|Part Number||GE000758_Gris/Noir_457 mm|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||28 x 5.1 x 1.9 inches|
|Item model number||31-000758|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Blade Length||18 inches|
|Blade Edge||Plain Edge|
|Warranty Description||Limited Warranty|
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Gerber Gator Machete Nylon Sheath, Black [31-000758]
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- Blade Steel: High Carbon steel. Riveted, nylon sheath included
- 18 inch blade features a full performance saw on one side, a 15 inch fine edge blade on the other
- Handle Material: Gator Grip overmold, Sheath Material: Nylon
- Overall Length: 25.7 Inch, Weight: 18 oz
- Gator grip rubberized handle for comfort and control
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Gerber Gator Machete
Machete with fine and saw blades
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.
- Tactile rubber grip
- Fine edge and saw blade
- Riveted, nylon sheath included
- Overall Length: 25.7"
- Blade Length: 18"
- Weight: 18 0z.
- Head: High Carbon Steel
- Handle: Gator-Grip
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From the Manufacturer
The Gator Machete wields a 15-inch fine edge blade on one side, a 18-inch high performance saw blade on the other, and our proprietary Gator rubber grip for ergonomic control while using either. The riveted, nylon sheath provides safe, durable transport. Clear foliage with a single swipe. Machete also doubles as a saw. Great for clearing shooting lanes. Quality, tough, black oxide-coated steel blade is 15", fine razor's edge with "toothy" serrated saw on top. Gator sure-grip handle 25" overall, weighs 1 pound, lanyard hole. Black 400-denier heavy nylon sheath with belt loop.
Top Customer Reviews
On the first day of use I encountered a vine that was blocking the trail.. On the second hack, the machete blade broke in two pieces.. This was just your typical standard tree vine.. Not a branch.. Not a tree.. Not a rock.. Not a wall..
This is completely unacceptable from a company like Gerber.
Upon close examination of the blade, it is easy to see that this is not solid steel. Its a cheap blend of metals made in China..
I DO NOT recommend this trail clearing implement for anything other than a wall mounted conversation piece..
The One star is for Amazon's great packaging, shipping and RETURN policies...
SHAME on Gerber for such an awful product.
I wrote a letter to Gerber asking why they advertise this tool as solid steel, when clearly it is not.
This blade is made up of a cheap composite of metals..
The blade looks really cool and sheath or holder it comes with is where all the money goes to in this product, not the blade..
Let's go over the good stuff first (and there's plenty of it):
The Gerber junior has several attributes that take it way beyond just a good deal.
As said above, the price is right. At $15 - $20, it's a total bargain ... Your argument is invalid.
While this mini machete certainly isn't made of the finest, imported, hand crafted materials (refer to price), if used within its limits, it seriously gets the job done. Because it's lightweight and half the length of a full size machete, you can easily carry it on your belt, or strap it to a pack and you'll barely know it's there until you need it.
That being said — Don't let the smaller size fool you. OK sure. You probably won't get far cutting through towering oaks or sequoias, but it will chop right through a 3/4 in diameter branch with one clean shot. You can take down one inchers with a couple more chops, and you can get through branches that are 2 in in diameter or more if you have a little patience and throw in a dab of elbow grease. Somehow they definitely found a pretty solid balance between being light enough to take backpacking but heavy enough to chop through some decent branches.
Another rare and good thing to find in a cheap cutting tool (despite some reviews that say otherwise) is that the blade comes out of the factory pretty sharp. After a few minutes with a decent sharpener, you can get the edge to cut through Kryptonite. No complaints in that department. Especially for the price.
To protect and haul your blade, the nylon sheath is decent enough. It seems like it should stand up to some punishment while still being light enough that it doesn't add any noticeable weight when the blade is sheathed and on your hip. The velcro strap isn't particularly sturdy, but hopefully it will hold up. For the money, you can't ask for too much more than that.
Now on to the bad (just a couple of minor non deal breakers):
The machete is not full tang. For those that are new to knives and machetes, the tang refers to how far the metal blade runs up the grip. The Gerber jr. is not a full tang blade. This could become problematic somewhere down the road and could potentially lead to a broken blade or grip if you are using your blade as a rock hammer. Don't forget that you aren't paying big bucks for a product that will last you generations. Despite it's ... lacking of tang, if you treat the blade right and use it properly and within it's limits (that means NO prying), it feels like it will last through many outings in the woods.
The other little hiccup in an overall awesome product, is the saw function. It's a great idea (note the use of the word "idea"), and if absolutely necessary, you could use it to (eventually) saw through larger pieces of wood. However, I think that this one looks a little better on paper and is exactly as I said before. A great "idea." It just isn't that practical. The saw blades are sharp and staggered like a saw is supposed to be. The problem is that they are too thick to efficiently saw through large diameter material. When trying to saw back and forth, you seem to have to devote a lot of energy and attention to avoid getting the saw teeth stuck in the log every other stroke. It can become frustrating and time consuming, and if you're backpacking or camping, your time would probably be better spent searching for dry tinder or picking a guitar by the fire. Now remember. This is far from a deal breaker. How much sawing are you really planing on doing with your MACHETE anyway?
The conclusion is simple. This Gerber jr. is a serious bang for your buck. It works. It looks solid. It feels solid, and it hasn't failed yet. Overall this blade is absolutely ideal for taking on the trail to help gather fire wood or clear a site for a shelter. Although it seems to be born to be taken into the mountains on a trek, it can also be used around the yard for small to medium sized clearing jobs. If you are looking for a smaller answer to a full sized machete and don't want to dull up the blade of your hunting knife, this bitchin' little piece of hardware is definitely for you.
Do not order this blade unless you just want a cheap, cool looking blade to chop tall grass, weeds and other tall weak plants.
For shame Gerber! How could you put your name on this junk???