Surprisingly durable, decent hatchet. The Gerber Gator…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50 USD
Surprisingly durable, decent hatchet.
- Useful saw
- Blade shape
- Saw retention
The Gerber Gator Axe 2 is a decent hatchet (despite its name, it really falls into the hatchet category), albeit nothing special. The hatchet does what a hatchet is designed to do, and while the blade shape isn't the most practical, it's certainly serviceable, as long as you realize it will take a little more effort to get the same results that you would have with an Estwing, American ax, Wetterlings, etc.
The hatchet is surprisingly durable, considering it's all plastic, and has a hollow handle to accommodate the saw. The saw is very good, and is quite useable on trees up to 4in in diameter. The magnet that holds the saw in the handle isn't very strong, however, and there's a real chance of losing it if you don't pay attention.
I used this hatchet for years and it worked fine. I've just upgraded to better tools. For car camping, this hatchet will serve you well, but for bushcrafting, trekking, and backpacking, a better axe/hatchet with a seperate folding saw would be the way to go.