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Propel AO
Assisted Opening Knife
$146
Item: # 30-000840

Developed to serve military and law enforcement, this tactical addition is a knife you can bet your life on. Premium design offers a stealth black oxide 420HC steel blade, a grippy G-10 handle, and an innovative blade deployment keeps safety front of mind.

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Details:

    • Overall Length: 8.52" (21.64 cm)
    • Blade Length: 3.5" (8.89 cm)
    • Closed Length: 5" (12.7 cm)
    • Weight: 4.28 oz. (121 g)
    • Steel Type: 420HC
    • Handle Material: G-10
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An all-purpose tactical knife needs to feel familiar and capable, like a well-worn tool, yet still offer quick action and hold up to long-term use. Drawing on critical feedback from military and law enforcement personnel plus its decades of knife design experience, Gerber set out to design a full-size, assisted-opening knife that’s as easy to handle and carry as it is durable and capable. The Gerber Propel AO knife is this knife. It’s a full-size tactical knife with a slim handle profile that fits comfortably in your pocket and hand.

BUILT TO LAST

A tactical knife is sure to see a variety of uses, so Gerber uses 420 high-carbon steel to give you a dependable edge. Add a G-10 composite handle and you’ve got an incredibly durable knife. Additionally, the Propel AO features a safer deployment than that of most AO knives. In deploying the blade of a typical Assisted Open knife, users simply apply pressure to the ambidextrous thumb stud. However, in the case of the Propel AO, instead of applying pressure upwards and parallel to the knife’s case, the blade will deploy when engaged at about 45 degrees to the side. This, along with the knife’s narrow aperture of blade access, ensures the blade doesn’t deploy accidentally while being pulled with speed from the pocket. Once the blade is engaged it can be locked into place during use. The tanto-style blade’s black oxide coating adds a stealth element, while its partial serration adds all-purpose utility for working through stubborn materials like nylon rope and thick plastic.

ADJUSTABLE CLIP

Personal preference dictates how you carry your knife, so Gerber designed the Propel AO with a three-way adjustable clip to customize the knife’s orientation in your pocket or on your belt. You can set it for tip-up or tip-down storage and left-hand or right-hand bias.

COMFORTABLE, DISCREET CARRY

To deserve daily use status, a utilitarian knife like the Propel AO needs to feel good in your hand and in your pocket. The composite G-10 handle’s textured surface optimizes grip security in all conditions and maintains a slim profile that complements the knife’s balanced feel, while the reliable plunge lock and safety switch secure the blade where you want it, be it open or stowed in your pocket. But most importantly, you get a full-size tactical knife that carries discreetly and comfortably, on the job and off.

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  • 4
  • |JUN 9, 2016
  • |BY: Kyle , Vol.firefighter/maintenance

Bought this knife some time ago, I EDC it almost every day. It still deploys smoothly and doesn't need much tlc to keep it working. very sharp when done properly and and over all rugged knife! Great job gerber. One thing to make it better for firefighing or rescue is to change the spike to an actual window punch.

  • 5
  • |JUN 7, 2016
  • |BY: Nawar , Your Title

I am so impressed how well this knife handles things... Feels rock solid in one's hands..performs fail-proof.... Although initially felt very rough and wore out my sore thumb for 3 days, it became much better after filing the sharp edges and now has an amazing feel and performance for bare hands... No regrets at all.. Top-notch grade

  • 5
  • |JUN 7, 2016
  • |BY: Nawar , Your Title

I am so impressed how well this knife handles things... Feels rock solid in one's hands..performs fail-proof.... Although initially felt very rough and wore out my sore thumb for 3 days, it became much better after filing the sharp edges and now has an amazing feel and performance for bare hands... No regrets at all.. Top-notch grade

  • 5
  • |MAR 26, 2016
  • |BY: Hi , A Name

The Gerber Propel AO is quite good, because its nice 420HC steel is nice and stainless, with durability seen all over the knife. The only problem I found with it is that you can find the S30V version (the downrange) online for about the same price, though it's a lot better. I'd still recommend this knife though, as it will last all your years of service.

  • 1
  • |FEB 3, 2016
  • |BY: Manuel , Customer

Video should not be shown for this knife, it's misleading. This knife is not automatic. Just received mine and is very difficult to deploy. Maybe, hopefully with use it will become easier.

  • 4
  • |MAY 28, 2015
  • |BY: blackhawk , active duty

awesome knife. i would not recommend taking it apart unless you like stress. screws could use improvement, i screwed the top off a screw head and now is stuck. but never the less best knife i have ever purchased

  • 4
  • |OCT 11, 2014
  • |BY: raulc5 , active duty

Excellent tool!!! Used during force on force and gunnery in both wet and dry conditions and performs like a champ every time. I have been using Gerber tools for a long time and this is by far the best tool so far I've used.

  • 5
  • |JUN 20, 2014
  • |BY: Caleb Coogle , Boy Scout

Best Knife I have ever bought in my life. The only thing that detracts from its value would be the fact that the clip, which I use to hold the knife on the edge of my pocket, has bent to the point that it is basically useless in about 6 months time since I bought the knife.

  • 2
  • |MAR 15, 2014
  • |BY: Jay , Crap

You could sell a lot more if you could just by the knife