Featuring the thickest blade in Gerber's machete line, the Golok is built to handle tough underbrush and stubborn green wood. A dual tapered blade design allows for less strain, more efficiency. A Gator Grip handle feels snug in hand even after multiple swings.
Built with full tang construction, the Golok is Gerber’s version of the classic design. The Gator Golok Machete’s sturdy handle wrapped in the classic Gerber Gator Grip keeps it snug in your hand while being leveled at underbrush. This knife expertly helps you manage the workload in record time for better results using comparatively little effort.
SLICE THROUGH VEGETATION
Possessing a thicker blade than any other machete in the line, the Golok is impressively adept at chopping. The thickness and grind of the blade provides high resistance to sticking in green wood. Traditionally used in SE Asia for agricultural purposes, the Gator Golok is well suited for any number of outdoor tasks. Textured Gator Grip on the handle keeps it secure, and the ergonomic shape makes it comfortable for extended use. Its hardened steel is constructed with a precision grind to cut with minimal exertion, allowing for less body strain and greater efficiency.
LONG TERM STRENGTH
The lightweight, solid handle of the Gator Golok Machete is designed for the long-term life of this axe. It includes a unique, adjustable paracord safety lanyard, and a high quality sheath. The sheath features dual D-loops, with a belt loop for multiple carry options.
After doing a fair bit of research online and watching many various youtube machete reviews I had come a bit closer to knowing what I wanted in my first machete.
I wanted a unit for cutting green wood but also processing dry hardwood for kindling.
I had my concerns about if a machete was suitable for splitting hardwood as our Jarrah here in Australia is super hard and I couldn't find much info around the topic.
I found the Golok at a local camping and out doors chain and was willing to take a punt as it was on sale.
I'm happy to say that it is great at chopping green wood and kept it's edge well even after hours of use on tree limbs. I did find the handle to be a bit thin and too narrow at the butt . This was fixed with Wilson wrap tape by building up the thickness in the middle and butt end ( a great tip I got off youtube ). I also found that I wanted to choke up on the top end of the handle or tang end of the blade for more control at times. I feel extending the grip forward an inch or two would improve the versatility of the machete when doing more controled cuts.
It did a great job at batoning smaller pieces of dry hardwood ( much quicker than a small splitting axe ) but the blades black coating came off almost instantly. It's doesn't look so pretty but it's a tool to be used and a bit of oil will stop any corrosion occuring.
I even fashioned a club like baton out of a small log with the Golok and it did a great job with the more precise cuts.
So I do like it , it's had alot of use in the garden and out camping . It's a little heavy at first but you soon get use to it ( once you pad out the handle ) and it's at a price that you are not afraid to put it to work.
The included sheath does the job well and sharpening the blade is quite easy.
I managed to get a great deal on a second one but that one will stay pretty in my collection .
This machete is great. So far it has worked exceptionally. I have no complaints, but this machete is very heavy for a machete and it does get tiresome chopping after a while.
It seems like everyone is calling this machete a beast of a tool. They're not wrong. I have used this thing to chop all kinds of wood and for general whittling. It has stood up to every task with minimal effort. You can really let the blade do the work when chopping or snapping wood, and you should. Putting too much force into a swing with this thing is not only dangerous it's pointless. It keeps an edge really well. The only thing that I have seen dull the blade is chopping aged hard wood. Even then it doesn't take much to put the edge back on. The only thing I would change would be to modify the handle. The handle is a bit narrow for my hand, which are rather large, and I would like to see it come up about an inch further with a second finger choil. I find that I often shit my grip up to this position when I am doing more dexterous tasks. The gator grip on these machetes is also a bit hard on the hand. I found the shape and fit of the BG parang to be far more comfortable. That being said, after owning this thing for a year I gave away all of my other machetes and pack axes. That includes my BG parang.
Nice. It fills my role for a heavy, short machete. Not sure if the steel is 1050 as claimed or 65Mn as seems probable with a Chinese manufacturer. But whatever. Good steel and weight. Only complaint was a hellaceous burr out of the package. That rounded over in the first few chops and it took me an hour to work it out. But now it's fine. Good grip and weight distribution. Ready for the field and those applications where a heavy machete is appropriate.
Top of the line made machete. I was skeptical about the blade being too short. Perfect size. The blade is thick and heavy (no bounce back when you hit a limb cuts right through like butter) Handle is as solid as your going to get. Tip of blade cuts excellent. Worth every dime. Made in the USA. Gerber Corp you get an A+
Okay so the Gator and Kukri machetes proved to be extremely great blades. But I gotta say this one is a monster! It's heavier than any of the machetes that Gerber has made but that just adds more chopping power. I like the design of the blade as well as the functionality of it. The only thing I don't like is that it's right hand carry only and I'm left handed but there are ways around that issue. I also like that they used real 550 paracord as the adjustable lanyard. Nice touch. In fact they used two bits of 550 and not just one. Now I just bought this blade and since then I have nothing bad to say about this. It chops, dices, slices and even whittles. It holds its edge and most importantly you can definitely feel confident when you wield this blade. It's built tougher than most machetes. Impressed would be an understatement.
This thing is a beast shop bush trees with ease its truly a workhorse and a powerful tool to have really great for what its intended and it is easy to sharpen
I've bought one from REI.
It's an awesome tool. The weight gives an enormous power.
The only flaw I found is in the handle : I've been using for some time the Bear Grylls Parang and I really prefer the curvature of its handle. Its grip protects the wrist from being torn by the momentum of the blade.
I live in French Polynesia and you hike you often have to cut your way through the trees.
I Think the golok will be one of my greatest allies ther and especially cutting firewood in camp.
Really eager to try the gator brush machete!