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The Libertariat is back! And it's been revamped and is now made in the USA. The Libertariat Machete from ESEE knives was designed by John Armstrong as a lightweight tropical survival knife exclusively for Expat Knives, a division of ESEE Knives. It offers adventurers a full-tang 1095 steel blade in a rugged black finish. A tapered micarta handle provides a secure and comfortable grip during use. Get your hands on the limited run Libertariat, and tackle the wild with confidence. You're gonna love this one!
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I bought this knife/small machete to replace my hatchet on short trips. It arrived about 3/4 of the size I had pictured in my head, but after 2 months of use, I have to admit I’m impressed. The steel is carbon steel 1075 (I would not consider this a high carbon steel) which is a great steel for the job but does require edge maintenance in the form of a whetstone. It chops through saplings and batons through 6” oak rounds with no problem. It has earned a spot in my pack despite my initial skepticism. Try it out, especially as it is a limited run!
First day I got it I cut and stacked 4 trees with little effort. Stays sharp best machete I’ve ever used. But when I use it I don’t look like Jason from Friday the 13th!!!
I'm definitely a fan of the blade design. For the money, I think it's a great little hatchet. I immediately put on a new edge, and wow, can this thing take an edge. We recently had a horrible wind storm here in UT. My neighbor had three trees come down. I helped process the wood for them to use as firewood and this was a great test for this hatchet. We were all pleased with its performance. My only gripe was the handle size, as I feel that it could have a bit more to hold on to. I, however, do have XL hands, so I can't fault it too much. A decent lanyard should improve the security in hand.
it Was worth $50 to me when I bought it, but now I can make my own knives. Handle is too small and clever shape isn’t practical even though it does look bad ass. I find myself picking up my rtak2 for the jobs these compete in. Just filed cross hatching and jimping into the handle to get some traction (huge improvement, don’t buy the knife unless you are willing to do the same. Stock configuration the traction is unusable). The knife is a slab of steel with an edge ground on it, a cheap sheath, and poor handle design. Next modification is to chop the front corner off and make it a tango style point, maybe that is better. Given the mods I am doing, I’d have to recommend just skipping this one unless you plan on modifying it too, which begs the question, why not just make your own?