I have handled all except for the billhook and the rattan cane. The only one of these tools that I use frequently (or currently own) is the khukuri (several HIs, one Gurkha House and a CS LTC). Ive found that variations on the khukuri format can accomplish most of the cutting/chopping chores I encounter much better than most other large knives
I have a CS LTC Kukri, a factory second I bought for only $59. One of the best bargains out there. It's like a 12" long razor. Probably one of the sharpest knives I own. It's heavy enough at right around 1 pound, but not too much to wear you out with lots of use. I'm sure it's not in the same category as the HI's, but at $200 cheaper, so what.
I have a CS LTC and ATC kukri, ATC is discontinued. They are great. I also have two Collins Machetes don't use them. I have heard of all those Items that you listed looked at most of them insept for woodsman pal forgot what that was.
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Museum replicas sell diamondwood staffs in four and five foot lengths, and in a variety of colors.
I've got a four footer in cherrywood, kinda maroon or something. Nice staff. I bought a endcap for a cane for one end and actualy walk around with it from time to time. Doesn't draw much attention, but I could really wallop someone with it.
I`ve used machettes for years,I still have my trusty old Ontario 18" and a Gavilan 26". I also have a smaller one whose profile is really more like a parong. The two bigger ones are great for light chopping and brush clearing but they tend to stick and or deflect on heavy stuff. For heavier stuff I have a GH Bhojpure khukuri (a great deal for $79!) among other things. This sucker really throws the woodchips.
I also have a hickory walking staff for strolls through the woods and a sturdy hand carved cane for those days when the ol knee acts up. Marcus