It is assumed 1000 sets were made. The P1 knives have the wide wasp waist blade profile with a mirror polish and no serrations. During this period orange was considered the primary "safety" color. And all but 002452 (handle repainted dark gray), have black handles. The aluminum quickly solidified, fusing the droplets on the handle surface. These knives were made exclusively for the Cutlery Shoppe. The BA3 knives are found on early 1982 to mid 1994 knives in the approximate serial range of A1783S - L2620S. Gerber pocket knives are some of the best in the knife industry. The Model Number is 5720. The spacer colors are red-white-red. Anniversary script as well as being marked "PROTOTYPE". NOTE: An identical knife, except for having an orange handle, is the OA5 made for C&B Sports. The P2 knives are found on 1977 to 1985 knives in the observed serial range of 000288 - 001191. The reverse side is acid etched "STAINLESS" in small 3/64-inch high letters. The blade has a mirror polish with an engraved combat scene. E TBD I base this on some of the earlier Gerbers that I now own. Free shipping over 49$ Shop; Audio Visual. Although the example shown looks like it has a gray Armorhide handle, it is just the lighting. Serial Numbers between 9525 and 9989 are missing two leading zeros. They have 1967 serial numbers but have Slant 2 logos which puts the blades in the date range of 1972-1981. Four retainer prongs are included if the box is to be used as a wall hanging display. We are proud of them and hope you are too. In mid 1971, Gerber introduced their Dive Knives to the general public. More of these knives may exist. The CT5 knives are found on 1989-1996 knives scattered in batches throughout the serial range of CS0006 - CS1947. Each knife is engraved by a master engraver. GERBER LOGOS - There are seven different logos that are stamped or laser etched on the obverse blade ricasso of Gerber Mark II knives. The handle then had the finish applied. WARNING: I have encountered several knives with handles painted orange. The BA5 knife is similar to the BA4 with a black handle and straight 8 TPI partially serrated blade but the blade is coated with a baked on smooth, non-reflective black coating similar to Gun-Kote. IMPORTANT: The Presidents Set knives have their own separate serial number ranges and the Mark II's serial number and date information does not apply. The blade is also coated with a protective lacquer coating. An example of an unfinished handle (flash removed but no wrist thong hole) is shown below: The only Gerber factory handle finishes/colors used on the Gerber Mark II aluminum handled knives are Cat's Tongue, Gold, Gray, Yellow, Orange and Black. NOTE: The very early serial numbers were inverted, i.e. So what he did was place an MVP card of 1) Cat's Tongue, which is a bare aluminum handle sprayed with molten stainless steel, 2) Colored handles coated with Armorhide, a vinyl textured coating or an electrostatic dry-powder coated, baked on finish. They have a handle consisting of a solid brass guard, a short 1-1/4 inch polished wood section and a 5-inch long intricately carved ivory eagle head. One of the supposed reasons for the cant was that "the cant was designed for easy targeting of the enemy's kidneys". The engraving was done on the brass guards and pommels and signed by master engravers such as Barbara Pierce, J. I suspect the non-serrated knives with serial numbers above the start of the BA6 knives bypassed the "MARK II™" blade electro-etching process. The meaning of the EU is unknown but could possibly stand for European Union. BLADE FINISHES - There are only four blade surface finishes encountered on the Mark II blade. The construction is flawless, and the knife was obviously never carried or used. The PC2 knives are found on 1979 to 1983 knives in the observed serial range of 0062 - 0277. ABSOLUTELY NOT! The number of these knives is unknown. This is a more environmentally friendly process as it minimizes the amount of fumes given off by drying a coating containing solvents. These were sold on eBay with the following text: "Japanese customs will not permit entry to any double-edged blade that is over 6 (six) inches in length, UNLESS (and this is very important) the blade is serrated on each side. 2) Wide wasp and 3) Straight. West, George Sherwood, Robert Evans, Robert Valade and others. The four versions are Zebrawood, Zebrawood Engraved, Sambar