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This is the machete that everyone is still talking about! Another exceptional example of craftsmanship from master knife maker Gil Hibben, this machete was designed for a hit motion picture movie and was also featured on the cover of Blade magazine. This machete is surely tough enough for any job you need it for, too! It's crafted from one solid piece of heat forged 1090 carbon steel. The blade has a unique weathered finish, and the handle features black cord wrappings for the secure, comfortable grip you need in a machete of this caliber. It includes a genuine leather lanyard and heavy duty sheath for easy transport. The heavy construction, combined with the thoughtful finishing touches and accents, makes this machete both functional and visually pleasing, giving you a blade that will stand the test of time and be used and enjoyed for generations. Includes certificate of authenticity.
Have field tested this great steel.Hand sharpen razor sharp. Wrapped paracord around original wrap.I have it paired up with hibens I am my brothers keeper knifewith ranger bands.
the machete was great! It hacks down small trees easy! The sheath is good, but could be improved. The leather lanyard came off while I was swing, but I fixed that with some 550 cord!
Wrapped the handle with 550 cord great fit also combined Hibbens my brothers keeper with this paired them together with paracord and leg wrap fabulous pair .
I bought 2, one for collection and one for use. I almost hit my leg with it when I went to take down a 4 inch, in diameter, banana tree. It sliced straight through it with so much ease I almost hit my leg. Heavy and thick, you could chop down a nice size tree if need be.
Due to its heaviness it chopped three goats without sharpening, definitely recommend, Thanks Bud!
Heavy and bada$$ you have to be built like Rambo to swing this thing around. it lives up to the hype and will cut through anything in its path
just got mine and all's I can say is Wow this is one Nice chunk of steel love this Axenife!!!
Got mine on one of the % sales. Strong heavy but only some of it was sharp the rest of the edge was like a spoon. The rap was lame replaced it with 550 cord Me and Lansky will work on the edge. This WILL be a great blade.
Heavy Strong elongated axe !! Love the heft of it ! I put it on an grinding wheel and ground it to a hook angle that is not only plenty sharp but will hold that edge quite a while! A good file will do the same job, just takes a little longer! This Monster will get the job done!! By the way, if you have to pay to get it sharp you don't belong out in the outdoors. You won't be able to last ! Better stay in that cozy townhouse!
I wanted this blade for a few years now and now that I finally got it, and I'd describe this primitive knife as a cross between a machete, cleaver, and a hatchet. The end product is a heavy and solid chunk of steel. In addition, you get a sleek leather sheath and Hibben's certificate of authenticity. The blade isn't the sharpest, but due to it's weight, it'll just crush anything that gets in it's way. This replica does the one Stallone used in the movie maximum justice, right down to the hammer marks and scuffs. Quite possibly the most favorite knife in my collection.
This is an extremely strong blade. It came with a little gunk on the handle, but came off right away. Takes a stronger arm to swing it continuously, but it hits amazingly hard and cuts deep.....thanks BUDK
I wanted this knife for my collection and when it arrived I was surprised as to how massive this knife was. Now i just have to keep on working on my Gil Hibben collection and I just hope the rest of the my knife collection will be as great as this machete. If anybody wants a great knife for a collection or to use for hunting you have to buy this knife and you can't beat the price.
I've always wanted one of these units so when the price was very, very right I made my purchase. The peice arrive in a really quick fashion and was packaged very well. the machete proper is a handfull of material. It's heavy, in a substantial way, good I mean. Not much will stand up to blows from this piece. I've seen other reviews mostly indicating the "heft of this blade, my reaction to those statements are mixed. I my experience in the Adirondacks and wilderness, low impact adventures in the Rockies, This is a "taking care of business all-in-one tool". To me, and I consider myself a "Seasoned Woodsman and long and short pull camper" I equate this piece to the BroadSword of old. Not a slicing or piercing tool but one that will pummel anything in its path h. I'm glad to pack it wherever I trek. rd of o
I have to say, I have not spent this much on a blade in a very long time. When I pulled it out of the box I didn't know what to say. Looked beat up and unfinished. Well I was unwilling to send it back as I waited for 5 days to get it, so I did my homework. I LOVED that RAMBO and so I read about this blades story on Hibbens' website. Turns out Stallone wanted the blade to look like this. Rough. Unpolished. Well it is all that, plus it looks like it was only meant for one thing...to kill. In short buy this blade for what it is. It is not razor sharp, but I can fix that should I choose. Also...I did alter the handle by removing the thin leather straps. It fist my hand better and I can swing this all day long now (matters not that it is VERY heavy for a blade) with abandon. Respectfully, Keston
OK, the cons. The lanyard looks like the result of an exercise to find the thinnest leather strapping, which is suitable for garotting guinea pigs but that is about it. The felt wrap on the handle also doesnt appear built for the long haul. It is essentially a flat wedge of 1/4 inch steel and cries out for more meat on the handle. Complaints about sharpness are missing the design here. The cutting edge is dual purposed: the first half (leading edge) is more of a chisel, for heavy duty work, at the far end where momentum will help. The half to the grip has a fine honable edge for cutting work, The finish is standard blueing. Of note are tool marks on both sides of the blade, oval shaped, 3 or 4 on each side. There are also some milder circular marks. I cannot think what these are for, unless it is to mark clearance blades as opposed to the original issue? Anyways, this is a serious piece of metal, at a great price. With some fixing up it will be more than adequate for going through anything short of concrete, or for fitness training.
