Backed by the speed of F.A.S.T technology, this knife is designed to partner quick deployment with reliable ease of use. The tough titanium coated blade teams up with a superior G-10 handle to provide the ultimate tool for any task.
The Covert F.A.S.T. combines the classic Applegate-Fairbairn design with the ease and speed of F.A.S.T. technology. It delivers one-hand opening for quick deployment of the titanium-coated blade and G-10 handles give you a tacky grip. Full-sized handle for a sturdy grip.
I will be the first to admit that this is not a great knife, but it is a very good knife for the price.
It’s an assisted opening that opens as fast as any of my automatic knives and fits well in my hand.
I’ve owned two of them so far and right out of the box they were stiff and dull but they sharpened up fine and with a little bit of oil and repeated play, they loosened up and function well.
I will say that for what this knife lacks in quality, Gerber more than makes up in their warranty support.
My first knife had a problem with the blade loosening up frequently so I sent it in for repair.
Gerber send me a new one in just a few days, no questions asked.
So far, I have not had any problems with my second knife.
i have had this knife for six years, a little tightening, a little sharpening, and good to go, with this knife for years, it is my EDC, NEVER leave home w/out it.
Do not buy any Gerber folding knives not made in the US. I have returned 3 of these to Gerber through warranty. There is immediately a lot of play on the blade right out of the box. And on all of them, the locking and opening mechanism stops working within a few months. Total junk. Another new one is in the mail to me right now but I will be getting rid of it without even opening the box. I requested that they send a fixed blade of equal value since Gerber fixed blades are still high quality. But they said no, so that’s the end of Gerber in my arsenal. If I were you I would not buy any Gerber knife that is not made in Portland. They have just completely stopped making anything of quality in their factories out of the states.
I thought I would like this knife I used have one similar style. This one right out of package has no edge, no detent on the safety button and is very stiff to open. But I like the feel and I know the blade is good just needs sharpening. Maybe it will loosen up with little oil and use..
I personally love this knife for the feel and operation. Although very disappointed in how long it stays tight. I have no issues with the blade, but overall it gets loose quickly and blade fails to lock. I only get about 4 months out of one before I have to buy a new one.
Seemed quite nice out-of-box, need to adjust springs a bit(noisy), lock-up very tight but safety button doesn't have a positive feel to it, easily bumped out of 'safe' detent. May need to work on that...
Had this knife for 7 years and had ZERO issues with it. When I was in the Army I used this thing to open cans of soup in the field, metal on medal and I could still bring it back to razor sharpness with little effort. Had it stolen last night so I’m here to buy it again.
Great knife! I have had mine for 10 years, the only bad thing is for 9.5 years the pocket clip has been off. The screws loosened and I had no way to tighten them. Now I do but I can't find the screws. Can anybody there help. I love the knife but without the clip it gets in the way in my pocket so I had to stop carrying it. It is too good a knife to be sitting in my drawer.
Coming from a line of Knife Enthusiast, JS, MS's, and my everyday occupations this assisted folder is a solid step above* from Gerber's norm. As with any blade, it must be cleaned, cared for, and utilized as intended. Clean it after any use that may interfere with the locking mechanism.. Overall : Balanced - Attention to Quality Control -
I carried this knife every day for about three years and loved the look and function, but I can't carry it anymore. The locking mechanism no longer locks the blade open, so it is unsafe to use. The blade was always a little loose, but locked fine for a long time. I don't know if it's a bad design or just normal wear and tear for this model, but now all I have to do is jiggle the blade and it unlocks and tries to close on my hand. Oh well, I guess three years isn't too bad for an $80 blade.
Love the look and feel of this knife, exceeding all my expectations couldn't ask for a better knife. I know I'm safe when my EDC is a Gerber.
I'm also glad Gerber is located here in my hometown of Portland Oregon
I found a mini version of this knife in the woods don't know how long it had been there caked with mud and the spring was broke. Contacted Gerber because I liked the feel of it. They said it had a lifetime warranty and had me send it back for a brand new one. I have had it for about 2-3 years and love it. I haven't had one bit of problem with this knife. maybe I'm just lucky.
I bought this knife based on reviews. It arrived today. Opening the box, I was a bit disappointed. I did not see an assisted opening lever. I have tried several times to open this knife with one hand, and have yet been able to. The knife does look great, but assisted opening system needs work.
