Gerber DoubleDown Folding Machete
Gerber's new DoubleDown Folding Machete reminds me that as boss as I feel walking around with a machete dangling from my belt loop, the look doesn't always go over well in the office or at the Starbucks. But now! A 15" slashing and whacking beast that folds down to half its size, and secures its 6.75" recurve blade inside a balisong-style handle that butterflies shut! I can carry that in my backpack. Or in the kangaroo pocket of my favorite hoodie.
Or probably still dangle it from my belt loop, but without feeling the ripples of instant recognition and pissed offedness from co-workers and baristas.
Really though, the DoubleDown Folding Machete is made for out-of-cubicle, out-of-coffee-shop, outdoor use. Gerber says it tackles the 3 distinct tasks of chopping, cutting, and serving as a baton with equal ease. The folding machete also has a 4-lock system that engages is 3 different positions "to ensure safe operation under varying levels of stress." So from low stress to high that would be, say, piercing a beer to shotgun versus clearing away blackberry bushes versus fending off a mountain lion?
The DoubleDown Folding Machete's blade is made of 420HC steel; total weight is 18 ounces.