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Gerber’s Gator Machete also doubles as a saw — you can use the machete for normal bushwacking, or if you run into some downed wood blocking your way, flip the knife over and use the saw blade.

Gerber makes the head and handle out of high carbon steel and then wraps some rubber around the handle to give it a tactile* grip. The 25.7″ long knife has a 18″ blade and weighs 18oz. They include a nylon sheath either to protect the blade or to protect you from the blade — take your pick. Gerber’s Gator Machete retails for $30, but you can find it for under $20 before shipping.

Looking at some of the reviews on Amazon, it looks like people either love the Gator Machete or hate it.  The biggest criticism is that the tang doesn’t extend far enough into the handle, so it’s easy to break the handle. The takeaway is that the machete is probably not designed for heavy use, but for the occasional camper. This might not be the knife you want to carry with you into the Amazon rain forest.

Also, Gerber recalled some earlier version of this knife; the older design did not have a guard to stop your hand from slipping into the blade if the saw stuck. More information can be found here.

Gator Machete [Gerber]
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*Edited from previous error “tactical”

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14 Responses to Machete Saw

  1. turtleman1 says:

    It has a “tactile” grip, not a “tactical” grip. (as per their website)

  2. Jerry says:

    @ turtleman – maybe the “tactical” is to entice readers to get excited about the hint of possible military use. You know, for all those guys we see wearing camo. Oh wait. We don’t really see them. After all they are wearing camo so we are simply seeing a figment of our imagination.

  3. Jerry says:

    Just looked a bit and found these machete/saws from a lot of different places – most are around $25 but I did find one that had an obviously “cheesy” version for $6 – no handle guard on that beast. But if you want to see it, take a peek over at:

  4. @turtleman1:

    My bad. For some reason I read it as tactical and it stuck in my head. You are correct the website says tactile


    Ha. Ha.

  5. Chuck says:

    Maybe not into the rain forrest, but definitely into the zombie apocalypse.

  6. george curtis says:

    having used a machette a lot in my life i’m kinda confused, what is the saw for ??

  7. Grimmy says:

    Read the customer review warnings on Amazon. Sounds like a “machette” to avoid.

  8. o1d_dude says:

    Zombie Apocalypse, yes. Sawing wood, not so much.

    Apparently, a number of would be woodsman have sliced open their palms when the saw blade seized up in the wood they were attempting to saw through.

    This is clearly a marketing issue. Had Gerber brought this beast to market under the “Zombie Whacker” name, everything would have been copacetic. Calling it a “Gator Machete” leads the unwary or clueless to believe it to be a utility blade.

  9. Shopmonger says:

    This is another tool for ex-marines living in Boca Raton


  10. Gary says:

    Former Marine officers, maybe. Boca Raton is expensive. Noncoms probably live in Deerfield Bch.

  11. Bill says:

    This thing is to be avoided. It looks great, but it’s not well made. The tang is partial, very partial, and doesn’t seem to hold up to much use. I’m afraid that even a good, solid old brand like Gerber is nothing more than a name these days.

  12. craig says:

    while i personally don’t think much of this tool, my son uses one to clear fishing spots and loves it.

    as to the utility of the saw…i have black locust and hedge trees on my place that will roll and chip blade edges on even good tools. i make my machetes from power hacksaw blades and the saw works awfully well for these harder trees.

    the possibility of being assaulted by younger and firmer zombies make having a choice of edges quite comforting, as well.

  13. James Fulford says:

    Over the years, attempts to put sawteeth on the back of machetes and survival knives have generally resulted in pretty bad saws. You’re better off, in the woods or the field, with one of each.

    However, here’s a suggestion, or possibly a challenge for some of the toolmongers who have a grinding wheel and a bunch of tools lying around. Instead of trying to put sawteeth on a machete, try taking a single-edged Japanese pullsaw, and sharpening the back edge into a machete.

  14. Giancarlo says:

    It doesn’t cut nearly as well as a $5 cold steel machete does. The saw edge is Mickey Mouse. They need to use better metal and put a dual row leatherman-like saw on it. Sucks for the wilderness but it looks scary as hell so I keep it in my truck just in case.

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