This elegant folder is a sophisticated addition to any pocket, the unique handle features a crosshatch pattern etched on aluminum for steadiness. Dual thumbstuds deploy the partially serrated blade, a pocket clip cleanly keeps it tethered nearby.
Designed by the acclaimed knife maker, William Harsey, Jr., the Air Ranger folding knife assists in determining solutions for everyday problems. With its elegant partially serrated drop point 3.26-inch blade, this folder packs a serious punch when tasked for assistance. The Air Ranger folding knife is a great, logical daily carry for addressing troublesome encounters with efficiency.
CROSSHATCH TEXTURED PERFORMANCE
Establishing the Air Ranger as distinct from similar folders is its innovative handle. A sophisticated crosshatch pattern etched along the machined aluminum surface offers the holder steady purchase during deployment of the blade. The one-handed open releases with a thumb using the dual thumb studs positioned near the hilt. Make dexterous use of the knife in all conditions, no matter if the hand holding it is covered in water, sweat, or mud, thanks to the Air Ranger’s ingeniously designed deeply grooved grip.
GET THE JOB DONE
Whether implementing its fine edge to make clean, accurate cuts or the serrated portion to saw through rope, twine, wood, or aluminum, the Air Ranger’s high carbon stainless steel blade makes short work of daily tasks. Slice open tape on the latest Internet delivery, cut cardboard to help with a child’s school project, or cut the tow rope when out boating using the blade of this light but rugged knife. The Air Ranger’s well-adhered stainless steel pocket clip reliably keeps it tethered to a pocket or belt loop. The lanyard hole provides optional tie-down and additional security for the sturdy knife.
I have already owned, and still use the G10 Air Ranger, but after finding this one on sale at a large outdoor retailer, I couldn't pass up another, or two. This one features serrations and an aluminum handle to contrast the straight edge and g10 scale of the other version. I didn't even give a second thought to purchasing a this version for the price. If you are a simple, casual knife user, this is a great EDC for you to start with, or have on hand in a desk drawer or backpack.
The fit and finish is very good. Very smooth action. The knife did not arrive sharp. It could not even cut paper but tore it instead. I believe this is due to the edge grind being very obtuse and thick. It is going to take a lot of thinning out before it cuts the way it should. The liner lock is also an issue. It actually engages too far and is hard to disengage to close the knife. The thumb studs are not the easiest to use to flick the blade open. All of this prevents this blade from being my EDC, which is a shame as it is a good looking knife.
I have never had a problem with my 5+ year old Air Ranger. If yours is rusting (It is because you got a defect from some crap vendor who doesn't care), loosing clip screws (IF CLIP SCREWS ARE LOOSE GET A T6 BIT...TIGHTEN IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT AND YOU WON'T EVER HAVE THAT PROBLEM), and when breaking the clip you are the problem I'm 245 pounds and have never broke the clip from sitting on it...mine went through hell and back in Afghanistan. ***It should be noted that regular cleaning, sharpening, and general upkeep WILL FIX ALL PROBLEMS PEOPLE HAVE LISTED***
The knife was great at first, but the clip came loose after about 5 weeks and one screw has fallen out. Junk for this price point.
My brother gave each of his groomsmen one of these as part of their gift. Its been nearly a year since the wedding and I carry it daily, and use it for pretty much everything. It's light weight, versatile and keeps it's blade. I've had no issues with the screws like others have suggested.
I got mine at a Gander Mountain on sale when they first came somewhere around 10-13 years ago.You could consider this as a very long term review. My blade has a Taiwan stamp (don't know if the newer versions are still made there or if they meet original standards). The blue finish has worn in places but no problems: The blade opens as smooth as ever has some form of teflon washer and no side to side play. The pocket clip is attached with 3 star drive (T6) screws and has never loosened. Only complaint about is it is hard to sharpen but once sharpened it holds an edge. I will gladly take that trade off.
I got the air ranger at gander mountain on clearance for 10$. At first it was tight and needed some break in. After a week and some WD-40 it was very good. I have used it a lot for 4 months. The blade is starting to rust a little and there is a lot of play in the blade. Was a good deal but doesn’t last long.
Love this knife - I chose it because it's all metal, light. However, but I've had mine for for less than a year and 2/3 if the clip screws have come loose and can't be tightened.
Bought this knife well over ten years ago and it has been with me everyday since. Loved it so much that I bought them for my two grown sons. They loved it too but both had the problem of the clip screws coming loose. It'd get 5 stars if it weren't for that!!
Bought 2 of these, and both clips broke while they were in my back pocket. Both were replaced under warranty. One of the clips just broke again.
Other than that I like the knife.
I bought this knife on the Cabela's Cyber Monday sale and from the moment it arrived I loved it. Great construction and materials, the blade never loses an edge and fits nice in the pocket. But 5 months later the screws holding the clip on pulled out of the threaded holes and the clip was lost in the woods. Would buy again If this problem is acknowledged.
