Gerber Gator Saw I (10")
- Overall Length: 13"
- Length of Blade: 10"
- Weight: 17.3 oz.
- Blade Style: Fine and Coarse
- Blade Material: Stainless Steel
- Handle Material: Gator textured handle for maximum grip
- Sheath: Ballistic nylon
- Weight: 1.75 pounds.
- Dimensional Weight: 3.32 pounds.
- Dimensions: 3.5" (W) x 16" (H) x 10" (D)
- Weight Disclaimer: * Weight may vary based on configuration.
Great little saw. Folds up nicely in its own case, and is super sharp. I can't comment on its durability yet, as I've only used it a couple times, but it worked like a champ. If it's anything like other Gerber products, I suspect it will last a long time. Be sure to read the measurements of its size; this one isn't for sawing down redwoods.
I had high hopes for this little saw. I never expected it to be the best saw in the world but something more than a cheap chinese saw. It's made in China.
The saw came assembled, sure, but I spent 15 minutes trying to seperate the two metal pieces that attatch to the handle. It should fit better than that, luckily it doest stick the other side of the same piece.and now I can easily assemble/ dissassemble the saw.
One of the major features I appreciated about the saw is that there is a small E clip on the end of the tensioner. While trying to reassemble the saw, the e clip fell off. The section its designed to fit doesn't really have a descent slot to kepp it from shifting. The clip itself is solid, I had to use pliers to snap it back in place. Time will tell if that happens again.
Now the tensioner... while it is square and the handle is cut for accordingly there is just enough room for it to twist a bit. This was easy enough to address while tightening down I just feel it could be a little better as it can lead to the thumb nut loosening slightly while cutting. This is somewhat negligible as the operator needs to check the tension while sawing any way.
The saw performed very well on the soft and frozen wood. I suspect it will do just fine on the hardwood. I'm anxious to see if the fine blade will work on bone.
For the purpose of being a pack saw, it still has potential for firing lane clearing, camp work, and blind building.