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Ka-Bar 14-Inch Grass Machete Knife Reviews

Ka-Bar 14-Inch Grass Machete Knife

Ka-Bar 14-Inch Grass Machete Knife

  • High quality 14″ blade made from 1085 carbon steel
  • Durable handle made from black kraton G
  • Heavy-duty cordura sheath
  • Overall length 19 1/2″
  • Heavy cutting tool

KA-BAR grass machete fixed 14-Inch plain blade with Zytel handles and nylon sheath included. Blade length: 14″-Inch, overall length: 19-1/2-Inch. Steel: 1085 carbon, grind:Duplux. Weight: 1.2-Pounds. Made in Taiwan.

List Price: $ 79.42

Price: $ 46.82

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5 Comments/Reviews

  • OuroborosCHC says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Had a Rough Start But Came Out in the End, Great Knife, October 25, 2011
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    This review is from: Ka-Bar 14-Inch Grass Machete Knife (Sports)

    Well despite a bit of a false start in getting this product, first one came without a sheath, first replacement never got to me, I am actually very satisfied with this KaBar. Amazon came through and sorted all the other stuff out and I got to really go over this beauty finally. Not sure what knife the other fellows are talking about, since the one I have is tops. In response to a few comments from the other reviews, this is made in Taiwan, not Thailand, and some really top notch knives are produced there. I have many from there and no complaints but, that’s me so whatever. The Ski jump your talking about, if that is in reference to where the edge stops or something to do with the duplex grind I am not sure but it all seems fine and intentional to me. I own a KaBar Kukri, and a couple of the Heavy Bowie knives, both with the awesome Tooj handle just like the Grass Machete. This seems just as well made to me as those and I can tell its a worker. It is not exactly a machete, more of a really large knife that is being called a machete. Its way thicker then any machete your normally gonna see at about .165 inches thick, or a little over 1/8th of an inche on my ruler. Oh also, this is a full push tang knife, just like all the other Kabar knives that have the Tooj handle. Its fastened at the end where the lanyard hole is with that metal roller, if you were to cut that out you could slip the blade out and see that it runs the whole way through the grip, so another point that was wrong from another reviewer.

    I took this out and did some work with it in my backyard to get a feel for it, do some bush-craft with it to see how it held up. It did some chopping and it was great, not as good as my kukri but pretty dang good, worked well as a machete in cutting through smaller brush and such, and when it came to batoning through some logs it was a champ. Its grind is a little funky but nice looking in my opinion and if you know how to sharpen a knife shouldn’t be a problem really, so not sure what the other person was talking about. At present my first impression is a good one, maybe in time I will change my mind but at present it seems like an overall great knife and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a large blade to take into the woods.

    Now to be fair, the sheath isn’t the best in the world but its not horrible either, and to take into account that pretty much all other machetes don’t come with one, minus a few exceptions, I am pretty happy with it. It does the job so far but again maybe I will change my mind in the future, or like I do at times, just make a better one for it myself.
    To reiterate, though everyone is entitled to their opinion, I think the last few reviewers didn’t give this blade a fair assessment, its pretty dang good and will be a good camp or survival knife. I intend to take it camping soon with others and do some more with it to really put it through its paces. Its a good hybrid of chopper and machete really and one that I am happy to own along with my other KaBars and the hundreds of other knives I own.

    If you were thinking about buying this one, I say go for it and enjoy.

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  • A. Lee says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the quality I expect from Ka-Bar, August 7, 2011
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    A. Lee (Illinois) –
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    This review is from: Ka-Bar 14-Inch Grass Machete Knife (Sports)

    I love Ka-Bar knives, but this is the worst one I’ve bought. Machetes aren’t commonly as high quality as smaller knives as their design is more to hack through vegetation than cut through meat and bone. But when I saw that Ka-Bar offered a machete, I wanted it even though the price was higher than just about every other one I looked at. I was expecting the same quality in this knife as I’m used to in all Ka-Bar knives. In addition to the Grass Machete, I also have the Cutlass Machete, a D2 Next Generation knife and my trusty original Ka-Bar fighting knife that I carried as a Marine.

    First, while Ka-Bar knives are made in the US, the machetes are made in Thailand. I don’t really consider this a problem, although I wonder why they couldn’t be made in the same facility that makes their other knives. But the difference in the Kraton G grips between the D2 and the machetes are noticable, and I can even feel a difference between the Cutlass and the Grass. The powder coating on the Grass Machete also appears to be a lower quality than on the Cutlass Machete. And finally the sharpening wheel used was apparently too large a diameter to run the full length of the blade because there’s a little “ski jump” at the bottom edge where the wheel had to pull away before grinding the tang. However it’s still a Ka-bar so it comes sharp and ready to use, and I’m looking forward to my next camping trip.

    The sheath is garbage and not what I ever expected from Ka-Bar. It is simply 2 rectangular pieces of stiffened nylon sewn together with a flexible nylon belt loop. The problem is unless you’re wearing your belt tight enough that the sheath can’t move or twist, you’ll need 2 hands to get the machete out; one to grab the knife and the other to hold the sheath down so you can pull the knife out. I remember having cheap plastic sheaths with military issue machetes, and I think I’d rather have one of those than what came with this knife.

    Bottom line is the Ka-Bar Grass Machete is better made than any other machete I’ve used, but it’s not all I expected from being a Ka-bar.

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  • nope says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    is this a Ka-Bar?, January 8, 2012
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    This review is from: Ka-Bar 14-Inch Grass Machete Knife (Sports)

    I have several Ka-Bar knives, as do many of my friends, and the knife i received is very different from what I expected. The print on the blade does not match the picture or any other of my Ka-Bar knives. The ‘part number’ on the box matches that on the Ka-Bar website but is different on the blade. The handle feels plasticy in comparison to the others, even though it does say in the description its made from the same materials. The sheath this comes with is not even close in quality, material or craftsmanship to other Ka-Bar sheaths. Finally, the blade wiggles slightly in the handle; NOT something I expect from a Ka-Bar knife. I requested a replacement from Amazon, it come very quickly, but I received the same piece of crap in a Ka-Bar box 🙁 Amazon has said they will take this product of the site; it is although still available from other sellers for this price; (mine was sold and shipped straight from Amazon) There is no way of knowing what you’ll get…. Is it a real Ka-Bar or a knock-off…..? Who knows???

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  • Hong Pfenning says:

    i want the word Amour published on my shoulder blade around this massive (______________________) if that tends to make sense, i dont want it in thick creating just simple black, also how significantly will this harm in comparison to a hip tattoo? Thanks

    Oh and i dont mean to sound rude but i dont want folks who dont intend to remedy the question, solution with stupid solutions like, yourll regret that when your old, ive believed into this tattoo hard.

  • Jackson Reams says:

    I have just recently bought a Smith&Wesson Search and Rescue CKSUR1 (The blade itself is 5inches long) and I was wondering if it was legal for me to wear it on my belt out in public.

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