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OKCA 1997 Applegate Folder
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Gerber Combat Folder. This knife was the official knife issued at the Oregon Knife Collector's Association Show in Eugene, OR in April 1997. It is the Combat folder originally manufactured by Gerber in association with Col. Rex Applegate (designer, now deseased). This knife is Number 19 of only 50 made for the OKCA. The knife has the "OKCA" emblem inset into the handle. The blade is stamped with the signatures of Rex Applegate and W.E. Fairbairn and etched with "COMBAT FOLDER" on one side and "Oregon Knife Collector's/Association - 1997" and "GERBER/U.S.A." and "19/50" on the other.
Another unique aspect of this knife is it was the one issued to Col. Rex Applegate. I purchased the knife from his estate. The card shown in the photo was handprinted by Applegate for his display of the knife. The OKCA has Applegate's name as the receipient of Number 19.