What are your thoughts about the US-made Gerber DoubleDown folding machete/knife?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Stahlmann, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. Stahlmann


    Jan 21, 2021

    The US-made, Gerber DoubleDown Balisong-like Folding Machete/Knife,
    featuring a 6.75" 420HC stainless steel drop point blade.​
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  2. goldie


    Feb 18, 2000
    I dont know how good 420hc would be as a machete.Just seems gimmicky;i cant picture owning something like that.
  3. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    $147 where I looked. I'll stick with this.

  4. Weiss


    Jan 3, 2007
    It looks like a giant balisong. I like it. I don't know how good it is at what it's sold to be -- folding machete -- but it befits my penchant for the oddball.
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  5. sheep herder

    sheep herder

    Jan 9, 2021
    Looks like something I'd expect from Gerber. I'm not buying that.
  6. goldie


    Feb 18, 2000
    147.00?? Theres so many better choices for the same or less i thought it was 50-70 another “winner” from gerber .
  7. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Giant Butterfly knife / machete idea is very cool but needs better steel . :(

    Plus this one here already has been around awhile ...and it works ! :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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  8. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Are there really that many balisong machetes out there? I'm out of the loop.
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  9. W. Anderson

    W. Anderson Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 22, 2016
    Maybe if you could flip it (which you can't.) Not really a balaisong.
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  10. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    Well... They tried. Someone give them a participation medal.

    For $14 you could get a 12" machete that could work circles around that and hold up for years. It will likely sell because the average joe thinks it's cool, I just hope it doesn't take a finger with it when it breaks.

    They probably have to charge that much for it so they can afford the lawyers when people hurt themselves with it.
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  11. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Coming from Gerber, I would expect it to be crap. Besides which, six inches of blade on a long handle doesn’t strike me as all that attractive. To test the concept, however, I am planning to stick a piece of broomstick into the handle of a CS Bushman. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll be out $20. If it does, I still won’t get the Gerber thing.
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  12. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
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  13. goldie


    Feb 18, 2000
    I basicly meant theres better practical use machetes not bali type machetes.Its way overpriced too.
  14. KenHash


    Sep 11, 2014
    Makes me wonder exactly what market Gerber is targeting with this product. I can't see people who own Machetes or large Fixed Blades, or even those who carry balisongs jumping for joy upon seeing this product.
  15. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Pre-Pubecent Mall Ninja Wannabees with "rich" parents or grand parents possessing more cash than gray matter, that get them pretty much whatever they want?

    What good is a 6.75 inch machete? Too short to chop vines/shrubs, remove or trim palm fronds ... or open coconuts ...
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  16. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Yeh, like that.
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  17. co556guy


    Dec 13, 2011
    Gerber would greatly benefit from making knives the right way, good steel, good fit/finish, and good prices.

    Show the market they see the light.

    Instead, they keep proving why they are the outdoor company equivalent of the mail ninja store.

    They had a brand they could have built into a powerhouse. Instead, they basically make gimmicks.
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  18. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    yeah, anyone on bf should know that machete and folding don't belong together ;)

    my ontario machete is 1075 & tougher than nails and I could get a half dozen of them for the price of that single gerber
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  19. KenHash


    Sep 11, 2014
    Such people really should not be allowed to possess sharp objects.
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  20. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Agree. However, it is a Gerber, so no guarantee the edge is sharper than the spine ... or a "butter knife".
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