a kid and it`s still going strong,and I use it all the time. Marcus
One may want to keep an Eye out for my review of the Bob Kasper designed, Kevin Gentile modified AFCK and interview of Bob Kasper. Sorry about the wait, my review and interview should be online shortly, luckily Spark has graciously offered to do the pictures, look for it right here at BladeForums.com.
How about Bartrueax (sp?)? I saw them at the SHOT SHOW and they appeared to be priced good for the quality delivered. The one drawback as I saw it for them was market penetration, where do you find one locally?
whenever I go camping I take my Cold Steel LTC Kukri, a factory 2nd I ordered for about $40. It is smaller than most machetes, very light wieght, good solid cordura (?) sheath . . . and it cuts like a raging mofo!! Branches come off effortlessly, and it can chop up firewood like an axe. Factory 2nds have cosmetic blemishes only, and who cares about that if it's a working knife?
I haven't tried the Ontarios so I can't speak to them - although everyone here certainly has a high opinion of them, and really, where are you going to get more acurate info than here? - but the CS light kukri 2nd is another posibility to consider.
I've got the Newt Livesay Model 121, 'RECON COMBAT MACHETTE' (I presume so you'll be able to pretend you're going out on a stealthy patrol, presuming you haven't tried that before and spent years trying to forget it). But this is a serious hunk of hacker. I haven't tried it out on car doors or refrigerators (as in Cold Steel), but it would probably work pretty well. See it at http://members.tripod.com/~Newt_Livesay/RCM.html. It's not cheap, but it's a quality piece of heavy brute-force metal.