Gator Machete w/ Nylon Sheath
The Gator Machete has a 15-inch fine-edge blade on one side and an 18-inch high performance saw blade on the other. It’s forged of high-carbon stainless steel. The handle is covered with a Gator grip rubberized handle for comfort and control. It comes sheathed in a nylon case for secure carry. Made for use in the wilderness, as well as the backyard, it’s a dual-purpose, lightweight machete for beating back the underbrush and trailblazing.
- 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 am an Alaskan backcountry Guide and have used this thing for a couple years now, itis great for chopping alders to clear a path which is way tougher than anything you'll see in the lower 48. The blade holds up great, but like any tool used in the field rerequires some care. Sharpen as needed, remove rust and oil as needed, its not a splitting maul, or an ax, all carbon steel rusts (oxidizes) left wet (duh)...keep that in mind and you'll use this tool for years to come.
I recently purchased this machete at a local gun shop and used it the next day to clear shooting lanes! with the factory edge it sliced thru brush and small trees! Then let my friend use it and he decided to hack away at dirt and rocks and bent the blade up pretty good but after some lite tapping with a hammer and sharpening its back to normal!! Havent had any problem with the sheath yet but we shall see how it holds up! plans to buy more good job Gerber!
I got this for US$20. I've had it for almost 3 years through countless uses in the heavy woods around Southern Ohio's coal country, and the sheath, unlike most apparently, has held up extremely well. The blade tends to rust a bit after cutting wet brush, but some steel wool takes it right off. It doesn't take a lot of sharpening to get going, either. If you've got a good arm, this one will not let you down.
The sheath broke at the belt strap and the blade got a little rusty in the rain. Gerber, please upgrade your quality of steel.
Bought this machete yesterday and after a quick test run I could tell that this was very good quality. I am amazed that I could get this at such a low price. The only problem with this machete is that it is so Aesthetically beautiful that I don't know if I want to use it. I guess maybe I"ll have to buy another one just for display!
"A worthless Piece of junk" I don't think so. I love it. It's made well with spring in the blade to keep it from breaking if it gets used the wrong way. Rubberized handle allows you to keep control in your swings without fear of it slipping out of your hands. It also helps reduce the impact felt in your hands as compared to a hard grip. A built in lanyard helps in retention and helps to prevent it from becoming a throwing knife!
This machete is equally at home in the tool box, garden box or preppers box. The sheath has a Velcro retention strap and one sewn in loop for belt carry. Riveted sheath and hard plastic inside coating helps resist slices.
Don't forget the wood saw on the back side of the blade.
My negative's are it's made outside the U.S.A. I would have paid more for U.S.A. quality product. If your looking to attach this to your pack, it's a civilian sheath.
It also comes with the GERBER U.S.A. Lifetime Warranty!
I am a surveyor and spent a little more on this machete, the blade is nice and easy to sheath but the first day I used the machete the blade bent. I hammered the blade back and then used it again the second day and the same exact thing happened.
I got this product at a local store, and it is fantastic. It comes sharp and handles well. The fine edge slices through thick saplings with little effort, and the serrated edge is extremely durable and effective. I definitely recommend this dual-purpose tool for any outdoorsman.
My machete came pretty dull, but i really expected more from Gerber.
The blade was just too soft to handle brush more than a half inch thick. After about an hour of use, the the edge looked like I had beat it against a rock instead of wood. Not even worth getting it replaced...
Well aparinly my old post was deleted bye web sight owners so i will post agen with update
this was the worst perchis of my life i went and bot one of there and it bent LITARLY as SOON as i got it home after 5 swings of the thing i figured maybe it was just flawed and had it replaced and tryed agen and it did the EXSACT some thing i got my rufund pist and angry and went to big 5 and got something worth my time i advise all potencghal byers to avoid this with there life
This is the most coolest blade ever
The best machete I have ever had, it cuts through branches like its butter. Cleared a path in my canyon and works great.
I've had mine for a few years now. From camping to yard work to butchering it hasn't fail me yet. My last use was splitting a whole frozen hog! Blade bent just a bet. But. I bent it back straight, sharpened it and kept going.
The metal is flimsy beyond belief. I wanted this to clear a trail through light brush on my way to deer stands. After it arrived I tried it out on small (less than 1/2' dia) branches in the woods around my home.
Started out great, quickly slicing through branch after branch. However, after just 5 minutes I checked the blade and immediately noticed a inch long dent in the blade. This "thing" is absolutely worthless.
