Originally Posted by c3shooter
Just get an Ontario Knife Company machete. No one else's. You can thank me later.
I have four OKC machetes at last count. If you ever have to clear land, don't leave home without two (one for yourself and one for a friend or family member who forgot his). I've beat the tar out of these things and, apart from a little rust, they're every bit as functional as the day I bought them.
The 22" model will give you the 4"-10" extra inches of blade length you said you wanted and prices are very reasonable (5" for the 18" model and 9" for the 22" model).
For sun-up to sun-down swinging, I prefer the 18" model. YMMV.
I've never used or even thought about using a saber or cutlass for land clearing. If it works, then it does, but it would be an awfully expensive brush clearing tool. For my $20, I'm going to use a machete.