I like the knife pretty well. It has a good blade and is easy to open one handed, but deploying would be more natural if the clip was on the other end. I mean you have to remove it from your pocket and turn it around to open. If the clip was on the tail end, with the blade facing down, it could be removed from your pocket and immediately opened without fumbling for the correct direction. That is why I gave a low rating.
great knife i love knives but this has got to be my 2nd favorite knife ever really eficiant and not too expensive
I have had this knife several years and blade continues to loosen and wiggle
I try without luck to keep it tight but it is a good product.
I liked this knife for the first few weeks until the screw holding the blade loosens up on a daily basis. This leads to a flimsy blade and a loud clicking noise with every step i take. I hope that this is just a defect in this specific knife and Gerber will take care of it.
I was given the prototype for this "Fairborne " knife at an OSU football game by one of your young design engineers. It seemed like a pretty wicked beastie for this gal but I sharpened both edges and loved it as a thistle killer. Lost it and purchased a replacement which was identical except for the autograph. Lost that one too. Just purchased another one that was a piece of junk. Switch was sticky. Spring was nonexistent. Sounded like it had a rachet in it. I returned it to the online retailer and they are deciding if it is defective. I'd really like to have this knife but am afraid they are all made in China. What should I do?
I have had this knife for a while. I used blue loctite on the screws since they tended to loosen. To me, the safety switch offers a potential issue. The blade is folded closed by pushing the switch forward and, though I did not test the theory, I feel it might cause the blade to close during a thrust with the point.
This will be my third knife of the same make and model. Best knife I have ever owned. The spring loaded blade is very handy, whether if you are military, a blue collared man, or someone that uses it for everyday purposes.
This Knife is great, I use it everyday. It rides in the pocket great, and isassisted opener is F.A.S.T whenni need it. The serrations work amazing. And the g10 feels so nice. I would highly recommend this Knife. I've bought two already. One for myself and a friend.
I recently purchased the gerber covert fast so far only bad is the safety switch seems to be a little flimsy other than that it's a good knife how ever in the future I would like to see improvements made to said switch
I have owned two of these knives and I swear by them. The only reason O am on my second is the rigors of combay (Afghanistan) got the best of it and it didnt make it through an IED blast. I have never had problems with the knife. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable blade
I purchased this knife for work use. Within the first three months the spring mechanism failed rendering the knife useless. I paid for the return shipping and was sent a new knife under warranty. Within a week the spring mechanism on the second knife failed. I would not recommend this knife to anyone.
Love the knife, I have owned two and will be getting anotherone when I get home. However, please put a little more lock tight on the screws.
A knike is much like a gun, it requires maintenance. Shrpening oiling etc. If you don't check the condition of the knfe every day then don't expect perfect performance everday. I give the knive 5 stars, but you went up 10 bucks on the price. That I didn't like. Come on guys.
I have this knife but with the Gerber logo. I bought it new several years ago and I really like it's function, however, the "locking' mechanism does not catch properly and it has opened dozens of times while carrying it to the outside of my pocket, so it's not conceal ed. I now carry it cliped to the inside my pocket, where it has opened only a few times.
This is otherwise a decent knife, sharpens razor sharp, quick opening and good to the hand.
I've had my Covert Fast for about a year and couldn't be happier with it. I specifically bought the knife to carry on my left side and therefore use it mostly from the left hand. I am right handed and carry a pistol on my right side. I wanted a knife that I could easily deploy with my left hand quickly if necessary.
It has never failed me and is still as sharp as it was brand new. Unfortunately I have needed it several times in my line of work and was able to draw it with ease and get the blade open quickly under stress. Thank you Gerber you may have saved my life more than once.
I received my second mini covert , assisted opening knife yesterday and couldn't wait to tear it out of the box. I was hesitant about purchasing second Covert,as the first one was very hard to operate, very stiff, with one hand operation nearly impossible. I bought the knife as a Christmas present for my girlfriend, and workked that knife untill my right thumb was too sore to work it any more. I gave her the knife anyway, with the hopes that it would loosen up, which it has. This new Covert is not much better, when the blade is fully seated in the closed position, I have to pull it out with my left hand while holding the knife in my right. After the blade has started exiting the handle, it will then, fly open with very little effort, I love the Gerber brand, and the Covert is a very aggressive looking knife, love the look, disappointed with action.
