Comparing the Spetsnaz Spade to the conventional Machete to the Kukri machete to the Hatchet multi tool
When I was cutting down a tree in my yard the other day, I decided to compare the cutting power, comfort and usability of each of the tools pictured above and found some surprising results.
First I tried the machete – ( R40 – or $3US from Makro, made by Lasher in South africa )
on softer wood that was thinner than my thumb it worked quite well, but the blade stuck fast in logs thicker than my wrist, and the reverberation of the cutting stroke was not very pleasant,
while cutting into the wood that was as thick as your wrist, after some time, I found my arm getting tired and I was not making much progress, each cut would slice about half an inch into the cut.
I next tried the cold steel Spetsnaz spade – ( $70US )
Surprisingly it didn’t cut very well, at all (which was a shock to me as I expected more as it was the most expensive of the lot ), the cuts is made were small and shallow, it felt like it was too light in the blade and a bit weak.
As its role isn’t as a primary felling tool, it would work in an emergency, and could be used to dig, which is bonus for digging temporary fortifications, but it wasn’t comfortable after a while as the reverberation of the cutting stroke was not very pleasant.
Next i tried the Multi tool –( $6US )
and it worked like a charm, but then again it is an axe!!!
It sliced through the logs without an issue but for a tool to carry around it is a bit on the heavy side, the blade is a little thin for serious ase work, but the whole thing is a single forged piece, handle included, and exceptionally strong, and it showed.
next i tested the lasher Kukri machete ( $9 US )
this work very well – the blade slicing well through most things – it is pretty much the same as the machete – even made by the same company , but the shape really seems to work, I think it might be the weight that balances towards the tip, but it just cuts really well … but it doesn’t do much other then cut but, it does that well.
Its not a proper Kukri but it does show the merits of the shape.
I still haven’t made a decision regarding what the best is – but I carry the axe multi tool in my car wherever I go in my get home bag, and I have the spade at home in my other BOB , the others I use regularly in the garden, particularly the Kukri.
Subsequently to writing this article i have purchased an new kukri that’s a bit more serious and am very impressed with it so far.