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Gator Bolo Machete
$49
Item: # 31-002076

Based on the classic shape used for decades of clearing, chopping, and cutting, comes the updated Bolo. The ergonomic handle shape, the full tang construction, and the slip-proof grip offer smart design upgrades. Part trimmer, part axe, all business.

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    • Overall Length: 22.5“ (57.2cm)
    • Blade Length: 15.5“ (39.4cm)
    • Weight: 20.8 oz. (589.7g) without Sheath 25.6 oz (725.7g) with Sheath
    • Steel Type: 1050 Steel
    • Handle Material: Gator® grip
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A traditional jungle tool updated for modern utility, the Gerber Gator Bolo is modeled after a classic shape used for generations in the Philippines to clear vegetation, chop food and cut wood. Gerber’s updates include an ergonomic handle shape, slip-proof grip, and hefty full tang construction for year after year toughness.

Designed to withstand serious cutting and make short work of everything from tall grass to small tree limbs, the stout, burly blade has a distinctive bulge near the front for added power in the swing. One part hedge trimmer, one part axe, 100% business.

BIG BLADE, BIG POWER

Small and compact are great for a daily carry knife, but when it comes to clearing a trail, you’ll want the heft and reach of the Gator Bolo’s 15.5-inch blade. Made of corrosion-resistant 1050 Steel, with full tang construction for durability, the Gator Bolo’s weight and shape create a powerful combo for any sort of chopping.

SLIP-FREE GRIP

The ergonomic Gator Grip handle sits comfortably in your hand, offering a secure, tactile grip for confident cutting. A wrist lanyard offers an extra measure of insurance when you’re hard at work swinging.

RUGGED SHEATH

The rugged nylon sheath keeps the blade from getting banged up when not in use, and features belt loop and D-ring attachments for carrying on your hip or lashing to a pack.

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  • 3
  • |3 out of 5 stars
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  • 5
  • |AUG 23, 2016
  • |BY: bctruck , Hardest working machete I've ever owned.

I bought this machete in june 04 2016 and used it to clear 2 acres of vines,vegetation, and even larger trees. Some were as big around as 6 inches. It took nearly 3 months to clear the land and this machete stood up to all that I used it for. I finally nicked the blade in a couple places while I was chopping through vines that had grown on a chain link fence. I hit the fence numerous times and The nicks were my fault. I easily honed a new edge on it and the nicks were sharpened right out. Fine tool for serious clearing. I actually did and in depth review on my youtube channel and nothing else I tried was even in the same league. I would leave a link,but I doubt it would be allowed. If anyone is interested in seeing it, just google my name above and machete review.

  • 4
  • |MAY 22, 2015
  • |BY: James , A great blade

This is my favorite machete. I use It mostly for cutting down big plants in my gully but Its uses are endless. Its sharp and it has a well balanced blade. I have collected many Gerber products and this is one of my favorites, I really recommend it.

  • 1
  • |AUG 4, 2014
  • |BY: Johnboy , Disappointments

out of the box my Gerber Bolo Machete, bought from academy sports impressed me, it had great weight, the cutting edge wasn't to my satisfaction but I figured I could fix that, so I went out to use my new machete and after maybe fifteen minutes of use in light brush (nothing more that 1" diameter) there were several chips formed in the cutting edge and it had became extremely dull, and even with my sharpening skills (knife collector of 18 years) I absolutely could not bring a useable edge back onto the machete, his was my first Gerber purchase, and most likely my last.

  • 2
  • |JUL 29, 2014
  • |BY: gobb , buyer

the blade came VERY sharp right out of the package. I started to use it about 3 days later, cutting brush, and the blade started rusting. I am disappointed with this blade even further though. I started to cut some soft wood, and about 1/4 of an inch of the blade broke off! Definite not-buy. I plan on returning it ASAP.

  • 2
  • |JUL 18, 2014
  • |BY: cj , c'mon

well this is the first time Gerber has disappointed me, I am a big fan of Gerber and have always been amazed by their products, but this time... I bought the Gerber Gator machete a week ago ( from a different website) and when it got here I was amazed by it. it came sharp and ready to use. I went to the wooded area and started making a small lean-to, I was finishes after an hour and notices that the blade had started to rust. I live in a fairly dry place and was baffled by this. I sharpened the blade and set it down for the night. when I woke up it had started to rust again. I don't know why it is doing this and I don't know what to do Gerber please help

  • 3
  • |APR 20, 2014
  • |BY: Chris Jordan , Your Title

I bought this machete about a week or so ago, and just today (Easter Sunday 2014) got back from my first camping trip where I used this machete for every chopping duty.

The heft of this tool felt great. I really enjoyed swinging it, and it performed really well.

One BIG problem (and gentlemen this problem is going to make me seek another machete) is that the blade is now CHIPPED.

That's right the blade is now chipped in two places! I did nothing but chop wood with this tool (cedar mostly, and some oak, and NOTHING over 2-inches around), and that has put two big chips toward the front of the blade.

I'm seriously disappointed. I started out the camping trip thinking that I was very happy with my purchase, and ended it thinking that I wasted fifty-bucks! :(

What kind of crappy steal CHIPS from chopping wood!? Seriously.

That's why I'm giving this machete such a low score (3 stars). I think the quality of steel used must be inferior.

Gerber, I used to trust your brand name, but after you guys hitched your wagon to a guy like Bear Grylls and now THIS?! I'm sorry, but I don't think I can trust your brand again.

Very sad indeed.

