This is by far the best sword to use in the woods. It is long enough to give you the confidence to approach big venomous snakes for their demise. Additionally; this sword can be easily sharpened to slice through thick briers, vines and small trees. The knuckle-guard and opposing fore finger metal lip allows you to protect your hand while chopping or pushing brush out of the way while traveling through thick vegetation. A GREAT sword for the woods!