I am a big fan THE United Cutlery and have several of their knives but when I bought this one I ashamed that Gil Hibben made such beautiful but dull knife. So I said to my self this not like United Cutlery to be a disappointment. So being real man of big and tuff knives I did some research and Hibben didn"t let me down. I went in to the basement with my new machete took a piece of two by four gave it a knock and the two by four broke in half. The biggest and baddest machete in my house now belongs the Gil Hibben 4 Machete Knife this knife is as tough as a axe and you could fire wood with on the hunt or out camping this bad dosen`t slice but chops through the opposition. Not a knife for any sacred to swing through the rougher terrain. This is a man's knife. My advice if you already one or when you get one to ensure you that this machete knife is axe tough chop some fire wood with it. Get a nice size log give it swing and a little elbow grease should drop down through that log until you have not one but two pieces of wood.
I own three of these larger than life machetes. My only problem with it is it could have come sharper. I have taken care of that and I have actually chopped firewood with it. I have used it on small trees and it worked well. It is heavy enough to absorb the impact so your arm doesn't have to. I even tested it as a throwing knife. It sticks every time I've thrown it from 15 feet. My wooden target said "no more" as it obliterates the wood. I keep one behind the seat of my car for unexpected issues, one in the shed, and one in a night stand for things that go bump in the night. I don't find much wrong with it at under $40. Not a light knife to wield so it will tire you out. The sheath is as good as any you get that isn't custom made. It isn't as pretty as the Hibben Combat Machete but it is carbon steel and up to any challenge. Swinging this beast makes me feel like my Viking ancestors.............
Amazing machete. Yes, the grip is a little on the thin side but all it requires me to do is grip it tighter. This machete is and was designed to be brutal, tough and enduring a punishment. It's heavy, rugged and perfect for what it was intended. Love the product. I paid double what Bud is asking but to all of you who are on the fence, let me put it to you this way, I would've paid 3-4x more than Bud's asking price. Cannot give it enough prop's.
Got two of these for b.o.b. duty.after final sharpening think I need another for around the house
I'm reading reviews of a large handle I think the handles perfect it is a very heavy knife its not meant to be clean and pretty it's just a bad**s knife it does come dull just got to sharpen it.
I almost pasted on this one with the talk of the handle being too wide to grip. I'm Sooo glad I didn't listen and me this purchase! Your in charge out in the field with this blade strapped to your side. It is a ture out of the box monster! It could have been a litter sharper, but the s sheer weight of the piece alone will smash though what it doesn't cut! A blade this thick doesn't show up at your door step at this price very often so don't miss!
This machete out of the box is a beast. Hefty, great for working around the property. As others mentioned, the handle is poorly wrapped. I sent mine to the machine shop with a friend who drilled the handle for a paracord wrap (SIGNIFICANT improvement) and he also drilled 8 1/2" holes in the thick of the blade to cut some weight. Overall, outstanding tool!
Actually, I made a mistake when ordering this product; I thought I was ordering the combat machete; however, upon its arrival and inspection. I decided this might be a good "real tool" for working around my property; I have not put it to the test yet, but I have no doubts about the reliability of this product; one look at it and the feel of its weight told this was the workhorse I was looking for. because of its weight, I does not need to have the sharpness of a razor, but the potential for razor sharpness is there. The bottom line is that I decided to keep it. as for the handle being a little large a good pair of non slip mechanics glove will take of that. so instead returning I decided to keep it, and I have already recommended this product to friends of mine who do their own property clearing and landscaping. I think this tool will be with me for quite a while; probably pass it on to my son.
Have been looking for a thick blade machete for a long time.I have owned many other machetes and they were like chopping with a wood hand saw blade.I debated about this machete for a some time.Sent in the order it arrived very fast,opened the box,first the leather sheath,very thick leather,it would cost me about what I payed for the machete to order the leather and make one,so far good deal.Next the machete exactly what I have been looking for years.Walked out the back door chopped some limbs off a tree I plan on taking out.The machete fit my hand I wear gloves for safety, no blade wobble.Big smile on my face.Thanks Bud-K for this product and the great price.I am sure this machete will last my life time and into the next generation.I plan on leaving it to a family member when I check out. Look to do more business with your company.
First things first, this is a machete not a ninja sword so don't pay attention to the others on here complaining that it won't cut paper, it was never meant to cut paper it was meant to cut small trees, branches, and clear brush which it does very well. If you have any experience with a machete at all you know that a thin razor sharp blade will only become damaged easier. If you want to do a paper test buy a sword or a pocket knife. If you want a bad**s machete that will get the job done and last a long time, then the hibben IV is for you.
Got this for my Godbrother. Not sharp out the box, but doesn't necessarily need to be, as te weight makes chopping really easy in terms of momentum. Once it has been sharpened, it's even better. Sheath is nice. Rivers would be a geeat addition. I do kind of wish it wasn't described as "hand forged" because both detail an common sense reveals that untrue. Still more pros than cons if you want a heavy duty machete.
