Built just as tough but shorter and more packable, this version keeps the same dual blade. Perfect for back-country travel, the fine edge tackles brush and vines while the saw cuts limbs and small trees. The Gator Grip keeps tasks comfortable and securely in hand.
Built just as tough as the Gator Machete, the Junior is shorter and more packable. The two-sided blade has both a fine edge for hacking brush and vines and a rough cut saw edge for cutting branches, limbs and small trees. It’s a high-carbon steel shaft with a Gator grip handle. For back-country travel, when every bit of weight is accounted for, the Gator Jr. is the right machete.
I purchased to keep in my hunting pack. First time in heavy use the blade bent. When I say heavy use I mean black berries and witches broom.
I should also mention the first time out the belt loop tore rendering the sheath useless for belt carry. Needless to say I feel my money was wasted on this purchase.
I used the knife while I was in Puerto Rico restoring power to those who needed it after being without for 6 months. Thought it would be good for getting the wires out of the weeds. First day using it the blade broke. Mind you I was in PR. so I trashed it after taking pictures of it. I'm not bringing it home with me. I emailed Gerber with the response "sorry but without the knife we can do nothing.". Really I showed you the pictures and you want me to send you the knife?. So with A response like that I will not buyanymore Gerber products and will show the emails to my company hoping that they will stop using them also. Used to be a trust worthy company that made Solid knives. The sheath broke first time putting it on my belt. First thing I noticed made in china.
Christmas present for my boys. Went out shelter building and immediately there were large dents in the blade and they hadn’t accomplished anything yet. Very poor quality from what I thought was a trusted name. Will not be buying another product made by this manufacturer.
Blade lasted 10 mins of use chopping 1/2" diameter and smaller tree branches from a path in N Central Ohio. Blade never hit the ground and there are no visible nicks in the blade, but the blade has bent over on itself 180 degrees in multiple places. Blade appears to be untreated mild steel - worthless on a machete. Lifetime warranty is worthless as well since the consumer must pay $15 vis USPS to return a $20 tool. Gerber will never be a brand I buy again - at least while they continue to manufacture poor quality tools like this overseas. Another corporate cash grab ploy?
I just got this tool as an early Christmas present. It looked like good quality and(and said high carbon steel),but looks can be deceiving I was cutting small brush and the Blade was bent in three places. So I hammered the bent blade back. So it look a little bit better and not even five minutes later the blade been even more. My advice is to not buy it
I used this tool once to cutting small branches off cedars.. I'm shocked. The blade was all bent up. Cedar is soft wood and the brances were small. Composition says it's "high Carbon" steel but apparently "high" is a relative statement.
Gerber has put their brand name on flashy looking junk. .
Absolute garbage. Used for camping first time this past weekend. Meant to clear branches off fallen cedar tree. Blade bent and tore. No rocks were hit and largest branch was 5/8" thick.
Blade was poorly sharpen even when it was straight out of the box. I use it 2 days and now cut nothing, not even a block of cheese, otherwise it has a very good handle with good grip. For my country i pay quite a lot of money for this kind of machete and I'm disappointed
I'm surprised by the poor reviews. I did experience much of the problems mentioned in these comments with the use of my full length Gator Machete. It bent and chipped and seemed like a wrong match of steel for the job. Gator Jr. has given me 4 years or more of hard work and with care it still looks and performs great.
Really a trash product. The blade is completely broken after only 2 days of light uses. My last one (not a gerber) was good for 4-5 years.
The last time I buy from Gerber...
bought this for hiking/camping use. The blade was pretty dull on purchase. after I got a good edge on it, it has been fine. Mostly used for light brush clearing, but also used it to clear large oak limbs after a storm. (machete was fine for limbs up to 3 inches, beyond that used a chain saw)
a better sheath would be nice also. something molle compatible would be awesome.
After minimal use i thought this machette was great but i used it a lot this hunting season and was disappointed as the blade edge started deforming. On small branches that are somewhat dried the blade edge would deform to the shape of the branch.
The heat treating quality control failed on this one.
