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Gerber Gear Applegate Fairbairn Combat Folder Serrated Edge Knife
Applegate Combat Folder - Double Bevel, Serrated
Gerber Gear Applegate Fairbairn Combat Folder Serrated Edge Knife
Applegate Combat Folder - Double Bevel, Serrated

Applegate Combat Folder - Double Bevel, Serrated

Folding Knife

Item: # 45780

Honoring the late Colonel Rex Applegate, this first-class tactical folder is designed for close quarter combat situations. Unrivaled strength meets perfected balance in the form of a glass-filled nylon handle opposite a high-carbon stainless steel blade.

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    • Overall Length: 10.06"
    • Blade Length: 4.48"
    • Closed Length: 5.64"
    • Weight: 7.4 oz.
    • Heavy-duty construction
    • Patented roto-lock system
    • Glass-filled nylon handles
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As legacies go, a man could do worse than being survived by the knife he designed. Such is the case with the late Colonel Rex Applegate who was one of this nations top authorities on close-quarters combat. The Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder stands with the Covert & Combat as lasting symbols of the Colonels dedication, expertise, and sense of purpose.


It should come as no surprise that these 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. The glass-filled nylon handles. The Covert and Combat have the patented roto-lock system.


Whether you choose the special operations black or the advanced camouflage green handles, they all come with the added convenience of a hearty pocket clip keeping the knife within easy reach.

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  • 5 5
  • |MAR 29, 2017
  • |BY: , 11B

Carried this knife in Iraq, loved it great knife. Even with all the sand and everything it still preformed great.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 22, 2017
  • |BY: , Mr

I've been care in this since 2004 and every combat and training exercise I've done. It just got retired as my combat field knife only because I retired from the US Army.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 21, 2016
  • |BY: , IT Pro

Had it years love it, In IRaQ, Afgan too.

Are there clips fpr pockets

  • 5 5
  • |MAY 18, 2016
  • |BY: , USN Ret

bought this in the mid 90s, keeps a keen edge over the years. never had to use it but do EDC it, keep it clean. didn't know the price has gone so high!

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 28, 2016
  • |BY: , retired

I had this knife for quite a while and would recommend it to anyone who is going to depend on it for surviving the long haul.

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 11, 2016
  • |BY: , Your Title

I'm loving it...

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 17, 2016
  • |BY: , Infantry Company Commander

Great knife and I used it during two deployments. I don't know how but she survived all my abuse. The knife is on her last legs as it did start to break down due to all the places I took it. I can't use it anymore but it did meet my expectations and more. I added it to my box of trinkets that have sentimental value. Great knife. I always felt safer knowing I had old reliable in the event things got personal.

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 10, 2016
  • |BY: , Engineer

Best knife ive ever owned as well honestly. Lost mine about 4 months ago and am now planning on buying another, no other knife i have compares. Self defense wise this thing is slick, flicks out effortlessly even though not assisted, this thing will definitely do the job for anyone trying to intimidate you, basically the only way to one up this knife in self defense is to buy a gun. Beautiful piece of engineering, will be buying it for about 50 dollars more expensive this time than last time unfortunately, still well worth it in my opinion. Anyone looking for a knife for self defense/ work purposes/ general use, i would recommend this. It is fairly large however so i would check with your states laws to see the legality of carrying it but in Texas where i live it is about an inch below the legal limit so i have no troubles here. Once again definitely recommend this knife. Cant wait to get my hands on it again, this time i will be choosing the camo green version as i didn't even know that was available when i previously bought it. But it was off of a third party site, may be why i got it cheaper. But if its legit i see no reason not to aside from the fact i want to support Gerber directly, great company, all my knives are made by them. Dont regret a single one except for one i bought at home depot for about 30 bucks and promptly returned, well straying off topic but point is get this knife. You wont regret it.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 30, 2016
  • |BY: , CSM (Ret)

I bought my knife in 1996 and still carry it today. This is an excellent survival tool.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 26, 2016
  • |BY: , best knife ive ever owned

go to pocket knife it has been used abused and miss used and just wont quit! i would recommend this knife to anyone who finds themselves needing a great tool that wont quit. if you need a box opener go get one if you need a tool you can put your trust in pick one up as long as you dont lose it this knife will out last and out preform your needs hands down.

  • 4 5
  • |OCT 8, 2015
  • |BY: , SSgt/USMC

Great knife! I got two issued in Iraq back in '06. I lost one but I still have one that's going strong despite having lost almost all of the handle screws. They don't seem to have any effect on the operation or strength of the knife as a whole. The false edge on the top of the blade can easily be sharpened and maintains one hell of an edge. I teach CQC techniques and worry about the handle being a bit slippery in adverse conditions. With its size alone, it is a very intimidating knife to pull in a self defense/ hand to hand situation.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 25, 2015
  • |BY: , retired

had the knife for nearly 15 yrs, lost it this last week end. I would tell anyone this knife you just can't bet it, some well find it lost it at the football park watching my grandson play football { peewee] they are a ball to watch

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 24, 2015
  • |BY: , Your Title

Love this knife,

my PSG in Iraq for OIF1 got them for us.

it was a great knife, but unfortunately I lost it somewhere along the lines :(

  • 4 5
  • |APR 21, 2015
  • |BY: , Mr.

