Ontario Spec Plus SP-8 Survival Machete - OKC Model 8682 (Used to be Model 8335)
The Spec Plus knives were once discontinued by Ontario Knife Company, but in recent years was brought back by popular demand. The SP-8 Survival Machete is a solid full tang blade of 1095 High Carbon Steel with grooved Kraton Handle. The SP-8 Survival Machete features serrations on the spine and a plain edge on the blade. The blade features a flat bevel with a secondary flat bevel at the top of the blade. A grommet on the butt of the handle allows you to hang this knife where ever you may want. The SP-8 Survival Machete comes with a green Kydex sheath. All Ontario Spec Plus Knives are made in the USA.
- SP-8 Survival Machete Specifications:
- SP-8 Survival Machete Blade Length: 10"
- SP-8 Survival Machete Overall Length: 15.2"
- SP-8 Survival Machete Blade/Steel Hardness: 57-59 HRC
- SP-8 Survival Machete Blade Thickness: .250"
- SP-8 Survival Machete Blade Configuration: Plain edge, black powder coated
- SP-8 Survival Machete Blade Grind: Full Flat Bevel w/2nd Flat Bevel
- SP-8 Survival Machete Carry System: Green Kydex Sheath
**OPINION - Editor's Review of the Ontario SP-8 Survival Machete; The SP-8 Survival Machete is not really what I think of when I think of a machete and it may not be a typical machete, but it definitely does qualify as one. To me, it's more like the perfect marriage of a small machete and a fixed survival knife - hence "Survival Machete". The teeth on the back of the spine are reminiscent of the 1-18 Sawback Machete. Its going to cut and chop on all sides of the blade. In overall length, it's about the same as a 12" Machete, but the blade is a couple of inches shorter and the handle is a couple of inches longer. You need the longer handle to wield that 1/4" thick full tang blade around and keep the balance in the hand. This is where the survival machete really comes out more like a "knife" to me. It's just easier to manage/control than a machete. One of the most practical features on the SP-8 Survival Machete is the guard at the top of the handle and the butt/pommel. This just isn't the knife you want slipping out of your hands. The only other way to make it more secure would be to put a D-Handle on it - which doesn't make any sense. The sheath is just a basic Kydex sheath. It's nothing fancy, but it will protect the blade. I've never tried it, but possibly you could put the BSH-12 12" Machete sheath on the SP-8 Survival Knife. You'd have a some "play", but it's a nice little sheath for the price.