My Dad always had this machete that I kept after he died. We lived on the edge of the woods and believe it or not, kudzu would creep in and took over the yard. Dad actually needed a machete. He didn’t do any jungle fighting overseas. He did his jungle fighting in our backyard. His machete was an earlier Collins & Company Hartford Engineers Machete that was 22 inches long. After tests the US Army decided to give soldiers an 18-inch machete because it was easier to wield this in the dense undergrowth in the islands of Southeast Asia. It was made of high carbon steel and came with a textile sheath that avoided the degradation that leather would go through in tropical climates.