Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 40
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by macmanmk Dullest cutting instrument ever purchased
I own a couple of Fiskars outdoor tools that I have been more than happy with over the years, so I expected their "medium"machete to be of the same high quality. Wrong. I have never owned a cutting instrument as dull as this blade. I couldn't cut a single branch or vine with it and ultimately abandoned it.
July 16, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by BriBri Decent
This machete comes without a sheath or anything to store it in other than the cardboard packaging, so if you want to carry it in a protective carrying case, etc. you will need to purchase separately. It does have a hole in the handle so you can hang in the garage on a hook, add a loop to the handle, etc. The blade is very sharp and the handle provides excellent grip. It is not too heavy and is easy to use to hack at brush, etc.
June 23, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bvibob was not sharpened at the factory
The cutting edge was flat, not much sharper than the back of the blade. It took considerable time and effort to grind an edge on to it and then sharpen it.
Works well if sharp.
June 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sandy What a Swing Blade
Wow, a nicely balanced blade that is sharp to boot. The handle is a soft grip style and fits your hand like a glove. It does not come with a scabbard but it has a hang hole in the tip of the blade. It is sharp right out of the box and then it is easy to sharpen with the proper tools. This blade makes me want to run into the bush and carve a path. I had on when I was in Vietnam, it was a sharp blade and had a sharpener built into the scabbard. It had a funny curved blade that sometimes caused you to swerve on a chop. This blade is nice and straight and when you swing its a nice clean cut and all of your muscle power goes into the blade and cut. The only thing that would have been better was a scabbard to store it in. Its to sharp just to throw down on a work bench, I am sure it would bite me when I reached for something else that had been thrown on the bench.
Use it SAFELY.
August 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jason Good
Ive had this machete for 3 years and used it on everything from small trees to bushes. This thing can take a beating and keeps its edge pretty well.
May 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BB101 Great for clearing brush
I'd used a machete as a kid to help clear some light brush and grasses. When I purchased a house I found I needed a new machete.
The Fiskar 22 inch machete provides a large steel blade with a soft rubberized handle. It at 22 inches it provides good speed when swinging and thus does a good job of clearing brush.
The blade itself arrived duller than i would like, so after my initial tests I spent a few minutes sharpening the blade. The sharper option does provide a much better cut, and with less effort.
I also used the newly sharpened blade to take down a small 2" weed-tree that had been bothering me for a few months. Only took about 30 swings or so, which is pretty good.
I'm docking ¼ star for the dull to start blade. and ¾ stars because it does not come with a sheath of some sort. Instead it is being stored in its white cardboard box it was sold in. Would also be nice if the end came with a small leather strap, not to worry, I added my own.
I'm pleased with the machete, does what it should. A little machete tip - if you are going to be weeding, use a walking stick and put it in front of the leg opposite to the swinging arm. This a) gives you something to lean on and helps your back hold out longer, and b) acts as a guard should you not slow down / stop in time. Rather than hitting your leg, you get the walking stick. far fewer stitches.
June 23, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Reversemidasman Offset feel and blade flex with concave blade edge. It bent a bit when I first used it out of the box.
The blade is not that thick so it does flex a bit in your hand. It also feels like having a heavy offset when holding it and striking vines and brush. At one point I actually bent the tip part of the blade a bit. It also for some strange reason has a concave sharp edge on both sides of the blade that runs the entire blade which contributes to the edge bending when striking even small branches. The sharpness of the edge is fair out of the box. I had to take a file to create a convex edge afterwards which gave me a better cutting edge when using and actually less bounce back feel when striking vines and brush. Thus unless you redo the edge to being convex you will not be too happy with this garden machete.
February 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by enginerd Blade is great, the handle is average
The blade feels almost like it has a little bit of lateral wobble built into it. I'm used to machetes with solid plastic handles that are through-bolted to a full-length tang and feel completely solid, which this tool lacks.
With regards to the actual cutting edge, it comes meat cleaver sharp and makes short work of just about anything under 2" in diameter. I cut through a seasoned dry log of 6" pine to test the edge's toughness and it passed this test without folding or chipping.
This machete needs to come with a sheath to protect the blade and make it more portable, but it doesn't.
September 18, 2015