Bought this as a gift for a friend and he was thrilled. He put it into a log when he got home right out of the box. Utilitarian and collectible at the same time. I would buy it again.
Good steel, dull on arrival but not hard to sharpen. Very heavy and almost indestructible. Handle is rather wide, good for large hands but a little narrow in thickness. Wrapping was ok. I added a couple of pieces of wood scales and re-wrapped it and it's much better. The blade is -not- hand forged, it's blanked out of thick steel plate and some idiot hammered on it with a ball peen hammer to make it look like it was forged. It would make a superb meat cleaver. I like the sheath, it has a very good fit and retains the blade well. Could use a few rivets for blade safety. With a little sharpening and some cleaning up of the rough grinding it makes an excellent heavy brush hog and chopper. A -lot- of knife for the money.
when i first saw these Rambo style knives i knew just by the description that i had to have one, so i purchased one and when i got it in the mail i was in love with it. the weight and size of it made up for the not so sharp blade it is very well made and the leather sheath is made well also. i purchased another one fore a friend of mine and he loves it also......i recommend this blade fore anyone, Tanks Budk!!
This is a "he-man" machete. It's tough, heavy, and brings out the primitive cave-man in me. It's got a great look and balance for a heavy machete in that the blade will do the work instead of your muscles. I give this 5 BIG stars for being an excellent value and a tough machete. I only have two criticisms of this machete, and they are minor. First, it wasn't sharp at all out of the box. You don't want a razors edge on a high carbon steel machete, but this was pretty much butter knife dull coming out of the box. No problem that I can't fix in a few minutes with my sharpener though. The other minor complaint is that the wrapping on the handle is pretty cheezy. If you are going to hang it on the wall in your man-cave, it's perfect for that. But if you are going to actually use it you will want to wrap it either in a tougher leather or paracord. But those are 2 very minor complaints about a great machete/knife. I can't imagine a heavy cutting job that this beauty wouldn't be able to handle. If you are on the fence about buying one, just do it. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Great for chopping meat & chicken bones for stew and curry, real heavy and clever like blade works great with the butchers block.
When I bought this piece I didnâ€™t know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised, it was heavy, sharp, and thick itâ€™s the type of piece you lose before breakingâ€¦and to do that is to forget it, because youâ€™ll notice if it falls off youâ€¦itâ€™s definitely not for lightweightsâ€¦
Be a man....buy this knife. Especially since the price went down. I can't believe the price dropped. My wife bought me one for Christmas, and I saw the price drop, I bought a second one. Impress your friends, scare off intruders, pull this massive knife out of it's high quality classic leather sheath. This blade is thick, shaped beautifully, and dark colored to bring out the dark side out of you. The sheer weight of this thing will cut/cut anything and cause damage. The only thing I raise caution about is the leather strapped handle. The knife is so heavy that if you go swinging this thing, your hand might slide upward onto the blade and there is vibration after impact. I found a good remedy for this, wear some gloves like open fingered weight lifting gloves and you are good-to-go. I highly recommend this knife. As mentioned, I bought two. One to keep nice and one to beat up. Raise your testosterone naturally, buy this knife.
As a christmas gift, I was looking for something that would last through the years & stand a chance of being abused by an old friend of mine who joined the Marine Corps. about a year ago. I stumbled across this evil looking knife & that was it, instead of buying just one, I bought one knife for myself & for my friend. Two weeks later they finally arrived & I open them up just to inspect the goods, to my sheer amazement they were both better than i could have hoped for. As soon as I picked one of knives up, I knew THIS was the knife i was looking for. Catalog information can only interest you so much, but this knife is worth its "rather hefty" weight in gold. The knives came with an edge, but you wont be slicing paper in one stroke like you see with some knives. The weight guarentees that if you dont cut into what ever you may be swinging at, you will definitely cause a seriously bone crushing hit. All good things about this knife. Now the leather sheath is a piece all its own. It's good quality leather & crafted in a way which should you damage it, tear the stitchings etc.. Its rather easy to repair. The sheath comes with the knife as stiff as a surfboard so it will take some wear before the knife will sheath & un-sheath with ease. Suggestion? work the leather but simply sheathing & unsheathing, its a bit of a pain but if you're not willing to work the leather then you don't need this knife. also remember to oil down the sheath every now & then, keep it from cracking & drying out. Little on the outside and drop some inside and use the knife to get the oil to the bottom. Now Here is where a little home tweeking could come into play. The Knife itself will need little attention with the exception of a honing every three or four months depending on its use, but the cord wrapping around the handle and the lanyard WILL need changing if you use this knife daily. I would suggest 550 paracord for both the lanyard and the wrapping. *notes* May need both hands to hold.
this thing is killer i love it its thick and haevy perfact for chopping things in two im going to recommend this to all my friends. it has a little trouble going in and out of the sheath but thats a miner problem
I really like this machete for the size and its sheath. I was able to get rid of a knife and hatchet when I hike with this machete.. I did modify it a bit. I made the handle a little narrower and made a micarta handle for it.
