I give our friend Thomas Xavier credit. He put forth an honest-to-goodness effort to find a way to paint the Gerber Gator Sawback Machete in a positive light. In the end he just couldn’t. And this coming from someone who actually liked the Bear Grylls Parang (post-recall/redesign). However, the Gator lived up to every negative review it has received throughout the blogosphere.
From MTJS Blog:
The Gerber Gator Machete has been on my radar for quite a few years now. Not in a “I want to test it” kind of way, but rather, the reviews I’ve read of this tool have been so piss poor that with any sort of common sense, I should really avoid this one. Nonetheless, for you, my readers, and realistically for my own twisted sense of wanting to understand whether the hatred revolving this tool is actually warranted, I will be giving a fair shot to this tool, and getting to the meat of the matter.
Essentially, the question I wanted answered at the root of all the poor review madness is this: Is the Gerber Gator Machete a good tool, or is it no more than mass produced garbage conceived by marketers to fill a slot (the machete slot) in the monolithic Gerber product range?
He goes into great detail and photo documentation of how he reaches his quite negative opinion of the “tool”. I suggest reading the whole thing, but for those who want the money shot, here it is:
In conclusion, sometimes when everyone says a tool has a lot of failings, it’s not because of brand snobbery or elitism, but rather because a tool actually has a lot of failings.
I do not recommend purchasing the Gerber Gator Machete under any circumstance; I cannot think of a single instance where this would be a viable option compared to a Tramontina, higher end Condor El Salvador (what a lovely machete that is, I shall review it), or even the notorious Gerber Bear Grylls Parang that I personally love.
If you have never checked out More Than Just Surviving, it is hands-down one of the best prepping, survival, and gear blogs out there. Thomas and Elise do an awesome job – this review is just one example.