My old machete is getting long in the tooth. Browsing Expedition Portal a couple of months ago, I found what looks like a good candidate for its replacement, the Woodsman’s Pal. It features a 10-1/2″, high-carbon steel blade that will cut through 1-1/2″ branches in a single swipe, and a sickle for nipping through vines.
The Military Premium version has a leather grip and hand guard. The Classic model dispenses with the hand guard and offers an ash hardwood handle instead. Both versions measure 16-1/2″ overall. Other versions for lighter brush or smaller hands are also available. Prices range from $70.95 to $80.95.