Wow! What a chunk of steel, I purchased two of these brutes and when the package arrived I couldn't believe the weight of the box!! I am proud of this monster and it took a special place in my collection!!! Thanks Gil, keep up the good work.
i really didnt expect this knife to be so heavy. i love the leather sheath, very sturdy and the hand crafted hammer marks were a fantastic implementation of originality as well as pure authentication. simply an amazing knife.
I've owned this Hibben for a year now. I love everything about this machete. I have taken it on two camping trips and a "survival" camping trip. I have put it through its paces and has fared very well. Only modification I made out of the box was replace the handle and leg wrap with 550 paracord. It is even my choice over my bedside .45 when we had , what we thought was, an intruder at our back door. The only thing I would add to the description would be the finish. The picture looks like a matte finish where it is a dark polished finish.
Bought this knife for my dad, extremely satisfied. It has a perfect balance of being sharp and being weighted enough to swing it. Not too sharp, doesn't need to be nor do you want it to be. WILL take off a limb.
Mind was blown huge machete amazed sheath is great leathers is high quality best ever!!!!! Handles good.
This thing is deadly! I call it the hay-maker of machetes because if you land a hit on someone with this you can easily cause serious damage, even cut off a limb..but if you miss you'll just end up tiring yourself out because this has some weight to it.
This is an awesome Gil Hibben designed blade. BUDK has a better price on this machete-knife than anyone. I paid less than $46 dollars total as a club member (I would have been fine with paying $20 more). The non-club member price is still less than $50 total. The Hibben IV that I received was a brutal piece of 1090 carbon steel with a solid, tough sheath and a good velvet-suede texture cord wrap. I read various reviews at many retailers before purchasing this machete-knife. After receiving it, I feel that most of those people leaving bad reviews were not aware of the type of blade they would receive (almost every product has a lemon now and then). This blade is not for detailed hobby work. Is is a brutal weapon meant to smash whatever has the misfortune to be in front of it (man, beast or brush). It also has massive vintage cool factor. When I first looked at it in person, I thought it looked like the kind of weapon a blacksmith would have had around the shop to avoid being robbed.
I've purchased a lot of items from Budk, including several big knives like the Outlaw Bowie, the El Paso Bowie, and the Ranger Bowie, and they are all quite impressive, but when I received the Hibben IV Machete, I was truly amazed by the sheer weight and size of it - quite stunned really. The forged carbon blade is so thick it will certainly last a lifetime. This is my first Hibben, but it won't be my last. It is no wonder that his designs are world famous.
I don't know what people are talking about saying this Machete is not sharp. It is shipped with the blade in a cardboard sleeve. I took it out and sliced through that sleeve as well as a piece of paper like they were butter. Maybe it wasn't all that sharp a while back, but they apparently listened. These latest reviews though, saying these guys sharpened it so skillfully (This kind of steel doesn't dull or sharpen easily....sounds to me like people trying to brag about their sharpening skills at the makers expense. The mystery snap in the pic is also gone and the wrist lanyard has been lengthened. I think I will take a reviewers advice and add hockey tape to the handle to make it thicker and protect the leather wrap. The sheath. Yes, the Gil Hibben mark is on the backside, WHERE IT BELONGS. Do you were shirts with the tags facing out? The brand is there to show your friends, but why advertise that you have quality. Strangers will want to steal it, or worse, know what they and their toy are up against and come
the best machete ever!!but i do recommend the lansky puck sharpener doesnt cme the sharpest.but easily fixed
Serial# GH5007. A hunk of 1090 steel that is out of this world. Needed sharpening but that was a small matter. Has become an integral part of my bug-out bag. A multi-purpose tool that can hammer nails and so much more. Was glad to get it have seen a cheaper imitation that does not come close. Thanks BudK my Hibben collection is becoming quite impressive.
I just got this today. I have to say this is by far the best Machete I own . Its balanced well and has great wieght to it. The handle is a little small for my hand but I have pretty big hands, Ill just use it with some gloves. The blade isnt that sharp when you get it , but you can put a razor sharp edge on it and , let me tell you ..this thing is a beast. I will be buying 2 more of these really soon. Thanks BUDK !!
Really, I cant believe how massive this thing is! Its not Sharp at all, but its so heavy that every time I swing this big a** blade at something it destroys it... After I got this thing sharpened (needless to say) it cut through the tree in my back yard like butter!!! Buy this now. What the h*** are you waiting for?
A friend of mine gave this to me for Christmas after I said I was thinking about getting one. WOW this is easily one of the best blades I've ever owned. I am excited to own this machete, and thinking of getting a second. The sheer weight, and being 1090 High Carbon makes it a steal at the price BudK sells it for. Plus it is an authentic Hibben. Love the machete and recommend everyone to own at least 1.
Great knife... Comes with a leather handle wrap that I found a bit thin and inadequate, but when I wrapped it with paracord, what a transformation! This thing rocks!!!
Great knife. Can do everything from cutting roots hacking brush to splitting wood. Love it. I do a lot of cooking over open fires and this knife has become a huge help. You can hit it with a hammer and it is solid.
