Gator Combo Axe II
The Gator II is a compact all-conditions axe for the outdoor adventurer. Made with a longer handle than the original Gator, the advantage is a greater striking force with the stainless steel head. The handle is made of glass-filled nylon and covered in Gerber’s Gator texture. It offers a better and more comfortable grip in wet and muddy conditions. The handle also houses a coarse blade handsaw, held in place magnetically, for sawing branches and brush. It’s a rugged and lightweight camping essential.
- Overall Length: 15.60"
- Blade Length: 2.70"
- Weight: 26 oz.
- Head: Forged Steel
- Handle: Gator-Grip
- Overall Length: 10.24"
- Blade Length: 6.10"
- Weight: 2.40 oz.
- Forged steel head
- Gator grip handle
- Glass-filled nylon handle
Several years ago I bought this to go with on a multi day river trip. It broke on the first night (raining, cold, and REALLY looking forward to a fire) while chopping up some cottonwood for a fire. The handle shattered, and the saw within the handle was exposed to my (thankfully) gloved hand. Escaped without injury. Exchanged it at the store I bought it from and told Gerber what happened and that this axe was no longer a camping tool, but would still be used to split kindling for my wood stove. It lived like that for the next 4 years, slowly losing its grip on the axe head by the plastic getting broken off and worn away by each successive chop through the pine and fir I burn. Brought it with me to cut down a Christmas tree yesterday (3-4" trunk) and the head piece shattered. The saw came in handy to cut the rest of the way through, but my thoughts on this axe being NOT something to depend on were confirmed. It's junk and best serves the owner as nothing more than something to cut kindling in a domestic situation. My note to Gerber Warranty will be requesting a refund instead of a replacement.
If I could give it a half star, that's what it would get and only because it did service as a splitter of soft wood for a few years.
Love the hidden saw - cuts anything your stamina can withstand. My hatchet came really dull and is next to useless for chopping. Would've preferred that the axe was ready to go, right "out of the box."
I have had one of these for 5 years or so and the handle busted in half just below the middle of the handle. I really didn't use it often and kept it stored in my camping trailer. I'm waiting to see if Gerber will replace it under warranty. I think the hollow interior for the knife caused this failure. Ill replace it with the Camp Axe without the knife for better durability.
Picked it up a few weeks ago used it on first trip and did not let me down. Was shipped very sharp and it cuts wood like a champ.
Love this hatchet. It's solid, well built. I gave it 4 stars because I've fund that the saw sometimes falls out while I'm chopping. A minor flaw, but a flaw none the less.
Being able to carry a saw and a hatchet in one tool was really helpful but the saw was not aggressive enough to do a good job on anything larger than 2 Inches. The hatchet on the other hand was great, it came sharp and it cut so well that I used it instead of the saw most of the time. I carried it backpacking and the weight was as good as can be expected for a piece of steel. The saw needs to be improved a little to cut as well as other folding saws and this tool wont be just a great concept it will be a great tool!
it has a great cased and is small enough to fit on my pack when im out riding its extremely capable
I USE THIS ALL THE TIME AND IT WORKS REALLY WELL. I LIKE GERBER BLADES AS WELL. GERBER MAKES THE BEST AXES AND BLADES.
i loved this hatchet! great for cutting down small trees. i would like it if they just sold the axe, and then you could buy different tools that you could put in the back. such as knife saw survival kit things like that. but overall great axe and saw i would definitely buy it again.
looks cool, i might buy one. but does it have a crrying case or somethin?
I have been using your axe with saw while stationed in Alaska and I have built more than my fair share of shelters with it. At a minimal weight gain it gives a massive increase in productivity and the saw in the handle helps with cutting limbs for concealment and snare work.
This is a solid hatchet, i have a much larger axe for serious chopping work. This is ideal for camping and very comfortable to hold. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it would be way nicer if the saw had a knife blade on the back side to get small wood shavings to as pre-kindling. That is key when you are trying to make a fire and its raining.
Mine came with a rubber strap that goes over the hilt to prevent the magnetic latch on the saw to stay in place. Josh (Mr. Disappointed), buy the rubber strap, it will solve the problem you are complaining about. Duct tape would work too (derp).
Great axe/hatchet. I like the steeply angled edge for splitting.
I have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned that the saw falls out while copping. it's never fallen all the way out on me, but it does work loose. A little gorilla tape fixes the problem, but what a hassle.
The axe dose a great job and so dose the saw. I have no issues with the products individually. I have mine strapped to the side of my B.O.B bag. The major problem that I had was that the vibration from chopping causes the saw to come loose in the handle and slowly work its way out. I had to take the saw out while I was chopping and splitting, this makes for easily loosing the saw if your not paying attention. It would be perfect if there were some other type of retention for the saw, such as a clip or latch of some sort.
Just got this combo brilliant bit of kit uses it solid chopping for a good 3 hours still chops very well!