Ok, I know it’s just a movie, but that scene from Crocodile Dundee is always going to be one of my favorites.
Dundee, a tough guy from the Australian wilderness, is visiting New York City when a mugger pulls a switchblade on him.
“He’s got a knife!” says his smoking hot lady friend.
“That’s not a knoif,” Dundee says. “THAT’S a knoif.”
Then he pulls out a HUGE knife that he’s carrying across his back, under his jacket.
The knife is so big that the switchblade-wielding punk fills his pants and takes off running… but not before dropping his puny weapon first!
Well, “Crocodile” had the right idea about surviving in the urban jungle of Manhattan – and the reasons why all have to do with…
7+ Urban Survival Uses For The Machete
Now, I’m not saying you should carry a giant knife or machete around with you as an “everyday carry” blade.
But for survival purposes – especially in urban areas – you may want to consider something much bigger than your pocket knife.
And I realize that when most people think of “urban” tools and weapons, they don’t really think of the machete.
That’s because the machete has always been more of a wilderness survival tool – or at least, most people think of it that way.
That’s a mistake!
If you treat it like it’s only for when you’re out in the woods, you’re missing out on a great tool for survival and self-defense in ANY environment, including urban and suburban places.
Even if you’re miles away from the nearest blade of grass, the machete can do TONS of things for you:
You can use the blade for leverage, making the machete a crowbar and even a breaching tool (to bust open locks that might be between you and safety).
You can use it as an emergency extraction tool, for cutting your way through seat belts, smashing your way through glass, and even cutting holes in sheet metal to rescue somebody in a car accident.
In a short-term collapse or “WROL/SHTF” sort of situation, you can use it as an urban and suburban foraging tool – to do everything from chop wood from suburban trees, to digging latrines when the plumbing stops working (too bad about that public park, but you gotta do what you gotta do).
It also makes a great general purpose utility, escape, and evasion tool, which you can use to smash open doors while searching for supplies in abandoned buildings, cut sections of tarp, or lengths of rope, and much more.
And yes, just like “Crocodile Dundee” did, you can use the machete as a kind of “urban sword,” as a powerful and intimidating self-defense weapon!
There’s just one problem…
Not all machetes are created equal.
That doesn’t stop some manufacturers from trying, of course.
Recently, for example, Wal-Mart upgraded their cheap, piece-of-junk “camping” machete…
…to a slightly better cheap, piece-of-junk “camping” machete.
That’s not the kind of “weapon” you want to trust your life to!
It’s heavier than all the other machetes on the market (on purpose) because of the special steel we use that’s so much stronger than what other companies – even the ‘”big boys” – try to pass off for field use.
It’s a knife that even Crocodile Dundee would look at and say, “Now that’s a knoif,” and you can check it out for yourself here.
Frankly, there is no better machete on the market.