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Spetsnaz Style Survival Machete / Chopper

#404532
$99.95

This modern update takes the original Soviet special ops design and improves the functionality. The original had a hollow, squarish plastic handle to store matches and the like, but made the knife incredibly tip heavy and hard to use. This version has a full profile tang and contoured hardwood scales for superior comfort and balance. And the original blade was made from super-hard steel so the knife could be used as a pry-bar but was next to impossible to sharpen. Modern carbon steel makes this updated blade easier to give a fresh edge.

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OVERVIEW

The Spetsnaz is a Soviet special ops group that had its beginnings in WWII era Russia. During the Cold War, the need for a multi-purpose blade became apparent, so a survival machete was designed to chop, cut, pry, saw, hammer, and perform just about every other field duty. This modern update takes the original design and improves the functionality in a couple of ways. The original had a hollow, squarish plastic handle to store matches and the like, but made the knife incredibly tip heavy and hard to use. This version has a full profile tang and contoured hardwood scales for superior comfort and balance. Secondly, the original blade was made from super-hard steel so the knife could be used as a pry-bar but was next to impossible to sharpen. Modern carbon steel makes this updated blade easier to give a fresh edge.

This is a thick, tough campmate that excels in light to medium/heavy chopping (a little short of a hatchet), digging, and emergency sawing. The top blade bevels are sharpened to a chisel edge. The tang and blade are a full 3/8" thick for plenty of heft and durability. Integral thumb rest has nail puller slot. Nylon sheath has leather trim and two belt loops (fits roughly up to a 2-1/4" belt width, depending on belt thickness) for tip-up or tip-down carry. Weighs 2 lbs. 15-1/2" overall, 10" blade. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

SPECIFICATIONS

Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length15-1/2"
Blade Length10"
Weight2 lbs
Blade Material1075 high carbon steel
SheathNylon Belt Sheath Included
EdgeSharpened

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A Must Have...
...way better than the original. Good Steel.
- John, July 01, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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Could have been great
This a an incomplete review as I have not tried out all the "features" on the knife. However, that being said there are some points I can review. The fit and finish are very good - no gaps on the handle, no bare steel showing, so the bluing is complete over the entire piece. There are no "hot spots" on the swing.  The blade came sharp. It is built like a tank, and I feel can take on pretty much any job in a camping situation. I have not used the saw feature, so can't attest to its ability.  Now for the bad - the sheath is crap. It is too thin and too light for the weight of the knife. The point tears through easily. You will have to buy some heavy weight leather and rivets and make your own sheath. Very surprised ACC did not make a quality sheath to go with this beast. Upgrade the sheath to make this a great knife!
- Ray, February 14, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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