Stag and Sambar Stag Engraved. The steel is 440C stainless, the very best! Both alter the stress in the metal of the blade. From shop RockyNational. They have a three part handle consisting of a solid brass guard, a central wooden handle and a solid brass pommel with thong hole. The more unusual aspect of these items is dark green color of the knife handle. (2) The Gerber "Sword in Stone" logo was changed to the Vertical 1 type. They were to be similar to the Mark II / Mark I President's Collection Sets, with mirror polished blades, but would have carved eagle head ivory handles. Released in July 2008, this product was designed to have the same look and feel as the original knife with a few modifications for today's Military. The "Cat's Tongue" handles on these knives usually have a dark gray appearance in contrast with the brighter handles of the Anniversary and Cutlery Shoppe knives. It was found mated with a RT7, 20th. A second was that "the cant was designed to slip under the ribcage and up into the heart". The knives are found in both the White and Orange-Flip type boxes with either the light-tan P1 type or dark-brown P2 type sheath. The new serial numbering system started with serial A1001S and continued to at least N4121S, the highest serial number that I have encountered. The blades are made of stainless steel and highly polished. The PC1 Mark II knives have the wide wasp waist blade profile with a mirror polish and no serrations. However there are two major differences: 1) The 4 digit serial number has a XX prefix, while the originals have an all numeric six digit number with leading zeros. The BA7 knives are similar to the CT6 Cutlery Shoppe knives, but have the black Armorhide handle instead of the CT6's Cat's Tongue handle. The YA2 knives are very similar to the GA4 knives, with wide wasp blades and with 14 TPI serrations. The initial price for each knife was $189. When it comes to choosing a Bowie, utility, or pocket knife, a Gerber knife should be at the top of your list. The spacer colors are red-white-red. There is speculation that the early inverted serial numbers appear only on the first day of the Mark II's production. The "Cat's Tongue" handles on these knives have a brighter appearance in contrast with the usually darker gray handles of the original knives. It's a shame it wasn't put into production. There are two versions of this short bladed dive knife which seem identical in appearance until examined closely. The BA6 knives are found on mid 1985 to late 1998 knives in the approximate serial range of D2349S - N4082S. They are: 1) Brushed - Found on the vast majority of Mark II blades. These knives were made exclusively for the Cutlery Shoppe. The black Ballistic Nylon Sheath includes a black, plastic-injection molded, puncture-proof liner to secure the blade, two straps to secure the handle, a leg strap and is MOLLE compatible. (Ref: http://vintagedivertreasures.com/VDTdecalPage3.htm). The current production of the Mark II, from the years 2008 to sometime in 2011. The bare handles to be coated are electrically grounded so that the charged powder particles projected at them adhere to the handles and are held there until melted and fused into an even coating in a curing oven. 4) Second Vertical Logo: This is the fourth logo to appear on Gerber Mark II blades and is distinguished in several ways. Raw punched blade blanks, a flat ground serialized unfinished blade and an early finished blade are shown below. (See HISTORY for more details). The handle length is 5-1/4 inches with 6-1/2 to 7-inch long blades with the narrow wasp profile. This serial range is possibly comprised of several batches. They are standard production knives with serial numbers, the only difference being the bright orange colored handle. The PC1 knives are found on 1979 to 1983 knives in the observed serial range of 0035 - 0775. Gerber Knives (15 results) Products (14) Articles (1) Remove brand filter: Gerber. 