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Covert Auto - Automatic Opening - Serrated Edge Knife
Covert Auto - Serrated
Covert Auto - Automatic Opening - Serrated Edge Knife
Covert Auto - Serrated

Covert Auto - Serrated

Automatic Opening Knife

Item: # 30-000137

An evolution of the best-in-class Applegate-Fairbairn folder, this knife features a spring-loaded auto release that deploys at the touch of a button. With premium S30V steel and a perfectly balanced design, this tactical folder is a sure favorite.

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    • Overall Length: 8.70"
    • Blade Length: 3.78"
    • Blade Material: S30V
    • Weight: 5 oz.
    • Handle Material: Type III Anodized 6061 Aluminum
    • NSN: 5110-01-539-9990
    • Perfectly balanced
    • Quick, rapid deployment
    • Applegate-Fairbairn S30V steel blade
    • Slide switch safety
    • Plunge lock
    • Limited lifetime warranty
    • Made in USA
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Known as the international best-in-class folding tactical knives, the Covert family takes another leap forward this year with the addition of the Covert Auto. Our popular Applegate-Fairbairn S30V steel blade folder gets quicker with a new spring-loaded auto release that rapidly deploys the S30V tactical blade with the push of a button.

The addition of this knife is a perfect way to complete a collection, while also owning a perfectly balanced auto-opening knife. Proudly made in U.S.A.

  1. False edge spear point blade
  2. CPM S30V Blade
  3. Blade deployment button
  4. Machined aluminum handle
  5. Lanyard hole
  6. Safety switch
  7. Partially serrated blade

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  • |4 out of 5 stars
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  • 3 5
  • |AUG 6, 2019
  • |BY: , Collector

Feels cheap. Lock sometimes does not work correctly and blade opens slightly exposing the tip of the blade.Advertised on Blade HQ with stainless steel liners.Black coating on lock mechanism started wearing off after 5 uses. Blade was sharp but had lots of play when opened. Not near the knife of my older Gerber spring assisted knife.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 21, 2019
  • |BY: , owner

i love this knfve only one complante there is blade play front to back

  • 3 5
  • |MAY 20, 2019
  • |BY: , Contributor

Was surprised how WEAK the spring is straight out of the box,,, Wouldn't recommend especially for the price..

  • 3 5
  • |MAR 19, 2019
  • |BY: , Military VET

Gerber What happened to quality?!?!?!?!? For The blade had lots of play when its open and locked, which leave me to not trust this knife. The fit of it is annoyingly uneven. its suppose to be a MADE IN AMERICA QUALITY not a Chinese knock of your own product. The good thing is I do like the design, and it fits great in my pockets.

  • 3 5
  • |NOV 23, 2018
  • |BY: , Owner

Well I purchased two of these at the same time. back in the early 2000s, had a issue with one and I sent it in under warranty. They sent me back a new one as a replacement. So I am able to do a side by side comparison. The new knife feels lighter in weight, it is missing the assembly screws, so I guess the handles snap on. I noticed that there is a lot of play / Wobble in the blade after it it is deployed. They had a wonderful knife before, I would have rather Gerber had just changed the spring and sent me my old knife back.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Great knife, not so great clip

First off, this is a fantastic knife, served me well for about half a deployment. The only issue is that the belt clip is impossibly tight. You can barely pull it out when you need it in a hurry. I bent it out of shape trying to be sure I could draw it out quickly, but then it kept falling off my gear.

I'm buying a new one now, but I'm definitely going to have to live with the clip. At least that sucker is strong!

  • 1 5
  • |FEB 20, 2018
  • |BY: , Your Title

First one I bought the spring broke the second one the safety quit working while in my pocket

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 29, 2018
  • |BY: , Your Title

knife design is amazing and is absolutely razor sharp, only bad thing is the lockup is not solid. my 06 auto was solid and I was expecting this to be like that but its not there is a lot of blade play. side to side is reasonable but there should be no up and down play on a knife that's meant to be solid.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 4, 2017
  • |BY: , Law Enforcement

This is just a great knife. It is easy to carry in almost any pocket. It is slim but strong and just feels good in your hand.
I have had mine for over a year and carry it almost every day, and I have used it for all kinds of tasks. It also holds a good edge I've only had to sharpen it twice in the last year. I have wanted this knife for a few years, and I finally bought one. I am very happy with this knife.

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 3, 2016
  • |BY: , Military and police

Just got this knife today. It's a solid tool and it's well put together out of the box. I'm ready to take it on duty tonight. Action is good and is already sharp as heck! Shipping was super fast... Nothing but good things from Gerber.

  • 1 5
  • |JUN 22, 2016
  • |BY: , Must of got a defect

The spring for the auto open just stopped working ... Got a Lemmon or it's junk...?

