Gerber Gator Machete

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Gerber Gator Machete JR Knife and Saw Features.

Gerber Gator Machete JR Knife and Saw.
The Gerber Gator Machete JR Knife and Saw is the perfect utility weapon for any outdoorsman. This Machete offers a fine edge and saw blade which is a great product for your protection or to chop down unwanted branches and roots. This product features a tactile rubberized grip for a safe ease of use in any situation, allowing for a non-slip grip on your weapon. For covert, low-profile travel through hostile areas, this product is a great machete for lightweight travel. Whether you are in the woods or in your backyard looking for a good knife and saw the Gerber Gator Machete JR Knife and Saw is the perfect fit for you. Order yours today for all of your outdoor needs!

Key Features.

Fabric:

  • Durable nylon sheath for safe transport
  • Gerber Gator machete comes with a durable riveted nylon sheath

Traction and Grip:

  • Gator rubber grip ensures ergonomic control

Features:

  • Ideal for cutting heavy brush and timber
  • Sharp, high carbon steel blade and grippy polyamide and rubber handle make brush-clearing jobs a cinch
  • Fine edge and saw blade
Backcountry.com (Spring 2014)
You could use the Gerber Gator Machete to fight off crocs in the Everglades, but it's also well-suited for any excursion from bushwhacking through the Costa Rican jungle to clearing out the shoulder-height weeds in your back yard. The Gator Machete sports a 15-inch fine-edge blade on one side and a 15-inch saw blade on the other. With cutting power like this in your hands, you'll be glad this huge knife features Gerber's proprietary Gator grip for ergonomic control. This machete comes in a heavy duty nylon sheath—the same fabric originally developed for use in bulletproof vests.

Campsaver.com

Built Gerber tough, the Gator Machete Jr. is a pack-able walker annihilation weapon. The two-sided blade has both a fine edge for hacking through the oncoming hordes and a serrated edge for rough-cutting through the brittle bones of the undead, or its also perfect for clearing brush, vines, and branches, Whatever your preference is Gator Machete Jr. has got it under control. For covert, low-profile travel through hostile territory, the Gator Jr. is the perfect machete for lightweight travel.


Cabelas
The Gator Machete is a combination of a 18" machete blade and 15" saw that’s ideal for those times when the heaviest brush and timber stand in your way. The gator rubber grip ensures ergonomic control. The Gator Machete Jr. has the same features as the Gator Machete with a 13-1/2" machete blade and 9-1/2" saw blade. The Gator Machete comes with a riveted nylon sheath and the Gator Machete Jr. a plain nylon sheath for safe, durable transport.
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Campmor
Gerber's Gator® Machete Jr. will get through the bush, and cut small firewood with its machete serrated blade and saw. This lightweight 14.3 oz. saw with high carbon steel blade and rubber handle makes clearing jobs easy and packs up to 18.75"

BassPro.com
One side of the Gerber Gator Machete's steel blade features a fine cutting edge; the other side sports a high-performance serrated saw blade. Gator rubber grip for ergonomic control. Includes riveted nylon sheath. Blade length: 18''. Overall length: 25''. Weight: 1 lb.
Manufacturer model #: G41576.

Ramsey Outdoor
The Gator Machete sports our proprietary Gator rubber grip for ergonomic control while using either the fine edge blade on one side, or the saw on the other. The riveted, nylon sheath provides safe, durable transport.
REI

The Gerber Gator machete weighs just over 1 lb. and features both a cutting edge and a saw to wreak havoc on weeds and other invasive plants.

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Activity:Camping
Blade Length:10.75"
Blade material:High carbon steel
Handle:Gator-Grip
Handle material:Polyamide/rubber
Head:High Carbon Steel
Material:Gator Grip rubber
Max blade length (in.):18 inches
Overall Length:18.75"
Sheath:Ballistic Nylon
Upc, Ean, Isbn:013658120334
Weight:14.3 oz / 403 g
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Gerber Gator Machete Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

