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Gerber Applegate Combat Folding Knife, Serrated Edge [05780]

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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 05780
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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4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #170,829 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,047 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Knives > Pocket Knives & Folding Knives
#4,801 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Hunting > Knives & Tools
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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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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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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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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I have had mine for almost 9 years, beat the bleep out of it, crossed the Atlantic in a small sailboat and it still is very impressive. I have read the bad reviews and I never had a problem with the thumb studs coming loose. I do agree with some reviews that the action out of the box could have issues. I had to tweak mine a bit. I think its simply a case of the bolt that goes through the blade and handle being over tightened at the factory, thus causing the action to drag Simply loosen the it with allen keys on both sides till you get the action perfect. It isn't going to break in so don't be scared to adjust it. Also when you get it right, mine swings open with ease and there is no play in the blade Occasionally adjust it slightly during heavy usage periods if need be. Once you get the feel of the best place, a little locktite might not hurt. That might sound like a pain, but overall I think this is the best knife I have owned. I love the big size, handle, locking, everything about it for what it is. It fits in my pocket great, and I have used the clip and like it as well. The pouch has held up fairly well, but I haven't put tremendous usage on it. it is mostly for storage and not everyday carry. No knife on the market is perfect, but in my opinion as someone who has owned one and done everything with it, right or wrong, with the exception of combat, you are looking at a great product, it just needs a little love once in a while. Also my blade came super sharp and has very good retention, but of course I still sharpen it. Recently I have been looking a lot at other knives and decided to simply just keep using this one, I don't think it is going to get any better!
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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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Disappointed. I expected the knife to be sharp; it wasn't. I have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to put a decent edge on the knife. I have Japanese water stones and they do a fairly good job with other knives I have. While I have managed to improve the sharpness, I have a long way to go to get edge.
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