Anyone who has endured Ray Mears driveling on about his worldly exploits on TV has surely witnessed the many uses of the ubiquitous machete. Variations of this extremely useful tool are found around the globe in the hot climates of the lower latitudes, but surprisingly, the machete is under utilized in temperate zones such as North America.
For cutting your way through thick underbrush and vines, a more effective tool has never been invented. But the common machete finds thousands of uses in Third World countries, from butchering enemies to cutting firewood and even building houses. Machetes are cheap, lightweight, and easily carried in a sheath that can be slipped into a backpack.
The machete can also perform many of the tasks you might need a knife for, as it can be used to cut almost anything, including chopping up vegetables and other food items. With a good machete, you can eliminate carrying a large camp knife and take only a small pocket knife or multi-tool for delicate tasks.
Always keep the edge away from yourself and others and be especially careful of your legs and feet while cutting brush in front of you.