I recall that the Indians used Tomahawks as weapons primarily . White men apparently used " hatchets " for the same purpose as indicated in the Standing Orders of Rogers' Rangers :
" 19. Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet. "
The Kukri is strong enough for mild chopping chores such as removing twigs and 1/2 " thick limbs from trees . It is a formidable weapon too. It can be used to slice, chop, stab, pry and scrape . Those characteristics make it probably the most versatile cutting tool . If I could take along only one survival knife, I'd take a Kukri and a muscular little Ghurka to weild it .
I cleared out underbrush with an army issue machete and it worked great . Next day, I had a nightmare case of poisin ivy / poison oak . That ended my machete testing .
I never tried the popular Woodman's Pal tool or the acclaimed Marble's Camp Axe .
Walmart sells Fiskars axes in the garden center . One such axe is a splitting axe .
Using these tools safely is especially important when you are out in the wild alone and far from medical help . That's when you must check your footing and balance, stay calm, focus on each swing or cut as a separate task, cut away from your body and know where the blade will end up if a chop goes wrong . Wear non-slip-soled boots and choose a level work area with no vegetation to interfere with your swings . Resharpen the tool as needed . If it is a survival situation, don't work while experiencing panic ; settle down first . Remember :
" Everyone will be alone at some time in his life. At least you'll have company in that ".