Martindale Golok vs Cold Steel Latin Machete

Some time ago I had the pleasure to appear on a the Blue Mountain Bushcraft and Outdoors YouTube channel showing and talking about two inexpensive machetes, their history, origin and pointing the pros and cons of each design.

Cold Steel Latin Machete Martindale Golok

I talk a lot and show a lot so you better watch the video if you wan to know what’s good and bad about these two machetes.

Here are some specs
The Martindale Golok
Design Origin: South East Asia

01 Martindale Golock

Blade length: 13″ (33 cm)
Thickness: tapered blade – 4mm down to 2mm
Weight: 1.1 lb (500g)
Blade material: 1080 High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Beech Wood


The Cold Steel Latin Machete
Design Origin: Latin America
Blade length: 18″ (46 cm)
Thickness: 2mm
Weight: 1.1 lb (500g)
Blade material: 1055 High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Polypropylene


Cold Steel Bushman Bowie – Less Obvious Incarnations

Steel – High Carbon spring steel SK-5
Tang – One solid piece of metal with a little hole to accommodate a screw
Length – Total – 31 cm (12″)
Blade – 17.5 cm (7″)
Grind – Hollow
Weight – 280 g (9.9 oz)
Thickness – 2.5 mm (3/32″)
Sheath – Rather crappy nylon pouch but does the job

CS Bushman knife 01

I don’t sell these things but have to be honest. The Cold Steel Bushman Bowie knife is one freakin’ versatile tool. Take just the knife with you (it’ll barely show from under you shirt) and you have:

1. A knife
CS Bushman knife close up
2. A javelin
3. A boar hunting spear with wings (lugs)
Bushman vertical frame

3. A native american spearhead knife

spearhead knife

4. And a machete/parang

CS Bushman Machete

All you need to unleash the potential lays right around you in the woods. Get yourself a walking stick and you can quickly turn your knife into a very effective weapon. I really like this thing and its versatility.