Rise up from the swamps with the Gator! This is Gerber’s take on the classic anti-walker machete. It’s a two pronged attack with both a fine edge and serrated edge. Forged of high-carbon stainless steel, the flesh of the undead and their viral residue never stick to the Gator’s blade. Made to protect you and your loved ones in the harshest of post-outbreak environments, it’s a dual-purpose machete made to withstand the worst that the uprising has to offer.
*Other uses include sawing limbs and clearing brush.
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- Overall Length: 25.7"
- Blade Length: 18"
- Weight: 18 0z.
- Head: High Carbon Steel
- Handle: Gator-Grip
- Tactile rubber grip
- Fine edge and saw blade
- Riveted, nylon sheath included
I have made my own knives for over thirty years out of spring steel and high carbon steel and was looking to do the same when I saw this machete. I thought: "I'll give it a try." For this price, I couldn't be too wrong. Nineteen dollars and non de non cents. AND I am very impressed. The only thing wrong with Gerber is they are selling -some- of their FINE products to knownothing crybabies. Their aught to be a law.
I do not understand WHAT you people are crying about? I have a 2012 model and I am very pleased with this product. This machete is exactly what I wanted. I took it out when I got home and worked it for three hour. Sawed two inch branches with ease. -I have NO PROBLEMS at all.- It is just what I wanted and expected. The price was "KILLER". I expected to pay much more for this. (What a bunch of crybabies. Blow your nose and get to work)
When I was through, I brought it in and sharpened it for the first time. It took a fine edge in a reasonably short time. Take a couple minutes and MAKE IT YOURS. If you don't know what I mean, go back to grade school.
ALL this and A LIFE TIME warranty? I am very pleased with this product. That is why I went back and bought another one.
i was using the machete to cut some brush and the blade bent to about 30 degrees or so... i'd hate to have it fail on you when you really need it....
this machete isn't full tang so the blade just bends or brakes you could get a lot better of a machete for about the same cost.
I bought this two days ago for an upcoming camping trip, took it out in the woods behind my house and started cutting branches. I did not hit the ground at all, the blade only came in contact with wood. With that said the blade on this thing now has more curves then the average biggest loser contestant
I always wanted this knife,but when I finally got it, it didn't do so well. The blade needs to be much thicker. The saw on it is good, but that's about it. I hit a tree with it and the knife practically folded in half. My blade was a newer model, and from what I can tell, the older ones were better. The reason I gave it two stars is because it would make a good present for a collector who doesn't plan on using the knife ( cheap, and it looks cool).
I got this machette to help clear my 3 acre woods that was severely damaged during a ferocious windstorm. It has been 3 years since the storm and I am just now getting to clearing the woods of undergrowth such as small sapplings, vines and endless thorny blackberry. I have to say that this has been a terrific tool that allows me to clear the undesireable vegetation while leaving some that the more promising looking young trees/sapplings. I commonly cut trails into the woods thata extend 200-300 feet long. The blade is nice ( I did have to do my own sharpening to really hone it but that is the case with most commercial blades). I can slice right through most of the dense undergrowth, and when I encounder something a bit larger and heavier than the usual fare, then the saw lets me saw where I otherwise would have been stumped. I have had none of the bad experiences others have had regarding bending and/or breaking and the sawback is not as good as a dedicated saw, but it still cuts reasonably well and I don't have t carry another tool. I can't say how well this works on zombies, but I got it for clearing extremely dense brush. And at that task, it absulutely excells
One other point. I am not sure how Gerber did it, but the handle is moulded and seems to accomodate my hand grip equally well in both the cuttting/slashing mode and sawing.
Overall a great outdoors tool
I loved my gerber machete, especially when when i cut pork and onions with it on a challenge me and my friends had. >:-)
all 'rigid' objects will deform when subjected to excessive stress
all iron will rust if you dont protect it from the air
The blade folded over. The blade is really weak and to thin. On the other hand it looks pretty awesome. Good design, but crappy blade. The saw works good, and the handle feels good.
I had the option to get what I call the not quite a man version (gator jr.) but opted for the overcompensating version, and it worked great. I used the back saw for cutting the roots of bushes I had tried digging out of the front of my house and it cut my time in half which worked awesomely because now the love of my life is nagging at me to do some other honey do list item.
Like many others are saying, I bent / dented mine cutting wood.
It had a great idea but it needs refined a better metal and a thicker blade would help
i have owned this for ONE day i choped some brush and the blade bent and not just a little.I was outraged with it i payed 30 sum bucks for this and the DAY i take it home it fails on me glad i was not out camping i would be stranded
Bought it and took it on a camping trip and the blade bent . Very defective product.
It looks like a good blade, how long is it?
