Cold Steel Panga Machete
From the makers of some of the best machetes in the world, Cold Steel's Panga is a tribute to the traditional African tool that was similar in design to a standard machete. The Panga (plural: Pangas) comes from a Kiswahili word that was used to describe large bladed weapons. See Video Here.
Panga Machete Details
- Blade Length: 16"
- Overall Length: 21 5/8 "
- Blade Thickness: 2mm
- Hanlde: Made of long polpropylene.
- Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish.
- Total Weight: 19 oz (w/out sheath)
- Accessory Sheath: Cor Ex material - (sold separately)
The machete is the most trusted bush tool in the survivalist arsenal. Excellent for tough treks through thick wilderness and jungle environments, as well as an effective weapon for hunting and self defense.
What Does Cold Steel Have to Say About the Panga?
"The Panga machete is the standard machete pattern used throughout most of the African continent. Offering a wide blade with an upswept point, it is an excellent tool for cutting thick brush and chopping down saplings and small trees. As an agricultural tool (cutlass), it is an essential partner in harvesting corn and sugar cane."
The blade is formed from a high carbon steel with extremely strong and flexible properties. A test at the Cold Steel Knives facility demonstrated the blade can bend a full 90° without breaking. This does not indicate 'flimsiness', a flexible blade is designed to hack for efficiently than rigid blades.
General Machete Info
The term machete is actually the Spanish version of the English word, "Matchet", which is very rarely used even in English.
There are many variations of this type of tool/weapon, the Panga (or Tapanga) is the weaponized version originated in Africa. The design is extremely similar to a parang, or bolo.