Gerber 05780 Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder Knife

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.

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).

At a Glance

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
At a Glance

Product Features

  • 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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2 Replies to “Gerber 05780 Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder Knife”

  1. Thumb Studs Are Major “Achilles Heel” 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…

  2. Surprised not good. This surprised me. I have had this knife about two weeks, and the thumb-stud popped outI 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…

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