TYPES AND USES
When it is not practical to use an ax or other conven-
tional cutting tool, a brush-cutting tool can be used.
Brush-cutting tools are used for cutting underbrush,
shrubs, tree branches, vines, and tall grass. Two of the
most common brush-cutting tools are the brush hook
and the machete. Brush-cutting tools are available in
various sizes and designs depending on the nature of
The brush hook is a hook-shaped steel blade set onto a
heavy-duty metal or wooden handle. The inside edge of
the hooked blade is sharpened like the cutting edge of
an ax blade. The brush hook is used for cutting under-
brush, shrubs, or branches. Tool size and design vary
according to the task.
The machete normally in military use is an l&inch knife,
widest and heaviest at the point of the blade. The blade
is attached to a handle shaped to fit the hand. The
handle is designed with a slight projection to prevent the
machete from slipping from the hand while being used.
The machete is used to cut tall grass, vines, and small
Always make sure no one is close enough to be
Do not use a dull or defective tool.
injured before swinging the tool.
Store tools properly when not-in use.
Take care not to allow branches or brush in line of
swing to deflect the stroke and cause injury.