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Gerber Skyridge AO - Assisted Opening Knife
Skyridge AO
Gerber Skyridge AO - Assisted Opening Knife
Skyridge AO

Skyridge AO

Assisted Opening Knife

Item: # 31-002856

The unique design and color will grab your attention, the advanced engineering and comfort in hand will hold it. The generous handle is a sturdy base for the smooth one-hand blade deployment, while the muscular drop point blade gives maximum utility for any task.


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    • Overall Length: 7.9”
    • Blade Length: 3.3”
    • Weight: 4.8 oz.
    • Blade Style: Fine Edge
    • Sleek ergonomic handle
    • Modified pocket clip for ease of use
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The Skyridge folder provides advanced engineering at every feature point. Its generous, comfortable handle is etched with a unique slanted-rain design that honors urban commuters and outdoor enthusiasts. Bring utility along for the ride with the fast opening Skyridge.


Dual thumbstuds provide easy access for you to open the Skyridge. Its silky-smooth action allows true one-handed blade engagement. Simply lever the thumb stud to open the blade quickly and positively. The reliable plunge lock keeps the blade fixed when open and makes for safe, easy closure without putting your fingers in the path of the folding blade.


An everyday carry knife must be adept at meeting daily demands. With the Skyridge’s full fine edge blade, you’ll have muscular, sharp function available at the flick of a thumb. The modified drop point blade gives you maximum utility with this knife, while its modified pocket clip ensures fluid storage and equally fluid from-the-pocket deployment. 

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  • 5 5
  • |FEB 11, 2019
  • |BY: , Cool knife

Even though I didn’t buy this knife myself, I did find this exact knife in the parking lot of my local mall. It’s a good knife. Would recommend

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 29, 2018
  • |BY: , Surprisingly great

I have had mixed results with Gerber knives. Even two of the same knives (Paraframe II). But this knife, and the Fullback AO, are real game changers. I bought both brand new for $8 a piece, but they are well worth far more than that. If I had known how great these knives were, I'd have never bought the awkward F.A.S.T. Draw. Overall experience with Gerber is about a 66% positive rating with me. Which is better than Kershaw and Ontario.

  • 2 5
  • |MAR 26, 2018
  • |BY: , Your Title

Nice knife, but it is hard to open one-handed.. I contacted Customer service and was able to send the knife back for a replacement. You will notice that it is not made in the USA. Only designed and engineered in Portland. I wanted to deal with American made products.

  • 3 5
  • |DEC 20, 2017
  • |BY: , Your Title

The handle of this knife is stout. The blade deploys quickly and is good for just about any job. The only complaint I have about any Gerber knife is the material they use for the blade is too soft. The blade loses its edge rather quickly and once it's gone, I was never able to it back like it was, no matter the sharpener. If they changed the material for the blade, I would have zero complaints.

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 15, 2017
  • |BY: , Your Title

I looked for a long time for the right assisted open knife for every day use so I was thrilled to find the Skyridge and anxious to get my hands on one and try it myself.
The knife feels great and it's the right size for anyone with average to large sized hands. The blade is easily deployed from either side with the thumb studs and has an attractive and versatile shape. The grip plates are nicely textured and the cut out for the index finger allows for great control.
The pocket clip while easy to use can cause problems because of the shape and profile. I have torn the seam out of more than one t-shirt and a jacket when the corner of the clip caught and I raised my arms. I feel like this could be fixed by simply bending the tip of the clip in slightly towards the side of the knife.
The blade is average, at best. I can't find what kind of steel Gerber decided to use on this knife but this is probably my biggest complaint. The steel is soft and while it will quickly take a very sharp edge when honing, it also loses that edge very easily.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 29, 2016
  • |BY: , Knife Reviewer

This knife has an excellent handle shape and size, it fills the hand and therefore gives great purchase and feels very secure during use, that is THE main thing I look for in a knife because if it doesn't feel secure and comfortable then accidents are more likely to happen.
The assist is a little bit too strong for my liking, but it's not bad. For me the secondary secure locking system is meaningless, but the main lock is good.
The Skyridge gets full marks for aesthetics both in and out of the pocket. The pocket clip hides the knife very well.

  • 2 5
  • |AUG 18, 2016
  • |BY: , Mr

Good knife except for the assist. It's very hard to open with one hand. I have bruised my thumbs trying to open this knife. It's bad enough that I took the spring assist out and I can open it one handed now and close one handed no problem. Just have to make sure I lock it closed now cause it's a point up carry. The spring assist was so bad that alone get this knife a 2 stare rating

  • 4 5
  • |AUG 8, 2016
  • |BY: , Your Title

Great knife but I bent the clip and when removing the screws one is galled and will not come out. Can't fix the clip.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 2, 2016
  • |BY: , My fav. Gerber yet

This is an all around amazingly perfect knife. Even down to the stealth pocket clip, so you don't look like a knife packing hoodlum with some bulky Chinese blade lol. This knife is my everyday carry and will be for a long time to come.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 7, 2016
  • |BY: , Great knife

