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For the Killing Floor 2 weapon, see knives.
Trader Machete.png
Pricing: £500 (£375)
Weight: 1 block
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The Machete is useful for decapitating Clots, Bloats and Gorefasts. The Machete is basically a more powerful version of the Knife, as both of them have the same range and nearly the same attack speed (machete is slightly slower) while the machete deals higher damage (more than double). The Machete deals considerably less damage than the Fire axe, but is much lighter which conserves weight-blocks. The Machete's alt-fire deals more damage but is slower than the primary-fire.

The low weight of the Machete can also make it a useful backup weapon while conserving weight for heavier weapons. It is the lightest melee weapon available weighing at only one block.

The Machete may be found lying on the ground.


The berserker perk receives bonuses for the use of a Machete and spawns with one at level 5.

Level Discount Price Sale value Hit damage Fire mode DPS
Primary Alternate Primary Alternate
Base £500 £375 70 130 98 118
0 10% £450 £336 77 143 108 130
1 20% £400 £299 84 156 124 148
2 30% £350 £261 98 182 151 182
3 40% £300 £224 112 208 173 208
4 50% £250 £186 126 234 204 244
5 60% £200 £149 140 260 236 283
6 70% £150 £111 140 260 246 295


  • Hit-and-run tactics works extremely well with the Machete, basically run forward and slash, then run backwards to wait for the cooldown, then run forward and slash again (repeat until the specimen dies).
  • Avoid engaging Sirens, Scrakes, Fleshpounds and the Patriarch due to the Machete's low damage output.

Advantages & disadvantages[edit]


  • Cheap
  • Fast attack rate
  • Often found lying around
  • Decapitates lesser specimens with a single slash (1.25x headshot bonus)
  • Lightweight
  • Allow experienced players to perform Scrake flinch trick for speedkills
  • Extremely useful in the hands of a Level 3+ Berserker or a high level Field Medic
  • Makes a good backup weapon to heavy, low ammo weapons


  • Limited range
  • Nearly useless against the late-game specimens: see Tactics


It seems to be an Ontario Knife Company Spec Plus SP8 Machete, but it lacks the rear side saw teeth and lanyard hole.

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