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Gerber AR 3.00 Black - Folding - Fine Edge Knife
Gerber AR 3.00 Black - Folding - Fine Edge Knife

AR 3.00 - Black, Fine Edge

Folding Knife

Item: # 05848

Designed as a dependable everyday carry, this knife is tailored, elegant, and offers a low profile in pocket. A fine edge blade lends itself to an array of activities, while the mixture of an aluminum and rubber handle provides lightweight traction.


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    • Overall Length: 6.95"
    • Blade Length: 2.95"
    • Closed Length: 4.08"
    • Weight: 2.8 oz.
    • Lock Mechanism: Liner Lock
    • Blade Style: Clip Point
    • Blade Material: High Carbon Stainless
    • Blade Type: Fine
    • Handle Material: Die-Cast Aluminum and Softgrip Inserts
    • Opening Style: One-handed opening
    • Strong, lightweight, ergonomic handle
    • One-hand opening
    • Low-glare blade coating
  • Warranty

There comes a time in a guys life when he might start thinking he has too many knives. But when you show him one of these, well, maybe he starts thinking that there's room for one more. After all, the AR 3.0 represents a hybrid knife design at its best.


You're looking at the near-perfect combination of strength, balance, ergonomics, minimal weight, and a stylized look that can rightly be described as bad to the bone.


Sure, the AR models are easily opened with one hand. Sure, their mechanics are silky smooth. Sure, the pocketclip is the essence of convenience. And sure, they're built from a caliber of stainless steel that simply commands respect. But what you might not expect is the innovative blend of die-cast aluminum and Softgrip inserts in the handle. To a lot of guys, this is a must-have knife.


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  • 5 5
  • |NOV 26, 2018
  • |BY: , Awesome

I have had this knife longer than my wife. About 15 years, this knife has gone through thick and thin with me. I can speak for the age, other than the chipping paint on the blade. This thing is a bruiser.

  • 2 5
  • |JUN 28, 2018
  • |BY: , Bicycle Mechanic

I recently received a warranty replacement for my AR-3.00 that I used every day for 15 years as a bicycle mechanic. This is not the same knife I loved. After only a couple months of light use, the paint is already flaking off the blade and pocket clip. I have strong hands and I still find it very difficult to open one-handed, even after lubrication. Not the buttery smooth action as my previous model. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I would purchase this knife again. Oh well, I'll always remember the good times...

  • 1 5
  • |MAR 10, 2018
  • |BY: , Electrician

This is not the knife I've carried for 20 years. I bought this knife for my 17 year old son after he mentioned that his cheep Chinese knife had failed.
I bought this knife for him because I have come to know and trust my Taiwanese Gerber AR3.00 to be unmatched for it's precision, reliability, comfort, and functionality. I received this Cheap Chinese imitation. I was forced to give it 1 star, as O stars is not an option. I am going to return it to it's retailer, and seek another brand and product to give my son. Not only is the blade and case lighter, but the safety catch sticks so badly that the knife is no longer able to be opened and safely closed one handed.
Well done Gerber, you've sold out, choosen to market inferior goods, and muddy your good name. You have lost a loyal customer, and ruined the best pocket knife I ever had.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 21, 2017
  • |BY: , Great EDC knife

Using it since 2003 (14 years now) and it really is a great little knife.
Totally recomend it.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 8, 2017
  • |BY: , Great knife!

I've had my AR 3.00 for about 7 years and use it daily for everything and anything you can imagine.
It's very lightweight and in the corner of your pocket you don't even know it's there. The rubber/aluminum handle is surprisingly strong. I've hammered nails with it and have opened hundreds of beer bottles and it shows little wear.
The blade is good. It will hold it's edge under prolonged abuse. And the ergonomics are good as well. I'm a bigger guy and it's a smaller knife and it holds really well in hand.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 17, 2017
  • |BY: , Holds an Edge

I've owned Gerber knives for decades. I bought the AR 3.00 fine edge about 10 years ago and never had to sharpen it. Gerber knives seem to hold an edge forever. I just replaced it with another AR 3.00 only because I foolishly forgot to stow it in my check in luggage. Airport security took it. I'm sure some TSA agent is enjoying it as much as I did.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 13, 2016
  • |BY: , Workhorse

My grandfather bought this knife for me in 2002 for high school graduation. Carried it for years. I used it as a screwdriver, light hammer, pry bar, whatever I needed it to be while working construction, forestry, my time in the Marine Corps, whenever. The rubber on the handle never came off, always easy to open/close one handed. Only thing that broke, other than the tip, was the pocket clip. Caught it on a door striker plate at a friend's house. Out of all the knives I've carried over the years, this is my favorite.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 29, 2016
  • |BY: , Everyday Knife

I purchased this knife in 2005. It has been in my pocket everyday since. This knife is a tool and it has been well abused over the years and still delivers. The blade holds an edge and the rubber insets are still intact. I broke the pocket clip twice and Gerber replaced it under warranty without question and promptly. If you need an everyday carry knife, I wouldn't recommend anything else.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 11, 2016
  • |BY: , Only Knife for Me

I bought my first model of this knife (with a semi-serrated edge) at least 10 years ago. It has been everywhere with me and never failed to perform well. A couple years later I bought another AR-300 with a smooth, uncoated blade. My final purchase was a third AR-300 with a smooth, coated blade. My son-in-law liked this knife so much I bought one for him. All three of my own knives, purchased over a period of about 7 years, work flawlessly, the blades hold an edge, and they fit well in my hand. I've had any number well-known brands of knives over the years. This is the one by my chair, in my pocket, and in my fanny pack. I wouldn't use anything else.