I ordered this machete from BudK and I love it. It's big, heavy and looks like a beast. The sheath is equally as tough as the knife is. This things a brute.
I Bought one of these Rambo Machetes about a year ago and I gotta say It really impressed me. I Had LOW expectations for this knife because It was a "movie knife"....But as soon As I opened the box and held it in my hand, I Knew this was no flimsy movie knife! I Made a few videos on youtube slicing though milk jugs and hacking through 2x6's. Some sharpening is required but if you have a bench grinder and a sharpening stone it won't even be an issue (or you can take it to most any hardware store for $10 and they'll sharpen it for you). i bought 8 of these things, great gift for any outdoors guys.
Bought this knife for a hunting buddy of mine, and when it arrived I instantly fell in love with it. Big, Strong, and heavy; it is the perfect machete. $40 for a knife this nice is hard to find, buy it & you won't regret it.
This is a really interesting knife, but needs sharpening. The sheath is very good quality and the 1/4" thick 1090 steel makes this a serious weapon. The edge is exceptionally hard. I carefully sharpened the blade, polished it, and then applied a patina to the entire knife using heated vinegar. I replaced the handle material with a plain leather scale on each side, then tightly wrapped over the leather scales with para cord. I then applied black hockey grip tape over the cord. This knife was a good buy!
I am not a big fan of chinese knives, but this beast when sharpened, is the perfect camp knife! It just feels right in the hand. Hibben stamped his logo on the back of the scabbard for copy right reasons, the snap was put there to be true to the movie Stallone used the sheath from the Rambo III knife for this machete that he hand forged in the movie. another great BUD-K DEAL!
Short thick and brutal. I love Hibben knives but i am really surprised how quickly this won me over without a bell or whistle in sight.
lol i got it when it was 1090 and this has to be one of the most destructive blades i ever owned(for 60$). it has the ability to really nick anything u swing it against. heavy enough to knock someone out just by hitten them with the back of the blade. i have broke bricks and chopped through about 1/4" through blades not even putting effort into it really lol the only thing i don't like is that if u don't have a mechanical sharpener its gonna be a while to get some where lmao i got to say though raw power from the 1090 by it self. lmao makes Jason Voorhies look like he got a box cutter and one last thing laser the tip to redefine the edge and diamond the rest till u get bout 1.5 inches from the end and keep that duller because u would mostly block with it there and prevents nicks while sparring(lol not like there noticeable at first) a most definitely must have. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate spelling.
I was amazed with the weight with this knife. the 1090 steel is great you want to talk about a great knife this is it as a knife collector this is a great knife and i will always buy from this website and my wish list grows daily if you like knives and swords this should be in your collection and i recommend it to anyone. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate spelling.
Like an unholy lovechild of a machete and a cleaver! It is almost impossible to hold this thing in your hand and not smile. You will feel like a modern day savage warrior. A must-have for any knife collector!
I ordered this machete along with the Hibben Alaskan Survival knife. What the Alaskan knife has in beauty and sophistication, this machete has in pure unadulterated power and beastliness. Only a little extra sharpening was required, and this machete took down anything I tried it on: shrubs, tree limbs, wooden blocks, etc. This might be the ultimate thick jungle machete. It makes Jason Voorhies look like a wimp. It's heavy enough to give you extra confidence but not too heavy to be a burden. The weight is comforting and I'm not quite sure what it would take to break or weaken this knife. Maybe a nuclear apocalypse.
I was looking for a batoning, chopping blade, and man this is it. Did a little sharpening, and this baby was good to go. Great investment!
This is a great machete, its dull out the box (duh), and it has a big handle that might be uncomfortable for people with small hands. The cloth wrap will come off and it os NOT a gil hibben. It is a Licensed replica of a hibben design. This thing is a work horse non the less.
I got this machete on sale for $28 and I must say, it is my favorite machete. Its a bid shorter than I expected but is definitely thick and heavy. Seems great for chopping. The sheath is nice quality and fits well. I have 2 complaints about this knife though. One would be the handle wrap is some kind of cheap fabric, and two would be the condition I received it in. Due to the hot weather, the foam from inside the box actually melted onto the handle and will not come off so one side of the handle is solid white. Mine also came with a bit of rust on it as well. Other than that though, this is a great machete even for double what I paid.
I got this knife just yesterday.....I got to say this is one rock solid peice. It's heavy, thick, and just plainly a beast. It's got a good edge on it out of the box, sadly some Styrofoam mixed with the oil and I had to clean that out of the leather. Good thick sheath, it's a heavy blade, but all in all well worth it.
You get what you pay for. Wished it was lighter but awesome. It wasn't as sharp. It is what it is. Will put the best edge I can on it and then use. Would I recommend it yes. This is a bone crusher with a work out. Thanks for asking will continue to purchase products, I have a passion for collecting cutting tools.
Really heavy duty knife. And a great price. The pommel had a few barbs that I needed to file down but it's still a great purchase.
heavy duty , had to run it over a stone a couple of times , found out it is only heat treated in the middle , an inch on the end and back side was a little softer then the middle with that being said well worth $40 dollars and more
This is a good machete for the price. That being said the blade is a little dull and will require additional sharpening. Also,as others have pointed out,the handel will require an additional four or five windings of leather or cord.
