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Bear Grylls Survival AO

Surviving the unexpected is about being prepared, and the Bear Grylls Survival AO Folding Knife exceeds the standard. Few people know more about survival than Bear Grylls, ex-British Special Forces officer, experienced mountaineer and respected survival trainer. Taking advantage of Gerber’s decades of experience and Bear Grylls’ adventure knowledge, the Survival AO folder gives its user the ability to engage with the surroundings in perpetual survival mode.


Quick access to the blade of a folding knife is imperative in survival situations. The Survival AO, featuring an assisted opening blade that deploys reliably and quickly with one hand, responds for instant use when the situation demands it. Using Gerber’s FAST 2.0 technology, the Survival AO implements both a plunge lock and a safety lock. The safety barrel lock will keep the blade closed when in a pocket, or as a secondary lock when opened. Closing the knife is a simple one-hand process: after the plunge lock is released, simply press it down against a firm surface.


With its partially serrated 3-inch 7Cr17MoV steel blade, the Bear Grylls Survival AO’s robust action works capably to cut, rip, tear, and slice, whether it’s box tape in a warehouse or branches for shelter in the woods. The handle is made of durable glass filled nylon with the familiar rubber over-mold for a solid grip in all conditions. A removable pocket clip and lanyard hole provide multiple carry options, insuring the Survival AO stands at the ready until summoned. The Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide is included with this knife, furthering its usefulness and potential life-saving utility.

Item # 31-002530
  • Overall length: 7.4"
  • Blade length: 3.0"
  • Closed length: 4.2"
  • Weight: 3.3 oz


  • Assisted opening / one hand opening
  • Safety lock keeps blade closed
  • Partially serrated blade
  • 7Cr17MoV steel
  • Dual thumbstuds
  • Plunge lock
  • 30% glass-filled nylon with rubber overmold handle
  • Pocket Clip
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide


3 Decent EDC with a couple flaws Riley - SEP 7, 2015

I've owned this knife for around 6 months as my EDC knife, and boy I've beat this thing around. From using it in wet and muddy conditions to cutting small branches, rope among other things. Over these months the blade has also been resharpened countless times as I find it doesn't keep a sharp edge for very long as the steel is just average compared to other knives in the same category ( I find the steel to be very soft and not very durable). However I put up with this for the whole time. Straight out of the box there was very little blade play and the spring had a little trouble fully deploying the knife but over time it improved tremendously. Now at the 6 moth mark The blade suffers from a considerable amount of blade play at the expense of an extremely quick opening time. The handle provides a decent gripping surface but is laughable compared to the G10 handle on say a Spyderco persistance but it is sufficient enough for it's purpose. Overall I'd say this is an average knife that serves the purpose of an EDC well and I'd give it a 6.5/10. ( I strongly suggest you read some reviews before buying this product to see if its the right knife for you compared to others in the same price category) *and I know this is ment to be a survival Knife but my review is based off it's merits as an EDC as I dont really have any use for a survival knife

5 Working mans knife Brian - AUG 21, 2015

I use this everyday. Excellent product & I've even bought a couple as gifts. No man should be without a knife!

5 BEST KNIFE Your name - JUL 9, 2015

The AO is a bit sticky to begin with, but it soon losens up.

5 star scout jesse - APR 21, 2015

this is the best knife just got it in today
great quality well built

5 The best Noah - APR 3, 2015

I think that this knife is awesome it's so good and everyday I use it I can't wait for the next knife Gerber/ bear Grylls make and use it great job Gerber/ bear Grylls

5 just an all around great knife antoni - FEB 11, 2015

first knife I ever got and the best I have ever had. you cant go wrong :D

5 looks great hi - JAN 4, 2015

this knife looks amazing if it wasn't currently out of stock i would want it right away

5 best knife ever steven - DEC 31, 2014

as i love all bear grylls knives and other produds i like this one the most

good job gerber / bear grylls

5 Eagle Scout Justin McCoy - OCT 20, 2014

Great knife, one of my favorites.

5 nice TIA - SEP 1, 2014

Love it just got it today!

5 great knife elijah - AUG 13, 2014

huge fan of this one, i really love how the put dual thumbstuds so that lefties can also use the knife comfortably which is great cause being a lefty it is hard to find folding knives that i can comfortably. the construction is great and the locks work well. great product really glad i bought it !!!

5 Nice!! Joe - AUG 9, 2014

I got this knife a couple of days ago and its great! Best knife I have ever owned.

