The world of the forestry specialist or the arborist often conjures up images of tools such as powerful chainsaws and tree rigging kits. However, always having a trusted bush hook at one’s side has been considered essential for centuries. As the name may already suggest, this type of cutting implement consists of a long blade punctuated by a hook at the end. The hook not only serves as a means to snare vines and undergrowth, but it can also be utilised when grabbing materials such as logs is required. As the user will not have to employ his or her hands, a greater level of safety can be enjoyed. Bush hooks can also be used by firefighters who need to clear away undergrowth to create a life-saving firebreak.