The lack of spell-check makes many of these reviews painful to read.
Aside from that, there is this magical elixir called "thread locking compound". It keeps the screws from falling out.
Decent knife out of the box, however, T6 screws came out of pocket clip and pocket clip side cover. Gerber is replacing them and I will red Loctite them but buyer beware...
Great knife had it sense it came out. No spring failure. Did have the pocket clip come off and lost 1 screw for it so it rides in my pocket with out a clip. Im hard on knives so the loss of the clip is not to shocking to me.
My friend gave e this knife as a present and it is as sharp as a razor. And this knife looks terrifying
I have had this knife for about 6 years and its awesome never had a problem with it. It could use a sharpening but still cuts. I have actually scared a few people by accident with how quick the blade opens.
I've had this knife for 3 or 4 years now. I've got a reasonable number of knives that see hard use, and this is one of them that's done quite well.
The spring action is intuitive and handy when wearing gloves, but can be a bit intimidating to first time users. It's not easy to just pass the knife to someone else and have them use it immediately.
The serrations on here are passable, and importantly: its easy to get them shard again with a standard serration tool.
I also own the full-size Applegate folder similar to this and find that the covert see's much more use. A sub 4" blade has a lot more practicality than the XL blades in the larger family.
Great budget tac knife. Wish it was made in U.S.A., but that would drive the price up for the same quality. As it is, buying this still supports an American company with high manufacturing standards for its overseas partners. Highly recommend this knife for self defense carry for under $100.
The knife looks, feels great. It comes sharp enough and holds an edge to a reasonable degree. I have owned this one and the mini version. BOTH have broken internally during the course of normal, clean, non-abusive use. When backpacking, miles from anyone, life becomes a frustrating thing when something pops inside and you'Ire left with a floppy, disfunctional blade with no working lock and which may or may not open depending on how you shake the thing to move the internals around (no joke). I've been a faithful Gerber fan for years, but it will be a long time before I buy anything from them again.
I've had this knife for two years now, and it's come in handy a bunch of times. It's sturdy, slim, has a resounding click when the blade engages, and it's a damn sharp blade. My only worry is that I've had a friend who had the same knife and he said the spring mechanism failed on him rendering the F.A.S.T tech useless. So far mine kicks pretty hard and hopefully for the rest of the time I own it
If your looking for a good knife then don't buy this piece of crap made in China broke in 4 days DO NOT OUTSOURCE WORK TO CHINA GERBER....BUY USA MADE 100 PERCENT BETTER!
D Samkin New Zealand
carried it for years, held up to the abuse, but doesn't hold an edge well. Also cut my self putting pressure on the back of my knife with my thumb. Ok knife
I can believe this knife! screws came out of the handle after very little use. Gerber needs to take this thing off the market because its junk!!
Great for concealed carry and a fairly accurate throw. The blade steal is not bad quality as it still has a tip to it and holds an edge. The Actual locking mechanism could be redesigned as I can flip open most non Auto knives faster than this. In a fight this knife provides an excellent stab, slash and grip.
When I first purchased the Covert it was dull as a pair of kid's safety scissors. But after I sharpened it everything was better! The little knife has preformed admirably throughout all the crap I throw at it. I would give this a 5 star rating but the out of the box performance was terrible. Seriously Gerber, if I spend $70 on a knife at least make sure it's sharp!
I was a little surprised when first opening the knife. The FAST mechanism was loud and makes a screech noise. It opens fine and the lock seems operable. The blade steel is not identified in the knife's description. I am not sure of the type of blade steel but it isn't of high quality. It sharpens fine but you're not going to achieve the scary sharp edge you may want. I do like the knife and keep it in my off duty go bag.
I can't believe Berger put it's name behind such a poorly made product.
The blade was wobbly from the start, the lock button CAN accidentally be dislodged causing the blade to fold into your fingers and... the little handle screws came off !! the handle is lose...
needless to say a piece of crap
This is a great blade. The assisted opening is very smooth and it locks in place very securely, feels like a fixed blade. The blade steel seems to be of very high quality, penetrates plyboard with ease. I love the G-10 handle, it provides a secure and comfortable grip. Very well balanced also, just a great blade all around.
