We never run out of things to talk about regarding self defense weapons. Recently, we received an email through our Mailbag that reads, “Which is a better self defense weapon between the machete vs katana?”
Based on experience and research I would personally go for machete than katana. This is because a machete provides more tactical advantages than katana.
Here is a quick comparison of the features of a machete vs katana:
- It is easier to draw than a katana due to its shorter blade length.
- The machete is more concealable than a katana because of its shorter overall length.
- The heavier weight of the machete actually adds power upon its impact to a target during a downward slash.
- Unlike a katana, using a machete does not require much skill.
- Aside from the self defense aspect, a machete provides a lot of usage. This can be used to clear obstacles like vines and branches plus it can also be used for hunting and cooking which makes it a great survival tool.
- This self defense weapon is easy to maintain.
- The machete can be bought cheaper than a katana
- Some training or skills are actually required when handling a katana to ensure its effective use and for safety reasons.
- The long blade of the katana has the tendency to accidentally hit something when swinging it in narrow spaces, however, this provides a longer reach when stabbing.
- A katana’s edge and tip is sharper than a machete but its thin blade has the tendency to snap when hitting hard objects.
- It is easier to swing in any direction but it requires more momentum in order to provide serious damage.
- A high-quality katana, which closely resembles the features of the one used by the Samurai can be very expensive.
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