  • 4 5
  • |JUN 21, 2016
  • |BY: , Undercover / collector

I first saw the small assisted (41967) a great solid top grade piece , then I bought the large assisted , once again terrific solid built and lock up ,... So the large automatic seemed a no brainer ... Well a little disappointed , good action but about an 1/8 " wiggle in open position , I thought the Made in USA would have at least "Equaled" the quality and design of the assisted ... It's a flaw I don't have in many automatics I've paid less for ... Of course I'll keep and use this blade but I'm still a little little disappointed ...

  • 4 5
  • |APR 12, 2016
  • |BY: , soldier/hunter

I decided to give this a try its a little smaller then what I like for the most part it is a great knife we had to qualify this past weekend which means laying in dirt and that completely filled the knife with sand making it not lock open everytime I'm sure with some playing I can fix it but its held a pretty good edge I just like something bigger for prying and other non knife uses

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 26, 2016
  • |BY: , SAR Tactical Chief

I met up with one of my Former Mates' GM1 (SO1) Seal Dan Mick. He let me use his Covert Auto for training for a week. And i have to say, i love the weight, handling, and Sleeker feel than my 06 Auto Tanto. This is defiantly the Next Two Knifes i'm buying once it's back in Stock!!!

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 24, 2016
  • |BY: , Owner

This sweet piece of steel comes with the highest credentials. Fairbairn/Applegate's endorsement is the final test of quality. I also have a Fairbairn dagger, and I used it in the Nam.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 21, 2016
  • |BY: , Happy customer

I would have to say best knife i have ever owned. I ended up giving to a private security guy at the air port so TSA wouldn't get it. My dumb ass forgot to put it in my checked bag. Well at least the security guard got a small bonus that night. I have to go buy another one soon.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 28, 2016
  • |BY: , Military Ret. Now DOD

I have used this blade daily since 2011. Everything from puncturing/cutting to prying when I had no other option. I really thought that by now I would have ruined the mechanism or that the clearance would have been affected from using it for prying; but it operates as smooth now as the day I bought it. Even has several hammer strikes on the frame from using it to hammer in my fist. I am impressed and when I misplaced it I thought the world had ended... nope, still got it and plan to use it for the next 20 years.

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 2, 2015
  • |BY: , Amazing blade

This knife is hands down the best knife out of my entire collection of over 200 blades. its quick opening, sharp as a razor, and a easy every day carry. on top of it all it has a safety, as silly as it sounds the best knife to have is a knife where no accidents can happen and i feel that this knife is one that i will use and cherish forever, thank you Gerber

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 29, 2015
  • |BY: , Killer

It's a good knife for the reasons provided. Very sharp. Reliable for the most part. Somewhat wiggly in the open position which makes me worried to cut some tougher things. Works for edc

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 19, 2015
  • |BY: , Senior Instructor

Choosing a good knife can get overwheling for the average person. Without going into all the details of the types of steel and handle materials, I’ll give you a few opinions on this knife that I have personally used.

Gerber has made a very high quality blade at an affordable price. I use this knife as my everyday carry knife and I recommend that you do also. There are more options available today than ever before from expensive customs to cheap overseas knives. I have several blades and most are well over the $100 mark. Their expense makes it a harder decision to carry and risk either losing or damaging the blade. With the Gerber Covert Auto, you’re getting a high quality product for under $150.00. The price of the Gerber Covert Auto is low enough that most people won’t be afraid to carry it and more importantly use/abuse it.

The Gerber Covert Auto also excels at most anything from camp tasks to emergency defensive use.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 21, 2015
  • |BY: , Love it

Always have it on me. Couldn't have made a better service blade myself. Proud to have at least one thing on me that says made in USA.

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 10, 2015
  • |BY: , when it will be available?

when it will be available?

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 2, 2015
  • |BY: , official

I expected more precise machining since this is the top-of-the-line Gerber, made in USA.
The 2 torx screws for the pocket clip protrude out from the body, making sharp angles that will wear down material or flesh that it contacts.
The gimping on both sides near the fire button is again more sharp angles that are a bother to feel in the open position and especially in the closed. A sharp right angle on the inner walls on the gimping.
These right angles need to be smoothed into a more rounded pattern. Heavy use will wear out the fingers on the grip and gimping that are supposed to help control the knife.
On the plus side, it is a tight build and not as sloppy as the SW1600. This Gerber has good feedback from the safety and automatic action. And a solid feel to it.
I do like the deep pocket clip. And again, in the pocket, resting my thumb on the handle, I can feel the sharp edges of the gimping.
For the price and being Gerber's flagship product, as well as "made in the USA", I expected better attention to details.
I am a bit hesitant to buy the Gerber 06 at this time, because of the flaws in this Gerber.
I do like the Applegate Covert, so it is, at best, a 4 star product to me.

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 30, 2014
  • |BY: , Army Vet '75-'89, Senior Officer Specialist, FBOP

#1 feature, MADE IN THE USA.

I have used this knife in a variety of situations, both on and off duty. The serrated edge works well to cut off plastic restraints as well as cutting through cord, rope and seat belts.

