I carry a a heavy Bowie thru the woods simply because it's
got a heavier, shorter, sturdier blade than a machete. IME,
much easier to carry, and more effective for the cutting I do in
As to camping, collect the wood that's too big, and nobody wants.
Split it with a maul, then use a hand-axe for the kindling, & tinder.
If you get out to the deep woods, IME, there's plenty of wood
laying around. Little processing is needed. But what do I know,
I've just been camping for 45 years.
Tomahawks? Well everybody's entitled to a bit of failed
experimentation, and the cost which goes with it.