A few days after I purchased this knife, the clip came loose. I sent it back to be repaired and they sent me a new one. This one did the same thing.
I got one of these around three or four years ago for a Christmas present and I haven't used another knife since. This is extremely durable and easy to use/hold onto and it holds an amazing edge (cuts cleanly through a pork chop bone).
I have carried this knife since I decovered it right after Gerber came out with it. Grew up on the farm so I have always carried a pocket knife of some sorts. I feel in love with the Air Ranger. When I find them at a good price I purchase 3 or 4 in case I loose one or give it away. I have never found a knife so comfortable and lite weight and still perform anything I ask of it
This is a perfect EDC knive. You don't notice it in your pocket. Clip is nice and strong. The serrations help with cutting occasional plant life and vines sometiems around the house. Fine edge blade for everything else. While at a crab place for dinner one time, was exasperated with the ineffectiveness of the cheesy plastic shell openers they had, pulled this outta my pocket and made quick work of removing the shell and extracting the crab meat. Re-Sharpens easily. Don't have to re-sharpen very often. Handle super grippy even with fats/grease/blood on your fingers. This is definitely a one-hand operation knife.
Great knife. It has a great blade and the texture of the handle makes cracking beers open super easy. Highly recommended for the avid camper or grill master.
My everyday knife. Great product that puts up with just about any thing I throw at it. Light and holds an edge under some rather abusive situations. Use it as a backup to my Big Rock fine edge.
One issue, but it is a major fit problem. The blade rests firmly on the
rearmost bushing / spacer that connects the two aluminium frame side pieces together. Opening and closing the knife 15-20 times resulted in a small notch section in the blade at the point in which the blade rests on the spacer. I used a soft stone to massage the notch' burr back into place along with med and fine stones to sharpen the nonserrated section without issue. I have opened and closed the knife several times since and the notch is reappearing. I got this to replace a larger daily carry CRKT M16SF now that I live in NY state. I am about ready to go back to my beat up but trusty M16SF and leave this in the safe. At least I know the M16 blade will be true.
In all fairness, this knife was $16 on sale at Gander Mtn and the M16 was about $130 20yrs ago. Fair product for the price I paid. , but not worth $69 or even my sending it in for warranty service at this point.
My fiance bought me this for Christmas as my previous pocket knife bit the dust after several years. This knife is by my side all the time, and I know I can trust it. I even have a Benchmade "Infidel" OTF - and I think I trust my Gerber Air Ranger knife more than that. This knife cuts through rope and wood as easily as it cuts through cardboard or paper, the clip is sturdy enough that I know it won't move until I want it to, and the blade is sharp as ever right out of the package. This is my first Gerber knife, and if anything happens to this knife, it will be replaced with an exact same model from Gerber as well. This knife - great for everything!! If you need a knife for every day use, possible protection, or for anything - this knife is definitely a worthy investment!
great knife very durable. broke mine. it lasted 3 months but that's pretty good for me. sharp and easy to keep a razor edge.
Best knife I've ever owned. Been with me daily for over ten years through NTC, JRTC, and three years in Iraq. Great grip and design and pops out quickly at the flick of a wrist.
I've had my air ranger for many years now and it is one of the best knives I've ever carried. Still locks up tight. Please offer this knife with the same color combination in a plain edge again.
Great knife, holds an edge very well. My knife has been to Iraq, Afghanistan twice, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador. It has been with me on countless fishing, hiking, SCUBA and hunting trips. I have had this knife for over a decade ( I received it as a gift on May 10th, 2002) and it has served me well every day. Why 4 of 5 and not 5 of 5... . I had to tighten the little Torx head screws and use thread holding compound to keep them from falling out. Unfortunately, I lost one anyhow. The knife still performs perfectly, despite the missing screw.
Bought this on sale for a fishing knife and it works flawlessly. I love the design and the anodized aluminum handle! One of the best knives I've owned.
I have a lot of knives, mostly fixed blade that I use for hiking and other outdoor hobbies. It occured to me a while ago that I have only owned a single folding knife for more than 10 years. I didn't even have a driver's license when I purchased this and now I have kids of my own. I now own two folding knives, both are this knife.
It's no substitute for a fixed blade knife, but what folding knife is? This knife is plenty strong for things you will do around town and I have recently used mine extensively for cutting holes in 2 liter bottle tops for various diy projects. I am thrusting the point of the knife in then using the blade to shave circular holes in the tops and it has worked so well it is ridiculous.
I have also used mine in a pinch to prepare wood and have even made fire with nothing more than this knife and a shoelace. I have taken for granted the fact that this knife has been with me for more than a decade.
I would say that the reasonable strength limit for this is twisting through wood or plastic, but probably avoid prying metal as the handle and blade have almost no give to them. Best folding knife I have ever owned, but also the only folding knife I have ever needed. Take that as you will.