I own this knife and love it, but hate the steel. Why haven't you come out with this 41/2" blade model in the 154cm? Thanks

  • 5 5
  • |APR 18, 2015
  • |BY: , Blue Collar Guy

This the best edc knife you can get for the money. Wel made and aesthetically pleasing- I've never been happier with any folder as much as this one. Don't wait...get and you won't be disappointed . Plus it comes with a cordura sheath with a horizontal carry option to boot.

  • 4 5
  • |FEB 12, 2015
  • |BY: , moldmaker

although it is a linerlock the rotary lock saves the knife from being obsolete

  • 5 5
  • |SEP 30, 2014
  • |BY: , navy

i've had mine since 2008, still love it to this day, and it goes everywhere i go.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 15, 2014
  • |BY: , De oppresso liber

A huge thank you to gerber on this knife. Issued to me just shy of 10 years ago, it has survived multiple combat tours, being abused as everything from a daily use knife, to can opener, and even a pry bar on several occasions. Though it's beginning to show its age after 10 years I just had it cleaned and sharpened today and it is still good as new with zero flex while deployed. Couldn't possibly be more impressed!

  • 5 5
  • |MAR 23, 2014
  • |BY: , Police

Super heavy duty. Fits great in hand. Everyone at work wants one. Have had mine since 12/2010!!! Over three years. Flawless blade!

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 6, 2014
  • |BY: , Best Knife I've Owned

A friend of mine gave me this knife for a christmas present. Being a police officer I have always carried a knife and consider it another back up weapon. The knife is very well made and, as stated in another review, easily deployable. I've had the knife for some time now and it still has a good edge on it with no damage. I highly recommend this knife.

  • 3 5
  • |JAN 25, 2014
  • |BY: , Retired Jarhead

Awesome knife...shame it's not made as an automatic.

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 8, 2013
  • |BY: , Retired

Went through three of these knives, they never failed me until someone else needed it more than me. Decided I couldn't afford a forth one.

  • 5 5
  • |APR 2, 2013
  • |BY: , OldRedClay

Bought this for my son when he went to A'stan. Wanted a backup for him that wouldn't fail when he needed it. Everyone from the First Sgt. on down tried to talk him out of it. It worked when he absolutely needed it, nuff said. Not sure what that is really worth, guess it would be anything I had to keep him safe. This was a bargain. In his words, combat tested and worked like a champ (still like my Gerber MK II though).

  • 5 5
  • |FEB 7, 2013
  • |BY: , My favorite knife

I got this knife in Iraq. It's very well made. Still has a good edge on it with no damages,

  • 5 5
  • |OCT 1, 2012
  • |BY: , Infantryman

Had it in my calf pocket for years, always there when I need it. Stays sharp, fast to deploy, perfect for instant cutting needs.
Lost the clip recently, but had a short lanyard that saved the knife from loss. Still dependable and ready for work after many years.

  • 5 5
  • |AUG 31, 2012
  • |BY: , True alternative to a fixed blade

You just need this knife. It is not always possible to bring a fixed blade, even a conceiled 4 inch blade or a randall 25 and, with time, the classicals 5 inch handle folders shows their limit in the field.
Then comes this outstanding big knife. I love it so much i bought the older green handle one and the anniversary S30V version. Note the upper edge can be sharpened as the blade fully enter the handle when folded. Years of use and always the same pleasure, i don't even think of not bringIng it when i go for a trip in the 'green'. The only industrial folder who gain respect from friends, users of traditional big french regional folders, where 4 inch blade is a strict minimum . . . You wont regret your purchase.

  • 5 5
  • |JUL 14, 2012
  • |BY: , Hunting Veteran

Carried this knife in Afghanistan and many hunting trips. The edge retention is nothing short of phenomenal. It requires careful handling since sharpening the top side.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 17, 2012
  • |BY: , Survivor

Just got it, and this is one sexy ass knife! Wish I could get my hands on the auto version though...

  • 4 5
  • |MAR 17, 2012
  • |BY: , Veteran

I bought this knife in '04 during my first tour in Iraq. It's as solid and durable now as when it was new. I've never seen rust on the blade, or any decay of the handle at all. The case is still in great shape also. I had to abuse the hell out of this thing, and my Gerber Multi-tool. Neither have ever let me down. The knife feels good and sturdy, never feared a collapse from this folder. Not a throwing knife. The only thing that would have made it better (and maybe armor piercing) would be a top side blade. Overall 4.5 out of 5.0