Bought one as a gift for a family member and loved it, afterwards i ended buying one myself. Terrific knife, very sturdy and reliable

  • 1 5
  • |JUN 25, 2016
  • |BY: , Your Title

I unboxed this knife to find the screws on the clip were lose so I tried to tighten them only for one of the screws to shear of leaving half the screw in the hole.... the pressure it takes to open one handed is a little hard. other then that it seems to be a good knife.... but not for $45.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 15, 2016
  • |BY: , MyKnifeOpinion

Great knife... Got it for my birthday, easy opening, sharp, and is easy to close with one hand.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 14, 2016
  • |BY: , Enthusibitch

Enthusiast must bea multiple cat owning female in need of feminine products. What a beeeoootch

  • 5 5
  • |APR 2, 2016
  • |BY: , excellent knife

It's a great knife very beautiful knife and light weight sometime I forget I'm carrying it cuts through cardboard boxes like butter very sharp blade smooth open and fast especially with the assistance open overall it's a great knife keep up the great work on your nice knifes and easy on the wallet a very reasonable price knife.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 30, 2016
  • |BY: , Electrician

Not to downtalk the "Enthusiast", but maybe you had a faulty operator of your Gerber knife, because I have two of this particular model. (I would only have one, but when I thought I somehow lost the original, I went and purchased a second one as soon as I found out that I was without it.)
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is the best knife that I have owned. It is my first Gerber though. I have always bought Kershaw, but the housing always come apart, which after fooling around, trying to rig it back together just to get through the rest of my day, only to get frustrated, and trash it.
I've had my original Gerber for over two years now. I maintain it myself, which really only consist of sharpening. The assisted opening is perfectly structured, that the only advise that I can give to the Enthusiast is that your trying to hard. Just because it's stiff to the touch doesn't mean that you need to put excessive force on it. Push gently, you'll be surprised! If you still can't get the hang of it, just find another opererator, because it's not for you.
I use my knife on a daily basis, with my work as being an electrician, I need a durable knife to be able to strip wire while terminating panels.
I hope this helps anyone that's looking to buy a durable pocket knife.

  • 4 5
  • |JAN 16, 2016
  • |BY: , FPSmaniac152

Got this knife not long ago, for the price it is a great knife. The action, while not flawless is very aggressive and energetic and the plunge lock and safety both work like charms. The blade like all Gerbers is ludicrously sharp out of the box. And the clip fits my pocket very well. One of my main complaints is the grip. When dry it is fine though very plasticky feeling, but could provide more grip. Perhaps if the ridges were deeper and sharper with a slightly wider gap this would be improved. In the wet these grips work suprisingly well considering their lackluster grip in the dry. The cutouts seem to give the water a place to go as opposed to forming a film between your hand and the grip. The knife has a good weight to it, light enough to be forgotten about in your pocket, but heavy enough to not be mistaken for a toy.

Overall I definitely recommend this knife as a superb all purpose daily carry for the price. If youre looking for a tactical or dedicated self defense knife however look elsewhere as the lack of grip could present an issue in a self defense situation.

  • 1 5
  • |AUG 22, 2015
  • |BY: , Enthusiast

An absolute embarrassment.

The assist mechanism is a complete farce. I have opened this knife dozens of times, and had only a handful of successful deployments. The thumbstuds are painful to actuate, feeling like pressing your thumb against the edge of a dime. The force required to open the blade is excessive, thus guaranteeing maximum pain. The blade springs out, until the halfway mark, where it loses steam, and halts. The secondary lock is tight to the point of madness, sometimes requiring two hands to disengage it.

The handle is cheap, and it shows. The grip material is plasticky and slick, even with the mild texture and the "rain" vents. The pocket clip is the perfect height to catch on door frames and scratch paint. The blue liners look handsome, though they are not skeletonized at all, which might have scraped a few ounces off the bulky weight.

To be fair, the edge is fine. It came sharp out of blister pack, but I refuse to give points for a tool having the defining feature of that tool out of the package (would you think favorably of a hacksaw for having a blade when you bought it?). The grind is neat, except at the heel, where it both misses the end of the blade, and is asymmetrical. The blade is centered when closed, and has less than the expected blade play when open. The bead blast finish is tolerable, and is at least evenly done.

Overall, this knife gives the impression of pain. Physical in the thumbs when you open and the fingers when the blade closes on them. Emotional when it fails to deploy again. Mental when you realize that despite what you try to stop them, all your non-knife buddies are going to buy one.

Gerber is unstoppable, after all.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 26, 2015
  • |BY: , Dark Lord of Excel

Very solid knife for the price. Shaving sharp out of the box and seems to be holding the edge well. Assisted opener is quick and precise. the safety catch to prevent opening in the pocket is a thoughtful decision. Overall very pleased and happy with the purchse.