I was planning to get a machete (or jungle knife as we call it) for gardening work, but it may give an idea for police officers to shoot you if they see someone running around with a machete. Then I found something which is less weapon-like. We call it a vesuri, it's a type of billhook. If you google search vesuri you know how the traditional "grandpa" model looks. It's much bigger than billhooks in some other countries. But the one I found is smaller:
The reason I got this for gardening is that I think scissors (large gardening ones) and pruners are more strenuous for forearm muscles. It's easier to cut small branches and shoots with a vesuri. You can even cut grass and other smaller plants which is not practical with small pruners or large, cumbersomely heavy garden scissors.
This vesuri is from Marttiini, a finnish company more known from their knives. The price was 48 euros which I think is very affordable, because it's made in Finland. The sheath is also nice, but I don't know how long that lock mechanism is going to last. I guess this kind of tool is less common in modern gardening, probably because it's considered to be an "ancient" tool (which it is). But when you work in a garden and start to think how you could make things easier then you rediscover a vesuri.