If this particular weapon seems familiar, it is because it is. The Gerber Gator Machete Pro is used by Glenn from the AMC series The Walking Dead. Before you get your underoos in a bunch, let me clear up a little misconception about this; it is NOT a prop. The same guys who made the Bear Grylls knives have rolled out an entire ‘Apocalypse Kit’, which includes the aforementioned machete which we’ve been lucky enough to test out ourselves. Let’s take a closer look, shall we.
Click. Click, click, click. Nothing. Your once impressive 9mm or shotgun is nothing more than a paperweight at this point. Sure, you can throw one like a brick and hope to slow down the reanimated corpse of the local high school wrestling coach, but you won’t hinder his forward progress much. And, yeah, you can swing the shottie like a Louisville Slugger hoping to knock a few skulls out of the park, but that’s not exactly ideal either. Equip yourself with the sharpest ten and a half inches of cold steel this side of Atlanta and you won’t ever have to worry about bullets again, that is of course, as long as they’re not being fired in your direction but I digress.
If you ever encounter walkers on your journey or need to move covertly through the forest to a safe zone, you’ll need one of these suckers to avoid giving up your location or making a temporary shelter. Gerber’s multipurpose machete can take out a branch up to 1 1/2″ in diameter with a single swing and make quick work of all bones between the base of the skull and the bottom of the neck.
Gerber Gear constructed this with a full tang gives you maximum durability, so you won’t need to worry about breaking the blade off in some random brain muncher. One of the most impressive features of this weapon is the Gator grip. It feels like it belongs in your hand. Even when sweaty, my grip remained constant and comfortable allowing me to continue swinging away. Should you happen to lose grip on the 6″ handle, the lanyard will keep you from dropping your prized possession.
As with all blades, the Gerber Gator Machete Pro will eventually start to become dull after prolonged use. Not to worry, it comes with a sharpening stone inside the military grade nylon sheath. Military grade means it’s built to withstand the nastiest of nasty environments without failure from wear, mold, or mildew. Not enough? It quickly attaches to your belt when you need to free your hands. Think of it as a holster for your new sidearm.
Not only do they run out, but every bullet fired gives you away. The living dead know where you’re at and so do the bandits running around stripping people of their food and weapons. Using a machete gives you the advantage of stealth. A few swoops with this and you’re good to go. Just be sure to protect your hands since you will be fighting in close quarters. You can buy your Walking Dead machete HERE.