Sometimes you just need the right tool, the editor tells us
Phill Price finds a first-class piece of kit at a bargain price - efficient, goodlooking and cheap!
With all the spring growth around my shoot I was beginning to struggle to get to some favourite spots, and my hide was full of nettles. I own a short machete, but I usually end up getting badly stung when I use it and I needed something better so I had a look at the Blades and Bows website. They have a great reputation for offering excellent value for money and, by luck, they’d just had some new machetes in that looked like they could be the answer to my problem. There are six in the PBK range and a choice of lengths and styles.
I particularly noticed the ones with the cutlass-style handles. Blades and Bows tell me that these are the hot-selling items because people like the extra protection for their fingers when hacking through brush and nettles. The blades range from 13¾ to 20½”, all of which are much longer then my old one. Things were looking good!
There’s a good choice of handle shapes and materials besides the synthetic cutlassstyle mentioned; a very traditional, wooden one, plus some with high-tech ABS handles over-moulded with rubber. I particularly like the last type which I found supportive and grippy, even when my hand was sweaty.
Thick and strong
I had no concern about the blades being damaged because they’re 3mm thick, full tang 3cr13MoV stainless, and have a good heft when swung. Some have a brushed finish, whilst others have a black, anti- corrosion finish and as if that were not enough choice, there are several blade shapes too.
I chose the Sport Machete because it looked like the tool for me, and for the next couple of trips to the farm I carried it in its synthetic sheath, on my belt. Any plant that had the cheek to stand in my way felt the keen edge near it base, and I soon had paths cleared and horrible things like brambles were cut down to size. I made a point of giving it a good wipe down with light oil afterwards because all that sticky sap soon builds up and it can be a bugger to get off later.
The icing on the cake here is the price; even the very most expensive ones are just £14.99, and I seriously cannot understand how
“The icing on the cake here is that even the very most expensive ones cost just £ 14.99”
they make a living selling them so cheaply. However, it’s good for us because we can get decent, working tools for the cost of a round of drinks, and that has to be a winner.
This is only part of the range of PBK machetes