Gerber Gator Machete Review

The Gerber Gator machete has a long, dual function blade that can clear brush and chop or saw through branches. Admittedly when I ordered this blade online I did little research beforehand. I have purchased many Gerber products in the past and felt the Gator would live up to my expectations like the Gerber knives in my collection. I wish I would have read some reviews beforehand because this machete actually turned out to be a real disappointment.

Gerber Gator Machete Features:

gerber gator machete

Gerber Gator 18″ Machete

  • Duel Edged 18 Inch Blade
  • Saw Function
  • Unique Design
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Black Oxide Coating
  • Riveted Nylon Sheath
  • Lightweight (16 oz.)
  • Good Balance

I will start by reviewing the good points of the Gerber Gator. I found the ergonomic Gator grip handle to be one of the most comfortable I have ever come across. The grip is solid and secure while being surprisingly comfortable as well.

The balance of the Gerber Gator is also very good. When you are holding the machete you have a strong feeling of control over the blade. I think the Gator’s controlled feel to it is due to a combination of being lightweight, well balanced and having a comfortable ergonomic handle.

Review of Gerber Gator Blade & Sheath

The sheath that comes with the gator is a sturdy 400D riveted nylon reinforced sheath. It provides safe transport and serves its purpose well.

This Machete Has Too Many Problems To Overlook:

I don’t like to trash Gerber as I still think they’re a decent blade company but they definitely need up up their game. The tang on the Gerber Gator machete is horrible. A quarter tang blade is unacceptable for a machete that size. For those of you that don’t know that means only 2 1/2 inches of metal is securing the handle to the blade.

This Gerber Gator machete is a potential safety risk. I’d never feel safe swinging a 18″ machete full force when it only has a quarter tang and a flimsy blade. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

Gerber Gator Specifications
Manufacturer: Gerber
Category: Machete
Blade Length: 15''
Total Length: 25''
Blade Composition: Surgical Stainless Steel
Handle: Tactile Rubber Grip
Warranty: Yes
Price: Find Lowest Price

Another problem with the Gerber Gator machete is that it has under average chopping power even after being sharpened. This blade was advertised as being able to do it all but yet my standard Ontario machete offers significantly more chopping power. I suspect the Gerber Gator’s lack of power is due to its lightweight design. Although being light adds to control and helps the balance the chopping power is affected in a negative way. The blade is flimsy and it can’t get a good bite on the wood when you strike down… the blade could definitely use a bit of thickening and needs to be stiffened up.

The Gerber Gator saw is very dull out of the box… it doesn’t saw nearly as fast as it should. Although its definitely better than nothing there is lots of room for improvement. I really don’t understand why Gerber would leave the teeth so dull. On the upside the teeth cut in both directions which is good. It took me 30 minutes to get the teeth nice and sharp and then it performed quite well.

Gerber Gator Video Review:

I would like to point out how deceitful knife companies can be when they overstate the capabilities of their products! Gerber is not the only company to do this, Cold Steel has been known to do the same thing. The best form of buyer protection is to ALWAYS check product reviews before you buy.

5 Total Score

Gerber Gator Review Score

The Gerber Gator could have been an awesome machete, but instead it falls flat due to inferior build quality and a shocking lack of durability. I don't recommend using this as your main machete when out in the bush.

5Editor's score
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7.4User's score
Blade Quality
Chopping Power
  • Cheap Price When on Sale
  • Long Blade
  • Excellent Ergonomics
  • Comes With a Sheath
  • Well Balanced
  • Light Weight
  • Cheap Build Quality
  • Isn't Very Durable
  • Flimsy
  • Quarter Tang Blade
  • Very Weak Chopping Power
  • Dull Saw Blade
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So there you have it, lets conclude this Gerber Gator Machete review. The Gator machete has its upsides but its mainly all downs. It might be good for clearing small brush or hacking a path through the woods but don’t buy the Gator if you need to do a lot of chopping, keep that for the heavier, beefier, more solid machetes. If you are buying a survival machete DO NOT purchase the gator, it’s more of a novelty item and there’s a good chance you will be disappointed.


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There are definitely many better options out there but if you have your mind set on buying the Gator at least you will know what to expect.

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  1. Reply
    Carnivore August 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I bought one of these on Amazon.. god what a waste of money! Sure it’s cheap and SEEMS like a good deal, but the quality is terrible. I uploaded a video to youtube you guys can check out, the handle of my Gerber Gator completely snapped and the blade thankfully didn’t hit me when it flew to the ground.

    Gerber does have some high quality products, but after that experience I’d much rather support other companies.

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    Smithson December 23, 2016 at 2:36 am
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    Chopping Power

    I think these Gerber machetes aren’t so bad. It’s not a tool to rely on in a survival situation but it does the job of hacking up weeds and saplings in the backyard.

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