I've carried an e-tool in my vehicles since 1997, and have never used it. We don't get tremendous amounts of snow and I seldom try to take my 4WD places it shouldn't go. However, because I have room in my SUV and already own the e-tool I keep it in there. I also have a USGI Machete in my SUV, but haven't used it either.
For the past year, I've been parring down my kits (you remember my 68.9 pound INCH, right
). The more time I spend in the field testing gear, the more I realize how minimal your gear can really be.
Improvisation can be used for a lot of "rare tasks". If I'm going to carry a heavy tool, its going to be a long fixed blade knife or camp axe.
Everyone has opinions, but my opinion is MORE FOOD.
If you watch shows like Survivorman (Les Stroud is the real deal), you'll see most of the time hunger and poor shelter are the major issue people face. Again: MORE FOOD; WATER; SHELTER.