Have you guys never used a Woodsmans pal?... All the rangers up in Maine swear by them.
They work like a machete or an axe, and they have a hook on the end for gripping things like branches, etc....
I have gone through machetes, and prefer Cold Steel, I have hatchets and axes for chopping and splitting wood, but the Woodsmans pal is the best, hands down, for clearing brush, etc... I really like the hook too, because you can grap limbs that are just out of reach and pull them down. Plus the handle is very comfortable.
America has fought wars across the globe, because we kept our firearms while others let dictators take theirs...