Ontario 1-18 Sawback Machete, 6120

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Ontario 1-18 Sawback Machete, 6120

Made under US Government Specifications for over 60 years

The 1-18 Sawback Machete is identical the 1-18 Military Machete, however there a serrations on the spine of the blade allowing for practical uses on both sides of the machete blade. The one-of-a-kind 1-18 Sawback Machete has been made by Ontario Knife Company under US Government specifications for 60+ years. The 18" full tang, 1095 high carbon steel blade features a zinc phosphate finish and a Rockwell Hardness of 50-55 HRC. The 1-18 Sawback Machete blade is .12" thick and is ground to a full flat taper with a flat bevel. A black molded plastic handle rounds out the 1-18 Military Machete. Overall the length of 1-18 Sawback Machete is 24". The 1-18 Sawback Machete is available in a plain edge here. 18" Machete sheath is sold separately.

Ontario 1-18 Sawback Machete Snapshot:

  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Blade Length: 18"
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Thickness: .12"
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Blade Grind: Full Flat Taper w/a flat bevel
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Blade Material: 1095 Carbon Steel
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Blade Finish: Black, Zinc Phosphate
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Blade HRC/Hardness: 50-55 HRC
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Handle Material: Molded Plastic
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Handle Length: 6"
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Handle Color: Black
  • 1-18 Sawback Machete Overall Length: 24"
  • Carry System: Removable Sheath (sold separately)

A note from Ontario Knife Company about OKC Machetes: Ontario Knife has been manufacturing the 1-18 Machete under U.S. Government specifications for over 60 years. Ontario Knife Company's series of machetes is one of the most venerable and storied product lines in the company's 125 year old history. OKC has manufactured the 1-18 Military Machete under U.S.A. Government Specifications for over 70 years and that same high quality is found in all of our machete products. OKC's all feature rugged carbon steel blades with a zinc-phosphate finish and molded plastic handles.


  • 5

    Posted by Benjamin Miller on Feb 22nd 2023

    Best machete I've ever used. Grew up in GA cutting down small pines and clearing brush. I have 1000s of hours on these and the handles never break! Needs periodic sharpening of the blade. But that can be expected. 100% recommend to anyone looking for quality to last through the years!

  • 4
    Great full tang blade, not too great handle

    Posted by Drew on Aug 24th 2021

    Ontario Knife company really needs to update the ergonomic design of the machete handle. For as much weight that is being wielded with one arm and hand, the handle should have a great grip and ergonomic shape. It's mainly the underside of the handle when gripping strikes pressure points on the second bone of one's fingers. To round that like the topside would do the trick or indentations for the fingers recessed into the underside. I will be wrapping mine with bicycle inner tubes to give it more grip but the same can be done with paracord. That's my only gripe, the handle, otherwise it's a solid tool and gets a solid 4.5 stars.

  • 5
    sawback machete

    Posted by david gondrez on Jul 15th 2021

    very good quality for a reasonable price, how often do you get that these days?

  • 5
    Great, solid made in USAA machete .

    Posted by Jacob Page on Dec 10th 2020

    This machete is extremely solid. It came powder coated and it’s very solid steel. Surprisingly it is made in USA, and a steal for under 30$. I have a Brazilian machete (Tramontina) as a comparison. While solid, the other machete is more flimsy and you have to put protectant on the wood handle if you want it to last. The only benefit is the the other one is lighter and I actually like the wood handle. The OKN was also sharp enough to use from the factory. The sawback is great for loose bark. The only disadvantage in not including a sheath, but the price makes up for that. It also took months to get, but because of Covid that was expected. Customer service was great.