If it was full tang it would be my favorite
this machete is awsome i would take it on a mission for the zombie apocalypse
or for any apocalypse this a great knife/
for any acation you think you might need it for
i was cutting branches and brush the blade folded over in the middle of the blade. i would say i want it replace, but what good is that. i guess i'll save it for next thanksgiving . if this is a american made product, then we need to stop buying metals from over seas. do u understand gerber what i'm saying!!
Great machete for the price. I was able to clear a 50 x 50 foot clearing for a firepit with ease. Cleared small trees, briar patches, and cedar limbs. The saw blade is actually much better than most hand saws that are single purpose tools. Very good balance.
The blade bends on branches it should
easily cut through. The saw works well enough, but I needed a good machete.
Don't think I got one here.
Very disappointed . I was cutting brush and
small branches and the blade dented in the middle,about the size of a quarter. I didn't hit
any rocks, just wood. As a Gerber product I
expected this machete to perform as advertised. Guess I should have gone with
I got this for. Christmas used it once and noticed it got rusty
lack of skill or common sense does not mean a poor product, best machete ever
does all my military issue machete does, as for those who say soft steel, try not hitting rock or iron, lol
This is the best machete I have ever owned. It's handle is one of the best parts of this blade. It's fine edge is SUPER sharp and the saw edge has made cuting wood for camp fires a breeze. Best machete ever. I would recommend the gator junior also.
i am very concerned about the blade falling victim to rust. i take good care of it, but Gerber i donot want it to rust. this is my biggest concern., please respond back will it rust,
this machete is the best i have ever had, the saw blade has come in handy on many occasions and the fine edge is SUPER SHARP and the handle is awesomee, and the sheath is awesome, mildew resistent, very important for me bcuz i do a lot of morning hiking through thick brush, but will the blade rust is my question. for all u finicky customers, who cant decide on anything, GET THIS MACHETE U WONT REGRET IT
The lack of full tang means this thing will break under pressure. The blade steel is low quality and dents too easily. I am NOT satisfied at all with purchasing this machete, and I will not do so ever again.
I use this from time to time for landscaping but typically I use it for hanging "sets," treestand locations and cutting shooting lanes for bow hunting. This is a must have tool for a hunter. The blade is balanced very well and delivers a tremendous blow to the object you are striking. I have ripped through over 3 inch saplings with a single strike. Probably the most underrated aspect of this tool is the saw blade. Again, this attribute is devastating. It has pretty much removed the temptation that I will ever need a chainsaw. I am still on my original after two seasons and have purchased two others as gifts.
I think this gator machete is pretty good sharp enough for cuting small tree branches, very easy to cut threw weeds. this machete is great for around the house to cut down weeds very big/long (18'') witch is good. a little big to carry around in public (people may get the wrong idea, but great knife and great price for what you are getting. strong knive too.
Lack of a full tang makes is a safety issue in my book. Too light weight.
the blade is vary flexible and stays sharp for a long time u can skin a cat with the blade its vary sharp
This is machete helps me sleep at night, gives you real peace of mind
This machete has preformed so amazingly i have chopped down many thing with this machete i did have to sharpen it when i took it out of the box but nothing is super sharp right out of the box great job gerber
Everyone is nonstop complaining about Gerber's machetes not being sharp.LOOK! Machetes are not supposed to be sharp! I know this from experiance. A thin edge compromises the security of the blade. If you feel so upset about it you can sharpen it yourself. As is procedure machetes are not supposed to be made sharp for many reasons. I used a not-so-razor-sharp-edged machete and it worked great anyway(it doesn't have to be sharp to work). I also own a Bush Axe(which is almost the same thing as a machete) and it is so dull that it can't cut my finger even if I press down on it hard. It actually works great. Not only does it cut and lay low grass, it also crushes and obliderates small shrubs and thick brush. It also can chop branches and logs and I have even been able to fell a White Pine Tree. So be thankful your machete is more sturdy than sharp. Sharpness is standard with knives because the blade is small. The machetes blade is so large that it could possiably snap or break if it is bent, smashed against rock, or not used properly. So it is required to be at least somewhat thick and dull.
Only knives I know of that come sharp are folding pocket knives. I bought the folding Gerber like Rick had in the "Walking Dead" and it was sharp enough to shave with. Back to dull, Imagine opening the box and dropping a razor sharp machete on your foot! There is liability here. Besides, if was as sharp as it needed to be..it would open the box and all during shipping. Think about it.
Great machete for the price. The sheath is junk. First sheath's belt loop was torn from the sheath. Exchange it and the second one is barely any better. I wouldn't put much trust the sheath staying on your belt in the woods
The crappy sheath means it is time to make a custom sheath with molle and sling mounts.
