Camillus Carnivore Machete Review

The Camillus Carnivore is a type of machete that every outdoors man over enthusiast wants.   It is very durable with cool features giving it many uses.  Not only is it useful for a lot of different things but it looks awesome! The 12 inch blade sits on comfortable, camouflage handle made to grip.

  Is this For Me?

For me personally, yes!  If you are looking for a fun machete to play around with in the woods, to cut through dense foliage on your hunting trip or to just chop up your Christmas tree that has been sitting in your back yard for 6 months then I would say this is a good match for you too!

Blade and Sharpness


Camillus Carnivore

The Carnivore is very durable machete that will hold up very well while you hack away at a tree or post.  The blade is full tang 440 stainless steel.  Full tang means that the blade extends all the way through the handle.  This ensures blade extra strength, as well as it makes the machete more balanced.   440 stainless steel is a high carbon steel, which makes them the hardest, strongest and wear resistance.   440 steel also exhibits great resistance to water, foods, weak acids and air.  The smooth polished surface helps the steel resist corrosion.  This is a high quality blade for the price of the machete.    This blade also is titanium bonded which helps with corrosion as well as makes the steel three times harder than the regular steel.

Handling and Grip

The handle on the Camillus Carnivore is contoured to fit comfortably into your hand.   The handle material itself is not particularly great for gripping but the shape of the handle provides the grip that you need to hold onto the machete while it is in use.   Another great part about this machete, even though this does not improve the function of the tool, the handle is camo!  I like cool looking things and camouflage totally qualifies as cool.  The handle is composed of ABS Plastic.  ABS stands for  amorphous thermoplastic terpolymer.   This is a heavy duty plastic that is often used for common work knife handles.  ABS plastic provides a good balance of toughness and rigidity.


One machete that stood out to me was the Ontario SP8 Machete.  This machete is similar in structure as well ass pretty close in price.  Its blade is made out of 1095 carbon steel instead of the 440 stainless steel.  These two steels are comparable in sharpness, strength and durability.  The blade on the Ontario is 10 inches instead of 12 and there is no hardware on this knife holding the handle onto the tang.  This makes the handle very unlikely to fall off or break apart.   If you are interested in this machete, follow this link.  Ontario SP8 Machete


Ontario SP8 Machete

Other Capabilities of the Carnivore

This machete has a few other capabilities more than the regular hacking.  It has a saw, a chisel at the tip of the blade as well as a notch for wire cutting.  The Camillus Carnivore also includes a sheath and a lifetime warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • 18 inches over all length
  • 12 inch blade
  • ABS Handle


This is a good machete for going out and cutting, chopping, swinging and having a good time.  It will hold up as well as you treat it.  The harder you use it, the faster it will dull.   It is a great deal for a machete in its category and price range.  If you are interested in this machete click this link. Camillus Carnivore.  But don’t wait because prices are always changing!!

I always buy my outdoor tools from amazon because they are a safe site and they can offer the most competitive prices.



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