Ontario vs Tramontina Machete 18″ Review/Test

When I first went out to purchase a machete I had these 2 models in mind and didn’t know which was better.

I bought em both, so I hope you can learn which one you want better for which task, they both have their advantages. I bought the tram from survival-pax.com I think I paid $7.


honest reviews says:

tramontina is better , ontario’s handle is the worst , it vibrates allot, and you have to modify the edge to make it cut decent. good steel but bad desighn. tramontina is cheap and good !

Elan Sun Star Photography says:

Have had 60 Ontarios in 5 years for coconuts Love the metal and the width..the black coating is great. You can spray the metal with black epoxy and then sharoen it on the edge if you want to prevent additional; rust. I cut of 3 inches of length on the tip dont need that length..I had one that stayed sharp fr over 18 months used daily

Awesome Bent says:

Insane. The Ontario coats around 130 Euro over here.

myster. E Jones says:

I’m surprised you didn’t hurt yourself. you’ve successfully compared apples with oranges. I just don’t get why. Please put some boots on & work safe next time. You set an appalling example, remember that kids watch this stuff, and your countrymen love to sue people, good luck with that, kind regards from England. ☺

Bill Blake says:

Jeez louize, WHY WHY WHY Buy a Machete ( or two ) to review and then put it through a test that only a fool would use a machete for. Who in their right mind is going to chop through logs with a Tramontina Machete? Brush clearing is the sole purpose of what those hunnies are used for. Yes it is possible to chop through some types of wood but a hard use Kukri or an axe is usually the way to go with hard woods. I have a Busse NMSFNO and this even sucks at going through logs. The bush in the background is making fun of you, yes that pretty green one, go and schwack it ( I know you already did a little )……Thanks for the video, and you also have a lovely home ( so perhaps best to not go schwack the pretty green bush!!!)

paulie 4x says:

Say Heah, It’s that time of the year to wake the Machetes out of Hibernation, I have the Military 18″ Ontario Machete, But I also like my Ontario Blackie Collins Heavy Duty Machete, just because of its lenght, and I like the D-Ring Handle on it, It came with without the d-ring handle. That little bit extra lenght really helps clearing out a camp area and makes short work of it. I also like my Woodsman Pal Premium Machete. Both do a great job for the intended purpose. But Yeah, Hip Hip Hurray for the U.S. of A. Job well done.

DALE thebelldiver says:

You’re a dork. Beating the bushes like a pussy. I know; sit on both at the same time.

paulie 4x says:

Say Heah, you brought up a interesting point that I found interesting, and that is a thinner blade can baton good, I noticed that between my Ka-Bar Becker BK-9 and my O.K.C. Gen2 SP-51, both are great wood processing tools, but the BK-9 is .188″ thick = 3/16th’s, and the SP-51 is .250 = 1/4″ thick, yet my BK-9 does a great job when I baton with it. But I also find a relief edge in a Saber Grind also does better than a Flat Grind because I think there’s more wood drag with the Flat Grind, so I feel the Flat Grind is more of a slicer and a Saber Grind chops more like a axe, Yeah I like my O.K.C Military Version 18″ Machete, it’s been proven over the years and it’s made in the U.S.A. Yeah you also brought up a good point as far as weight, a heavier tool has more power when chopping, so I will chose a winner, I think the O.K.C. Machete won.

sackett68 says:

Im not surprised with your impressions and results…the Tramontina was made for jungle environments more vines and brush then hard woods. So the heavier Ontario would of course be better for hard woods. But both are winners in my book. I own both and you can really go wrong with either one. Thanks for the vid!

lamacorn Jr says:

cuz why not 😀

Jaisen Torres says:

just subscribed , realy great review !!!
looking foward to more vids.

timothy thomas says:

Maybe someone from the US should do the test . Because since one is Canadian and you are Canadian then there could be Bias ?

oldtimer4567 says:

Stopped watching as soon as you decided to baton with them. It’s getting to the point where every knife review, no matter what type of knife it is had to be “batoning tested”! There’s probably soon be fillet knife reviews where they’ll add the, “let’s see how well it batons some wood”! Or, the “ACME Butter knife” review that’ll go like this, “I just bought my wife this set of dollar store butter knives. Let’s see how well they’ll baton some wood & I’ll try some feather sticking. Then, I’ll try striking a ferro rod. Might have to grind the spine to 90° before I try that tho.” Batoning, feather sticking, 90° spine & striking a ferro rod is becoming the absolute review standard FOR EACH & EVERY KNIFE, OF EACH & EVERY TYPE, reviewed on YouTube.

Matt Jones says:

Thanks for the review! What did you use to modify yours, a file? I got the majority of the blade convexed but have not done the scandi grind section yet.

Matt Jones says:

It also looks like you got a new “heavy duty” ontario since it is thicker. My ontario is the 12 inch and it is actually thinner than my 14 inch Tramontina.