I just got mine and although it seems like a very nice knife with an excellent design and even pretty good quality, it's made in china and I mistakenly thought it was made in U.S.A, thus, I will be returning this communist piece of sh*t.
knife blade is really loose, very slop and poor built knife, not the gerber we all know and love...probably because its not made in the USA
Another amazing knife from Gerber no surprise there. I have no complaints about The Covert F.A.S.T. but 1 thing that confused me is that I thought both sides where sharpened like a dagger but I wasn't that disappointed when I got it. All in all it’s a great knife. ☺
Awesome knife for the price.And great feel in the hand.Feels and fits better the the overpriced Infidel.Just one problem.The wimpy spring broke within the handle,so I installed a heavier gauge wire extension spring.Works even better now.Overall a great EDC,and would buy anothern if needed.Good work Gerber!
this knife if great there's not much bad except i left it in my shed for a week and the blade had a bit of rust on it but its fine.
You have probably just broken your knife, but this might help.
In order the open the Covert F.A.S.T. you have to slide the thumb switch into the red position. Then simply push with your thumb on the spur that is located at the base of the blade.
I have had this knife for about 12 months. Love it. Its very sharp and keeps the edge pretty good, havent had to sharpen it yet. It opens smoothly and the black finish holds up well. I carry it in my back pocket every day. The only complaint is the screws coming lose, i have lost 2 of them and Im in the process of getting some from Gerber. Other than that I think its a great knife
I really like this knife but I've trouble with the screws coming loose. Over a two year period I've had to send it back for warranty due to the screws coming loose twice. But I have to complement Gerber warranty service as the first time the knife was repaired at no cost and returned and the second time the knife was replaced. If the knife would hold up and not need warranty service I would rate it five stars!
I think the people who carry this knife over-seas in the war and elsewhere should be a testament to Gerber itself... We carry this knife and it serves us well, under harsh and strained conditions. I like this knife... and it served ME well. Cheers Gerber.
I've had this knife for a while and it has held up nice. Easy one handed opening and easy to sharpen. Love it
is a good knife , sharpens easy, good tool, and great for whitewater stuff. you can use it for any thing but the screws come out way to easily.
I carried this knife and used it every day in Afghanistan. Held up well, quick to sharpen, very handy. I still carry it 3 years later and it never fails. Thanks Gerber.
I love the knife design and the fact that it is an assisted opening knife, but the latch that holds the knife open is this pathetic 1x2mm little piece of steel that seems incredibly flimsy. And to top it off, this knife is $70 and it is made of 440A steel, which is very low end steel for this price. Alot of $25 knives I buy are made of 8Cr13MoV, and the same company sells $60 knives with 14C28N Sandvik. Come one Gerber...
Bought this knife today at a local retailer. I am very impressed by the quality! I have owned Gerber knives and multi-tools in the past and have never had a problem. Thanks for a great and fairly priced product. If you are on the fence about buying one, do it. You won't regret it!
Have had this knife now for about 5 months! Great knife, good quality, awesome price! Starting at the top, this knife has a nice long blade. Its a bayonet so perfect for stabbing and cutting! The blade holds up well with the black coating, but when cutting metal (tine can) the blade was scratched and had little white marks on it. Can be removed alittle just by rubbing. The blade has not needed much sharpening but i have done it a few times. The serrations are showing just alittle bit of wear with no sharpening. The blade shoots out smoothly and there is not much blade play when open. Closed however, the blade clicks against the handle. Cant fix it even with tightening. The handle can be tightened using a torque screwdriver. Overall, if you need a good EDC knife, and spring assist, go for it!
Form the reports of others, they are sharing some of the same problems with this knife. The safety latch is jamming.
Well, it's a good knife. Assisted, serrated... You can't stop to open this knife to enjoy the sound it makes. But after 200 openings thee spring became to tinkle. The knife still works great, but it's very annoying. Maybe oil will help
in order for it to work right ya gotta have the safety off. i got mine and ya work the blade just a little back and forth it'll loosen it right up but be careful closing it. lol almost cut the top half of my finger off a couple times in. really sharp blad