For brush clearing in chaparral, I carry the Fiskars 15" anvil loppers, costing $20-25 depending on the season. My saw is a $9-$10, 16" Stanley Shark Tooth hand saw in a black and yellow paper sheath sold at all big box stores, including Wally World. The saw has fine teeth so you can cut a bundle of very small stems or a 5" limb on a palo verde tree. The saw cannot be resharpened.
Fiskars products have a lifetime warranty. You go to their website, fill out a form, include a picture of the damage, and your replacement product arrives in two weeks. I've done that once.
Anvil loppers only have one cutting blade. One side of it is flat, the other side is entirely a big bevel. The flat side has a eighth inch of sharpened bevel on it. In Mother Earth News, they recommended sharpening only on that tiny bevel, then make one pass on the other side to remove the slight burr. That has been working well for me, lightly sharpening about twice per day with a one inch by four inch sharpening stone intended for use in the kitchen.
Safety glasses are needed with short handled loppers, not every time, but you don't stay lucky if you leave them at home. I carry foam knee pads to use when kneeling to cut near the ground. My gloves are heavy, split leather, gauntlet cuffed, welding gloves, imported from China, costing $10 for three pair. I use them when clearing cat claw. I only touch prickly pear cactus with metal tools, never picking it up with gloves that I want to continue to use.