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Gerber 05780 Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder Knife

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  • 420HC spear point blade with double bevel and partially serrated blade
  • The heavy-duty construction delivers uncommon strength and balance
  • Patented roto-lock system
  • Glass-filled nylon handles
  • Made in the USA
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Gerber 05780 Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder Knife + Gerber 05786 Applegate Covert Double Bevel Titanium Knife, Black + Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
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Product Description

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.

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Designed by the late Colonel Rex Applegate--one of this nation’s top authorities on close-quarters combat--the Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Combat folding knife stands as a lasting symbol of the Colonel’s dedication, expertise, and sense of purpose. Internationally known as a best-of-class folding tactical knife, it offers unmatched strength, durability and balance. The 4.48-inch drop point, serrated blade is made of high carbon stainless steel, and it's complemented by a glass-filled nylon handle for a good grip under any condition. It also features the patented Roto-Lock, which ensure that the knife remains locked open without any chance of accidental closure or collapse. The Applegate-Fairbairn Combat measures 10.06 inches when open and 5.64 inches when closed, and it weighs 7.4 ounces. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

 

Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Combat
Internationally recognized as a best-of-class folding tactical knife (view larger).
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Gerber 05780 Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder
At a Glance:
  • Heavy duty construction for close quarters use

  • High carbon steel blade with serrated edge

  • Roto-Lock ensures knife remains locked open

  • Glass-filled nylon handle for a good grip

  • Limited lifetime warranty
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Technical Details
Part Number 5780
Item Weight4.2 ounces
Product Dimensions12.4 x 3 x 2.1 inches
Item model number05780
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Batteries Included?No
Warranty DescriptionLimited lifetime warranty
  
Additional Information
ASINB0019FHNH8
Best Sellers Rank #127,703 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableMarch 17, 2006
  
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. McCabe on February 6, 2012
I bought this knife in 1995 prior to a prolonged deployment in the military. I wasn't looking for a "service-grade" knife, just something that would be handy, and easy to carry.

This knife worked as expected for about two months, and then the thumb studs loosened and fell out of the blade. These studs are unfortunately critical to the knife's function. When the blade is locked open, these studs are part of what keeps the blade in position. Without them, the blade will simply open too far and flop around- making it completely useless.

Being deployed, I didn't have any way of repairing the knife or taking into a retailer. I managed to contact Gerber during my deployment, who was not only rude but accusatory. Without having seen the knife, they insisted that I must have abused it for the studs to fall out. I had only used the knife for cutting cord, opening MRE's, and similar light-duty tasks. I had opened and closed it maybe... 100 times over 2-months.

It was such a bad experience with support that nearly 17 years later, I still have not purchased another Gerber product. I tried posting a review on their website, but they apparently only allow shining 5-star reviews of their products to be listed. In my opinion, this only confirms that they haven't changed their tune in nearly two decades.

Aggravation with the manufacturer aside, I think this could be a fine knife if the studs weren't so critical to the knife's operation. If you're only buying for looks, then this knife may work out for you. It absolutely does not deserve to be called a "Combat Folder" though.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Mccafferty on December 23, 2009
This surprised me. I have had this knife about two weeks, and the thumb-stud popped out
I thought "OK I don't have to have it, I can use the hole to open the blade like a spyderco.

SURPRISE!!! the thumb-stud acts as a brace against the handle for support.
This is the ONLY support for the blade. Without the stud, the blade flops back and forth about an inch.
I managed to get the stud back in, but it continues to back out over time with use.
Seems like a poor design when a removable piece is the only blade support.
I would expect better from Gerber.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kim P. Patridge on October 29, 2013
I have three standard sized and one larger one. Two are essentially impossible to open unless one has plyers to help. One has a blade that rubs against the interior. And one is perfect and resides in my pocket. The Fairbairn knife design is perfect but I think the manufacturing process by Gerber is flawed. At least with my set of the same knife, one would think it is not me. I wished Gerber had a way to return and to fix their products. I like a different brand for quality, Benchmade. But I like the Fairbairn design in every way. Anyone with success getting Gerber to replace them with working models would be appreciated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Ritter on January 3, 2011
Massive for a pocket knife, use the scabbard as the pocket clip is useless. Many rough edges to smooth off not much quality control. Nice for the price I guess but the smaller taiwan versions are made better just with a poorer edge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ford on September 14, 2014
The knife is ok. Not as good as either its little brother the Covert model from Gerber or the full sized fighting knife model from Boker. I have owned several of all three models and the other two outshine this one by a long shot. The blade on this knife seems to work itself loose very easily and for the weight you might as well carry the full sized version. Get the Covert model for the pocket and the Boker version for your gear. Save the pouch on your belt for a good multi-tool instead!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Poulton on January 22, 2010
When it comes to tools a man should have in his pocket, Gerber is where it is at. I currently have The Gerber Covert Folder, The Gerber Combat Folder (old style not having the safety lockout) and several Gerber Multi-Tools (currently have one on my belt and one attached to the front of my Body Armor; I also used to have The Mini Covert Folder (but someone helped themselves to it a few years back).

These knives are substantial, but not overly heavy. The grips are pretty nice, not likely to slip in your hand. I like them so much that when I saw the new ones with the green handles in another catalog, I went looking to see if I could get a better deal, these are fine knives.

When they come out of the package they are a little stiff and slow for opening, but if they weren't then they would probably fall apart in a year. Speaking of years, here is how long I have had some of these knives:
Gerber Covert Folder: 1 year
Gerber Combat Folder: 6 years
Gerber Multi-Tool: 6 years for my oldest one, nothing wrong with it, keep getting more as Employer issues them.

If you work in a manly man's job, or are an outdoors kind of guy on your time off, then you probably already have a pocket full of knives; as those wear out, I suggest replacing them with these Gerbers, starting with a Multi-Tool on your belt an one or two appropriate sized folders in your pockets(I wouldn't have this one in a front pocket, I used to put it there and I don't know if my keys caught it or what, but the blade opened. Luckily I figured out something was wrong and was able to take care of the situation without bleeding myself dry).

As to this being a "COMBAT" knife, get real.
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