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Gerber Swagger AO - Assisted Opening Knife
Swagger AO
Gerber Swagger AO - Assisted Opening Knife
Swagger AO

Swagger AO

Assisted Opening Knife

Item: # 31-001709

When being prepared is paramount, the Swagger AO is the everyday tactical blade for the job. With silky-smooth deployment anchored by a reliable plunge lock, the partially serrated blade confidently takes on any task.


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    • Overall Length: 7.5" (19.05 cm)
    • Blade Length: 3.25" (8.25 cm)
    • Closed Length: 4.25" (10.79 cm)
    • Weight: 2.8 oz. (79 g)
    • Steel Type: 7Cr17MoV
    • Handle Material: G-10
    • Lock Type: Plunge Lock
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Being prepared for anything requires equal parts mental readiness and having the right tools at your disposal. The Swagger AO Knife is an everyday tactical blade to help complete the readiness equation. Like a favorite hand tool, the Swagger offers ease of use, stout construction and comfortable carry with a 3.25-inch blade and assisted opening convenience.


A knife is only as good as it is easy to open, and Gerber’s proven Assisted Opening 2.0 technology delivers silky-smooth one-handed deployment, paired with a reliable plunge lock to keep the blade fixed where it belongs. Simply engage the thumb stud, and the mechanism works its magic to deploy the blade when you need it, be it to cut through a rope or respond to a critical situation.


Designed with problem solving in mind, the Swagger’s partial serrated blade adds utility. From carving to slicing to sawing, the drop point blade can do it all, with an easy-to-maintain edge as well.


The G-10 composite handle sets a high bar for durability and all-conditions grip. It maintains a lightweight, comfortable and slim profile, so the Swagger comfortably disappears in your pocket or on your belt. There’s a lanyard hole at the pommel and a utilitarian pocket clip to keep your knife within easy reach.

  1. Clip point
  2. Dual thumbstuds
  3. Textured thumb ramp
  4. Plunge lock
  5. G-10 handle scale
  6. Lanyard hole
  7. Partially serrated blade
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  • 3
  • |3 out of 5 stars
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  • 1 5
  • |AUG 1, 2019
  • |BY: , Doesn’t work

This knife doesn’t open with one hand and takes lots of force, tears at my finger, but it’s super lightweight. Would be great if AO was better.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 3, 2018
  • |BY: , Your Title

I bought this knife off of a guy on the street for ten bucks and I love it

  • 5 5
  • |APR 10, 2018
  • |BY: , Light multi-use EDC

I purchased this knife about 4 years ago and I have opened and closed it thousands of times. Currently, it needs a little maintenance, but I've been happy with it so far. I do remember it being difficult to open at first, but quickly it became easier. I have EDCd (Every Day Carried) this knife for four summers, in the woods, on the construction site, and in every day life. The knife is light enough that it does not make a significant difference carrying it in my pocket. Last year, I took the pocket clip off because I found it was too much of a hassle to clip it in and it was wearing on my pocket.
For four years, I haven't sharpened it that much, maybe once or twice. It has held its edge and is still sharp as of today. The serrated edge has some chips at its small points. Currently, the blade has a little bit of a wobble, but it can be easily corrected by using some lock-tight or hand tightening.
The G-10 handle has held up well and I can balance the knife on my finger were the handle meets the blade. The open back handle is fine. Yet, when intensely cutting it can dig into your hand. It does allow easier access to cleaning if you do not take the knife apart. The knife fits in my hand generally well.
In conclusion, I have been very happy with this knife and I would recommend it to the every day person.

  • 4 5
  • |APR 5, 2018
  • |BY: , Knive enthusiast type of dude

So I bought 11 of these for gifts for groomsman and other family for my wedding. I feel that a 4 star rating is a fair average of these 11 knives. 2 opened fantastic(5 stars), far better than the other 9. 6 opened pretty darn good(4.5 stars), but not s good as the first 2. 2 open with much more effort in comparison than the first 8(3 stars), and the last 1 is a dud, something sounds wrong and different in the spring assist mechanism in comparison to the other 10 knives (1 star for the last 1). Other than opening differences, all blades extremely sharp and consistant with the others. I have had many gerbers over the years, and blade quality of these 11 seem to be of the same great gerber quality.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 8, 2018
  • |BY: , A great, lightweight EDC

I've had the Swagger AO for about a month, and it's become my new favorite EDC knife. It's so light, you'll forget you're even carrying it. The blade came out of the box nice and sharp. I have no problem opening it quickly and easily with one hand, and I like that it takes a little force to open it with the thumb studs because I feel it's safer. The belt clip is very firm so it won't fall out of my pocket. Love the sleek look and feel of the G10 handle, as it offers a great grip.

  • 2 5
  • |JAN 16, 2018
  • |BY: , Your Title

While this knife is sharp and the blade holds well. It is very difficult to open, I have cleaned and oil the knife and it has been in use for over a year. It remains very hard to open, to the point where I no longer carry the knife. I generally like Gerber, however this knife is a failure.

