The bolo has a long blade that widens near the tip, with a hardwood handle and a full tang.
- Length: 18 inches
- Weight: 1.5 lbs
The bolo is primarily used for cutting through vegetation, but can also be used as a melee weapon, much like the similar machete. Because the blade widens near the tip, the center of gravity is further forward than blades of similar size, giving the weapon greater momentum when chopping.
The Bolo knife was pitted against the Inyakapemni club of Crazy Horse. Both weapons were tested against ballistics gel torsos to see how much damage they could do. The Inyakapemni club caused a skull fracture, but broke while the Bolo knife caused a decapitation. The edge was given to the Bolo knife due to it's durability and flexibility.