The Liong Mah-chete – A machete with a bit more ‘Mah’ than you’ve experienced before
Without exaggeration you guys have been all over us sending through messages asking when we will get this. Finally it’s here, and boy this is a machete.
What’s a Mah-chete?
Essentially It’s a normal machete, however, this machete was designed by Liong Mah a popular collaborator with CRKT. You’ll also probably recognise some of thias other designs which include the Journeyer, the Eat N’ Tool and the Liong Mah #5 Folder. Following from these designs you should already be confident this new tool will live up to the same standards.
When you first take this Mah-chete out of the box you notice a couple of things. Firstly the walnut handle. It’s not striking but it shows that this isn’t a machete to mess about. The handle looks solid and comfortable but also adds a bit of colour too. The second thing you notice is the extended Carbon Steel tang out of the back. This is extremely useful as a improvised hammer or similar. So far, very impressed.
The sheath that comes with the machete is a reinforced nylon sheath. It feels strong, and comes with an added safety strap to prevent the machete from coming out of the sheath unknowingly. What CRKT have added though, which is a nice touch is some extra paracord. Which is always good to have, and you never know when you’ll need it.
Taking the Mah-chete out of the sheath and any enthusiasm you had will have increased. The Carbon Steel blade is a thing of beauty. It also stands out as a tool that’s made to be used. Just look at the pictures and you’ll see what we mean.
Features and Specs
Moving onto the specific details you want to know about. The blade is drop point with a hollow grind with secondary convex grind. This takes a little weight off the front end, which is good because it’s already a very end heavy tool. The blade is made up of 1075 Carbon Steel. This means that the metal has a high hardness (perfect for chopping), however under heating the metal can become very brittle.
As you’d expect from a machete it is plain edged with a full blade length of 30cm and a blade thickness of 0.45cm. This not only gives the blade good strength, but also a good length of cutting edge for all your chopping tasks.
This is a wonderfully weighted machete. We mentioned earlier how the grind takes a little weight off the end, and it really gives this tool a great balance point. As you move the machete through the chopping motion it feels really nice in hand. Although you can feel the weight at the end, it doesn’t feel like the tool is trying to free itself from your hand. The shaping on the handle helps with this too. There is a slight curvature on the belly of the handle which gives good shape. There is also a nicely placed thumb slope for comfort as well as adding grip.
Earlier in the article we mentioned the extended tang, which could be used as a improvised hammer. The tang, is of a good size which makes it actually usable unlike some we’ve encountered. The only slight issue you may have is that realistically you will have to use the hammer bit vertically (straight on top of the item being struck). The reason is, that using the machete as a normal hammer action (as the shape of the tang suggests) the blade will start to hit your arm, and its just not a very safe nor comfortable action. With a machete it’s not recommended you use it that way anyway, however it’s always good to clear things up before you try using it a certain way.
Overall we have to say it’s a good tool. It’s got a lot going for it in terms of size, weight and functionality. The added lanyard hole in the handle is also a nice little addition if you should want it. One thing to make sure of when buying one of these is that the high carbon steel will need regular maintenance and care to keep in working to the highest standards.
If you’re in the market for a new machete this is well worth a look at especially for its mid-range price. Recommended.