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 26, 2017
  • |BY: , Gerber enthusiast

I paid full price for this knife and love it! Can't find any problems right off the bat and love the A/O action (and I own at least ten Gerber's). Maybe in a year if this knife is defective I'll complain but the style, action and overall appeal for the money is as good as any knife for this price point.

  • 1 5
  • |JUN 18, 2017
  • |BY: , Mr.

Junk....This is easily the most poorly designed and poorly functioning pocketknife of the hundreds I've had in my 61 years. If it wasn't a gift I would have returned it right away. The person who gave it to me will find it,unused,after my funeral.

  • 1 5
  • |JUN 17, 2017
  • |BY: , Mr

Swagger AO is EASILY THE MOST POORLY DESIGNED AND POORLY FUNCTIONING KNIFE I HAVE EVER OWNED. If this one wasn't a gift I'd take it back right now. It'll end up unused in a drawer until the person who gave it to me finds it when going through my stuff after the funeral.

  • 1 5
  • |FEB 8, 2017
  • |BY: , Your Title

I also had a similar problem. They didn't even bother to return my call placed to their executive offices. These knives are unsafe !! Hopefully they won't delete this review as they did to the last one...

  • 1 5
  • |JAN 5, 2017
  • |BY: , Mr.

Just received a brand new in the box Swagger AO. It's very difficult to open it up and almost cut myself several times. Also, when it's close, the mechanism is not locking the knife safely. I feel unsafe to use it. I will contact Gerber and will post update.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 27, 2016
  • |BY: , Certified Human

Right off the bat, I am no knife expert. I received this knife for Christmas as my first spring assisted knife, and so far I love it. I will admit it was quite stiff out of the box, it got less so either an hour of playing with it and by the next day it opened fairly easy (in my opinion) came nice and sharp out of the box, and no defects I can see. My pocket clip was a bit tight, but some minor loosening of the clip screws solved that. Overall great knife in my opinion.

  • 4 5
  • |DEC 20, 2016
  • |BY: , Not quite what I expected

When my Covert FAST broke after using it for 3 or 4 years I decided to get a new knife instead of dealing with the hassle of shipping it back for repairs. I was under the impression that all assisted opening knives operated in the same way, so I was rather surprised when I first opened this knife and felt how much more difficult it was to open. After a few weeks of use it has gotten easier but I'm still not a fan of how the spring only assists for the first tiny kick out of the closed position as opposed to the whole way like the Covert FAST does.

Other than that it's a great knife. Very small and light so I barely can even feel it in my pocket.

  • 4 5
  • |MAY 29, 2016
  • |BY: , Fan

Love it! fast opening (Axis pin can be adjusted if opening is too tight). The plunge lock has got to be my favorite lock mechanism. Would like to see tip-up deep carry clip and a security lock. I own many more expensive knives, but still find it hard to put the Swagger down.

  • 5 5
  • |APR 14, 2016
  • |BY: , Great Everyday Carry Knife

I bought this knife a while back and have been carrying it everyday all over. It's so light and carries well. Blades hold up to some daily use but I'm sure with time it will dull. The coating seems to stay so it should prevent rusting. As others have said in reviews be patient with the opening. Just work it a bit with your hands when you first get the knife and the assisted opening feature will be smooth and quick. I loved this one so much I bought a second one as a backup to have in case something happened to my carry one.

  • 4 5
  • |APR 4, 2016
  • |BY: , Trooper RISP

I have not experienced any problems opening the knife with one hand. I was looking for something light in weight, with a small narrow profile. The blade is very sharp and has stood up to moderate use.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 21, 2016
  • |BY: , !

This is the fest knife ever... As a women ihad a hard time finding a knife that works for me, this knife right here is perfect! It hides in the center of a bra and is easy to acess when needed, I recently gave mine to my daughter for college as it was warn in for easy opening so I'm now about to buy my second one! Thanks Gerber!

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 15, 2016
  • |BY: , Solid construction, tough to open

Have had the Swagger AO for a couple of months now. (I also own a Gerber Instant).

The G-10 handle gets full marks for both styling and durability. The overall feel in your hand is solid. It's compact and light, but in no way flimsy.

The blade was sharp out of the box, and has held its edge well with moderate use so far. The plunge lock is simple and reliable.

Only two shortcomings:

First, the pocket clip is limited to right-hand tip-down carry, and rides a bit too high in the pocket for my liking, so I don't use the clip at all.

Second, and more importantly, the Assisted Opening mechanism was neither silky nor smooth. It was extremely stiff and difficult to open. A couple of months of break-in and a couple of drops of lube oil have helped somewhat, but it's still much more difficult to open than my Instant, which flicks open with ease.

But now that the AO mechanism has loosened up a bit, the act of manually flicking it open and snapping it closed, feels so satisfying that it borders on being addictive.

  • 1 5
  • |DEC 26, 2015
  • |BY: , Officer

Looks nice and sharp but the blade is so stiff I can't open the knife with only one hand. Any ideas on how to fix that would be appreciated.