Dull out of the box, as many have mentioned, which I didn't mind. No blade is ever sharp enough straight out of the box in my opinion (razor blades not included). I was disappointed by the lack of a full tang. Otherwise, I loved the grip and balance of The Gator. The Saw teeth could've been a bit better. Comes with a decent sheath, and I dig the black coating on the blade. Can't complain too much about a 2 foot, dual edge, Gerber machete for $23, right?
I thought the price warranted giving it a try but was shocked to find it dull out of the packaging (as in won't cut through warm butter). I'll sharpen it and give it a try but I would have expected more out of a Gerber product!
I bought this machete for a 5 day of rode hike that i did in the grand canyon and it was flawless. it worked perfect for heavy and light brush. at one point i had to saw through a branch and the saw was perfect. i even encountered a snake and lets just say that snake had no chance.
As a retired infantry man I have used and abused many machetes. I took a careful look at this machete before I purchased it and am totally impressed. Before you use it for the first time you need to ....wait for it.....SHARPEN IT!!!!!
Not sure what machete they purchased, but I purchased this machete to clear some very thick brush behind my house. Not only was I able to clear the brush, but many small tree limbs and even a small 3" tree with the saw end.
Very Dull. If you are looking for a sharp machete...this is not for you. Now I will decide to send back or sharpen.
Kevin is a fool, as are the other negative reviewers. This is the best (of MANY) machete I have ever owned. I have had it for 3 years and used it to prune trees, to clear brush, to take down bamboo groves by my home and it has performed flawlessly where other machetes have failed. So what if I have to hone the blade every year or so?!? That is the case with ANY blade! Buy it. You'll LOVE it! I do!
Good concept was disappointed when i opened the blister pack and found no edge whatsoever on this. The fine edge is round you would be able to clear brush with a spoon faster. Very unhappy with this purchase.
Good blade great price and the saw actually works quite well. No through tang means its going to fail in a sword fight but as long as you don't use it like an axe it seems like it will last a long time. Plan to spend some quality sharpening time bonding with your new brush slayer.
This blade is great, saw ac
Great machete.Wickid chops.Highly recomend
great machete hada mad chop through a tree
blade only sharpend on one side going to return it
great machete, i highly recommend it...!
I took out a opossum that i mistook for a zombie. At least the dogs had fresh meat.
Got the machete for Christmas. Used it once to cut small vines from the wood pile. The handle broke on the first swing.
Bad news. Toss it in the garbage.
I rate it as a big ZERO.
This blade arrived to my home dull, and constructed without a full tang. The blade's construction does not run the length of the handle, which means it can break quite easily.
Long story short, I tried to chop a thick branch, and the handle ended up breaking off, resulting in me running my hand awkwardly into the spine of the blade - where the saw blade is. I spent a few minutes bleeding and cursing.
Gerber, you need to rethink this blade. Make it full tang, and make sure it's as sharp as Ann Coulter out of the box. Offer a version without the saw on the spine.
Not sharp at all spent an hour sharpening it then the handle broke.
Handle broke after 3 days of use. Looks really tough and durable but the blade does not go through the entire handle. The grip broke while clearly brush and small palmetto bushes. Great blade once sharpen and the handle is very comfortable but the design flaw on the blade/handle makes for a weak and unreliable tool.
well, it came in the mail yesterday and I was pumped. looked good but I feel it could have been much sharper out of the package, so I spent the better part of a few hours reshaping and sharpening the edge. then today I decided to try it on a few limbs in the yard. it cut alright but the blade felt loose in the handle. so, I take out the bolts and see that the blade has almost no tang..... I am very disappointed.
I was very disappointed in the sharpness of the blade out of package,It was dull to the point I could run my hand across the entire blade and it was almost useless trying to clear some branches.After I tried to use it I had to tighten the bolt on the handle because its not a full tang and in a machete that is inexcusable.
Recieved this machete as a gift for Christmas from a survivalist friend. The performance and cutting power was impressive BUT the Gator has a major flaw. The handle is a piece of bolted on plastic with out a full tang. On a back swing i hit a branch of an adjacent tree, breaking the blade from the handle and striking myself in the back with the blade. I'm rather disappointed in gerber on skimping on a few extra important inches of metal.
Beware the 2005 insignia is the one being sold, not the 2012!
Bought the machete a year ago and still love it.
Bought the knife a few weeks ago. Out of the package if was VERY VERY dull!! After an hour or so of sharpening I got a ok sharpness to it. Took it outside to test and works great. I have small vine like plants all over. It cut through them with no problems. It also cut though about 1 to 1.5 inch small trees with ease. If Gerber can get these sharper before they ship them out it would get 5 out of 5 instead of 4 out of 5.