Extremely filmsy. Saw was working decent wouldn't cut very well though. I was cutting through some vines got stuck on a vine. When I pulled it back a 1.5 inch strip of the blade was torn of. Fisksrs is way better
I've had this machete for over three years now, and it is the best one I've owned, I used it to cut big fish for bait and it only dented because i hit rocks with it
Got it today. Went out to test it on a medium size green limb. Worked like a charm. Went right through.
The blade is very good though not recommended to over plow with the blade side on most thick branches.. but simply turn over and
Saw clean through.. overall the best blade iv owned so far..
Well this thing setting the garage for a long time and decided to use it prickly rash small blush brush and the blade bends over you've got to be kidding me who says this place is good I can't believe you people what do you expect for 1:30 bucks piece of,t thank God it's got a lifetime warranty.
Bought this machete for camping trips. Blade bent cutting pine branches on our first trip. I have owned several Gerber products over the years and this is strike two. I can't see buying another Gerber product again. Fool me twice...
bought it and the next i went out and used it! bent the blade! P.O.S.!! why! better steel would have been nice.
The tool itself is quite handy, but not having the sheath either Alice, Malice or Molle Compatible, it is Very awkward for easy carry. Are the clips/straps that expensive? The upper belt loop is fine for someone that only wears a skinny belt. Gerber can do better.
Used 8 hours a day for 3 days straight. Cut small branches with one strike. 1/2 to 3/4 inch with 2 strikes. Even cut down small trees. Great product and highly recommended!
Right out of the box this seemed like a pretty badass blade. Though the second time I used it was on an overnight hike - I went out to chop up some branches for kindling and after a while i noticed it became gradually harder to get through the branches. I quit swinging for a second and to my surprise the blade was bent back in multiple spots. I don't know what you made this out of but it certainly does not belong on a machete.
Bought For the wife's B.O.B. gear and the belt loop on the sheath pulled out at it's top seam before we could get it outside! This rendered the sheath useless for belt use. We have since taken the Jr. out for testing and found it to be a perfect match for the wife. Makes quick work of 3/4 to 1 1/2 material used for shelter or fire. 4 Stars for the Machete, Goose egg for the Sheath.
Just bout this. I have always been impressed with Gerber blades. This one lives up to the name. The high carbon steel blade was excellent for cutting light brush. It could have had a better edge. The edge was sharp but rough. Not a major issue for an inexpensive machete. Dinged the blade some when I encountered bricks where I didn't expect them. Re-sharpened the blade with a Lansky sharpening kit and really had to work at it. The steel on this machete is very good quality and somewhat difficult to sharpen. That is good as I won't have to sharpen it often as long as I don't hit bricks or rocks. I would definitely recommend this blade. Great job!
They could be stronger. The blade on mine chipped just from clearing small brush. Kinda upsetting after hearing how good the brand is.
I've been reading a lot of the reviews and for all the people that have broken or damaged your machete, sounds like you people are trying to cut trees down or split wood with. Machetes are not made for that kind of work its for small branches and clearing a path when in the woods. Also sounds like some don't have a clue on how to sharpen a blade. I've been using mine all spring and summer this machete is a machine and works great. People quit trying to cut down trees and strike at the proper angle of the branch don't strike straight into it, easier cut and less stress on the blade
It's a great machete but after just a few hacks at the brush around my trails I bent the blade definitely needs to be stronger handle even being plastic with rubber on feels good in the hand
Just purchased this "machete" yesterday and decided that I would try it out today. Was cutting of a few twigs and small 1/2" branches on the side of the house. Sharp blade cut right thru several, then I hit a small knot and blade bed right over. This is suppose to be " high" carbon steel, just not right.
I used the machete to help remove a tiny shrub in my back yard. Blade chipped and bent within first ten swings. I am highly disappointed. Terrible product. Would not recommend.
Just picked one of these up today and went out to the river with it.
Hella sharp right out of the box!
its a good blade don't get me wrong but it could use a few improvements, #1 this a machete not a knife, it needs to be thicker and full tang (my tang started to rattle after the first week) #2 handle could be built better, its just cheap plastic with rubber. #3 the blade does not need to be flat it needs more bulk in the core of the blade.