5 Awesome little knife!!! HA HO!! - JUL 12, 2014

I bought this knife a few months after Gerber released it. I packed it everywhere. Working, in the woods, at the creek, everywhere. And one day me and my girl friend was coyote hunting and I was using the knife to trim up a piece of wood to build a fire and I dropped the knife and the point landed on a rock and it broke off the tip. I'm hoping that the life time warranty will cover it because it was a great little knife and worked for any job I gave it.

4 Simply Awesome!!! HA HO!!! - JUN 23, 2014

Bought this knife about 3 months ago. Its a great knife. Once you figure out how to use the AO System its really awesome. Great if you need to use it quick. It stays razor sharp. Its a very strong knife and holds up good in most situations. I loved the one I had, but got out frog giggin one night and lost it in the pond. I'm gonna have to get me another one. Don't question it... just buy it. You wont regret it.

4 Great Knife Christian - JUN 14, 2014

Great knife overall! If you're looking for an assisted open knife that has a notch on the top end to flick open then this product wouldn't suit you. This knife is assisted open, however it requires a flick of the thumb to open. The safety lock features are great to have to maintain safety and to make sure it stays open/closed. Very sharp and durable blade and knife overall. I recommend this to all.

4 Gerbergear nerd Your name - MAY 14, 2014

Dosnt fail had it for quite some time and I absolutely love it

5 Get one today! Cory - MAY 4, 2014

I really, really enjoy knife. I own many Gerber and Bear Grylls items and this, by far, is the best one yet. Gerber's FAST 2.0 technology is a great improvement over previous models. The opening is much more fluid and easier to control.

The blade is razor sharp right out of the packaging. The rubberized handle is a great compliment, to ensure a firm grip during use.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a lightweight, EDC knife or anyone looking for a dependable AO knife.

5 Navy, AECF Seth Duncan - APR 25, 2014

Have had this knife not long after it was released. Sharp enough to shave the hair off my arm right out of the package. This is my every day carry knife and it preforms without flaw every single time. At the end of the day it rests on my night stand ready for the next day.

5 Could be my favorite Gerber knife yet. EJD - APR 5, 2014

Gerber you killed it with this knife, I wrote a very detailed review of this knife on Amazon, but I just have to say WOW, I love this knife! The ONLY thing that would make this better is if it said Portland, OR on the blade....maybe in the future. The plunge lock and the safety button is the best combination i've seen, everything feels perfect on this knife. Keep this format and add to it!

5 THE BEST no name - MAR 29, 2014

This is the best knife on the market.

3 Your title Your name - MAR 15, 2014

You should make a BG "flipper"

5 Ceth John - MAR 7, 2014

I like it it's a good knife it's strong and it fits my pocket good

3 Your Title Chris - MAR 7, 2014

What's the main difference between this and the scout???

5 Yeah! EJD - MAR 1, 2014

Perfect upgrades from the old Scout. Every aspect is that much better!

Blade slaps open and locks in perfectly. Very smooth action! Love the Plunge lock & the Safety.

Thanks for listening Gerber! Great Job!

5 Hi Gerber Gerber - FEB 27, 2014

Gerber I will most likely buy the uiltimite pack if you add the new 2014 gear.

5 Your Title Seth - FEB 24, 2014

Just got the knife today and it's awesome. Really like carrying this in my pocket. I also enjoyed the decals you guys sent with the knife. Definatly gonna be sporting those around.

5 Gear Knif - FEB 18, 2014


5 Your Title 0utdoorsman101 - FEB 16, 2014

Very nice knife tried it out works great. Love the opening action, great lock on it. Look foward to carrying this knife for a while.

5 I LIKE IT Kiwi - FEB 12, 2014

Awesome design. Well thought out. But why the rubbish steel Gerber?

5 Great knife !! McCoy - FEB 9, 2014

Gerber and Bear did a great job improving the folding scout knife , the AO is the folding scout knife improved with Gerber's 2.0 assisted opening ( AO ) . In stead of a gray finish on the blade and rubber grip , it is now black . I think it looks a lot better black . The only thing I'm iffy on is the blade isn't carbon steal . Now it's 7cr17mov , whatever that is ? , all I hope is it stays sharp and takes a good edge and does what it's supposed to do ! . What if the things that stand out about this knife is the bonus lock for when the knife is in it's close position or open position . When the blade is open and is locked , the blade feels more solid . No wiggle no movement , nothing ! The weight is great and the pocket clip is great , a little stuff but will probably loosen up with use . All in all this is a great knife . I'm satisfied with my purchase . I did not purchase it from Gerber , I bought it off a vender . If you like the folding scout knife but with it was assured opening , then buy this knife , you will love it .

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