Just saw this thread. So the Gerber machete fell apart with minor use? Was it the one with the sawteeth on the back? Been thinking about getting one of those. The Gerbers that I'm thinking about are closer to $20 than $7.Gerber makes one that has an odd but comfortable grip. I got mine after playing with one owned by of the guys we go Jeeping with. His was REALLY comfortable compared to the old military one I use when working for the state!
I got one from wall-mart and it bent then fell apart almost immediately, but it was only like $7
This is a modern version of the Phillipine parang, an old, well proven design which is common throughout Southeast Asia, widely used in Vietnam. In U.S. service its general pattern was used on the bolo bayonet for the Krag rifle and for the U.S.Army Hospital Corps and Marine Raider knives of WWII. The original purpose of hospital corps knives was to cut poles to build litters for casualties.