Gerber Gator Combo Axe

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Gerber Gator Combo Axe -

Gerber's Gator Combo Axe is a wood-bustin' breakthrough. They have applied their proprietary Gator textured rubber to the grip for an unprecedented level of comfort and control. The handle is made out of a virtually indestructible glass-filled nylon handle, and inside the handle is a hollow area containing a magnet that holds a knife. The axe head is made from forged steel, which does an outstanding job of keeping its edge.


  • Ergonomic knife and axe handles fit comfortably in the hand for safe cutting and swinging; Gator textured handles provide good grip


  • Durable ballistic nylon sheath protects axe edge and affords easy transport via belt loop webbing on back
  • Glass-filled nylon axe handle is virtually indestructible; handle design is injection-molded around the axe head to ensure it won't separate or come loose


  • Knife included
  • Knife features a 3 in. blade for efficient cutting
  • Excellent edge retention.
  • Space-saving design features a hideaway knife that stores inside the axe handle; internal magnetic lock and an end cap keep the saw secure but easy to retrieve
  • Knife is meant to be housed in the axe handle only when storing or transporting the axe and knife; do not keep the knife in the axe while chopping or hammering with the axe
  • Forged steel head
  • Gerber Gator™ Combo axe is the perfect addition to your basic camping gear
The Gerber Gator Axe Combo features a forged steel head and unbreakable handle. Includes a 2-3/4'' Gator fixed blade knife that magnetically locks into the handle of the axe.


The versatile Gerber Gatorâ„¢ Combo axe combines an axe and knife to give you the tools you need to finish woodcutting jobs with ease.


In addition to the forged steel head and durable nylon handle the Gerber Gator™ Combo Axe features a tactile rubber grip for an unprecedented level of comfort and control. Knife magnetically locks into knife handle.
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Blade Length:2.88 in / 7.3 cm
Blade Material:Forged Steel
Handle Length:8.75 in / 22 cm
Handle Material:Gator textured grip over glass-filled nylon
Head Length:Not Availabe
Head/Blade Material:Forged steel.
Knife blade length:2.75 in.
Length:(Axe) 8.5 / (knife) 7 inches
Max blade length (in.):(Axe) 2.5 / (knife) 3 inches
Overall Length:8.75 in.
Sheath Material:Ballistic nylon.
Upc, Ean, Isbn:013658124493
Weight:25.6 oz / 725 g
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Gerber Gator Combo Axe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Take everywhere hatchet

This is seriously the best hatchet out there.
I have carried mine on every expedition that I have been on for the last 8 years. When I'm not camping I store it beside the fireplace to make kindling with.
It is lighter than any wood handled hatchet and very ergonomic. Swinging it in your hand you really get the feeling that your hand now has an axe head at the end, it just fits well. Its size makes it ideal for backpacking. The extra-large belt loop on the sheath will easily fit a large pack buckle through it allowing you to always keep it handy at your side. The sheath is really good construction, very stiff and durable. The handle is short enough that you can run around with it on your belt without hurting or knocking into yourself.
I use mine to strip limbs off trees, chop firewood into tinder and kindling and even chop rounds into firewood. I have used it to fell small trees with great effect. Admittedly I have banged my knuckles a few times while using it on large logs or small trees. But that's what an axe is for not a hatchet. This hatchet is definitely made with the intention that it is going to be used as an axe.
I would gladly use this hatchet in any survival situation as it is small, light, and sharp. I have only needed to sharpen it once in my constant use. It could easily be used create a shelter, snares and traps and build a signal fire. Because if its size it can fit anywhere.
Keep in mind when purchasing this is a hatchet not an axe, they make an axe very similar.
Eagle5 at REI on 05/05/2012

great knife! good axe.

You cant beat the weight you will carry for the ability this provides in the woods, knife and an axe.

Small, light weight (as far as an axe goes, axe is a bad word here, lets call it a small hatchet).

Add a light weight wood saw, you have yourself tinder, shelter(with proper training), personal defense (if your fast on the draw), ability to clean small (and some larger game, perhaps), and a way to clear that pesky tree out of the road on the way to or out from camp!

Please, DO NOT think you are gonna split enough fire wood for the winter with this! It is just not large enough for that.

Also please, DO NOT think this is going to clear a trail in the amazon for you! It is not a machete!

But if your after a small axe (hatchet), this is a right way to go, (PLUS it has a knife!).