  • 3
  • |APR 14, 2014
  • |BY: khoi , sheath gone after couple in and out

3 star bc the sheath, when i try to re-insert the sheath, it cut up the interior of the sheath. probably b/c how i was using it, i mounted on the waist on my back, but the sheath didn't last, and the entire internal is cut up by the tip of the blade.
the blade did have a little rust after chopping, try to clean it out but it doesn't work, i thought it was tree sap, but apparently not. still sharp after clearing bush about thumb big.
the blade come with lifetime warranty. not sure about the sheath, if gerber see this please let me know if i can get another sheath.

  • 1
  • |FEB 25, 2014
  • |BY: Shane , Buyer Beware!!!

I purchased my Gator Bolo in late 2013 and did not use it until February 2014. I am very shocked at how incredibly weak the integrity of the steel is that was used to make this item.
After four hours of traversing through moderately congested bush, consisting of alders, small birch, pine and cedar, I had several folds and actual gouges in the top third of the blade.
All this resulted from striking the frozen branches and limbs of those trees. It is unlikely I had struck and rocks beneath the snow. I was on snowshoes over top of about 40-50 cm of snow and striking at hip-to-chest height. I do have photos of the damage and the environment that I was working in.
Unfortunately, this is the first Gerber product that I've ever used. Not sure if it will be the last. Definitely, the last Gator Bolo… for sure.

  • 1
  • |FEB 24, 2014
  • |BY: Shane , Buyer Beware!!

I purchased my Gator Bolo in late 2013 and did not use it until February 2014. I am very shocked at how incredibly weak the integrity of the steel is that was used to make this item.
After four hours of traversing through moderately congested bush, consisting of alders, small birch, pine and cedar, I had several folds and actual gouges in the top third of the blade.
All this resulted from striking the frozen branches and limbs of those trees. It is unlikely I had struck and rocks beneath the snow. I was on snowshoes over top of about 40-50 cm of snow and striking at hip-to-chest height. I do have photos of the damage and the environment that I was working in.
Unfortunately, this is the first Gerber product that I've ever used. Not sure if it will be the last. Definitely, the last Gator Bolo… for sure.


  • 1
  • |NOV 28, 2013
  • |BY: David , Quality Problem

First use: Tried the Gator Bolo Machete out on some small soft Saplings and a few green fan palm fronds, total time in use would be approx. 20 minutes! After this I looked at the blade to find a chunk missing and the blade edge completely folded over in another area along with it just starting to bend in another spot. (The missing piece is about 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch deep). Extremely disapointed and now having to go though a warranty claim and in the mean time I need a good reliable Machete to clear a track and aid in clearing camp sites.

  • 5
  • |NOV 6, 2013
  • |BY: BugoutBrad , Gator bolo review

I just got this machete in the mail today. Feels great out of the box, weighed a bit more then I expected, but it is worth it. Great gator grip, great blade length and thickness, and perfect sheath. I like the d rings and rivets on the sheath, makes it feel more rugged and user friendly. Haven't really tested out in the field yet, but I am really excited to. I personally like how the blade doesn't have too much flex (when comparing it to the gator machete), it makes the blade feel more secure in the handle and less likely to break. Very satisfied with this purchase as of now I will give it 5 stars, but that's before the field test

  • 5
  • |OCT 30, 2013
  • |BY: Gaylord Oquendo , Your Title

Gerber just made our traditional bolo looking tactical. AWESOME!

  • 2
  • |OCT 15, 2013
  • |BY: GH , Scary Incident

My girlfriend bought me this blade for my birthday before we went camping with my uncle. It preformed very well throughout the first 4 days of the trip...but on the fifth day as I was cutting some branches for a campfire the blade snapped and flew into the ground 5 feet from my 8y/o cousin. I think I might have just received a lemon as my new Gator is working just fine...I'm just a little wary now :/

  • 4
  • |SEP 23, 2013
  • |BY: Hansel , Your Title

Cuts like no other, sharpens like a dream! The only draw back, in my opinion, is that the sheath is poorly made. The attachment points give me no confidence. But hey, for that price point, i wouldn't mind spending a little more to get a better aftermarket sheath. After all, the most important thing about a machete is that when its out of its sheath, it does it job well. With regards to rust resistance and what not, c'mon guys, if you are cutting through live brush with sap, the blade is definitely going to have a patina. And in my opinion, the patina makes the machete more badass!
Just my two cents. Peace.

  • 5
  • |AUG 30, 2013
  • |BY: Bojan Hrustanovic , price

i really lilke your machets, knifes, axes
but i think they are too expencive a lot of people would like to have them but they are not buying it couse of their price

  • 4
  • |AUG 4, 2013
  • |BY: Tyler , Good usage

The gerber gator bolo is an excellent machete that I would recommend it has perfect weight and is almost completely shock resistant, the only problem with it is I bought it yesterday, and within a half hour of its use, it started to rust which is ridiculous.

  • 5
  • |JUN 18, 2013
  • |BY: jophet sean amorte , origin

original at my country...ihope i can buy it here promblem no sale on it here....i just my bolo but the promblem of my bolo is slippery when wet(handle) use to chop banana promblem also the blade easy prone to corrosion...

ithink this is best blade it has.

  • 5
  • |MAY 31, 2013
  • |BY: NOI , LOOKS AWSOME

I really want this machete. looks ideal for the zombie apocalypse

  • 5
  • |APR 29, 2013
  • |BY: jay culvain , best machete ever

This thing is the perfect tool for camping or survival. The size is is perfect and the bulge at the end of the blade gives it that little extra weight needed for great chopping power. The machete is also durable, i have used mine endlessly and it still works great. If there is ever a zombie apocalypse I will be set.

  • 5
  • |APR 20, 2013
  • |BY: Larry, outdoorsman , best machete ever

this was the best machete i have ever used