You’ve probably owned a Gerber knife or multi-tool, but did you know they make a machete, too? The machete is a nice compromise between an axe and a knife, and Gerber’s model, complete with a polymid fiberglass handle and hooked high-carbon forged stainless steel blade, looks lightweight and durable — perfect for making short work of brush and small branches.
Its blade is also covered with a slick non-stick coating to keep it blade clean — and to reduce friction as you’re slashing through brush. And don’t let the picture fool you: overall, the machete measures 19-1/2” in length. It’s not a pocket knife.
On average the Brush Thinner runs about $40, although you can find it cheaper if you shop around. Cabela’s has it for $40, including a ballistic nylon sheath with an injection molded liner. Make sure you read the fine print, though, as some vendors are selling the machete for the same price without the sheath.