I can shave my arm easily with my Gator. If I'm not really careful I could hurt myself with this tool. But I am careful.
The trick to sharpening a Gator is to get it sharp in the first place. You have to cut a proper edge angle to allow it to be sharp. After that it's easy. I used a grinder originally to shape the edge the way I wanted it. It got me a great edge but of course using a grinder every time would destroy the black quickly.
After I got the blade where I wanted I experimented with several different sharpening methods to get it sharp again without digging into the metal to make a new edge. I found that the Gerber sharpener that is made to sharpen axes and hatchets worked great. It was a common cross stone setup where you draw the blade across stones set at angles on either side of the blade. It worked great but I wore out two of those sharpeners in two years. So I tried out just a regular cross metal sharpener like the ones you can pick up anywhere for $5.
I generally try 4 or 5 of those to get the one that works best for a particular tool. Once I got the one I liked it has kept my Gator razor sharp. All I have to do is run the sharpener over the blade about 10 times and it is as sharp as ever.
The thing would easily cut my fingers right off if I hit them on a full swing. It will get dangerously sharp! Be careful with it. I have cut lots of 2" branches with one swing with that machete. I can cut a slice of wood off a piece of pine as long as I want to cut it (which is how some people judge sharpness).
I generally put the machete in a vise to cut down on the flexing of the metal when I run the sharpener over it. Even still it can be dangerous to sharpen it. If your hand slips off that sharpener it will get cut and possibly badly. Don't sharpen it without someone around to help you if you get injured. You just need someone that can call 911. But just be careful because that blade will get very, very sharp and sliding off that sharpener will be bad news.
In fact I have bought a belt sander to sharpen my tools to avoid some of the danger of sharpening them. I guess I just know how to get a good edge on things because i have all sorts of tools (machetes, briar axes, axes, hatchets, etc.) that are super sharp. I wanted a safer way to sharpen them and the belt sander seems to want to work very, very well. I just bought it a month ago so I'm not sure how it will work out yet but it appears to be the best system I've found yet. I bought the belt sander at Harbor Freight for $40. I've sharpened the machete with it and it did a great job. It's probably the sharpest it has ever been but again I've just started using this thing so I'm not saying it is the best. Not yet anyway.
As for sharpening the teeth on the saw blade I use a triangle file and I pay close attention to which way the teeth are cut. They alternate from being cut one way to being cut the other way. You have to sharpen with the direction the teeth are cut or you will file them right off. It's like sharpening any hand saw. For you people too young to remember hand saws you should look it up. It's a common method and it's easy. There are many sites on the net that tell you how.

CJ at Backcountry.com on 12/20/2011

I got this machete a few years ago and have put it through hell and back. The quality of this tool is astounding to say the least.
Pros: Extremely durable, night weight, good handle, and a great price. Works great in the rain.
Cons: Blade is extremely dull, even by machete standards. Sheath is poorly constructed but gets the job done.
After I got this and sharpened it, I have had no problems. The sheath fell apart from constant use but it was nothing a bit of duct-tape couldn't fix. Cut's through brush and large branches with ease and is light-weight so it wont wear you out from constant use. Blade is flexible and can be stressed without the worry of it breaking on you. The saw-teeth can be useful but are still no-where up to par with a good saw.
Blade has been covered in sap but a bit of gas and a match burned it off just fine without causing any permanent damage to the blade. For it's price, you wont find any better. Better machetes certainly do exist, but this one will serve you just fine for years to come, even on a daily basis.

Conor Mcdonough at Backcountry.com on 08/22/2011

This machete has same the great quality of all Gerber products! The blade is strong and very durable. It fits snug in the sheath too. I have been using it for a little over a week now and have had no real problems what-so-ever with it.
The only bad thing I have noticed with it has to do with the sheath. The belt-loop where you are suppose to attach it is located at the middle of the handle. While carrying it that way it seems to dangle and drag down your belt, making walking very uncomfortable. A solution I came up with is to tighten your belt to a comfortable position around your waist without attaching the sheath. Then you slide the sheath between two belt loops where it is comfortable and easy for you to use.This way is a lot better for me and may also work for you.
Overall it is a great machete. When you first start out using it, you may notice some scratches. These are just minor ones that don't affect the efficiency of the blade. I recommend cleaning/wiping off the blade afterwards too.