Did i mention it has a knife?
ES at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Excellent for the weight and size

I have the older version of this axe that doesn't include the knife in the handle, so aside from that it's the same. I've had it for over ten years. In spite of the questionable looking blade molding construction, I can tell you that there is no way you will break it. Also, there is no way you will break the handle. Be sure to bring a sharpening solution though because it won't hold an edge very well, which is the only minus. If you want a bigger axe, don't complain about this one being too small - go buy a bigger axe - and have fun packing up that 14er. If you want a warm fire that will last you for hours, get this, spend 15 minutes preparing your wood and get to cooking.
Mtb Nate at REI on 10/10/2011

Good compact axe...

This is a very decent piece of equipment. I'm writing to elaborate on previous members review on the dullness of the axe and difficulty using the axe.

The axe is fairly dull. You won't be able to chop down a >4" tree with ease and it's not designed for a full swing. That being said, I think the axe is good for chopping small (dry) branches or splitting precut firewood. I do a one-hand short swing (not holding firewood with the other hand) and able to split firewood just fine.
homlezazn at REI on 03/03/2012

Well worth it.

I'd used an older model of this hatchet before, so I wasn't too worried about the quality. The knife in the handle helps balance the tool over older models, where the handle was hollow. The extra weight is easily offset by the benefits.

Only one trip out so far, but it ended up being key to an otherwise dangerous trip. The tool easily stood up to the test, and we even used it to do some basic trail maintenance as well. The tool didn't show any signs of strain.
mhh2 at REI on 07/07/2012

Small but useful

I must have gotten an earlier model because I have had this for about two years and mine does not have a strap to hold in the knife. I already had to buy a replacement knife because it fell out in the middle of the night while I was searching for firewood. I have since started taking the knife out before using. The strap seems like a good improvement. It is small but that is why I bought it. Good for backpacking and keeping weight down.
Genek at REI on 11/11/2011

Excellent Hatchet

I have had two of these hatchets and they are the only hatchet I will consider (for the price and function). The only reason it isn't a five star product was because my first snapped during a trip. The handle is nice, but it is made of plastic and joined with the head in a slightly poor way. However, despite this little hiccup, this hatchet is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a pretty light, cross functional, highly useful hatchet.
Chuck Stone at REI on 01/01/2014

Very compact

The reports of the knife staying in seem to have been addressed by a rubber retaining strap. Really nice and compact. The knife and axe are sharp and well made. Handle is comfortable. We'll be using this for backpacking.
Bubba at Campmor on 12/12/2012

Great Product

Second one I have purchsed. Giving this one to my son who is a Boy Scout. Great camp tool and small enough to pack or canoe with.
Nosrekcin at Campmor on 12/12/2012

A MUST for camping!

My better half absolutely loves it- so much so he sleeps with it.
National Park Luv at Campmor on 09/09/2013

Negative Reviews:

Too Small for Its Own Good

I bought this small axe understanding that I would be buying precut bundles of wood and the need was solely for breaking down said pieces of wood for kindling. I usually take great joy in doing labor intensive work, but using this axe became a chore. The handle is just too short. My knuckles incurred a few abrasions when following through on my swings. In addition, the rubber strap holding the knife in place was bothersome. Because I was choking down on the axe to provide more clearance for my knuckles, my grip was affected because of the moving rubber strap. Finally, solely my opinion, the axe is too head heavy. I never felt I had good control. Perhaps the whole emptied-out handle to store a knife is a bit ill-conceived? With only one other choice in the REI lineup, I will have to shop elsewhere for an axe.
jonestanislao at REI on 10/10/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Fun to play with

I needed a small hatchet for cutting some kindling for a camp fire. I usually backpack, so I look for lightweight gear that I can carry. Unfortunately when I got this home and took it out of the package I was terribly disappointed. The handle is very short and so I wouldn't recommend using this without wearing a leather work glove for fear of pinching your hand between the handle and the log. The knife that nests within the handle is a neat feature but is secured via a shoddy strap and a magnet. I can see over-stretching and breaking the strap very easily. Since the handled has been hollowed for the knife it also seems as if the design is flawed and the handle is waiting to be broken in half by one miss-guided swing. The axe head seems to be secured via an over-molding process and I'm not really sure how that will withstand the test of time. There was extra plastic in spots that made it seem of poor quality. I should have probably gotten the conventional wooden handled hatchet from my local hardware store.
On the plus side the darn thing was sharp and did work for its intended use (with a leather work glove to protect my fingers from pinches).
outdoornut at REI on 08/08/2011