The overall package is solid and well balanced no matter what grip I use on the knife.

Although I am armed everywhere I go, I keep this knife with me as a weapon of last resort.

This knife rugged enough for whatever you are likely to encounter but also delicate enough for up close detailed work.

This knife should last a lifetime and still be worthy to pass on to another worthy LEO.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 6, 2014
  • |BY: , Deep Cover Detective, Narcotics/Vice

This is possibly the best blade I've ever carried on or off duty. It is light weight, very concealable and opens quickly. Also, it was razor sharp right out of the box. Made in the U.S.A. means a lot to me and the men I work with and Gerber delivered well on this one.

  • 1 5
  • |JUL 19, 2014
  • |BY: , Ticked

The knife itself is a good knife that I liked. I lost this knife literally the day after I sent an email to Gerber complaining about the design of the belt clip. It is poor metal and a poor design. The end of the clip sticks out too far and it catches on everything. The clip is also made from cheap spring steal that easily bent out from the knife. I only owned this knife for 5 months before it was yanked out of my pocket and I did not notice. I carried it inside my front pants pocket with the clip out. It got yanked out by everything from my shirt to the seal belt in the car. The real kicker here is that my wife lost her Mini Covert two days ago the same exact way. I will not buy another one.

  • 5 5
  • |APR 16, 2014
  • |BY: , Retired Jarhead - 1978 to 1998

Great blade...perfectly proportioned and easy to carry. Love the opening speed and ruggedness. Highly recommended.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 19, 2014
  • |BY: , Flying soldier

This knife is incredible. It opens faster than any automatic I have ever seen. You actually have to have a good grip on the handle or the kinetic energy of the blade will snatch the knife right out of your hand. the blade is RAZOR sharp. The point, straight blade and serration, makes the knife useful for any situation you need it for. The only thing I was a little surprised of was it is quite a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but makes it pretty easy to be in your pocket it's very slender, light and doesn't take up your entire pocket. Hope this review is helpful.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 3, 2014
  • |BY: , Marine

I've had this knife for a couple of years now, still opens extremely fast even after heavy daily use. Sometimes it opens so fast it wants to fly out of my hand. Holds point without having to sharpen and form. Retains edge very well. I love it, a true extension of my body.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 2, 2014
  • |BY: , whyy

when will it be available to buy. always out of stock

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 13, 2013
  • |BY: , Notification when item is back in stock

Can you please notify me when this item becomes available. Or do you know when it will be back in stock. Thanks.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 22, 2013
  • |BY: , Military

I have always been a fan of the Applegate Fairbairn blade since the first one I bought in 02, I have always had a Gerber Applegate folder in my pocket and believe the this one is the best knife Ive owned to date.

  • 5 5
  • |NOV 12, 2013
  • |BY: , great for all uses

this knife is great for all uses survival outdoor and it looks bad ass

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 14, 2013
  • |BY: , Army

This knife is bad ass, very fast

  • 5 5
  • |APR 22, 2013
  • |BY: , Great Knife

As a former Paratrooper that has carried numerous types and brands of auto knives in garrison, the field, and on deployments I like this one the best! It's very fast opening, strong, and very sharp! Great locking mechanism and easy to sharpen up when needed. This is definately worth the buy!

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 23, 2013
  • |BY: , Your Title

This knife is BAD ass....absolutlely perfect knife, way better quality then the FAST version....

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 13, 2013
  • |BY: , Your Title

nice knife

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 22, 2012

Great Knife; after about 4 weeks for shipping-the knife is amazing!! Sharp, very strong sturdy construction. Tight upon opening, great safety mech... Overall nice knife

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 2, 2012
  • |BY: , AT2

Great Knife very sturdy no slop at all

  • 4 5
  • |MAR 3, 2012
  • |BY: , fast

fast verry fast great blade too

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 18, 2012
  • |BY: , Soldier

Great knife, ease to use, very fast in battle, a very good investment and value for money

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 25, 2011
  • |BY: , Mr.

I got the knife today. I love it! I have carried a Kershaw Tactical Blur for the last year and I think this is a fitting replacement. Its a pretty big knife! I was surprised by how hefty the grip is. I like it!

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 19, 2011
  • |BY: , PFC

i loved this knife auto quick rapid release. i used it on mission in afghan many times and lost it a few days ago but i cant but find this knife anywhere and its not for sale

  • 5 5
  • |DEC 19, 2011
  • |BY: , PFC

i loved this knife auto quick rapid release. i used it on mission in afghan many times and lost it a few days ago but i cant but find this knife anywhere and its not for sale

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 3, 2011
  • |BY: , Mr.

Very nice Auto, except the one sent me has the outer edge protruding several mil. from the handle when closed and blade is very off center when viewed in the closed position.
I just sent it back to Gerber for repair, a fix, or replacement.
Lets see if Ger