- Cane knife
A cane knife is a large hand-wielded cutting tool similar to a
machete. [cite web | last = | first = | title =Invasive Plants:Weeds of the Global Gardens | url=http://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/sustainable/handbooks/invasiveplants/3.html | accessdate = 2008-02-08] Its use is prevalent in the harvesting of sugarcanein dominant cane-growing countries such as Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, Ecuador, Cuba, the Philippinesand parts of the United States, especially Louisianaand Florida, as well as Hawaii. It is the primary tool used in countries that do not employ mechanical means for harvesting cane. In the Philippines, particularly in the island of Negros, itinerant sugarcane cutters called "sacadas" employ this blade, which they call an "espading". The term is borrowed from the Spanish word "espada", meaning "sword".
A typical cane knife is characterized by a
hardwoodhandle, a full tang, a deep blade and a hook at its tip used for picking up the cut cane, although some types do not employ this feature. The blade is usually more than 12 inches long and is usually a millimeterthick, thinner when compared to the machete or bolo; this facilitates cutting the cane quickly as the harvester slashes the cane at an angle - a thin blade slices through better than a thick blade.
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