  • 2 5
  • |OCT 14, 2015
  • |BY: , Not the best

Got the knife as a best-man gift. Thought it was a great looking knife.
Using it leaves much to be desired. Liner lock completely stops any one-handed opening so much so that even opening the knife two handed is a chore. forget about closing it.
Blade looks sharp, but light airy feel to the knife makes me question it's toughness.
working my way through warranty right now. not impressed as I am still waiting 3 days after my initial inquiry.
Maybe past experience with Leatherman knives have set my standards too high for Gerber.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 8, 2015
  • |BY: , Gerber Knife Owner

I own more Gerber knives than any other brand and bought a serrated version of this knife I found used. I liked the knife enough that I soon picked up the plan edged one as well. The quality of construction is very nice, it's light weight, strong, and has a good looking sleek design. I usually carry a larger knife but if I just plan to hang around the house or go someplace that a smaller blade would be more accepted by some people I clip one on my pocket. The knife rides low on the pocket also. Very nice knives that would be good to give as gifts.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 7, 2015
  • |BY: , a must have

Had this knife for many years and hasn't failed once defiantly a 10/10 still locks up sturdy and holds a good edge

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 13, 2015
  • |BY: , EMS Captain

This product was given to me as a gift from another EMS provider that was getting married. He gave one to each one of his groomsmen who were all public safety providers. Our names were placed one each one and after 5 years of wearing it faithfully the clip snapped. I put in a replacement request and I am confident that the issue will be handled with Gerber's excellent customer service.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 8, 2015
  • |BY: , Beautiful, Strong, and Elegant: A "Must Have Knife!"

I have had this knife for four years, and it has held up great! At the tip of the blade, the black paint is starting to peel off, but other than that, the knife is in perfect condition!
I use this knife practically every day, and it has not failed me yet. The blade is made up of a very good type of steel, that keeps a great edge, and has not bent yet!
This is by far the smoothest-opening knife that I have ever owned. Like the description says, you can most definitely open it with one hand!
Over all, this is an amazing knife, and it is definitely worth it's cost! If you treat it well, it can last you a long time! Not to mention that it is very good looking!

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 21, 2015
  • |BY: , Captain

I own a first production run partially serrated version of this knife which I have loved for nearly 20 years! I have thrown away/broken/given away many knifes and this one has surpassed them all. On other knives, the action gets gritty and hard to clean which slows it down or makes it hard to open. After decades of abuse it still opens as smooth as the day I got it. Also, it still locks open perfectly with no play unlike many knives that get loose over time. Like others have said in these comments, I thought I lost it about a year ago and my heart was broken. After a few days of depression, we found it and my happiness was restored! Besides a few dents and dings the only thing wrong is the clip just broke today (by freak circumstance) and I am relieved they still keep this model in stock so hopefully I can get a replacement clip. Best knife I have ever owned by far! As the description says "a must-have knife."

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 3, 2015
  • |BY: , All Around Mechanic & Jack Of All Trades

I've had this identical version of knife (with the old Gerber logo) for seven and a half years. It was a "going away gift" from a neighbor and was used when I got it. I absolutely love this knife!!!! I have cut with it, pulled splinters, used it as a screw driver (when absolutely had to), had to use it as a hammer, tightened a cover plate on a CAT dozer with the handle, and so so much more. I was using it yesterday and it was all I had, I needed to pry with it and the tip finally snapped off, it didn't bend like the cheap junk. I certainly hope this new replacement stands up to what the old one did. Not to mention the black rubber like pieces never tried to come off. Absolutely amazing knife. Five stars.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 12, 2014
  • |BY: , Best knife Gerber made!!!!!!!!!!

This knife is flipping sweet !!!!!!!!!!!!! I got it this year and it has never fail me!!!!!!!!! Thanks Gerber!!!!!!!

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 12, 2014
  • |BY: , Best knife forever

I got this knife this year,and its never failed me .Thanks Gerber

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 8, 2014
  • |BY: , 11 years and still going strong...

I've had this knife for 11 years and it still is my daily carry knife. The description says it all... lightweight, easy grip and can handle just about anything... Oh yeah! It also is great at holding a sharp edge. Thanks for this one Gerber!