Being from Gil Hibben, I thought "wow" this is going to be great. Overall, it is very good. I like the size and the design. The Chinese did a good job in the manufacture of the blade. However, the blade is a little front heavy for my taste. The point and the blade will need to be sharpened more. The handle could use another two or three windings of leather. The leather on the belt loop of the sheath has already separated before I have taken to the field for evaluation. This is good, but I expected better for the money and the name. The Outlaw Bowie for $19.99 is a better deal in my opinion.
I was very pleased when this "Beast" arrived. It has a good "machete edge" right out of the box. It's not razor sharp but I don't want a razor edge on a chopping machete. The handle will probably need some extra wrapping as I have large hands but this one is much better than one I saw at a knife and gun show.
This monster is heavy, a little dull out of the box and the wrap on the handle could be a little better/thicker but after putting an edge on it and a pair of gloves I took down a dozen small trees about a foot across each without a problem. A lot of fun and a must have for anyone!
Big bulky machete! Very heavy, I had to modify as soon as I got iras the handle was uncomfortable and cording wrapped handle was cheap. Blade was dull, but I after I took a ill weight off , put a new grip on it and sharpened her up its Great!
Talk about a heavy piece of steel!! I was very impressed when I received the Hibben Machete and took it out of the box. The weight behind this tool is unbelievable. I have not yet had the chance to use it, and the only thing I seen that I would liked to have changed was the sharpness of the blade. There is a small edge on it but compared to other knives that I have purchased from BUDK, it was a bit on the dull side. Other than that, I liked it.
Good heft. Pros would want to sharpen it to a keener edge. Good for small brush and bone/joints if you have that need. This is the workhorse. If you want a display one, go for the Hibben III Machete which is superb.
Been shopping for a "QUALITY" machete for some time. Most out there wont manage the thick woods/swamps of Michigan's Upper Penninsula. I had been looking at this machete for some time but didn't like the $80.00 price tag. When it went on sale I immediately ordered it. Was impressed with its weight and the massive blade right out of the box. It arrived fairly sharp. A few strokes of the accusharp and it was ready to go. Only complaint was the handle wrap and the lanyard. Pretty cheaply done considering the construction of the machete. I replaced both with parachord and now its good to go. At this price now, "BUY this BEAST"
i recived this today and all i have to say is WOW. it did have some white stuff on the handle and is a bit heavey and big but besides that great worth the price thx budk GET THIS MACHETE
Great Knife for a great price. I have had mine a long time and it is a beast it is great for a multi-purpose tool. The only thing is the cheap, crappy handle wrap, but I use 550 cord and now that is not a problem. NOT recommended if you have small hands. Be careful while using it because it is sharp and has some weight to it and will easily take a limb off. It is over a 1/4" thick!! BEST leather sheath!
This machete is awesome, I didn't expect it to as big and gnarly as it is. I'm a little dude, only about 5'4 and 120 lbs, but with one swing this machete will bury itself about half way into a six inch tree its quite impressive, but if you have little hands its a little awkward to swing one-handed. It came with a decent edge, definitely could be sharper but with its weight and size it doesn't really matter. I've used mine all summer and fall for chopping down trees and splitting wood I haven't sharpened it yet and still don't need to. Over all this is a wonderful machete and very useful i would recommend it to anyone looking for a big tough useful machete. The only issues i had with mine are the cord handle DOES NOT stay tight and the belt loop ripped the first time i put it on my belt but other then that, both the machete and sheath are excellent.
This machete is amazing!! It's got way more heft than I expected & it came in virtually pristine condition! The blade is nice & sharp, and the wrap on the handle I'd great for people like me with big hands. This is going right into my bug-out pack! I plan on carrying that with me everywhere I go if I have to bug-out anytime.
This is a really solid knife a bargain for the steel quality but could use a little heavier duty handle but really a great buy i strongly recommend.
A great buy except that the steel rusts beneath the leather if not undone and cleaned. It comes dull but even dull it gets the job done. It is heavy and a bit clunky, awkward in the hand but still a great but for any RAMBO fan. I would suggest buying it.
Got this machete replaced, but now I have not a problem with the knife, the only problem is the handle. The leather will unwrap on you. It is an easy fix with super glue. I love this machete it has proven it's self to me ON how hard I will use on the weekends.
This knife is massive. I got it and it needed sharpening bad. the one thing that I can say is that be careful. This blade chips easily I hope after I sharpen this knife the chipping will barely happen hope and pray. Don't get me wrong it is a good knife. I would buy this knife again and again.
I expected this to be a cheap movie blade that would break the first time I used it... I was wrong! I have used and abused it and it takes it. Great for batoning. So far no damage to the edge and its suffered some pretty harsh hits to bone and hard wood. You need to eat a big meal to swing this blade for its not for the faint of heart. This is a great knife if you want an inexpensive heavy metal chopper. Needs a good edge when new but was no problem for the belt sander. Is heavy but I have taken it back packing and didn't hinder me in any way. I suggest gloves when using this blade because it works up some nasty blisters with ease. Overall it has surprised me because I do use it and it is usable. This is a MAN TOOL!!!
