Gerber® Gator Machete
within 15 minutes of first use on privit and small trees the blade was bent. The hardened steel blade was not durable.
August 15, 2011
Well balanced in the hand with a comfortable grip.
August 10, 2011
Worth every penny
I bought this for camping but it gets used more for work than anything else.
Disadvantage: It seems to need sharpening frequently. I tend to sharpen it after every use and it does all right, I bought a little carbide sharpener, put it in a vise and within a few minutes its as sharp as ever.
Advantages: Everything else. I've used this thing to chop through weeds, shrubs, tree branches and even small trees. With this and a dull axe my helper and I chopped a path for my drill rig in to the woods to get to our work area. It took us a good seven hours to do it, but this machete never let me down. As has been said it can easily cut through branches around an inch in diameter and with a few strokes can go through two and three inch stuff. Last winter I was bored at work and used it to chop through a tree that had recently been blown over by a wind storm. It was probably 8 inches in diameter. Don't get the wrong idea here, it took a good 10 minutes of chopping a groove to do it, but there were plenty of chips flying on every stroke.
July 14, 2011
Used this machete around my tree stand, shooting house and around my yard at home. It works better than any other machete that I have used in the past, all of the complaints about it not being sharp are really rediculous. Of course its not going to be sharp straight out of the package; have you ever bought a knife that didnt need sharpening?
July 14, 2011