Palawan Blade




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The TrailBlade machete merges jungle-tested Palawan design with Crucible’s CPM 3V steel. Built with comfortable canvas Micarta handle and low-profile Kydex and Nylon sheath, this blade is the ultimate outdoor and survival tool.

Splitting firewood in one chop


  • CPM 3V Steel for superb edge retention and toughness
  • Ergonomic Canvas Micarta Handle for durability, comfort, and long days of use
  • Genuine Palawano Design copied directly from an original, well-loved, Palawano-made, Bekuku style machete from Palawan, Philippines
  • Perfect Balance means no painful shock to the hand or wrist while delivering a blow, providing gentle feedback to guide use
  • Full Edge Utility achieved through a completely straight cutting edge
  • Encapsulated Tang for handle durability and security
  • Low-profile Sheath made from Kydex and ballistic nylon

3V vs Other Steels

We chose 3V steel because we wanted a super-strong blade with a long-lasting edge that wasn’t too hard to sharpen. 3V fit the bill and outperforms other popular stainless steels.

*Relative performance calculated from Crucible Industries’ 3V data sheet.


Straight Cutting Edge

The straight cutting edge:

  • Extends cutting action to the end of the blade, where the highest cutting velocity is found. Perfect for brush and tall grass.
  • Gets into (or around) tight spaces to cut where other machetes can’t reach.
  • Excellent as a drawknife: peel the bark off a tree, or shave a log.
  • Straight-edge reference.

Dynamic Convex Grind

Although more difficult to manufacture, the TrailBlade’s dynamic convex grind out performs other grinds:

  • Minimizes contact in the cut to reduce sticking and improve ease of removal.
  • Grind is adjusted along the length of the blade for ideal performance.


The TrailBlade duplicates the balance of the original Palawano design giving it a superb weight-to-performance ratio. It packs a massive punch while weighing less than other similarly-sized blades.

“I love this machete, it chops like an axe!” ~ Ross Mason

  • Thick near the handle for added strength, but thin at the end for less resistance.
  • Narrow at the handle and gently curving up to the widest part of the blade at the ideal chopping point.

 Handle Shape

“This is how it’s supposed to be; it’s perfectly balanced.” ~ Knife maker and enthusiast at Smokey Mountain Knife Center.

  • Curved handle lets the hand slide back while completing a swing. This reduces fatigue and increases performance. The TrailBlade is at home in your hand all day!
  • Smooth Micarta mimics the mango root wood used in the original Palawano-made machetes, reducing friction on the hand while remaining easy to grip solidly, both wet and dry.
  • Prominent edges at the back of the handle provide a strong tactile indicator of the handle position in hand.
  • Unique end design reflects Palawano styling and serves to reduce weight.

Curved End for Digging

You can dig with the TrailBlade! Because the curve at the end is not sharp, the sharp edge can be oriented away to avoid dulling it.

Digging with the TrailBlade

Straight Tip

  • The TrailBlade tip works effectively as a short pickaroon; you can quickly pick up pieces of wood without bending over to grab them.
  • Using the pickaroon feature, the TrailBlade can be stashed in the side of a tree, allowing you to go from hand-on-the-machete, to hands-free very efficiently.

The Palawano people use their machetes for every aspect of their daily life. The TrailBlade is perfect for:

  • clearing fields
  • cutting trails
  • carving tools
  • making baskets
  • building houses
  • digging edible roots
  • harvesting coconuts and other jungle bounty
  • managing cooking fires

Here in the US, in addition to the original uses, we’ve found many new uses and look forward to discovering many more. We think the TrailBlade is perfect for:

  • bushwhacking
  • building shelters
  • collecting firewood
  • making kindling
  • digging holes for waste
  • cleaning fencerows
  • pruning trees and trimming bushes
  • impressing your friends
  • and more!

We’re looking forward to hearing how you use yours!

“I use my old tukew [Palawano Bekuku style machete] for butchering deer. It’s perfect for that. That’s what I’d use the TrailBlade for.” ~Ron Williams


Weight 3.6 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 4.5 × 4.5 in
Blade Finish

Classic, Natural, Acid


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