I have to give it 4 stars due to the handle as others have noted. I may unwrap the handle and pad it with wood as it doesn't have the best grip when held. Otherwise, this is a heavy, mean knife for the money.
I did not expect much for 40 bucks, but this is a good knife. As said before, the edge is not really profiled well when you get it. Mine had a almost knife edge at the bottom and no sharpening at all for the last 5 inches. I'm currently re-profiling to a common machete edge almost to the edge. As is, it cuts through thick branches. But a quick sharpen and this thing has the proper weight to hack through a great deal. I have the 1090 version. The stain is a standard black with a few hammer dings to "simulate" the movie. I can't wait to see what this thing will do, with a good hot mustard patina and good profile. Sheath is sturdy too.
Well, Upon receiving my "Machete",The first and most important detail that concerned me in all edged instruments and this one in particular,The blade was only sharp enough to cut the cheese. But it had a great heft to it but that made it only more difficult to sharpen. I did notice that the base was blatantly duller than the mid-section and tip. But why only sharpen the middle and up and keep the base dull ? Yeah, Yeah so you can "parry" with it. But who would want to "parry" with a hiltless knife ? Almost a steal at this price. Except of course for the "edge".
My first Gil Hibben purchase. Very impressive weight and construction. I just wish it was sharp. Nice sheath, but as someone already mentioned that the logo faces in. There is a snap on the sheath but I don't know what that is for.
Heavy. Not that Sharp. Sheath has the branding on the wrong side, but fits nice and also made good. This machete seems indestructible. Awesome buy.
So, bought this to round off my Rambo collection. This thing is massive. Funny how the Rambo knives kept getting bigger and bigger..:o) Very well made and took a real sharp edge. Not the most practical though. The wrapped handle isn't very comfortable and you don't feel like you have a very good grip with it. And the lanyard on the handle is way to small for a adult handle to fit though. But, all in all a very cool knife at a very good price.
Blade is heavier than expected, but that's because it's 1/4" thick. Unfinished surface rusts easily if not oiled, seeing as it is 1090 steel. The handle is comfortable to grip. Very dull near the base and gradually sharper near the end. I think this is a good combat feature, seeing as one blocks near the base and attacks with the leading edge, the blade will not chip easily when defending because of it's dullness [near the base]. Haven't used it much yet, but I plan to have it for years to come. My one complaint is that the sheath was made incorrectly, the logo is on the wrong side of it.
I was impressed with this blade the moment I saw it online. This is a world class machete from Hibben, and the price is ridiculously cheap. Can't wait to take this bad boy camping!! Only 4 stars because it came with no sheath snap and needs a bit of sharpening. Great buy, great blade, thanks budk!!
Found this bad boy on the site and realized that it looked just like the one Stallone fashioned in the last Rambo Movie. Have seen similar at other sites for almost double the price. Good sturdy blade, only down side was that it was a little oily on arrival, but I guess that's expected with a 1060 blade
Have looked at this for a while now. Finally decided to take the plunge and get it. It is strong and solid, very strong quality steel. The finish looks amazing and this is the first piece i got the customized 3 letter thing. I really do like it, i would say for the money if you are looking for similar items why not. I think it has collectors value. Although neither of these things i'm about to mention would deter me from buying it all over again i wanted to note that mine game worse than extremely dull. It had no edge whatsoever. it more resembled a grinded flat edge or cut out of stock metal. Even so, i actually don't mind at all. I get to put my own edge on it, its going to take a lot of work but i want to use this as a hatchet/wood working replacement. The way mine came allows me to remove as much metal as i want and i can get the wt appropriate for me. The 2nd slight downfall is the handle is very tall, comfortably thick and well wrapped with a comfortable leather band, but i have small to medium hands and i can tell if i don't reduce some material in the height of the handle it will get uncomfortable chopping against hardwood. This is ok still to me for similar reasons of being able to reduce metal there and maybe even add some grooves for fingers.
This is a very sturdy knife machste. The big problem I have with it was it did not come sharpened. I'm going to have to sharpen it before it is combat ready. This knife is not for everyone. It is much heavier than a regular machete or parang. Overall, it is a sturdy piece of metal.
don't waste your money if you think you're gonna use this walking through the woods cutting a trail or something, its too freakin heavy !! 5 chops and your arm/hand will be tired out ! It was apparently made for Arnold freakin Swartzenegger . The guy in the video was even having to use 2 hands ! ... I was wondering wether to return it or not.....i guess I'll keep it ...be good just to keep at a campsite for cutting kindling or maybe butchering an animal...I agree about the handle , it needs to be thicker..
I got this blade as a project piece. I got rid of the handle wrap and the lanyard right away. After a week of brushing it down with salt water a few times a day, I wrapped it in a vinegar soaked towel. That took all the rust of and got rid of the fake looking finish on the blade. I wrapped the handle with 3M rubber shrink tape and added a paracord lanyard. After a good sharpening, It looked like the Rambo machete from the movie, raw, primal and mean. I use it from everything to clearing brush, taking down small trees, and splitting logs, and it does the job and does it well.