Out of all my knives, this is one of my favorite. Not only is the blade superbly crafted and exceptionally sharp, but the grip has some serious traction. I was a bit skeptical from the photos, but was pleasantly surprised. The knife also opens smoothly--I can easily flip it open with one hand using the thumb studs, and can even use a flick of the wrist without the thumb studs to snap it open. Overall, definitely a good knife.
Great open action and edge retention. the grip is wonderful and much better than the remix that I just got which was total crap.
this knife is amazing i've had it for a while now and it still is so clean and smooth. its style is also really cool it has an amazing grip i would buy these for my friends and even my 12 year old son. Overall great knife definitely worth the money
Great little knife I used to take care of field-dressing a deer in South Texas. It's sharp as a razor, cleans up easily and is a dream to sharpen. The clip keeps the knife securely attached - especially when trekking through heavy brush.
I got one of these 10 years ago and have beat the begeezus out of it since then. Never fails me. It's been so goo to me I almost feel guilty looking at new knives, haha
BEST GERBER EVER OWNED. I trade a spring assist to my friend for this knife he didn't like the grip but I love it its plain and simple yet gets the job done sleek knife fits in pockets well and I love the lanyard hole. I had the air ranger with the plastic handle until I sadly lost it to airport security in Israel. Great knife worth the money in full.
The Gerber Air Ranger is one of my favorite EDC knives, hands down. It's quality built, light, and has a sleek and unique look. It sits deep in the pocket with the clip, but it would be nice to have the option to carry tip up. Overall it is a fantastic blade.
bought the knife based on decent reviews. Really light weight and good price..$24 at a local store. Would like to see non serrated version as well as one w better steel..say ats-34 or 154 cm.
I mainly bought this knife because Cabella's had it on sale for $17.00 and that's about what I'd expect to pay for this knife. After 1 day the finish is coming off the handles and the pocket clip would be more useful if it was on the opposite end and the other side. As it is you've got to turn the knife over and around to open it after removing it. I bought a Schrade knife for $15.00 and the clip is mounted correctly and is much easier to open.
I have this knife with since 2006 when I joined the USAF. Yet, I lost the pocket clip, so that is a bummer. Other then that it's been to Kuwait, Iraq and amongst other places.
Thank you for such a great knife.
I just bought the Gerber Air Ranger, and for the price, you are getting great quality. As an experienced outdoors man and survivalist, I would highly recommend this knife to any one who is looking for a great looking, sturdy knife.
whenever I buy a new knife I want to be sure it can handle whatever I can throw at it and this is one of the best knives that Gerber has made it is very well built not to light but heavy enough to get the job done. I highly recommend this knife
I have the plain edge and have had it for many, many years. Excellent knife, easy to grab from the pocket and open one handed with out looking at it. The clip needed retightening once, but other wise it has been excellent. it has been used and abused and still holds a place clipped to the inside of my pants pocket. Bring back the plain edge knife as my fellow scouters are all envious of my excellent knife
I got my first Air Ranger over 12 years ago. Absolutely loved it. I used it while camping, hiking, biking, and for my EDC. Unfortunately a couple years back I lost track of it and have been looking for it in stores everywhere. I guess it never occurred to me to just look on this website! I'll be ordering another shortly. I highly recommend this knife.
I'm with Joshua on this one. Haven't had it for 13 years, probably 8 to 10. And for Nick - If they don't pull this plug - The best sharpener I've ever owned is Wicked Edge. Profile the edge and work from 100 to 10000 grit diamond stone and finish with 5 micron diamond strops. Best edge I've ever had.
I have had this knife for 4 years now, and the reason i'm giving it a 3 is because when i got the knife, the blade was not really sharp, so i sharpened it, and sharpened it, and sharpened it and it never got sharp, so i took it to my buddy and he made it like a razor and it gets really dull fast as well. Maybe i got a faulty knife but other than that, this knife is great. I cut open hundreds of boxes a day and this is amazing when its sharp. the grip is amazing, but i would like to have a tanto assisted open of it!
my knife is the first serrated blade i hve owned,love it.i have numerous knives,but none i like as well as this one.great knife.should make an air ranger with hole in blade to open with.
I have had this knife for 13 years its been in my right pocket every day sense the day i bought it. I worked for the forest service as a back country ranger repairing trails and removing downed trees from trails. I put this knife through hell and as long as you take care to clean and oil it up from time to time it takes a licking and keeps right on ticking.
I love this knife. Bought my first one when I was in the scouts 7 years ago but it was stolen. I now keep this with in arms reach on my gear on the fireline or canoeing in the back country of Alaska.
Surface is perfect for strike anywhere matches. The only downside is using this knife in the cold as the weather gets pretty cold in the far north
I really like this knife and use it every day, but sadly, I will only use the fine edge version. I wish Gerber would release the fine edge version, plus the Larger version as well.
I bought this off a Smoky Mountain catalog because of the price and reviews. Great little pocket knife and has good edge retention. No idea what kind of steel or where its made/assembled.
I definitely love my plain edge one had it for years lost the first one in the ocean then got another as a gift :) It's a hardcore knife by any means