‘Tension cutting’ is a quick, effective and controlled way to cut small saplings. I was amazed how well it worked the first time I tried it, after watching a demo on Youtube. With a sharp knife and good technique it is easy to cut saplings which would otherwise normally be tackled with a saw or chopping tool (axe, tomahawk, machete, etc).
Thanks to my cousin Ed Coleridge for taking these photos.
Knife used: Spyderco Paramilitary PE.