That's what this thread is about. Here's some context. As a teen -- about 50 years ago -- I bought a machete. It worked where I lived then, just outside of Memphis (TN). Weeds, creeks, swamps, that sort of thing. Then, I found axes, moved west to the Rockies, and forgot machetes. Roll tape forward 50 years or so, and -- by (now a bad memory) circumstance -- I moved to northern Maine, just two hours from Quebec. Up here, swamp/marsh is about 5% of the state. (Think permanently swollen rivers.) December - early March: snow cover. 3 - 4'. Yet, I need a tool to cut trail, cut firewood (small, since I carry a 5 oz backpacking stove), and for ... well, SD, in addition to my spear -- another story. So, last week, after much deliberation, I decided to switch my focus from axe/hatchet to kukri (actually hybrids between them and machetes). I bought my first made of soft mystery steel -- 20" -- and will buy a second with a larger blade angle made by an unpopular but successful blade maker w/in a week. I've now started studying these blades, looking into topics like "how to avoid cutting your leg off with a machete" "how to cut down a large tree with a kukri", "how to fillet a trout with a hybrid". Others here have far more knowledge of these blades than me. I'm here to learn. Oh, btw, if someone in ESEE produces a hybrid, I'll buy one.