I have used the Woodsman's Pal and I found it to be too short, it has no point (which would limit it's use as a weapon) and the hook feature was of little use. the 24 inch Barteaux is my favorite and I've used them extensively for the last 22 years. They've never dissapointed me. the Gerber machetes work well. they take and hold a good edge. They also have a saw back which does work but not very well. I've found the Cold Steel machetes to be too soft. They're easy to sharpen but if you hit anything larger than weeds the edges roll over and the handles are very uncomfortable. Collins machetes have good blades but I don't care much for their handles (both of which are better than Cold Steel). If I could have only one cutting tool it would be the 24 inch Barteaux.