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Hi all,
In your opinion, which one is the best survival weapon? To me, it's machetes though, but knives are also very handy when it comes to survival.
 
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Are we talking about weapons against people, or animal predators ("lions, tigers and bears, oh my!"), or tools to hack down brush?

I'm not quite sure permies is the place to talk about weapons against people, especially outside of the cider press forums. But, we could probably talk about what tools and weapons we use to defend against predators when hiking or in the far edges of our property.

I personally am not skilled with any weapons (knives, guns, etc). I do like machetes and pruning shears and sheering knives (used for trimming Christmas tress) for clearing out blackberry and salmon berry bramble. I like having bear spray, too, as it shoots far and is non lethal. I believe wasp spray (which is pretty toxic and probably not what permies recommends using against wasps) is also effective against predators, but I haven't researched to know for certain.
 
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No, I'm talking about weapons against animals. You know, when you are out in the wilderness!
 
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As a survival "weapon" I would prefer a Knife, because it can be turned into a spear.
Machetes tend to be not as pointed at the tip since they are designed for chopping motions instead of stabbing motions.
If you are in a jungle where the machete comes from, your biggest animal to worry about is the Jaguar, if one of those pounces you, your probably dead by the time your arm can swing the machete, but a stab can be made much faster.
 
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If I were out in the woods with a bear I would want a big gun.

There are several states in the US where this is possible.

While walking in my woods it is possible that I could encounter a bear but not likely.  Most likely I might encounter a feral hog so I would still want a gun.  Other animals likely but not probable would be cougar or mountain lion.  We definitely  have bob cats.

If I couldn't have a gun I would want a bow and arrows.

I don't feel I would be very good at trying to fight off any animals with a knife.

A sword would be my choice over a machete. More distance between me and the animal.

Now if we are talking survival as in building a debris hut and fires then it would be a machete.
 
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