  • 3 5
  • |DEC 13, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

I have had this knife for over a month and had problems using the thumb assist/quick opening feature until I figured it out. The blade must be fully closed for it to work. If the blade has moved ever so slightly out, then it is impossible to use the thumb assist to open. When the blade is FULLY closed it will open easy and with no problems.
The grips I do have with this knife are;
1. The thumb stud could be a little bigger.
2. There needs to be a non-serrated blade option.
3. The clip should be able to mount on the left AND the right side. ( I am a lefty and would be able to use the assisted opening feature easier if I could hold on to the clip instead of the handle. )
Over all, I think it is a good carry knife for the money.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 5, 2015
  • |BY: , AEMT

I bought this knife not long ago and like everyone else it is hard to open at first but please be patient and work with the blade and it will release some and become very easy to open. If your not man enough to open this your not worthy of having it. Work with it and it will go above and beyond for you. I'm a big gerber guru and have loved this knife ever since I bought it. The handle feels great in hand the G10 works well and does it's job. I love the coating on the blade, blade was also very sharp out of the box. I have not had to resharpen it yet but I'm sure it will be uneventful. Good job gerber!

  • 4 5
  • |SEP 17, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

Great knife and it is light,Easy to open and use

  • 4 5
  • |AUG 26, 2015
  • |BY: , Great knife with some minor drawbacks

As everyone has already mentioned, this knife is nearly impossible to open when you first get it. Your thumb will be sore for a month trying to break it in, but mine eventually did soften and became a breeze to fling open when presenting the blade. A tip for everyone is to not use the pad of your thumb but to use the tip of your thumb just below the fingernail to hit the stud and engage the assisted opening. I play a lot of guitar and I recognized that the pad was simply too sensitive, so I tried using the tip just like you do when pressing down on guitar strings. It makes opening this knife much easier. Also, try to keep it cleaned and lubed with some CLP from your gun-cleaning kit. I live in Florida and sand and grit often finds its way into the mechanism and makes opening more difficult. A quick spurt of CLP takes care of that. Aside from the assisted opening...
I love the way this knife feels in the hand, it is very ergonomic. And the button lock is much smoother and simpler then using a the metal spring like on other knives. The G10 has held up well to all sorts of abuse. However, I must confess my blade edge has a lot of pitting already. I keep this knife very sharp with my Lansky BladeMedic but the pitting in the edge is annoying.
Overall, great EDC blade once you learn how to present the blade correctly and quickly. Don't blame the knife, its all in the wrist.

  • 1 5
  • |JUL 29, 2015
  • |BY: , Buyer

Difficult and almost painful to open with the thumbstud. sharp strong knife once opened, but in no way a swift opening.

  • 2 5
  • |JUL 18, 2015
  • |BY: , bushcrafter

not very pleased with the knife. The blade quality was not good had a lot of chipping especially with the serrations. However I did enjoy the one hand opening.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 14, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

Great knife, its the best pocket knife that I've own.

  • 1 5
  • |OCT 1, 2014
  • |BY: , Your Title

Nice looking knife but does NOT open with one hand deployment. Tried working the knife to loosen it but only seemed to get tighter.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 11, 2014
  • |BY: , j

good nikfe

  • 1 5
  • |MAY 14, 2014
  • |BY: , Do not recommend

I bought this knife and it was very hard to open. I followed the suggestions of others and tried to break the knife in. It did not get any easier to open. I returned the knife to the store where I bought it. The blade and knife seemed well made and sharp. However, the difficulty with opening the blade results in do not buy recommendation.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 5, 2014
  • |BY: , Wow

Great knife! Very pleased with it maintains sharpness.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 27, 2014
  • |BY: , Your Title

this is the best daily carry knife/general purpose knife, this is my new favorite toy

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 30, 2014
  • |BY: , Canadian teenager

I just wrote a review on this knife but I had forgot to mention how much I like plunge lock and how convenient and robust it is.

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 23, 2014
  • |BY: , Canadian teenager

I got this knife last summer and was disappointed to fined that the G-10 scales were chipped and I had to send it back to be replaced. During that time it took over a month to have it replaced but because of my inconvenience Gerber was willing to provide adequate compensation for this. In the end I received my knife and am rather pleased with it.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 22, 2013


  • 5 5
  • |DEC 2, 2013
  • |BY: , beautiful knife

gerber needs to stop obsessing over serations on evey pocket knife they make i want a swagger ao with no serations

  • 1 5
  • |OCT 23, 2013
  • |BY: , Mr.

Next to impossible to open right out of the package

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 19, 2013
  • |BY: , GOD


  • 3 5
  • |JUL 14, 2013
  • |BY: , Mr.

The tip of the knife is very close to the top of the handle when closed so it comes out sometimes when tucked away in the pocket using the pocket clip. It already tore a hole in my pant pocket (which is unacceptable) but if that issue is ever resolved it would be a great knife otherwise. AUS8 or higher would be better than the 7Cr17MoV it uses and a renforced tip would make the knife much more versatile.