Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder Knife (4.48" Bead Blast Serr) 05780

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  • Overall Length:10.06"
  • Blade Length:4.48"
  • Blade Material:420HC
  • Blade Style:Spear Point
  • Finish:Bead Blast
  • Edge Type:Serrated
  • Handle Length:5.64"
  • Handle Material:GFN
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:7.40 oz.
  • User:Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Down
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:Gerber
  • Model:Combat Folder
  • Model Number:45780
  • Designer:Rex Applegate
  • Best Use:Tactical
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Product Type:Knife


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 420 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 and a ballistic nylon sheath.


Customer Reviews

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Not a good purchase
Mike W.
Fit and finish is laughable, and the thing just feels cheap. Overall, I would like it if it was $40, but it is currently too expensive. Really disappointed.
Not a good general purpose knife
Michael D.
If you want a large, and I do mean large, self defense folder, this knife is great. The handle is decent in many grips, but isn't particularly good for extended use while cutting. The grinds are pretty steep due to the spear point geometry, and the steel isn't all that great at holding an edge. Mine was decently smooth to open, but definitely wasn't what you would call flickable. If you will be carrying this I'd recommend the covert thanks to it's more manageable size and much better steel. This knife is definitely designed as a weapon more than a tool.
What a knife!
Richard D.
Love at first sight. Dagger style folders do it for me. This one is the granddaddy of em all. Has second lock just for fighting. Superb action. Love to play with it. Cary mostly when going to the stop and rob for gas as it is a little too big for edc, for me. Deployed, its one very serious looking knife, all business. Won’t to be on my end.
Been looking for a new one for a long time
Dennis M.
I still have one like this I bought well over a decade ago and bought my Son one just like it. Get the "hinge" adjusted just right and you can have no play but also have a knife that you can flick open as fast as an auto despite the size of the blade. I hope they come sharper than they used to as I remember having to spend some time on the ceramics for a long time then the strop to get my old one to shave. GREAT self defense and a TREMENDOUS hunting knife as those serrations which I generally dislike do come in handy if ya need to saw through a pelvic girdle on a deer or the like. STRONG blade, quick opening, GORGEOUS and MEAN looking knife. I am amazed that Blade HQ can keep this knife in stock. I am waiting for my budget to allow me to purchase a new one as my old one is a bit heavy use worn as the blade can easily stand up as a prying tool when needed. GREAT knife that I have a tremendous fondness of and that I have been looking for a long time only finding its "junior" version readily available. I do wish there was a non serrated blade version of this knife but I have a serrated sharpening tool for a reason I guess!