The machete has long had a place as an almost classic survival tool. It can be used as a deadly weapon to defend yourself, but more importantly, it can be a very useful survival tool.
Plus, many of us have seen movies where a bad guy henchman uses a machete as his favored weapon, so there’s a natural urge to want to own a machete even if you don’t plan on using it in your survival kit.
But with the many other survival tools on the market, a machete may not seem very useful after all. Granted, a machete is an invaluable tool to have if you are in a jungle or rainforest environment, as it can hack through the thick undergrowth. But in North America, the machete may seem rather out of place. This can especially seem true once you consider how a good military Ka-Bar or Bowie knife, a handsaw or a hatchet (or an ax) can come into play and fulfill more specific roles than the machete.
But a machete can be quite versatile.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of including a machete in your North American survival kit, and then you can make the call if it’s the right tool for you to have.