Cold Steel Bolo Machete
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The Cold Steel Bolo Machete is the workhorse machete you've always wanted. Well made and capable of long heavy duty sessions in the brush you will find the Bolo Machete by Cold Steel is what you've wanted from your Machete. Tough, durable, and all business with the ability to cut down or through anything that stands in your way. The Bolo Machete is what you'd expect from Cold Steel and nothing less - the toughest, meanest, and most effective machete you can find at a great price.
- Authentic Machete Design
- Made by Cold Steel
- Includes Sheath
I already had a Brazilian Tramontina cane knife and a South African Cold Steel Heavy Machete (in a cane knife format), so wanted to round out my quiver with a bolo machete as well. I really like my Cold steel heavy chopper so ordered a Cold Steel bolo I found on sale on KeepShooting. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very serviceable sheath included despite the description making clear one is not included - super bonus!
Pros: Perfect length for a bolo (18” blade); I love the forward balance of the power-inducing tip bulge; a good blend of toughness and hardness from the properly heat treated 1055 carbon steel; durable handle material with ergonomic shape for multiple hand sizes; and I like the semi-rigidity but somewhat lightness of the 2mm thickness for a long blade that is meant for all day work.
Cons: Arrived with a painted over edge that was practically non-existent requiring 1hr+ with a bastard file and ax sharper to get a proper edge; and a handle texture that is oddly slippery but rough at the same time needing an overwrap of some sort (I used a bicycle inner tube).
Once I had the bolo set up to my liking, including a lanyard, I tested it out. It was pretty good cutting up a hard, dead, dried out lemon tree (held an edge and didn’t roll or chip), but not as good as my heavy chopper (no surprise there). However, this bolo tore into grass, reeds and light shrubbery like freakin’ demon, totally awesome!!! My super light Tramotina is good for all day light duty work, but the bolo is not bad for long periods either and can take out a much wider range of foliage with no problem.
All and all, I really love this bolo and it takes me back to clearing patches of jungle for flower beds as a kid in Hawaii. Despite some finishing and edge issues out of the box, it’s a really good bolo design and I highly recommend it if you are willing to put a little work into it. Chop, chop, chop!
Cheap steel, needs sharpening frequently.
Handle is hard on hands, you feel every impact in your wrist.
Need gloves as the no slip grip only succeeds in being abrasive to skin during sustained use.
Came dull as a butter knife, had to spend 30 min or so time with lansky sharpening stone to get it to a point where it didn't bounce off vines.
The handle is aggressively textured, and forbids use without gloves. Even with gloves, it wears them out quickly.
The steel is far too soft, I'm not sure if it's not hardened of if it's just bad steel. The edge rolls quickly on even the lightest use, and with moderate use the edge looks like summer teeth. It quickly becomes as effective to cut with the back of the blade as the front.
This machete has no valid purpose other than to make a bad name for cold steel.
The Ontario is just a few dollars more, but light years better.
Even though I had to even up the edge but I put my own edge on my machetes anyway.
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