Father Sha says:

Hard to take machete advice from a guy in flip flops

Ultra2k says:

Where did you find this for $7??? It’s always $15-25

Herbert Hoppe says:

you dont know how to use a machete

DominicanRegulator says:

You should stick with just stuff.Bad review!

Fred Freedom says:

You should feel free to use your stuff how you see fit – I, however, don’t think that machetes were ever intended to split wood, much be batoned. Would have liked to see a full unboxing, but otherwise I enjoyed your review. Keep up the great work!

Mike Baker says:

Hey, Safety,Safety, and more Safety. Eyes (probably not safety glasses….I don’t know), Hands,and Feet. Hope you don’t have a mishap; they are not fun. Accidents do happen. Thank You. Enjoy Life!!!

Yoshi Egg says:


CraftySpeedPotion - SurvivalGameplay and More! says:

Ontario made tramontina look like a little cry baby (O_O)

Craig Lumpy Lemke says:

Could I get a glass of Chardonnay?

sam nelson says:

deerrr, how about cutting corn stalks, clearing weeds on rocky ground, or cuttings vines encroaching on trails or crops.
The tramonina is an agricultural working tool. The Ontario is a military design for clearing brush around a guard post.
I prefer a plastic handle in the moist tropics, but a wood one in drier areas. The plastic is maintenance free and will work everywhere.

MrKelso159 says:

I bought a 24 inch and a 14 inch Tramontina  40 years ago at a flea market believe it or not where a man had them in a barrel where I paid about 18 dollars for both. I keep them razor sharp and they out perform anything I have used since. I like the shape of the tramontinas better. I love the 14 ” cause it’s not so long and easier to carry.  My handles came rounded off with no sharp edges to hurt my hands. Didn’t have to touch them.  Mine seem to be better then what they make now. Good review and thanks for doing it.

Joe Shepard says:

Where are you finding the tramontina so cheap? They are $15 and up on amazon and bladeHQ doesn’t carry them.

bloodgout says:

Batoning a machete through wood. Seriously?

Reginaldo Marques says:

tbm bora aprender corta madeira…kkkk

jorge greiner says:

O facão Tramontina obviamente terá uma qualidade inferior, embora sua lamina seja bem projetada é um machete de baixo custo (aqui no Brasil varia de $ 6 a 8 Dolar’s), em quanto um Machete Ontário 12″ por aqui custa na faixa de $ 60 dolar’s… Eu poderia enviar 10 machetes em troca de um Ontário (kkkkk). Gostaria muito de testar um Ontário nas Selvas brasileiras, embora o alto custo do mesmo me impede.

Thomas Rosendahl says:

How big of a difference do you think there is with the 18 inch model compared to a 22-24 inch tramontina or imacasa in chopping? how much more leverage will you get when chopping through thick wood. best regards

qzetu says:

Out there in your sandals cutting shit up like a boss. LoL. I actually found a Ontario with a leather sheath in the trash. It had some rust on it and it was bent slightly but I got it looking good now. I am assuming you didn’t put an edge on the Ontario yet, so that could be the problem. Mine slices through brush like nothing. Both machetes have their uses. It’s awesome that such quality tools are so cheap. Thanks for the video.

maggiealena says:

I have a belgian machete and many Tramontina machetes. I don’t use the machetes to baton wood. I have a tree farm that I use them to clear brush along the fence of a 30 acre property. Never had an Ontario but the Tramontina when sharp is an excellent machete. plus it cost less. As you said 3 to 1 difference. I think if you are in the military the Ontario would be the best for a soldier, it would be more useful for fighting and jungle clearing. All around the Tramontina is the best machete. its made for the jungle.

hu hoolala says:

can u plz do a review on gerber gator bush machete


my tramontina is 30 years old . I paid 3 bucks for it . my Ontario is 10 years old old . your comments are correct .

RDLONG30 says:

Chopping with a thinner blade takes a different technique.

Larry Koziol says:

Both are great blades w/ just a little work. The 12″ Ontario is my go to chopper as I’m in the mountains but I prefer a !6″ 18″ Tramontina for real machete work.

lamacorn Jr says:

xD im your second subscriber .;,;. 😀

Colombiano671 says:

the tramontina has a thinner handle because with machetes you should not use a death grip while making cuts…..because using a hammer grip while using a machete is a sure way to get blisters while cutting light vegetation…..thats why the tramontina and other authentic south american machetea have thinner handles to utilize the pinch grip which greatly reduces formation of blisters….a pinch grip is easier to perform with thinner handles in comparison to thicker handles….again ontario designed there machete to cut slightley heavier materials like wood which requiered a thicker blade stock and handle….while traditional south american machetes have thinner blade stocks and handles to allow the user to cut vegetaion with minimal fatigue due to a lighter machete….thats not to say traditional machetes cannot chop wood ofcourse it can ive seen it done many times while in colombia but whats important is technique…..while chopping wood with lighter traditional machetes it is best to pull the machete straight out without causing torque on the blade to prevent the blade from snapping…

USAW Craig says:

are your mom and dad gonna be mad that you were cutting down growth ing their back yard?

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