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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2009
This video is a review of the Gerber Gator Machete Jr. from Gerber Knives. If you are interested in purchasing this machete consider doing so at this link http://tinyurl.com/gator-mac-jr
I really like this tool and would like to point out a few things I have seen in other reviews of both the Gator Jr. and the larger Gator Machete in regard to some negative views of others I don't share. I am bringing these up in the notes because I never watch the reviews of others before doing my own to keep my testing and views my own.
First I think the larger machete gets a lot of complaints for being to flimsy. I cant comment on that because I only have used the junior. I think the problem is not an issue with the junior because the shorter blade is naturally more rigid.
Second the complaints on the saw being useless are completely unfounded as evidenced in my video. The problem is that people are comparing the saw blade to a pruning saw, such teeth would make the machete almost impossible to draw the tool from the sheathe. The pattern is typical of a cross cut saw and when used with proper sawing technique (not too much pressure) it does very well even on live white oak, a very tuff wood to cut.
Third I also think a lot of the reviews of this tool compare it to tools that are 5 times the cost. This is like comparing a Ford to a Ferrari; the Ford is a great car, does a great job but is not expected to perform like a Ferrari. Additionally I found a lot of the reviewers to simply not really know what a machete is designed to do; cutting bottles full of water may be fun but serves no purpose in the bush.
This is a tool designed to perform a variety of tasks and in effect replace both a hatchet and a saw and in that light for under 20 dollars it excels at doing so. The blade could be sharper but you can easily remedy that. I would shy away from a razor edge though because you can make a machete to sharp, a relatively sharp edge will hold longer then a razor edge when used for rough purposes like chopping. All in all I really like this tool and based on the thickness of the steel and general functionality the shorter tool is probably the better buy. Those who think the blade should be thicker will be better served by a machete from someone like Cold Steel but you will pay more and should consider the added weight and bulk.
The nicest feature is the handle; the grip is exceptional, comfortable and very functional. Again you want to buy this item online please consider using this link, http://tinyurl.com/gator-mac-jr