Leading the ranks of the best-in-class tactical folding knives, the Covert has earned a reputation for strength, durability, and balance. The 154CM steel blade, glass-filled nylon handle, and patented rotolock combine to make an unsurpassable tool.
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.
I originally bought this knife on my second deployment to Iraq. I used it almost every day for 7 years until I lost it. Best knife I ever owned and will be buying another one.
Got this knife in Iraq back in 2004. Had it ever since - it's rugged, quick, perfectly balanced, and sharp as hell. Stood up to all kinds of abuse. I lost it last week during a move, and didn't think I'd ever find such a great knife again. Went back to the Gerber site to try and find a replacement, and was amazed to find the same model. Hot damn.
I got this knife as a trial as I my everyday knife used to be a Kershaw. I have only had it for a week, but used it nearly everyday. No nock against kershaw but this is the best knife I have ever carried. Not only is it American made with great steel, but it is built to last. I love the pocket clip. It is designed so it can't be broken when it gets caught on a seat or some other object. As for sharpness, my Kershaw cannot hold an edge to this knife. Thank you Gerber for an amazing pocket knife. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I carried the Applegate-Fairbairn Covert through two deployments in Iraq and it was a perfect everyday carry knife. I never once had to sharpen the blade on my knife and I used it for utility mostly. I had it for about 10 years before losing it at a hospital I worked at as a maintenance tech. It's been two years since then and I think about ordering a new one all the time. I will definitely be putting some money aside for this knife again.
It's proven to be a great knife to me. A friend of mine bought one for my birthday and gave it to me and it's helped me through lots of things. My only complaint is the clip on the side of mine has broken a couple of times but has been sent to Gerber and fixed and sent straight back.
Best knife I ever owned. Opens as fast as a switch blade when you get the tension just right. Nearly indestructible, just don't jump a starter relay with it.
I received my knife this afternoon and the first thing I did was put an edge on it. It fit my hand well with the new locking mechanism taking no time at all to get used to. With two locking devices built in, there is NO WAY to have the blade fold on your fingers.
On the Gerber support department, these folks go out of the way to cover your back. There was an error in process my order. They caught the discrepancy right away, e-mailed me and express shipped the knife to me. I expect all future transactions to be smooth as silk.
I purchased a MK 2 in 1968 before leaving for the Marine Corps and Vietnam. I carried this knife for 4 years until it was lost with my sea bag coming back from Africa. My loss has become a Gerber MK 1, MK 2 and back up knife collection. From Presidential collections to my pride, and orange handled MK 2. Gerber has the best knives for any and all application. I trying to expand my collection adding the carved ivory grip, 4 knife collection. Any Help ? firstname.lastname@example.org
I liked Strider fixed blades, until my friend hung up his guns and went home. He gave me his Gerber, and since then it earned/proved its place on my vest.
Solid, mine has trouble with losing screws though. This one I always have right behind the admin pouch so it is hidden but easily accessed.
I've owned this knife since July 2007 and I've used it for everything. This has been my go-to knife for pretty much every task I've ever needed a blade for and it has the wear and tear to prove it, yet it's still just as sturdy as the day I bought it. My favorite thing about the knife is how easy it is to open it - it doesn't come open on its own, but a small nudge from my thumb and a flick of the wrist has the blade out and locked faster than any spring assisted blade I've ever seen, and closing the blade with a single hand is incredibly easy.
I had this one I got in PX in Afghanistan. I freaking love this knife. The only negative I can possibly say is that the screws may work lose on the clip. I LOVE THIS KNIFE!
Bought mine in the PX at Camp Victory in Baghdad 2004. Solid as a rock and is my everyday companion in my pocket. I'd buy another in a heartbeat if I ever lost this one.
I use this knife daily, both on the job and at home. Great balance and uncompromised strength of steel. Looks and feels great.
Best knife I've ever owned, my brother got it for me for christmas... Super smooth action, super sharp too. But somebody stole mine at work :/ so when I save up enough I'm gunna get another one. This exact one its the best one.
Just Bought this Gerber Tactical Folder today.I like the ease of deploying the blade and closing it. feels great in the hand.Awesome tactical folder.
I normally go through knifes like they are candy. It is very hard for me to find a knife that can take what ever I put it through and this is one of those knifes. I bought one in Iraq in 2006 and used it for everything. I had it for about four years and I left it on my bumper after working on my trailer and lost it on the road. I am in the process of getting another one but they were a lot cheaper with at the px. haha
I have carried Gerbers since the '70s and this lives up to your reputation and my expectation. It is a fitting addition to my Mark I, Mark II, Guardian II and others. This small Gerber makes a great backup carry. I would have preferred G-10 handles, but the price was right and I expect the usual Gerber dependability, sharpness and utility.
This is an excellent, long-lasting combat knife and is the best I've ever owned. I've read the other reviews and noticed a similar complaint about the partially serrated blade. If you get into a combat situation, however, and the puncture doesn't finish the enemy immediately, I can absolutely guarantee that the serrated portion will inflict much more damage than a straight puncture. Stab, then rip through. This is the reason for the serration.
this is a great knife but the seration is useless it doesent do anything plus it is a pain to sharpen
Great lightweight folding tactical knife, fast in hand, handle conceals the spine of the blade if you want to sharpen the clip, great steel, good clip, good traction plan. The only issue i have with it is that it is ONLY available in a partial serration, which for the philosophy of use of this knife as a folding fighting knife or EDC knife i find it to be unnecessary and only gets in the way for me. It complicates sharpening and ruins the looks for me, and i highly doubt Applegate or Fairbairn would have wanted them either.
This knife is not intended for any prying or heavy duty work. That being said, this is an excellent quality knife from Gerber. It serves as a great EDC blade or a backup. My only qualm is that it's only offered in a partially serrated edge, but that's a small issue.
Let's be honest with ourselves, most guys want to carry a better knife than their buddies. Sharper, faster, and more rugged than anyone else's on your team. You want to be the one that everyone else comes to when they need to borrow a knife to cut that li