I cut down and removed the roots of a 20 foot pear tree with this machete. I used a high carbon grinding tool and a ceramic sharpening tool to sharpen the machete. This blade can take a beating and not break.
tl;dr you have to sharpen it but then it is the best outdoor tool money can buy.
As in any task, use the right tool for the right job. This machete is perfect for was it's intended for. I looked at many reviews and for the money it is the best. I received my Gator Machete and was pleased with the the overall design. It worked well out in the field for cutting and chopping. For small and light tasks Gerber has a full line of fixed blade knives. DO YOUR HOME WORK before purchasing, I did. The Nylon sheath could use some work. Instead of velcro, I would like to see snaps, and two or more for loops for securing to a pack.
this is a wonder tool, glad i bought it, perfect balance, length and cost without decreasing quality, would buy more if need be. PS. machetes are NOT supposed to be RAZOR SHARP...some people, ugh... please do your research before leaving bad reviews, gerber has always held up to their reputation, i don't see them faltering any time soon.
last christmas i was given a gator machete as a gift, then it broke about 2 months later (the handle shatered) gerber promtly dealt with it and sent me a new one that i admit that i have not been to kind to in my adventures and this one as stayed by my side through thick and thin. thank you gerber.
I have tried many many types of machete and I find this Gerber Machete to be perfect. I work in the jungles of Belize and I know what a machete needs to have. It has to be strudy but still flexible enough. It has to be easy to sharpen with a simple file. Basically, any machete that you can buy for 10 bucks in central america will work but they do not have the gator grip. The reason why this machete is more superior then all other machete is the grip design. You can hack the jungle all day and never feel pain in your palm. Most machete are just plain plastic with a little protruding part at the end to stop it from flying out off your hand. This cause your pinky to hurt badly if one were to use for hours. Also D ring type handle are the worst it will destroy all your knuckles. The gator grip handle is perfect, it doesnt slip out of your hand, it is ergonomic, and when it is raining as it always happens in the rainforest, the rubber grip acuatlly give you a better grip. The saw actually works also. The only probelm is the sheath, It does not last long. So either Gerber should start selling sheath for it or they should make a longer lasting one.
machete is great. good blade & balance. Sheath didn't last an hour before the loop broke. I can't believe gerber actually put that lousy thing in the package.
i bought 4 gator machetes, one for myself and one each for my sons and son in law. just tried to use mine, it will not take an edge, sorry i wasted my money and sorry i gave my children this poorly made tool. i purchased Gerber knives in the past and had been very pleased.
Machete is the greatest tool in my gear. Hands down. The sheath, however, is useless.The belt loop on the sheath comes undone at first use. Brought it back, got new sheath- same occurence.
All of you guys saying it is dull do not realize that machetes are not supposed to be knife sharp. They are rough use tools. Anyways I bought one of these and I love it. It has a pretty nice balance for being so long.
this machete has extremley good quality for its price. i thought it would be a bit to big at first but after a few swings it worked out pretty well. the handle is super grippy and i think it weighs the perfect amount. i didnt sharpen it and it went through 2 -4 inch limbs like butter.
You people quit complaining. Any respectable knife owner should know how to sharpen his own tools so quit whining and go get a 600 grit stone and sharpen it. I have cut up countless branches with this machete. I'm able to strip a small tree of all those little branches in minutes. Im hoping I'll get the chance to butcher a zombie or two with it someday...........
It is a machete. Machete are not suppose to be Sharp it uses the weight of the blade to cut. I love that Machete one you know how to use it you can cut a 4 inch tree.
Always been fond of gerber... However, I was very disappointed with the Gator. As mentioned in a previous review the blade does come extremely dull, so that needed to be sharpened before heading out. Also, within an hour of walking the belt loop on the shealth tore off. The store where the Gator was purchased will not take it back because it has been used. Hopefully after contacting Gerber this can be replaced. In my opinion this is a good item for the price, just expected more from these guys!
I have bought many Gerber blades and always have had no complaintes about them, however this Gator Machete came extremely dull, almost a flat edge on it... Im sure once i get it sharpened it will preforme fine but you guys should watch your quality controll alittle close so blades like that dont get out and start to give you a bad reputation
It's pretty good i guess. As you seen in last night's premier of Walking Dead when i put this thing right through the skull of that zombie in the church it really holds up well. Perfect quiet, melee weapon in a zombpoc type situation.
I have a Gerber Gator machete one of my friends got me with his discount wher he gets supplies for his work with his discount it cost me $25. I used it this spring in the woods cutting brush on the paths we have to walk to get to the hunting blind. Then m
This machete is perfect for brush cutting and sapling removal, and the saw blade is great for cutting through branches of all sizes.