Thumb-stud opening and smooth action complement the high carbon stainless steel blade of the Gerber AR 3.0. This tactical black folder fits the pocket of anyone who needs a handy utility blade capable of much more than opening boxes.
Drop-point blade styling gives the AR 3.0 even more of that tactical look, but the 3-inch, combo-edged blade isn’t too much knife for civilian applications. You’ll find it practical for woods craft, and the serrated portion of the edge makes it a good emergency blade should you need to quick-release a seat belt. Handle design makes the knife comfortable in use and lightweight. Die-cast aluminum forms the body of the handle, keeping total weight down to only 2.8 ounces. Soft-grip inserts in the handle yield slightly to finger pressure and give extra traction when the work gets wet.
Seven inches long when fully opened, the AR 3.0 grip includes a slight finger choil and jimping at the base of the blade’s spine. Four inches of handle give just enough room for a controllable handhold. The AR 3.0’s stainless steel pocket clip keeps the knife securely in the pocket but within easy reach, and the lanyard hole in the heel allows stringing a wrist loop through — in case you’re working on the roof, or better yet, fishing. Overall, it’s the right size for many purposes — strong enough for workaday jobs and light enough to carry on back-country trails.
For another good Gerber folder with more blade options, try the Gerber Obsidian.