We're not saying regular gardening isn't manly. But it's considerably more epic event when you're wielding Fiskars' 29-inch Machete Axe ($55) to hack your way through pretty much whatever unwanted brush you find in your way.
Its rust-resistant 18-inch blade is great for swinging at tall grass, roots, saplings, thin branches and other vegetation that needs clearing. Because it's curved, you can pull-cut vines and suckers. Plus its head can be used as an axe or saw for thicker branches—or alternatively, as the most badass burger-flippin' spatula ever.
To keep everything under control, the long, contoured handle features special dimples for your fingers and palm to get a solid grip without worrying about blisters. You can choke up and use the sharp tip for more precise cuts. It even has enough room that you could adopt a Bjorn Borg-like two-handed grip on the thing, should the overgrowth require it.
The end of the handle flares out, to help prevent unwanted lacerations, decapitation and the like. It features a finger guard. And of course, it comes with a protective nylon carrying sheath.
Make no mistake, if anything around the homestead, hiking path or campsite needs cutting, this is your implement of choice.