Gerber Gator Machete
Just don't buy it... piece of junk
I bought this machete to keep in my Jeep for use on the trail. I pulled it out to clear some vines off a fence I was removing in my back yard. Needless to say this Gerber Machete is complete junk! Blade is bent, curled and kinked in several areas, as well as parts of the blade are just gone. It looks like I smashed it against a rock... but in fact it was just soft green vines and small (1' or so) limbs. The saw probably works fine.
The last machete I had I purchased as a 15yo kid was from a flea market and it lasted until I lost it sometime in my late 20's... and that was used when I bought it.
This piece of junk lasted 2 hours.
May 22, 2014
This product is very well built, and has an extremely comfortable handle. This machete worked real well for clearing ATV roads, and helping me clear out some shooting lanes deep in thick creek bottom. The saw blade is a plus, but doesn't cut like a thin bladed saw would, so it does take a few more minutes to get through thick branches. All n All this product did everything that i wanted it to do.
October 7, 2008
this is one of the best machetes i have ever had its got a good stable handle and having a saw and a blade in one tool has prooved very usefull. if you buy this item you will not be sorry about it trust me.
March 14, 2011
I just purchased one of these a few days ago. When I got it, I noticed it didn't have a very sharp edge but spent about 1 minute on my belt grinder with a 320 grit belt. Then, using my sharpening stones to hone the edge all the while keeping the same factory angle, I was able to slice paper with it. Today I got to test it out on a huge Hackberry limb that fell on my roof from a storm a few nights ago. I was able to easily cut through many branches about an inch thick in one hit and even the bigger ones succumbed to the machete. I tested it out on about half a dozen that were 3-4 inches in diameter and hacked away as hard as I could while cutting out a groove. Even after all of that abuse on it and everything, I was still able to slice paper with it after I was done. Handle was very comfortable and durable.
To those who complain about it not coming with a super sharp edge from the factory, you must not know how to sharpen a knife. I have used pretty much every cheap machete out there and this is the only one that held an edge and didn't wear me out by the end of the day. I plan to get the Gator Jr machete as well for when I go backpacking.
September 9, 2010