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An all-purpose tactical blade needs to feel familiar and capable, like a well-worn tool, yet still offer quick action and hold up to long-term use. Drawing on critical feedback from military and law enforcement personnel plus its decades of blade design experience, Gerber set out to design a full-size, assisted-opening blade that’s as easy to handle and carry as it is durable and capable. The Gerber Propel AO blade is this blade. It’s a full-size tactical blade with a slim handle profile that fits comfortably in your pocket and hand.
Built to Last
A tactical blade is sure to see a variety of uses, so Gerber uses 420 high-carbon steel to give you a dependable edge. Add a G-10 composite handle and you’ve got an incredibly durable blade. Additionally, the Propel AO features a safer deployment than that of most AO blades. In deploying the blade of a typical Assisted Open blade, users simply apply pressure to the ambidextrous thumb stud. However, in the case of the Propel AO, instead of applying pressure upwards and parallel to the blade’s case, the blade will deploy when engaged at about 45 degrees to the side. This, along with the blade’s narrow aperture of blade access, ensures the blade doesn’t deploy accidentally while being pulled with speed from the pocket. Once the blade is engaged it can be locked into place during use. The tanto-style blade’s black oxide coating adds a stealth element, while its partial serration adds all-purpose utility for working through stubborn materials like nylon rope and thick plastic.
Personal preference dictates how you carry your blade, so Gerber designed the Propel AO with a three-way adjustable clip to customize the blade’s orientation in your pocket or on your belt. You can set it for tip-up or tip-down storage and left-hand or right-hand bias.
Comfortable, Discreet Carry
To deserve daily use status, a utilitarian blade like the Propel AO needs to feel good in your hand and in your pocket. The composite G-10 handle’s textured surface optimizes grip security in all conditions and maintains a slim profile that complements the blade’s balanced feel, while the reliable plunge lock and safety switch secure the blade where you want it, be it open or stowed in your pocket. But most importantly, you get a full-size tactical blade that carries discreetly and comfortably, on the job and off.