The Ontario 1-18 Sawback Machete features an 18" full tang 1095 carbon steel blade with a black zinc phosphate finish. The back of the 1-18 Sawback Machete features super sharp teeth on the spine of the machete - hence "sawback" in the name. The 1-18 Sawback Machete has a high impact polymer handle that is shatterproof and features steel compression rivets. Overall, the 1-18 Sawback Machete is 23.25" long with a blade thickness of .125".
The 1-18 Sawback Machete does not come with a sheath, but a separate 18 Inch Machete Sheath can be purchased for this model.
More about the 1-18 Sawback Machete: Ontario has been manufacturing the 1-18 Sawback Machete under U.S. Government Specs for over 60 years. The 1-18 Sawback Machete is one of the most popular 18 Inch Machetes on the market today.
Ontario Part Number: 6145 or 6144
Posted by LVPG on 20th Aug 2011
Gotta get one!
Tell me I can get an 18”, 1095 steel blade, with a saw-tooth back, for under $20 and you’ve got my attention. Well, that’s what you get with the Ontario machete. Clearly, in the decision between better components with less “finishing,” or lower level components and more finishing to make it “pretty”-- Ontario chose the former [the first].
You have to go into the Ontario Machete with an open eye. Understanding material, labor and shipping costs, you quickly realize there simply cannot be a lot of fine finishing to maintain the price-point here. So, you’ll see some imperfections in the fit of the scales and the blade will need to be modified for your needs. Again, for under $20, I’ll take this with a big smile.
I spent 20 minutes putting a new profile and edge on my machete. Though the scales could be sanded down a bit to improve fit, the slight over-size doesn’t really bother me.
With its heavier-than-most design, I have found this machete to be second to none when chopping saplings for shelter building or vines for cordage. In my opinion, it does an equal or better job than tomahawk or hatchet in pure hacking ability. Add to it the much larger ‘sweet-spot’ of an 18” blade and you have a wonderful tool for shelter-craft.
There are some great YouTube videos on the Ontario Machete. There is an abundance of modifications you can make to a machete with respect to sharpening/grinding. Some find re-profiling the lower portion to a ‘scandi-grind’ for better carving. Others find grinding a sharp 90 degree edge on a surface useful for use with a fero-rod—thus making the tool a multi-function tool. For me, the straight re-profile throughout the blade has made this a “hands-down” great hiking tool; one that you just gotta get for under $20.
Again, an Ontario product is offered, here, at a price-point below its real value. Pick one up before they are gone.