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Covert - Double Bevel 154CM, Serrated

Colonel Rex Applegate, with over 40 years of knife design experience, is legendary in the world of hand-to-hand combat. The Applegate-Fairbairn family of knives rank as lasting symbols of the Colonel’s dedication, expertise, and sense of purpose, earning international status as best-of-class amongst folding tactical knives. Based on the classic Applegate-Fairbairn fixed knife, the Covert is a 3/4 scale, pocket clip version of the Gerber original Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder. The Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert knife, like all of our military knives and tools, is built in Portland, Oregon, USA.


A totally relevant knife for today’s deployed military, the Covert folder’s powerful design is highly adaptive for storage due to its being a folding knife, while the blade, when extended, provides the same strength as a fixed blade knife. The patented blade lock lever, a secondary manual locking system, can be flipped into place with the thumb as it presses into the hilt of the handle, and prevents the open blade from closing on the hand of the operator for absolute confidence in its use.


With a 3 ¾ inch double bevel partially serrated blade made of 154 CM stainless steel, the Covert folder is an elegant close-quarter conflict knife. Dual thumb studs are present for easy one-hand opening of the blade, its face etched with the Applegate and Fairbairn signatures. Featuring a patented secondary blade locking system, a grooved glass-filled nylon handle, and a stainless pocket clip, the Applegate-Fairbairn Covert folding knife looks and feels as impressive and beautifully balanced as its name suggests.

Item # 05785 NSN # 5110-01-451-4943
  • Overall length: 8.7"
  • Blade length: 3.79"
  • Closed length: 4.87"
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.
  • Lock mechanism: liner lock, patented locking system
  • Blade style: spear
  • Blade material: 154CM
  • Blade type: double bevel
  • Handle material: glass-filled nylon
Warranty Warranty


  • 154CM double bevel blade
  • Patented secondary locking system
  • One-handed opening 
  • Made in the USA
5 Like an old friend Scott Randolph - JAN 31, 2014

I've been carrying this knife almost daily for over 16 years. Gerber has without question stood behind their warranty on the couple of occasions I needed a new clip for this. My own fault for getting it caught on things and bending it. The blade will get sharp enough to shave with; or at least the hair off my arm. Great knife. You won't be disappointed.

5 everyman Ed Prough - MAR 10, 2013

Until recently, I owned this knife. Bought it 15 years ago for 50 bucks, best knife purchase I ever made. It is sleek, sturdy, and oh so functional. I have recently lost my knife and have been searching high and low for it before i dish out for another one, but i would definitely dish out for a new one.

5 Specialist Jace - FEB 23, 2013

This is the best knife I've ever owned. Extremely useful as a tool, and has gotten me out of a couple of sticky situations.
Pros- compact, easy to open, liner lock with back-up lock prevents closing during heavy use, strong blade.
Con- belt clip bends & loosens a bit easily after years of use. Bent it back and used a bit of thread-lock and its good as new.

5 cant go wrong with this knife Flounder - OCT 17, 2012

i realy love this knife love when its got that 154cm stainless steel blade and the handle is awsome. what a great combat knife thank you gerber

5 combat military knife Your name - OCT 10, 2012

this is a knife what you need to get the job done. what i love about this knife its got the 154cm stainless steel blade problably the best quality blade by Gerber. i also love the handle. its got a great feel to it too. i recommand this knife to someone thats willing to give a hundred dollers or more for a knife. thank you Gerber and keep up with your knives

4 Soldier Cogburn - JUL 15, 2012

Durable, functional and always ready when I needed it. Helped me in many situations when I know other knives would of failed. Liked this model so much I sharpened the other side to match. The handle could use a little more grip, it tends to slip a bit when it gets wet. Still with gloves or none it's an easy one handed opener. Should be a Soldier issue item if you ask me.

4 contractor in afghanistan kevin - JUN 3, 2012

i have 3 of these and i love the quick opening with one hand... large blade keeps an edge well.. the only downside is that the pocket clip screws keep coming loose.. its happened on my other gerbers too. they need to be held in with locktite...other than that, awesome.

5 simply outstanding Local LEO - FEB 29, 2012

Right out of the box I loved this knife and use as my on duty backup. The action was smooth as glass and the knife is well made in the USA. The only downside is also the upside, it is a large knife with a good size blade..

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