A broad blade that is used as an ax or as a short sword for combat. The machete blades are usually around 35.5 to 45 cm long and around 3 mm in thickness. Machetes are seen in use in most of the tropical and sub-tropical areas. However, machetes have their use as an outdoor gear as well. Because of their ax like structure, machetes are great for cutting down tree branches that can help in clearing a path while in the wilderness. Hence, as a survival knife, machetes are quite exceptional, in case you get attacked by some wild animal, you can easily slash at it with a machete. Though used widely, machete varies from culture to culture, look for what suits your needs and style. SwordsSwords has a nice range of machetes as an outdoor survival gear.