Got it for Christmas. Its great ! Could be stronger as far as the blade bending. Its a damn good machete.
great compact machete realy usefull but not recommended for sub zero use i break mine after 3years at 20 below zero also bend the sharp in hard wood!but cut real well and the saw is good in soft wood!
Received as a gift to replace my 20 year old Ontario Knife machete. Liked the rubber grip and ligher weight. Went out and needed to clear some brush to be able to cut some trees. The blade not only bent on the first 25 whacks, but also chipped. I finshed the job with the saw. I sent the machete back for warranty claim and went back to using my Ontario Knife which is in better shape after 20 years than the Gator Jr after 25 whacks. Very disappointed in the thin, weak blade.
Recently purchased this at bass pro shops. Great little deal l. I definetly keep this on me if I'm out in the woods. Love all the gerber products, want more.
My first use for this machete was to limb a 1/2 inch pine for a tarp pole. Folded the sharpened edge in the first minute of use. Will not recommend this product to anyone!
Worked Great! While the blade lasted.Cut through small branches with ease, light and easy to use good rubber handle. I used the saw on a small fallen tree about 6" around and it cut through nicely. THE BAD As i was clearing the blade started to bend and continued to get worse, but i kept using it for my trail needed to be cleared and it kept working just with less efficiency lol
I bought it for $20 and i thought it was great price for a greater machete. I love using it to cut vegetation and it excels at its job. It is very sharp and durable and I love having the sheath to put it away safely while still being able to carry it around in a safe manner. 5/5 machete
It was sharp out of the box! And cut very nicely the first couple times i used it. The last time i used it I guess I didn't clean is that well and when I took it out a week later it was all rusted. I don't know how to get the rust off with out wrecking the finish if u have any ideas please comment I will be checking! Thanks
I thought this machete would be a good fit for prospecting as it is a short sword, light weight and has a saw.
In less than 1 month in the Oregon mountains hacking and slashing trails into very hard places to get to, the blade totally failed.
The steel used is inferior to the Gerber brand and needs to be up graded. The grip needs finger groves to enhance grip as the lanyard is not enough. The sheath also failed as the Velcro strap no longer secured the machete in the sheath.
Overall, this product might have a place in home and garden, but not in the field where every tool needs to perform without issue.
Works great on light wood. Tried trimming some 1/4" to 1/2" Oak and bend the blade.
I've had this machete for two years and have really put it through the motions! Keeps a blade nicely, small enough to be packed along with fishing gear and big enough to take out some bothersome tree limbs!
well first of all its a machete....not an axe or hatchet.....you use it to cut saplings or trees no bigger than 1 quarter in diameter.....and you cut small bushes and weeds.......you dont try to cut big ass trees or anything like that and mine came razor sharp
Don't let any of these reviews put you off, this is a serious machete and I've put it through the paces clearing mountain ash and alder much larger diameter than "a nickel". I've used to limb pine and cotton wood with branches that I thought I'd need an axe for. It packs in my winter pack so I can clear out branches for backcountry jump approaches and weighs next to nothing. I also have the full size Gator Machete but prefer the versatile size with a wallop that this guy delivers. And for all survivalist types you can rig a shoulder harness out of two shoelaces that is easily covered with a regular fitting hoody or shirt.
Well I got this "machete" and it was dull as a stone....so I sharpened it up....took it out just to test it and after cutting through just a couple green thin branches the blade has a dent in it! I have a 8 dollar machete from harbor freight that has the same blade thickness and has not dented yet. So your buying a cheap machete and a decent sheath...I'm tired of my gerber items breaking or getting messed up during normal use and I won't buy them anymore..I don't suggest anyone else doing so either! It's all made in china anyways! I only gave it one star because I had to out something but it gets no stars in my book!
