TOPS Knives has recently released El Chete. It is a large, heavy machete built for one purpose: chopping. This tool is made from one piece of 1/4″ thick 1095 high carbon steel. It’s meant to be heavy so the user can use the weight of it to aid in chopping wood.
El Chete also introduces to new finishes. First is a wicked new blade finish called Acid Rain. The steel is treated, then covered with a clear layer of Cerakote to protect the high carbon steel from rust. Second is sandwiched Micarta handles. The handle is thick on this piece so that it fits the user’s hand like an ax or hatchet handle would. TOPS accomplished that by sandwiching two different colors of Micarta between a red liner. The handles look great, but also serve a purpose, which is a staple for the brand. TOPS makes tools that are meant to be used first, aesthetics are secondary.
Need to clear brush for your campsite? Need to chop away on a fallen tree to collect firewood? Need to split that wood to make a fire? Need to make a shelter from the materials found in the forest? This is what El Chete was made for.
Finish it off with a well-designed out-the-front Kydex sheath and you have a tool that will process wood of many different sizes on your next campout.
Overall Length: 17.5”
Blade Length: 12.0”
Cutting Edge: 11.38”
Blade Thickness: 0.25”
Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
Blade Finish: Acid Rain
Handle Material: Sandwiched Black Canvas and Green Canvas Micarta
Knife Weight: 29.5oz
Weight w/ Sheath: 37.5oz
Sheath Material: Black Kydex
Sheath Clip: Spring Steel or Leather Dangler
Designer: Leo Espinoza