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Gerber Applegate Combat Folding Knife, Serrated Edge [05780]

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4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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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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Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber's problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.

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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 Weight 9.1 ounces
Product Dimensions 12.4 x 3 x 2.1 inches
Item model number 05780
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Batteries Included? No
Warranty Description Limited lifetime warranty

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ASIN B0019FHNH8
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4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #271,168 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,054 in Sports & Outdoors > Outdoor Recreation > Camping & Hiking > Knives & Tools > Folding Knives
Shipping Weight 9.1 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 Available March 17, 2006

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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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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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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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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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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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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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