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 14, 2014
  • |BY: , mustangjamie

i love it had it for eight years use it every day the only problem i have had is the clip broke because it got hooked on my seat belt but it was due to me being in a hurry . but i love Gerber knives

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 20, 2014
  • |BY: , Top Knife.

Dad took me to Cabellas to buy a new knife for my birthday. I was 15. I'm 25 now. It's still going, pretty beat up. it still holds an edge, doesn't open as smoothly. Great knife here looking for a replacement.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 9, 2014
  • |BY: , Your Title

Bought this knife when I was 27 and for six years it was on my hip. Best knife I ever had. Always reliable, kept a good edge no matter what I cut or used it for. So very upset when I lost it recently. To have it on me everyday for that amount of time and then to lose it was the worse! Just purchase a new one to hopefully last the same amount of time if not longer.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 31, 2013
  • |BY: , Sweet

Great knife

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 2, 2013
  • |BY: , HVAC Craftsman

Best knife I've ever had. Period.

When I was 17, my girlfriend (now my wife) bought me this knife in a showing of pure love. But in my young, ignorant haze, I said "thanks" and stashed it away because it didn't look as "cool" as my countless other "cool" knives I had. Well, one by one, those cheap piece of crap "cool" knives I had broke, dulled, were lost, etc. Every time one fell apart due to its garbage quality, I found myself reaching for this Gerber knife. It NEVER failed me, it rarely dulled, and was faithful to me without fail. It took me WAY to long to realize she had given me the best knife I'd ever had, and now I carry it with me always. I've had the knife for 10 years and it's still me favorite, and I have since been a die hard Gerber customer. Thanks!

  • 4 5
  • |NOV 20, 2013
  • |BY: , NOLS Alumni

I have had one since 1997 and have put it through the ringer over the years. It did excellent during my NOLS expedition in 2004 and other travels since then.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 1, 2013
  • |BY: , Great knife, great price

This is a quality knife. I picked mine up at a hardware store a few years ago and it has served me very well. The action is buttery smooth and the blade holds a decent edge. You just can't beat the quality for the price.

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 15, 2013
  • |BY: , jr. survivalist

nice knife ! still prefer my instant though.great gob gerber

  • 4 5
  • |MAY 22, 2013
  • |BY: , Roughneck

On my third one of these...(my fault...I lose things). One of the best folding knives I have ever used,

  • 5 5
  • |APR 4, 2013
  • |BY: , my daily carry

I actually found mine years ago like excaliber waiting for king arthur lol. I carry it daily as both a way of personal protection and a working knife. The backstrap is gone but it still gives a super strong grip. I love the lock & safety keeping it from opening accidentally as well as the usefulness of such a knife being small light & easily concealable. Best knife I ever owned!

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 28, 2013
  • |BY: , Carry it everyday

I have carried this pocket knife for 13 years. I have worked construction and am now in metal fabrication. I have put this thing through it's paces. It comes back for more, everyday. It;s this one thing I will NOT leave the house without. Best pocket knife ever.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 29, 2012
  • |BY: , Exceptional!

I cant remember how long Ive had this knife, thats how long Ive had it. The logo isnt the same as pictured above, mine has a sword penetrating a mountain. All the black has worn off mine. Great daily use knife, belt clip is still solid after all this time!!!!! A small piece of the rubber has come off the handle near the finger grip just recently, but I expected that to go a long time ago....great job!!!

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 10, 2012
  • |BY: , Beast

This is by far the best knife I had ever owned. My friend bought it for me for my birthday maybe 6 or 7 years ago and i carried it every day until last summer it got caught on my fishing net and dragged into the water... I will be buying a replacement.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 18, 2012
  • |BY: , love it!!

I have had this knife for a few years and I love it!! Some of the black has come off the blade but it still cuts like a beauty. It stays in my pocket 90% of the time r in my purse the other times!!

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 20, 2012
  • |BY: , Amazing

I've had this knive for about 4 years and this knife is a real winner I think gerber put hard work and thought in this knife.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 11, 2012
  • |BY: , awesome

Bought this knife 3 or 4 years ago at the LL bean in Freeport Maine for $35. And have loved it ever since. the blade is sharp and stays sharp. the safety is good and well made. just recently the blade started to squeak but was easily fixed with a little WD40.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 1, 2012
  • |BY: , Mr.

best knife Ive ever owned !!!!

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 31, 2012
  • |BY: , Dr.

Great knife. Bought one 10 years ago when I joined boy scouts and unfortunately lost it on a camp out. Going to buy the same one right now!

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 17, 2012
  • |BY: , Mr

bought it for 50 dollars on the weekend. would never regret it, but i cant seem to unscrew the belt clip which i have no use for.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 8, 2012
  • |BY: , Mr.

I've had this knife for 9 years and have loved it right out of the box. With minimal practice it can be as fast or faster than automatic knives I have owned.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 15, 2012
  • |BY: , 05848

Have owned this knife for about 18 years what a great knife smooth opening and holds a sharp edge