I own both this and the full length version. Although I like the full length, because of its usefulness on vines and such, it tends to blade tends to bend/wobble during use on heavier saplings and brush. With this shorter machete I am able to cut away while tangled in heavy brush due to its compact design. Again, due to the more compact design, I can cut down much larger trees. Yes I meant to type "trees" this time rather than saplings. I have been trudging through the thick woods of Northeast Georgia for 24 years, so I have a bit of experience with a machete, but no man, experienced or not, should be able to cut down a tree 1ft+ thick in 15-30 minutes with a miniature machete! With the full-length, and the compact on my belt, there is nothing I can't handle in the Georgia mountains; be it thick muscadine vines, or full size trees.
First time love the weight, saw handle, cut small pecan trees to help make camp... worked better than great. Second time some of the guys had trouble hatcheting thru a little 4" dried branch, I used my Gator JR machete and cut thru. Totally destroyed the blade, not recovery.
ok this machete is amazing its easy to sharpen and is quite good at splitting small pieces of wood. i can cut trees down with it pretty easily. so one day my ass of a neighbor takes it from my backyard (i was splitting wood the day before) and he takes it and smashes the blade on a rock and is now dented in opposite ways right in the middle of the blade. i guess you can say we are no longer neighbors
I gotten this machete in 2012 and used it for cutting wood, its a good machete but just now it broke in half, seriously.
I love this machete you can use it for tons of things and for $21 that is Awsome everybody reading this I want to in courage you to by this machete so go a head a head and get it you won't regret it.
this is probably the sorriest machete i have ever owned... dull when i got it and yet to get a descent edge on it. ive bought better from local hardware stores for less than $20. i would not reccomend anybody to get this machete!
it worked good for a little bit but one day I was chopping a small log and the blade broke right off the handle
This Machete is the best Machete I ever bought. It feels great in the hand, serrated blade works great, and sheath is really durable!
Love this machete. I got this a couple years ago and I'm still in love with it. I use it to chop blackberries all the time and it works great, if there was only one tool I could take into the woods, it'd be this.
i wanted a machete for my own survival bag but i wanted a little smaller so i found this one and for it's size it is like a buzz saw for cutting best machete i have ever owned
get it for 21$ i would pay 60 for it
in my mind this is not large enough to be a machete so to me it is a knife, holds an edge ok but the metal pins in the sheath ding my blade up pretty bad :(
I got this when I wanted the Bear Grylls Parang but they didn't have it at Wal Mart or Sportsman's Warehouse, and I was not disappointed with it. I tried to make a trail through a bunch of stickerbushes with an old crummy $10 machete and got two feet in a couple hours, but with this bad boy I got to half the length of my house in the same amount of time! The saw is good for getting through thick tree branches or scotch broom that are too big for the blade to get through. Over all, awesome tool.
mine wasn't very sharp when i got it but give a few good swipes on a good sharpener especially a rada sharpener and it'll cut through what you need
I'm tired of your cheap mystery steels that don't hold an edge, terrible heat treat (if any, you don't list it!) and bad designs! You really have nothing on the competition, price, or quality-wise!
I looked at this machete and from the get-go was suspicious of the mystery "high carbon steel" that they didn't want to tell me anything about. (I still don't know what type of steel it is!) it could be 440HC or VG-10, complete opposites that could be described as "high carbon", but I just refuse to believe it was anything good. I assume it was junky 420 or 440HC with no heat treat because after an hour of average stress due to yard work there was a large deformation in the edge. This was also due to the poor design work because they put a VERY shallow grind for a machete which was not smart as it doesn't have to be sharp, but durable. I took great care of it and didn't abuse it but it still bent. I bought a machete from a rival brand (Idk if gerber will let me reference competitors in this review) and the heat treat was much better (gerber, improve yours!), the design was a much steeper utility edge (ehem...gerber!) and the steel was not a mystery. It was 3Cr13 that was heat treated and rust resistant making it 10x the machete this is. I am not saying that you need to buy from another brand, I am saying gerber has a lot of work to do...
The blade works great on brush and small branches while the saw is just phenomonal. It was kinda dull when i bought it but that's a quick fix.
the gerber gator right out of the box was sooooo sharp and the saw is awesome for 1-2 inch thick branches, such a great blade, unbelievable!!!
