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Propel Auto

Finding the ideal utilitarian tactical knife is no easy task. It needs to be familiar, like a well-worn pair of boots, yet still capable of quick action and worthy of long-term use. Drawing on its decades of knife design experience and critical feedback from military and law enforcement personnel, Gerber set to design a full-size, automatic knife that’s as easy to handle as it is durable and fast to deploy in tactical situations. The Gerber Propel Auto knife offers proven fast, one-handed opening with a slim handle profile that fits comfortably in your hand, and pocket.


At the core of any good knife is the steel of its blade. Gerber knows that a tactical knife sees many uses, some of which are not easy on the blade, so the Propel Auto’s tanto blade uses 420 high-carbon steel for long-term durability and a dependable edge. Add a reliable plunge lock and safety switch, and you know the blade will stay where you want it, be it open or closed. The partially serrated blade adds utility when cutting stubborn materials like nylon cord, webbing or even thin metal. The black oxide coating and black G-10 handle minimize reflectivity in critical situations where traditional stainless construction could give you away.


We all have different preferences for the way we carry a knife, so Gerber created an adjustable clip on the Propel Auto that allows you to customize the knife’s orientation in your pocket or on your belt. You can set it up for tip-down or tip-up storage and left-hand or right-hand bias.


A utilitarian tactical knife like the Propel Auto needs to feel good in your hand. The machined composite G-10 handle complements the knife’s balanced feel, while its textured surface adds grip security in cold or wet situations. Most importantly, you get a full-size, auto-opening blade that carries discreetly and comfortably day in and day out.

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Item # 30-000718
  • 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


  • Designed and built in Portland, Oregon
  • High- quality 420HC Steel blade for long-term durability and a quality edge
  • Full-size tanto- style blade is partially serrated for slicing and cutting tough surfaces
  • Black oxide coating adds corrosion resistance and low reflectivity
  • Black G-10 handle provides sure -grip and durability in slim package
  • Pommel with lanyard hole adds utility
  • Automatic opening design delivers quick, one-handed blade deployment
  • Plunge lock and safety switch fix the blade in place, open or closed
  • Adjustable, three-position pocket clip for customizable stowage
  • Backed by Gerber’s Lifetime Warranty


4 Military TW - FEB 5, 2016

This knife works great the only complaint i have is I broke the pocket clip on both of my knives.

5 Sergeant, U.S. National Guard Brandon - JAN 11, 2016

Awesome knife. Clip screws very occasionally needed tightening, but the knife held an edge well and the opening mechanism was sturdy and reliable the entire time I had it. I've been wanting to buy a new one ever since my first one was stolen.

1 TEO CJT - DEC 14, 2015

Does not work brand new out of the box. Very disappointed.

5 Your Title jmdowler - JUL 29, 2015

I've had my Propel Auto for almost 2 years now and haven't been disappointed! The blade has remained sharp since it arrived even through all of the cutting I've done with it. I have had no problems with its craftsmanship or functionality.The best knife I have ever owned. I plan to buy more as soon as they are back in stock.

4 Auto straigh blades? Matt1234 - JUL 1, 2015

Just a suggestion... Could you guys make a Auto like the DML or this model in a straight blade.

1 Officer&Military SW - MAY 17, 2015

doesn't open well at all, stick a lot, when it does open it is VERY slow. all the screws are loose and I don't have the tool to tighten them but shouldn't have to buy one either. waste of money for sure. I give it a single star only because the blade is sharp if you ever get it open.

4 love gerber angel prado - FEB 22, 2015

Just purchased this knife a little more then a week ago had got a benchmade the same day of almost the exact same style but stuck with my Gerber to carry with me and my Gerber saved my life last night literally. Gerber was the first knife I ever owned and will b the only brand I use only have 4 stars because I haven't had much time to use it

1 collector doug - JAN 26, 2015

the spring is weak and does not have a good snap. when locked open the blade is wobbly. It fits the hand well but the handle is rough.

5 EMS/search and rescue SPL Mike - OCT 2, 2014

Best knife ever, carried a Kershaw for 3 years, the safety failed and i got stitches,
the GERBER safety will not fail. love the auto blade for one hand open and close.


1 President of the United States Steve Dahlen - FEB 4, 2014

Why do I need credentials to buy this....I've got a boatload of spring assist knives and no credentials needed.

4 CBP Scott - DEC 14, 2013

The 5 star combo I want is the black handle and S30V blade.

5 LEO Tbmiller82 - AUG 19, 2013

I love the size and feel of this knife. I haven't put it through anything extremely crazy (I have fixed blades for that), but its been extremely satisfactory for normal use. The action is great and lock up is strong. This is a great value at under $100. The G10 scales make for a great gripping surface as well. I would definitely make the purchase again. Best feature: made in the USA.

5 SOCOM Vader - JUL 26, 2013

Best Auto knife I've ever owned! Not sure how some people can review a knife they have never owned. But anyways....Awesome job....buying another just for the Hell if it.

5 1SG US Army JayLQue - MAR 19, 2013

I had of of these my supply SGT ordered fro me in Afghanistan, it was stolen from me I'd like to buy another maybe 2 more, excellent

3 Trooper Django13 - JAN 11, 2013

Looks effective, smaller. off duty ideal.

3 deputy cvdeputy - DEC 27, 2012

I like the idea of the three position pocket clip so I can carry it in my left pocket Can't give it 5 stars until I test it

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