Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert 3.79" Black Combo Blade, Glass Filled Nylon Handles (05786)


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GB5786: Covert - Double Bevel 154CM, Black, Serrated
As legacies go, a man could do worse than being survived by the famous knife he designed. Such is the case with the late Colonel Rex Applegate. He was one of this proud nations top authorities on close-quarters combat in particular, and fighting knives in general. The Applegate-Fairbairn Covert stands with the Applegate-Fairbairn Combat as lasting symbols of the colonels dedication, expertise, and sense of purpose.

It should come as no surprise that these two knives are known internationally as best-of-class among folding tactical knives. They've rightfully earned a reputation for unmatched strength, durability and balance.

More than that, tactical professionals have high regard for the high carbon stainless steel blade. As well as the glass-filled nylon handles, and the patented rotolock. The Combat has the added convenience of a hearty pocket clip.
  • Uncommon strength and balance
  • 154CM double bevel blade
  • Patented Roto-Lock
  • Item #: 05786
  • NSN #: 5110-01-516-3228
  • Overall Length: 8.7"
  • Blade Length: 3.78"
  • Closed Length: 4.9"
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.
  • Lock Mechanism: Liner Lock, Roto-Lock
  • Blade Style: Spear
  • Blade Material: 154CM
  • Blade Type: Double bevel
  • Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon
  • Opening Style: One-handed opening
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in USA

UPC Code: 013658057869

154CM Stainless Steel
154CM Stainless Steel
A premium American stainless steel with great all around characteristics of toughness and corrosion resistance.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.400 (5 reviews)
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3 out of 5
Feb 06, 2016
Pros: Pocket Clip, Weight, None
Cons: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel
OK but plenty of annoyances
This knife is OK but its designers have missed so many points it hurts. Literally. It hurts because the inner edges of the handle plastic cut into your arm. Seriously, they could have milled it just a tiny bit and make it less painful. Now I have to get sandpaper out and do it myself. Second annoyance is the jimping - I would be OK with it, but it's jimping opposite to the serrator. Why on Earth would you need this? Jimping is OK if you want to use your knife to sharpen a pencil. Makes sense, actually. But you've got a serrated blade on the other side, totally unsuitable for this! Third nitpick is the locking mechanism. Plenty of issues here. First of all, the click sound when you open the knife is loud enough to wake the dead. So why call it covert? Nothing covert about it apart from the fact it's black. And then the 'patented' safety lock. First of all, you shouldn't really have this concern, but if you do, I'm sure there are better way to get this done. Gerber's safety lock is clumsy: if you forget to set it, you've got a tiny bit of metal from this lock sticking out and, though it won't hurt you (probably), you CAN get your finger caught on it. Another thing: sharpness out of the factory was pretty bad, but sharpness on the serrated part is abysmal. Quality control, Gerber? Overall, this is a very clumsy attempt to make a supposed military-style item. The only upside I can think of is that Gerber ships the knife with the back edge ready for sharpening, so at least they thought of that. But I don't particularly care for the knife - it feels badly designed and a little cheap too, to be honest.
5 out of 5
Bobby W
Jul 14, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great Knife
I am a technician so this knife is used for many different purposes. From day 1 I have not given it a break and it has not let me down yet. The ease of one hand opening and blade sharpness are a winner.
4 out of 5
up north
Sep 30, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
This is a fine emergency reserve knife. Reasonably good balance. So far just for cutting cord. But I use cord to go around the wrist which enables to swing between over and underhand in a flash. Keeps an edge reasonably well and the handle is in my opinion comfortable and solid. I like the locking system, very secure
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