Review of Gerber Applegate Fairbairn Covert

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I am trying to avoid working, so I thought I'd post a review of this knife:)

I have had my covert for around 2 years and it is frequently my EDC. This knife has a 3.7" blade and comes in a range of blade confidurations. Mine is the double bevel, which will support the user making the blade double edged. If one were so inclined, this will really work because the entire blade is shielded by the scales when closed.

This is a nicely made and quite light knife. The blade steel, 154cm, is great for an EDC. The knife is extremely well build. After quite a bit of EDC stuff, the blade is still rock solid when open with no adjustment ever.

The knife uses a liner lock with a secondary lock, much like the LAWKS system that CRKT uses. Easy to work with one hand.

My only criticism is that the factory grind of the blade was not as nice as I would have expected for this price range, though it is better than most production knives.

This is a nice pocket knife---one of the better knives that you will find in this price range if you like the way it fits the hand and this is pretty personal. As to whether you will prefer the SOG PE II or this knife depends on how it feels to you.
 
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The edge on mine has chipped already from opening a dog food bag and the heads of the hex screws that hold it together are starting to rust. I've only had it for a couple of months. By comparison, the blade on the Guardian 1 I've had for about twenty years still looks new even though I've worn the paint off the metal handle. Unfortunately, I can't carry the Guardian 1 anymore because I now live in Washington. I thought the Covert would be a good replacement for it, but I'm starting to wonder.
 
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I own the same knife and am quite happy for it, except that the torx screws that hold the clip and place came loose, and I am having a heck of a time finding a torx driver small enough to fit them. Other than that it's great!
 
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You should be able to find the right sized screwdriver at MidwayUSA.com

I disassembled the knife and found some more rust. A little light buffing took care of it. Coated everything in RemOil and reassmbled. That hopefully will take care it. Don't know why I'm having this problem as it doesn't seem like others are having it. I guess the blade chipping isn't a problem for other folks either. Maybe there's a problem with the steel? Seems a bit unlikely. I've never had any problems with Gerber knives.
 

JTC

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Just carry your knife into sears back to the torx driver section and test to see which one fits.(They are usually hanging on a display) Tighten your screws and be on your way. I went ahead and bought the one that fit mine and have used it alot.
 

JPD1998

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The Husky Torx Driver sold at Home Depot comes with all the popular sizes in the handle. I think it was under $10.00.
 
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i had a covert for quite a while and it served me quite well. i opened cans with it and other sorts of abuse and did manage to chip the end but it was a workhorse. i ended up giving it away and still regret that. off to ebay!
 
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JPD1998 said:
The Husky Torx Driver sold at Home Depot comes with all the popular sizes in the handle. I think it was under $10.00.
Or you can opt to buy the Benchmade "Blue Box" torx screwdriver set!http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=705333 this kit has all the necessary torx bits to disassemble or reassemble most knives used today! I use it on all my folders to clean and oil them its a lifesaver:D
 
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I haven't read too many good things about the Benchmade Blue box on this forum. I bought the Home Depot Torx set and am very happy with it.
 
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stevekt said:
I haven't read too many good things about the Benchmade Blue box on this forum.

Really? That's odd. I have no major complaints with mine. I wish the heads weren't such a tight fit when taking them out and putting them back into their plastic slots. A few tiny rust spots on the heads as well. But the plastic body makes a good handle.
 
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