Nathan Crockett at Backcountry.com on 05/29/2007

my "after-rigorous-use review"

I wrote a review on this product after i only used it once, but now i have used it a bunch. It does tend to get wood chunks into the saw blade, but that isn't a big deal. It isn't very sharp, but that is the point (to have more of a wedge effect vs. a sharp blade)of a machete. It has the PERFECT amount of flexibility in the blade. I haven't seen any other machetes with the saw blade on the back, so that is a great innovation. The carbon steel is VERY durable and prime material for a machete. getting the jr. machete doesn't make a lot of sense to me because you can get the bigger for just a little extra. either way, this is another great Gerber product.
ye old awsome person at REI on 07/07/2011

Gator Jr

Overall this was a great product just recieved it a day ago... Only problem appeared to be the blade could be a little longer but not bad for a jr machete i plan on purchasing the Gator aswell. So i was worried when i was looking at reviews online and pictures about how sturdy this blade would be, whether it would be to wobbly and bendy or not, and actually i am very suprised and delighted that it is thicker metal than i thought. 1/8th inch thick high carbon steel.
I had to sharpen it but it was actually pretty sharp out of the package.... Oh not to mention i am more than suprised at how well the saw on that thing rips, its great!
Mike the Mountain Man at Campmor on 02/02/2012

another great Gerber product

I just recently bought this product because it was finaly in stock. I had this machete on my wish list for a while and when i saw that there were less than 25 in stock, i immediately bought it. if you are hesitating to buy this product, buy it; chances are it will be out of stock soon. the grip of this machete is very comfortable and it is well balanced.the carbon steel blade should be very durable and stay sharp for a while (i say "should be" because i have not put it through rigorous testing). the saw blade i haven't seen on other machetes, and it is a smart addition. for a very good price, i definitely recommend this machete.
ye old awsome person at REI on 04/04/2011

This machete cuts well. Makes for short work of any task you put it to from clearing brush, blazing a path, or fire wood for the campfire.
The blade isn't thick- it's rather thin. Good for weight, but makes it tough to sharpen (I have yet to figure that out, I just bring it to my local knife-sharpener. If anyone has a good method for sharpening let me know). Also, the steel is soft. This makes for a rather sturdy blade, as I said the blade is flimsy so the soft steel is a plus in this fashion. However the soft steel makes for easy dulling. I find that after 2 weekend camping trips i'm already dull.

AJ at Backcountry.com on 12/14/2011

Nice one!

I was looking for a tool to help me get through the bush, and also cut small firewood, and this seems like a good choice for both.

A lot of survivalists say they won't carry anything that doesn't have at least two uses. That makes sense to me, (because it also reduces bulk and weight) and so I chose this one. I haven't used it enough to speak about it's durability, but being a Gerber product, I don't expect any problems.

The current (improved) version comes with a wrist lanyard, as well as some improved grips, to help you avoid any slippage and injury.
Mike James at REI on 11/11/2010

I've been using mine for over a year now. I've taken it with on a trip in the northwoods and chopped and sawed countless piles of fire wood. Its light and the sleeve is very well made. Mine has taken a beating. I regularly have it on my belt (using the belt loop) when walking the property I hunt to help in cleaning up any downed trees or branches from storms. The saw is very effective. You'll be amazed how few whacks are needed to get through hard timber. It came very sharp and I have yet to work on the edge.

Michael at Backcountry.com on 09/24/2013

bad to the bone!!

my friend was about to buy one, to help place my order over $75. Then i paused, and decided how could i let a girl have one of these and not one for my own!?! our gator machetes arrived today and we immediately took them outside to the overgrown weeds outside the office. VERY IMPRESSIVE. our smoking area now looks beautiful! easy to use, good weight, the saw is much better than i anticipated. the teeth are off-set, so it's not just a jagged edge, it's an acutal saw. Great product! ready for spring camping now!
Paul Gig at REI on 03/03/2011

Negative Reviews:

loose handle

After hacking through a ton of blackberries and other brush for a few months, the blade in the handle became loose and the machete was not effective. The blade loosened within the grip and rattled around causing wrist pain. Tightening the rivets was not easy and did not fix the problem. I ended up returning it and buying a different machete at a knife shop for about $50. Also, the sheath only has the velcro bit at the top, and cannot be hooked onto a beltloop with a carabiner. I only tried to use the saw a couple of times, but it wasn't that easy to use on hardwoods.
k8s at REI on 05/05/2013

adequate

I had higher expectations from Gerber/Fiskars. I bought the Gator Jr and it works just fine, but it was dull out of the package. A good sharpening took care of that. I used this to hack my way through a variety of woods, and the sheath lasted less than a day. The belt loop came right out of the sheath and was unrepairable. I fashioned my own beltloop out of a sturdier material and hand stitched it on. Poor quality sheath overall.
Spif at Cabelas on 05/20/2013