Gerber Propel Downrange AO Knife Desert Tan Assisted Opening (3.5" Black Serr)

MSRP: $214.50
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Item #BHQ-15580


  • Overall Length:8.50"
  • Blade Length:3.50"
  • Blade Material:CPM-S30V
  • Blade Thickness:0.12"
  • Blade Style:Tanto
  • Finish:Black
  • Edge Type:Serrated
  • Handle Length:5.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.53"
  • Handle Material:G-10
  • Color:Tan
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:4.28 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type:Spring Assisted
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Plunge Lock
  • Brand:Gerber
  • Model:Propel
  • Model Number:30-000725
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Product Type:Knife


The Propel AO is stealth, fast and easy to carry. The Propel AO features Gerberís Assisted Opening 2.0 technology, allowing the operator to quickly deploy the blade in combat. The tanto style S30V steel blade is black oxide coated for corrosion resistance and minimizing reflective surfaces. The slender body has a plunge lock and multi-position pocket clip that allow users to carry the Propel AO however they see fit. Proudly made in the USA.


Customer Reviews

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Quality piece, aside from blade play.
Adam B.
Overall quality materials and workmanship. Really like the grippy G10 handles and finish on the blade. Very sharp out of the box, with minimal break-in time for assisted-opening mechanism. Push button lock works great with no stick. Only complaint, which seems par for the course on most reviews of this model, is side-to-side blade play. After a couple tries, was able to adjust it,with some trepidation regarding the stuck pivot screw.
Be careful if you want to dissemble this knife
Yuan W.
I received mine with some blade play. For an auto this is to be expected but I was thinking a full disassemble and reassemble can minimize the issue. Not a smart choice since Gerber put A LOT loctite into the screws and the some of the screws had bad heat treatment. One of mine screw snapped during disassembling so I have to contact Gerber for replacement, and then the screws they send me weren't quit the same(the screws on my knife are T8, they sent me T7 and when confronted they say they are using T6...), fortunately the new screws do fit the knife so I can't complain too much. Beside that fiasco I like the knife's over all design. After the adjustment the blade play is minimal. Comes out fast and strong. During the disassembling I realize this knife has no washers, but utilize bronze liners and a circular indent to keep the blade lifted and lubricated. Not buttery smooth, but functional. A rather genius idea if you ask me since it cuts down the number of parts in the knife and this really helps eliminating side to side blade plays.

There is one major complaint I have for this knife and also the Auto 06 model's design, that is the switch button is not recessed into the scale, which means to safely carry the knife you have to engage the opening safety, which is rather annoying.

Over all I'll say this is a high value, well designed and relatively well made auto choice for duty use or day to day carry if you are legally allowed to do so. I hope to see more auto's with G10 scaled handles on the market in the future.
Great tactical assisted folder. Blade play loses 1/2 star .
Eric J.
Excellent for utility, EDC, or collection. Made in USA. Perfect traction on the handle and it feels great. Dessert tan is nice. Easy one handed opening and closing. Slight side to side blade play loses 1/2 star.