Very good job on the marketing, love it! This knife comes the closest to what I want but literally falls short at being 9 inches shorter than what I find to be most useful in the woods. I have a christmas-tree shearing knife which has awesome reach and superior tip speed for deeply penetrating cuts. Also great at reaching into blackberries without getting thorns into my gloves. Having the tip of your knife curve upwards is not very useful as a brush-clearing tool and is only so that it 'appears' like a traditional machete so customers wont get weirded out from buying this. I usually skip on sharpening that portion of a blade as it's just a waste of time to work on that when I could be off doing survival stuff instead. The first 8 inches along the bottom of the blade is where the real action happens. Another item I absolutely need in a bush knife is an extension to keep the grip from slipping out of your hand. Anyone who has used any kind of machete or even a shearing knife, for hours at a time, knows what its like when your hand gets tired but the job's not done. You need to be able to hold on to your knife even when you have no strength left to keep swinging! So it's a good idea if the knife does the holding for you. A true survival knife will be capable of continued use should the plastic grip break off - the blade needs to extend full length through the grip and be shaped like a grip. While I would prefer the handle to be angled down so that my wrist is at a more efficient hold for transferring energy into a strike, having the saw tooth blade does require a compromise for a straight handle such as this. I like the staggered spacing on the teeth, which might help in starting a cutting stroke without grabbing too hard and jamming. I would hope that a standard triangle file will reach into each tooth for later sharpening? Nice to be able to saw through some potential firewood, I like that. Never know when you might want to cook something while in the woods...
I quite enjoyed this Machete. The blade is very tough and slightly flexible, very easy to sharpen which is good because it DOESN'T COME SHARP. the saw teeth are good for making your way through thicker brush as well. I took this hiking today and had a blast with it. The only drawback is the sheath (as with other Gerber products it seems), because from one day of use, the belt loop is beginning to tear off and I had to have my wife reinforce it with nylon thread.
Still an excellent brush knife. A joy to use.
Also, some people complained about the weight, but I found it was very comfortable (both in weight and grip), and I had no trouble cutting through wrist thick branches in one swing.
Hunter/Explorer: I agree, the handle is definitely not the best I've used. I would have preferred a pinky-finger extension curve for added stability and slip prevention, and better material. A solid-butt end wouldn't hurt, no. I would also have preferred it to be more hefty in the weight department, for a good feel.
I disagree with everything else you said, though. The blade length feels right. I don't want a flat spot on a basic utility machete like this, if I'm doing a specialty task like you're suggesting then I would prefer one designed specifically for that. This is a basic pathclearing tool, and works just fine in that role. It is lightweight, but it's certainly not flimsy.. The thinness does not translate into frailty. I used it to lead my girlfriend through wild Florida Preserve brush and overgrowth to get to a camping spot we like, and found ourselves overwhelmed by several walking dead that had wandered into the swamp. I return to report that I am impressed: it cleaned up well and did not lose its edge, after battling sinew, bone and sapling wood/dried brush/brackish water environment.
..Wear gloves with grip however (like Pug), this is not the best barehand weapon to lay waste to the dead.
Not a true survival machete. Its just badly thought out. Not strong enough not long enough just a really really really bad handle and I do mean a terrible handle.The completely saw tooth spine edge does not allow for push off or down pressure and tree bark stripping.
This Is NOT A SURVIVAL MACHETE its to light weight and the handle is the wrong style it should have a flat steel but end. Its to short and thin and the front edge should not be saw toothed it should have a flat spot so you can apply pressure to cut something without having to hack at it.
This machete milkshake will bring ALL the boys to the yard! Side note.... Not as weighty as I would like.... May take two full force whacks to completely sever a zombie head.
Awesome go to weapon.
Bought this a few months ago to clear some bush. Works great, right honey? Imagine my surprise when I realized that it kills zombies too? Great marketing Gerber. Solid construction.
A good tool !
They still got me, maybe I should've got the parang, mmmmmmmhhhhhhaaaaa, braaaaaainnnnnnsssss
The blade doesn't go through the handle.
Whats up with that Gerber? AND it doesn't even come sharpened.
I guess for $20 you cant complain.
I have had this machete for almost 3 years now. Of all the machetes I have owned, this one is by far the best. I have taken down groves of bamboo with it, some as thick as 1.5" with one swipe. I have used the serrated edge to prune trees from my upstairs
I like the lines and weight but that grip is not well designed for how it would be used (a thumb rest, really?) Put Gator Pro grip on it and you have a tool.
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Your guys are marketing geniuses!
Bought 2 of these a couple of years ago so we could have one where ever we need it. Tough durable tool.