Ontario CT1 12" Military Spec Cutlass Machete | 8295
Ontario Knife - OKC
The Spec Plus knives were once discontinued by Ontario Knife Company, but in recent years was brought back by popular demand. The SP8 Survival Machete is a solid full tang blade of 1075 High Carbon Steel with grooved Kraton Handle. The SP8 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 nylon sheath. All Ontario Spec Plus Knives are made in the USA.
**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. 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.
I've used this knife a few times now. I just chopped some wood for a fire. I was able to split the wood easily. Then I decided to have some fun and chop some vines and branches off some trees. No problem and this knife held it's edge. I would recommend this knife.
I have used my sp8 for several years, and just ordered a second. This does it all. Machete, hatchet, prybar, etc. It is indestructible. While somewhat heavy to carry in your pack it's worth every ounce and wouldn't be without it. While on search and rescue missions it has been one of the most valuable tools I carry.
Absolutely incredible piece of equipment. I used this machete four times this year dressing/butchering game, and it was a beast. The blade maintained it's sharpness, even after chopping through bone and sinew. Not even a hint of looseness in the blade or handle after all of the work we put it through. The saw blade worked great for wood or bone, and stayed sharp throughout. I had to wait quite awhile to get it, but it was worth it, and I would buy another one without a moment's thought.
are there multiple angles on the edge of thd machetti?
this is one heavy duty blade. I believe, if properly treated with respect, that this blade will last a lifetime. I cannot be happier with my purchase !