Machetes are thought of a different because of the material used in the making of the blade. The blade of a machete is commonly made out of materials consisting of carbon steel and/or stainless steel, with the combination of both of these giving a higher carbon stainless steel blade.
The traditional material of a machetes blade is carbon steel, which is an alloy of carbon and iron. By adding carbon to iron it increases the hardness of the blade, which is how the Machete blade got to be as strong as it is. However, at the same time, the carbon content is also being increased, which allows the steel to become brittle.
Carbon steel is harder than stainless steel, making it last a longer period of time. Since carbon steel has a lot more strength than stainless steel, it will be harder to sharpen the blade. Carbon steel will rust very quickly if it should come in contact with moisture, and that is why it is important to take care not to let your blade build up any moisture.
The Pros of the machete with a carbon steel blade: The blade will be harder than the stainless steel blade. It will also cost less. The carbon steel blade will retain its sharpness for a longer period of time.
The cons of the machete with a carbon steel blade: Can rust easily if comes in contact with any kind of moisture, and it needs to be oiled on a regular basis. Hard to sharpen.