Gerber has this to say about it:
Packed with smart design, the Versafix Pro is a compact fixed blade/machete hybrid that swings heavy with features. The weight-forward, skeletonized blade design gives swift results with less effort while the Chizl'd blade finish offers a sharp appearance. Forward jimping on the top of the blade gives grip when batoning, and the high comfort handle means less fatigue and hot spots. The slender multi-mount sheath has a push tab release for seamless deployment and re-sheathing.
If you can't get the job done with the Versafix Pro, tools aren't your problem. The versatile feature set is ideal for any outdoor adventure, and the multi-mount sheath keeps this lightweight tool close at hand and easily accessible with the push tab release.
- The multi-purpose blade has 3 functions: chop, cut, and baton
- Full tang construction adds strength and durability for challenging tasks, and a balanced feel when in hand
- A lanyard hole offers an additional tethering option when the need arises
For myself, I like the idea of a comfortable handle for extended chopping and the lanyard hole. Both are, in my opinion at least, absolute necessities in a machete that is to be used instead of just looked at.
Gerber goes on to list the vital specs as follows:
- Photochemically etching keeps blade from getting stuck
- Unique high durometer overmold provides unprecedented handle comfort
- Skeletonized, weight-forward design for improved chopping
- Full tang construction
- Corrosion resistant stainless steel
- Lanyard hole
- Paddle release sheath enables 1-hand operation
- Positive retention click in sheath, pack compatible
- Overall length: 14.3”
- Blade length: 9.0”
I would also likely opt for the red handled version, to make it easier to locate in the woods- I don’t think that low visibility tools are that handy in the woods, at least outside of Columbia.
Further, the blade looks awfully thin just forward of the blade/handle junction, and with the additional skeletonization I wonder just how strong the Versafix Machete is. I am inclined to believe Gerber has done adequate testing, and that it is solid enough to do the job. I have personally torture tested Gerber products (like the Gerber Gorge shovel) in extremely harsh conditions and found them more than capable.
I look forward to giving the Gerber Versafix machete some testing and evaluation in the future to see if it really is as good as it appears.