All of this^, and *especially this*, and what Warhawke said.
Originally Posted by RatDrall
Most of what can be said has been said. I'll only add that your AO should play a part in tool selection. In Southern Louisiana, I can get away without having an ax because wood tends to be a bit softer in this humidity. Though I agree w Warkawke, I can get by w the right machete/chopper.
I like one general purpose small blade in the 3-4" range
Mid-sized combat/utility in the 4-7" range
Large chopper, machete, ax
My combos are usually
1. Izula 2 or ESEE 3 (with a few survival items attached via ranger bands/bicycle inner-tubes)
2. ESEE 4 or 6 (both have set ups similar to RatDrall's 6)
3. Condor Golok machete or Junglas
and sometimes a CS Trail Hawk
Regarding the ESEE 4: it's a great knife, but the balance/handle-to-blade ratio is a bit strange for some hands. Adding thicker liners will help, and there are some aftermarket handle scales that turn it into a complete machine.
(to the OP, thank you for the compliment)
Junglas, 6, and 4 w TKC scales:
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