These days I use (and abuse) a Cold Steel Magnum Kukri as my machete. Used to trim back raspberry bushes, kudzu vines, small trees and similar stuff. Got acres and acres to hack over and over again every year. Lots of good exercise. Unevenly beveled when new in wrapper, I re-did the bevel to an even 30 degree angle (using Gerber diamond hones) over the entire length and cutting power improved at once. Some chips have since accumulated in the kukri's blade over time. A consequence of using it to dig out kudzu roots in stony ground, or possibly hacking an occasional strand of old barbed wire while cutting vines off a fence, or even occasional slices of stone. I also cut down small (under 4" diameter) trees with it. Likewise the blade has acquired a curve due to using it to pry branches away from fences. Whatever, it has been a good tool, even if it is getting worn out. Here are my complaints. Too short "Magnum" or not. Blade too thin. Needlessly pointy at the tip (possibly of value when digging, but ain't really sure as a old panga seems to dig equally well). Occasional grip retention problems (although not as bad as a few years ago, experience helps). Too short is way up near the top of my complaints as the goal of the exercises is to clear a path tall enough to ride a tractor with a bushog through without bumping my head. Experience has taught me that what I think I need is another 4 to 10" of blade. Too often I have to go back and get a small stool or bucket to stand on to get rid of the desired branch or vine. I am therefore looking at the Cold Steel copy of the US 1917 Cutlass as an alternative machete. Has anyone tried this? How well does the handle of the repro Cutlass hold up to the shocks of actually hacking something as hard as wood with it? How thick is the blade steel, i.e., will it be more resistive to bending than the sheet metal blade of the Magnum Kukri?