A pretty nice all-around back-up, in my opinion, would be the Cold Steel Gladius Machete
It’s stabby and slashy, relatively compact, and rugged.
I’m not saying that someone should throw their $500-plus swords in the garbage before they run and pick this up–if you have something better, more power to you.
But this is something that’s generally pretty universally affordable, will hold up to hard use and doesn’t require years of training to wield with relative competency.
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