Recently I purchased my new axe. I purchased the Council Tool Boy's Axe. Now I have tried many axes and I have to say for the money this is the best axe I have used for under $50. I love the 28 inch curved hickory handle. Its not so thick that I can't get my hands around it. Since I am a woman I have smaller hands and this is a GREAT fit. I had to sharpen it when I got it. It was VERY easy to sharpen. One thing many may not know about this axe, is that the carbon steel is such a great grade that you can easily strike sparks, and a lot of them, with your ferro rod off this axe. That is not something I was able to do with others. For my Machete, I have a nontraditional machete I have the SILKY NATA DOUBLE EDGE Japanese Hatchet. To me it works as a hatchet or a machete .Basically you get two tools in one. It comes razor sharp and I still have not had to resharpen it other then a strop here and there since I got it almost a year ago. Just amazing steel. It blasts through wood, brush, and limbs like nothing else. Like any other Silky product, it does not fail. Its comes with a sheath that is quite comfortable on the belt as well. It truly is a beast! So those are my two top choices. What are yours?