The Two Machete Plan
Over the years, I have adopted a system common to farmers in Central America. Most own two machetes, one a very long-bladed model they use for serious field-clearing work and the other a shorter tool that is convenient to carry in a belt sheath. The belt models usually run somewhere between 14 and 18 inches in blade length because anything longer than that is uncomfortable to have dangling on your side. This is their do-everything utility blade for whatever unexpected chores pop up during their workday.