I recieved this machete today and I was super excited. I pulled it out of the box and I was almost disappointed. The sheath is faux leather and the cord on the handle is not very good, and me having large hands, the handle is uncomfortable but that can very easily be fixed. I went to do my usual paper cut test and couldn't slice anything.the thing was duller than a butter knife! The bevel was ridiculously uneven, so I had to reprofile the blade completely. After I got it all shaped, I had no problem cutting with it. It has a good weight. Now I don't want to discourage others from buying this, because it may just be mine that was not up to standard. For $39 it was a decent buy. I would recommend that there be a hand picked option for this item though.
AWESOME BLADE NEEDS SHARPENING BUT THE CONS ARE THE WIEGHT IT WARES U OUT TAKES ALOT OF ENERGY IS TAKEN TO USE IT.
The Blade is very heavy and sharp. Able to chop wood with it. However, the stealth fell apart. It is made of pressed leather. Stealth lasted about a year before starting to crumble.
I am kinda obsessed with knives and machetes, I would highly recommend ANYTHING made or designed by Gil Hibben. How ever I was GREATLY LET DOWN by this machete. It is overly heavy the handle is too thick for comfort for working, the leather wrap for the hand "grip" is a joke as far as Hibben is concerned. It was Dull out of the box, and hard to bring to a good edge. It is called the Hibben IV, which is also a name used for the Hibben Combat machete, of similar design. (Which I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING, DONT WASTE MONEY ON THIS GET THE COMBAT MACHETE made my Hibben it is 20 x the tool this one pretends to be.
I can tell why this was reduced in price from the original nearly $80. For a Hibben knife, this one is awfully off-balanced. Seriously, a person's wrist will very quickly tire out using this as a knife or machete. Examining the thick blade and the off-center balance, this knife would serve better as an axe for chopping up kindling. That is if it were sharp. This knife has literally no edge. I've bought cheap hatchets at Wal-Mart that were sharper. As other reviewers have pointed out, the heat tempering is also unequal along the length of the blade. It's as if the middle of the blade was placed directly over a small heat source but either end of the blade was not heated to the same temperature. The leather wrapping on the handle is also loose and I can tell it will eventually have to be re-wrapped and better secured. Maybe even replaced with a wooden handle. This will make a decent heavy-duty chopping blade once I sharpen the edge. That is going to take some time to do it right, and to re-temper the whole thing. Overall, this knife is proof that attaching a well known name to it doesn't necessarily denote a quality product. Perhaps the design was meant to appeal to our inner barbarian macho-men, but truthfully a lighter, sharper, balanced blade would do the same.
I have 7 Gil Hibben knives. This is the one I wish I had not wasted my money on. You can tell the hardness of steel when you file it. This knife was one big unuseable slab of unequally hardened steel. I would have to re-shape and re-temper it just to make it useful.
If you were buying steel and leather by the pound, this would be a good buy. I've used many machetes and axes, and they are not razor sharp, but they are sharp. This one is not sharp, even for a machete. You should be able to cleave a sapling with one stroke, or clear brush. In a fight, you might use this monster as a sword-breaker if you were strong enough. Might be better used as rifle-plate in your flak jacket.
This knife has a wide handle that takes a large hand size to obtain a secrue grip. Having anything but a secure grip with a knife of this weight is dangerous and uncomfortable. Unfortunately my hand size is average so without modifications to the handel I would not use it. Don't know if it is worth while to try to modify the handel.
This knife you will fall in love with it right when you pick it up. The reason why I gave it such a low rate is that I broke the blade in under an hour. I hit a 2 in branch and when I pulled out the knife part off the blade stayed in the tree. I'm returning it a getting a new one. I hope that the one that I got was just defected, but If you are a collector this will make a great piece in your collection.
I BOUGHT THIS KNIFE BECAUSE THE HYPE THAT IT WAS BAD-ASS AND WHILE IT LOOKS KOOL THE BLADE IS COMPLETELY DULL WHICH MEANS IT DOESN'T CUT AND YOU WILL NEED TO SPEND 7-10 BUCKS TO HAVE IT SHARPENED.. DISAPPOINTED WITH BUDK THAT THEY WOULD SELL SOMETHING THIS DULL... IF YOU BUY IT EXPECT TO HAVE IT SHARPENED MORE OF A NOVELTY THEN A REAL KNIFE.. SHAME!!! RAMBO WOULDNT BE DEAD OUTTA LUCK ..
Train wreck 40, dollars wasted, the leather sheath is junk, but mainly there is no edge on it NONE. Machetes don't have to be sharp but they can't be square edged. You would expect junk for a lesser price, but in this price range some companies make some very good blades this is not one of them DO NoT LISTEN TO THE HIGH REVIEWS ON THIS ONE. BUDK STRIKES AGAIN.
This knife was nothing but a huge worthless dull hunk of metal, not only was it duller than a butter knife it looked like crap, and was just useless I hope with a file and 550 cord I can make it some what worth it but the outlaw bowie is a much better deal for half price. But the Rambo 4 was just a waste of money if you ask me.
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