Me and a couple buddy's were justbout and built a shelter and this cut through medium sized saplings like it was air
I cut down a whole tree. It was around 6 inches thick it was soooooo awesome get one its cheap durable and dependable.
i bought the machete jt AND I AM VERY PLEASED TO OWN IT. I USE IT FOR CUITTING WEEDS. THE BEST FOR WEEDS AND CUTTING SMALL BRNACHES. THE BEST BLADES BY FAR
i just picked this knife up at bass pro shops and i am amazed at its immediately noticeable saw and great sharp blade
the machete looks awesome but i dont know how well it performs due to the mixture of likes, dislikes, hates, and loves
The weeds kept getting hooked in the saw teeth. I needed to flick the weeds off before every slash. It’s not a big deal when doing small jobs. I don’t care for the saw on this tool.
My suggestions would be to flip the blade over, omit the saw and replace the saw with a cutting edge. It would become a sheep’s foot machete. I would buy that if I ever see one.
I just bought this Gator Jr and am impressed. Came out of the package sharp and first time I used it, cut straight through quarter sized branches of sub-tropical trees. It was like a hot knife through butter, just keep it on 45 degree swing. Very happy and recommend to all
Came very sharp out of the box, i just had to sharpen out some burs and now its crazy sharp. I took it out on an outing and it hacks branches like its nothing. The only beef i have with it is the lanyard and the retention strap, but overall i love this thing it packs really well in a day pack. go check out my review on YouTube, my username is Phillycheesekid
I received this as a Christmas gift. Its a very nice blade. I'm looking forward to using this next time I go out in the woods. I did note that it was a bit dull.
Lol, this thing feels so good in your hand, you just wanna slash things with it. Perfect size for camping or backpacking. Affixes well to my heli pack! Good quality stuff, and sheath is really well made IMO.
my only problem was it was dull but if you carry a sharpener with you you be good sharpens very quick
I took this product out of the package and immediately noticed that the blade was dull. I tried cutting a weed with the stem about half the size of a dime and the thing bounced off. I went and had to get it professionally sharpened. I used it for about 45 mins intermittently and it's dull again. Also, the saw side is horrible as well. If you want to cut down branches with the diameter of a nickel, you may be able to get away with it. Anything bigger and you may as well use your chainsaw. Deeply unhappy about my purchase. This will be my first and last purchase from this company.
Good Price, cuts well, especially the saw but not built for durability thats for sure. Used it twice and the blade is already loose. It just needs a little tightening of the screws but not meant for an avid woodsman; just a few camping trips in the year should do the trick
Great knife/axe/saw. Blade doesnt come sharp but will a decent grinder you can make it realllly sharp, will cut through anything and has the weight to power through limbs. Carrying case is also very nice and sturdy, would recommend this to everyone
I just bought it from the internet, and I can't wait for it to get here. Really good knife. I strongly recommend you to buy it.
Don't get carried away, as this blade will bend slightly if you whack something absurdly strong with it. Point of Balance is at 0", which makes this machete suitable for throwing (but you'd have to cut off the cord on the 'pommel' or it will wrap around your hand mid-throw) but mainly it is the heft of this blade that gives it the cutting power. Didn't come sharp, though I haven't tried sharpening it yet. The saw is the best thing about it and I would even say you could use that end to greater swinging effect than an unsharpened blade edge on the other side.
In short, it's a machete that hits like an axe. Unique.
I purchased it when the grip broke on my full size machete. I will be using it for clearing light brush, and the size is ideal for the job. The weight and balance are good.
The instructions that came with it are a bit confusing. It states to use "the saw blade for branches of 1 inch in diameter or less." I think that should read "1 inch in diameter or MORE."
Docked one star for the packaging. The heat sealed plastic clamshell was bad enough, but the stupid rivet that held the blade in place ranks near the top of the worst packaging designs I have experienced.
Seriously, removing the machete from the packaging was the most dangerous thing I have ever done with a bladed tool.
I got this about, 3-4 months ago, and I love it! I have used it to chop, and saw through lilac. It is awesome! It is great if you do not want a full sized machete. And for those who don't know how much it it, it's $21.
I cut some branches off a few trees here in my back yard today, now i have four dents/deformations on the cutting edge. I am not impressed.