An ordinary $5 machete. Cheap plastic handle, cheap cloth scabbard. Poorly ground blade.
It all started when I said to myself that the handle was awful, and I bet I could make a better one out of scrap wood and duct tape.
Hey, instead of scrap wood, how about a tropical hardwood like cocobolo? Oh, and it could use a hand guard, you know, like pirate swords have?
Yeah, that’ll do the trick. And grind down the blade a bit. Not too pretty, but at least give it a sharp edge and sand down the rough spots.
And make sure it’s heat treated! Fire that thing up, and temper the edge.
And it needs a scabbard. Leather. Sewn up with copper wire.
Now that’s a beauty!
A steel pommel can bash the skulls of sea monsters, zombies and orcs alike.
Handle makes a great grip.
Please note that I am not addressing why you should make your machete into a pirate sword. Such a topic would be beyond the scope of this essay.
Anyway, it’s perfectly obvious that pirate swords are awesome!
And of course, it still functions perfectly well as a machete.