Depending on the circles you run in, you may not find many people talking about machetes. There's a certain aura about this powerful tool that makes them almost frightening to average knife users. But if you have a big task, a Gerber machete is a multi-purpose tool in a class all its own. And it may be just what you need to get the job done right, quickly and with less effort than you'd imagine.
Of course, like any other knife or tool, Gerber machete's come in a variety of styles from the smaller, less expense Gator Machete to the top of the line Gerber Machete Pro (so impressive it was used in the AMC original series, The Walking Dead... take a look and you'll see why). But regardless of the machete you choose, each of your choices can easily be used for a variety of tasks.
• A machete is a natural for clearing brush whatever your purpose. If you're hunting, fishing, clearing a building site, thinning out a copse of trees, whatever. A machete will help you complete this task in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of effort and hassle.
• Don't have a hedge trimmer? Use a machete to shape and maintain your hedgerow. While they don't offer quite the same level of control, once you get used to the feel, you'll be surprised at how accurate a cut you can make with a machete. And you'll love the money you can save by not buying all that other fancy hedge trimming equipment.
• While it's not something that everyone does nowadays, you can use a machete to butcher and process your own meat. A lot of folks are moving back to a more self-sustaining lifestyle. Those who do know life is much easier on a farm with a quality machete at hand.
• Want to make your own tools or spears? The power behind a machete lets you carve, shave, and even plane your own wood to make fence posts, poles, tools and much more.
• Fishermen often use this multi-purpose workhouse to chop brush and small trees to create a thriving to create fish habitat in a nearby pond or lake.
• If you're growing your own food, a machete is a lifesaver for cutting down saplings, creating posts and poles for trellises, pulverizing materials for your compost heap and more.
• Hunters and campers use machetes to clear campsites, hunting paths and hiking trails, to construct shelter, chop firewood, create natural habitats that attract game and wildlife, clear underbrush and more.
Obviously, these are only a few of the dozens upon dozens of uses for a Gerber machete. Even the smaller Gerber Gator version is a powerful, rugged multi-purpose tool that can make your life easier and reduce the amount of effort needed to complete even the most rigorous tasks. Don't be afraid to try one. You'll be amazed how quickly you'll find a huge variety of tasks to use your machete on.
Back in 2005, Gerber saw the need for a flashlight that would give hunters an edge when tracking an animal at night. That's when they developed their innovative Trax Technology that makes blood standout against the infinite number of background colors hunters encounter. This technology makes it easier to track a wounded animal, thereby reducing the number of unsuccessful hunts due to a hunter not being able to see the blood trail at night.
How it Works
Since many things in nature, including a variety of trees, wood, leaves and other materials contain some red in them, Trax Technology was designed to mix an amber LED light with the more common red and blue colors in order to highlight true reds. This lets hunters more easily distinguish blood, for instance, making it possible to track their game at night.
The Gerber Game Tracker
One such Gerber light that makes use of the Trax Technology is the Gerber Game Tracker Blood Tracking Flashlight. While the Game Tracker weighs less than 7 ounces, and is comparable in size to similar flashlights in the Gerber line, measuring 6.88" in length, the Trax Technology takes this light far beyond its Gerber cousins in the realm of service it provides for hunters, law enforcement officers and others who need to distinguish a blood trail at night.
Running on four AA batteries, the Game Tracker emits a powerful lumens making it a popular choice by users of Gerber's original Carnivore and Carnivore XP blood tracking lights. Users rave about how the Trax Technology makes blood actually seem to "pop" out at you. Something that other so-called game tracking lights don't do.
Durability is A Must
And like all things Gerber, the Game Tracker is designed for durability as well as function. The rugged nylon body is overmolded with a durable rubber coating that makes it able to withstand abuse and keep working at premium power for up to eight hours on one set of batteries, which are included, by the way.
But if you're a hunter looking for a better way to track your kill, the Trax Technology you'll find in the Gerber Game Tracker can make all the difference in the world. It can easily take you from telling a story about the one that got away to telling the details about how you landed the rack that's hanging on the wall of your den.
If you're looking at the variety of handles available on Gerber knives, you probably realize there are many different materials to choose from. And every one of them have their own advantages, though the general purpose of a knife handle is to create a solid grip and ensure your knife is manageable.
Wooden knife handles are often the most attractive, as well as being comfortable to hold. But they can be harder to care for and require extra maintenance to ensure they last. In addition, wooden handles may crack or warp after excessive use or exposure to the elements.
Some of the more exotic woods used in knife manufacture today are especially beautiful so wooden handles are still a great choice for collectible knives, those you don't plan to use every day, and those you like well enough to invest the extra effort in to care for them.
If you're concerned about a more secure grip or need a knife for camping, hunting or fishing, or one that will be secure even when wet, you definitely want to look for a texturized grip. There are a variety of materials available that will give you a solid grip, be easy to maintain, resist wear and corrosion, and still make an attractive knife.
There was a time when knife handles were smooth plastic or celluloid. Such knives are still available today and very collectible, but because the grip isn't as secure and can even be slippery if the knife gets wet, this is no longer a common knife handle material. Most users prefer a knife handle made with an overmold plastic like the fiberglass-filled nylon with TPV overmold you find on the Gerber LMF II.
This handle has a smoother look than say the Gerber Yari II, but it still offers a strong grip that you can feel due to the inbred texture on the ergonomically designed handle. And this is only one of many such knives that Gerber makes that are designed for a solid, secure grip.
Another popular synthetic often used in knives is Micarta, a linen and paper composite used in such tactical knives as the Gerber Armor Tanto. Micarta is designed to stand up against extreme temperatures and resist corrosion and even abuse by users. All features which work together to make it an increasingly popular choice for a knife handle.
Stainless steel and other metal knife handles are all the rage right now as you can see by browsing our site. However that's true for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their strength and nearly unlimited durability. Both stainless steel and titanium, which is another popular choice for metal knife handles are lightweight and resist wear and corrosion. But both are also made to hold strong under pressure and heavy use. A sometimes lethal combination that's especially popular in military and tactical knives.
When looking at knife handle materials, you can't overlook the classic stag handles. Made from deer antlers that are found where deer have naturally shed them, stag handles are sometimes more expensive than man-made materials which make them popular for collectible knives. But they're also sturdy and withstand the elements well so you'll often find knives like the Gerber Stockman that folks have carried for many years and they're still going strong.
Your Turn to Choose
As you can see there are a number of different knife handle materials, each with its own purpose and positive features. The only problem is choosing one over another. But then, why choose. There's a Gerber knife made from every material mentioned. Just get one of each and you can't lose.