A knife similar to the Applegate Fairbain Combat II?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Me?, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Me?


    Oct 22, 2020
    Anyone know of a knife similar to the Applegate Fairbain Combat II with 6 inch dual edged blade at a more affordable price I have seen so many poor reviews on the knife I can not see spending that kind of money on it.?

    Reason I want something similar...because I have Boker Applegate Fairbain Combat II training daggers, so it would be nice to have something as close to the training daggers as reasonably possible.

    With the fame of the Applegate Fairbain Combat II I find it surprising that it appears no one has made a reasonably priced copy.
  2. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Not 100% similar to what you’re looking for, but the Cold Steel drop forged dagger is a pretty solid choice. Just a good slab of sharpened 52100 steel.
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  3. Houlahound

    Houlahound Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 2, 2017
    The infidel?
  4. Wurger190

    Wurger190 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Gerber MKII? Classic combat dagger.
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  5. gazz98


    Sep 3, 2008
    Cold Steel counter tac 1 is close but 5" blade.
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  6. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    I would just get the Boker. Every poor review I've seen on them has centered around the fact that they cut poorly and come fairly dull.

    Well they are daggers. Daggers are almost always thick behind the edge. The original Fairbairn-Sykes daggers were often butter knife dull from factory as well. You can get yours re-profiled, but it's more likely it will be a display and conversation piece anyway.

    They are very well made knives and you won't regret owning the real thing.
  7. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Reasonably priced copies (read cheap) are usually frowned upon.

    I'm not sure what you like about that particular knife but I'm pretty sure we can help you find a quality version for about $200.

    You could look at the Ka-Bar Ek Commando knives for a nice dagger from the same period in time.

    Also it's spelled
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  8. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I don't really see how you can get one cheaper than the Boker that is better quality.
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  9. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    waaay back in the day
    was the sw820 police boot knife
    but not quite the reach of the A-F :)

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  10. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Would a hollow-ground dagger be “slicier” than a regular saber-ground dagger?

    It’s also rather interesting that combat-oriented daggers would come dull from the factory. I guess you better poke with them rather than cut, haha.
  11. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    A hollow ground dagger will be slicier than a flat ground one, yes. Any time you get thinner behind the edge, ease of cutting increases.

    The fact is, the Boker will come sharp enough to cut someone. The key factor in daggers is tip sharpness. If you need something to use for actual cutting tasks, a dagger isn't the best tool.
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  12. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Böker also offers the V-42 which is a bettered version of the Fairbairn-Sykes. Still, the blade is a bit over 6", something like 7".
  13. E.D.C.

    E.D.C. Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    Keep in mind that their V-42 is Taiwan made, whereas their Applegate-Fairbairn is produced in Solingen and is, in my opinion, of much higher quality.
  14. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    In your opinion only. Taiwan made means quality, nowadays. Whatever, I was only talking design... Why diss a sharp edge ? Seems a no brainer to me.
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  15. killgar


    Sep 24, 2002
    There is a Spanish brand of knives named Joker. They produce a dagger very similar to the Applegate/Fairbairn Combat 2 dagger that is around half the price. Do a Google search for "Joker Full Tang Lince CR43 Mountain Knife". It has a wood handle, and there is a version with a stag handle (model CC43). They used to have a few with plastic handles, and might still. Reading a favorable review on a particular retail site that comes up in the search it appears that another individual was also specifically looking for a knife similar to the A/F.

    This is not a recommendation as I've never owned one of the Joker knives. I'm just pointing out a similar knife.

    And for a much less expensive, similar knife to the A/F, do a search for "Walther P99 knife". Make sure you include the word "knife" because there is also a Walther P99 airsoft pistol. And again, not a recommendation because I've never owned this knife.
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  16. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    I don't think daggers are meant to by "slicey", they are designed to poke holes in things.
  17. Centuriator

    Centuriator Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 7, 2020
    SOG26DT.jpg SOG Daggert 2 is no longer produced, but you might like it. I listed mine for sale here, but just can't do it. It's an awesome blade.
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  18. Legendary_Jarl


    Feb 8, 2010
    A Spanish company called joker had something similar called the Joker CF00.


    Unfortunately it has been discontinued in the "tactical" presentation with blackened blade. if you are interested you may still find it on a "hunting" or classical presentation which is their Joker Lince model with deer antler handle. They also have some wood handle versions.
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  19. Legendary_Jarl


    Feb 8, 2010
    Hehehe I didn't see your message before posting. Joker is a great brand. It is probably my favorite brand of factory knives. They are inexpensive , well made and NOT made in China except their JKR line. Don't get that. Get their Albacete made models. Albacete is the second largest and oldest historical blade producing city in Spain after Toledo.

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  20. The Whip

    The Whip

    Jan 28, 2007

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that the Boker version is the reasonably priced copy. With the exception of the short-lived Blackjack model, every previous rendering of the Applegate-Fairbairn has been significantly more expensive than Boker's. And you can't find the Blackjacks for less than the Bokers these days.

    If you're only looking for a cheaper substitute, those recommended thus far are all good suggestions. You won't have much trouble finding inexpensive daggers. But if you want the real thing, with all of its accompanying design elements, you won't go wrong with the Boker. I don't know which reviews you're looking at, but Boker makes fine knives, and the A-F is no exception. Functionally, I'd say it's the equal (or better) of any production version made prior. Aesthetically, the Boker is no slouch, either, with lots of interesting variations over the years.

    Since you're interested in the A-F as the real knife to correspond with your training knives, I think you'd be well served saving up for a Boker. Why would you skimp on a fighting knife?

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