In 2014, Skif expanded the range of cutting tools it produces and, in addition to the new fixed-blade knife models, introduced two machetes: the Skif MK-001 is almost a classic machete shape and the Skif MK-002 is a kind of hybrid machete and kukri.
Machete Skif MK-002 steel 420J2, description, specifications, review, work experience.
Key Features of the Skif MK-002 Machete.
Full length: 465 mm
Blade Length: 330 mm
Blade Thickness: 3 mm
Blade Material: 420J2 Steel
Claimed steel hardness: 52-54 HRC
Handle Material: Craton
Steel 420J2 with a hardness of 52-54 HRC from which the Skif MK-002 machete blade is made is a pretty good choice for a tool that will mainly be subjected to shock loads. Of course, it cannot boast of some outstanding characteristics, but it is plastic, which will allow to avoid chipping the cutting edge, has excellent corrosion resistance and can be sharpened in the field literally on any suitable stone.
The center of gravity of the Skif MK-002 machete is shifted to the tip of the blade, which allows you to make the blow as strong as possible. This has a beneficial effect on the speed and productivity of cutting both small branches and quite solid thickness of branches. Thick, from 10 centimeters and more, logs for the Skif MK-002 machete are also not a problem, however this is still not an ax. The ergonomic handle with a small, non-aggressive notch contributes to the convenience of work to a large extent..
With chopping reeds and reeds, and in fact this is the direct purpose of the machete, the Skif MK-002 has no problems at all. Regardless of the thickness, the stems are easily cut at the very base, only have time to lay them in sheaves. But a small shrub can cause some problems. It’s not always possible to immediately cut it down; it simply takes light flexible branches away from the blow, leaving them intact. Therefore, here it is necessary to chop or at the base, closer to the ground, where the branch is thicker, or hold them with your hands.
I would also like to mention the black textured coating of the machete Skif MK-002. In places of contact with the tree, it is smoothed out and the whole texture is lost, and in those places where the texture still remains clogged with sawdust and garbage. To clean the blade after work, you will need at least a brush. Of course, these nuances do not affect the overall performance, but the appearance of the Skif MK-002 machete after just a few minutes of operation becomes so shabby, as if it had been chopped for a couple of years at least. It is unclear what prevented the manufacturer from making a simply smooth black matte finish..
The Skif MK-002 machete comes with solidly made black nylon scabbard. Due to the specific shape of the blade and for the convenience of extracting the machete from the scabbard, the upper part is only half full. Further to the base, a cut is made, which is fixed by two snap fasteners. A simple suspension provides the possibility of wearing a mosque on a waist belt. However, the weight and dimensions of the Skif MK-002 make this procedure not entirely pleasant..
Normally sitting down already becomes difficult, and almost 600 grams of weight on the comfort belt does not add. It would be much more practical to make a suspension for carrying on a belt, which is called free, and use a Velcro-type textile fastener (Velcro) in its design to be able to put on and remove the sheath without having to unfasten the waist belt.
General conclusion after working with a machete Skif MK-002.
In general, the Skif MK-002 machete liked it. It is suitable for lovers of everything universal, as it combines the qualities of a large heavy camp knife, an ax, at least inferior, but a shovel and even a hammer somewhere. It should be borne in mind that manufacturers have long sought to create universal things, but successful solutions were still very rare. And the saying is the universal enemy of the good, as a rule, is true. Therefore, the Skif MK-002 machete is not able to fully replace either a large knife, an ax, or a shovel. You can buy this machete here.