4) The 1989 to 1994 Cutlery Shop CT5 knives with serrations scattered throughout the serial number range of CS0006 - CS1859. There are some periods where the just the blade cutting edges are highly polished and are razor sharp. Little is known about the details and number of original Mark II prototype knives made. Note that the blade width is 7/8-inch rather than the previous 1-inch. Production was supposedly switched from L6 to a blanked, 440C Stainless Steel, straight profile blade on 1 Dec. 1979. BLADE ENGRAVING - One of the options the Gerber Company offered on the Mark II was "Engraving" the blade with a name and/or serial number. They are hand made by our most experienced craftsmen using the finest materials available. The tag on the box bottom reads "KNIFE, MARK II, AG RUSSELL Item: 22-07006". This knife could have been a special order or it could have been made up by an employee. In November 1967 operational control of Sigma was given directly to MACV, and placed under the control of the II Field Force. The OA7 knives are ultra rare. I've only noted one knife in this range stamped with an "S", S/N 096939S, which indicates that the blade is made of stainless steel. Second the angle was designed to keep the blade horizontal to compensate for the natural bend of the wrist when the knife is held with the "Fencing foil grip". Once the knives are stamped with serial numbers, they enter the inventory system and become more difficult to "liberate". Note that this is the only Cutlery Shoppe model that is canted as well as having serrations. NOTE: The BA7 knives are rare as I've only noted three examples out of the 154 CS knives in my records. F TBD, Forth Digit - Blade Coating/Process (G onward), G Black Oxide The VT3 knives have the "wide wasp-waist" blade profile and do not have serrations. Examples of several serial number stamps are shown below. They have a three part handle consisting of a solid brass guard, a central Zebrawood handle and a solid brass pommel with thong hole. The "Cat's Tongue" handles on these knives have a brighter appearance in contrast with the usually darker gray handles of the original knives. The GA6 knives have the "wide wasp-waist" blade profile. A gold rope, wrapping around the handle at each end, separates the colors. Gerber knives are smooth opening, firm gripping, and razor sharp. They have a flattened oval cross section and a tapered, palm swell design. Instead, both knives have a four digit serial number (0001 - 0025) engraved on the side of the brass guard. The reason for the serial number removal is unknown. The item was later sold on eBay in Dec 2009. Furthermore, you don’t have to have a tactical belt to carry a Gerber knife. They have the narrow wasp-waisted blades with no serrations. They have a two part handle consisting of a solid brass guard and a Zebrawood handle with a brass lined thong hole. All brass parts are precision investment castings. Only five examples of the etched Sword-In-Stone logo, C0725S, C3192S, C9889S, H2277S and K1192S were noted. There are three narrow spacers between the guard and handle. A Yellow color was probably chosen for the Armorhide handle as it was felt that if dropped underwater, the lighter color would be an aid to recovering the knife. One source states that only 25 sets were made and this is true for the serialized sets intended for the Gerber Executives. Gerber knives have been popular for dozens of years. Examine the area of the ricasso near the handle for a change in blade finish as a standard buffing wheel cannot buff this area without removing paint from the guard. The VT1 knives have the "wide wasp-waist" blade profile and do not have serrations. Note that this is the same box label used for the CT3N unmarked 20th. These blades are also referred to as "bent" or "angled" blades. Additional versions were also made with some handles in the form of Bear, Lion and Griffon. The CT2 knives are basically the CT1 knife, but without any blade cant. The handle length is 5-1/4 inches with 6-1/2 to 7-inch long blades with several different blade profiles. A handle can be stripped and repainted orange and double or triple the price of the knife. I have observed several of these knives: 001142 (Pictured), 001146, 002452, 002454, 002527 & 002556 - All have 1967 serial numbers but have 8 TPI serrations and Slant 2 logos. NOTE: The BA1 knives are relatively rare as I've only noted 45 examples out of the 3130 black handles in my records. This is a 1977 production knife modified by wrapping tan camo cord over the grey Armorhide handle and epoxying it in place. C $15.57. I've noted one knife in this serial number range that is stamped with an "S", BA2 knife 096939S. Some of the 20th. or Best Offer. NOTE: The GA3 knives are relatively rare, as I've only noted 33 examples out of 1732 gray handles in my records. For example many S/Ns between 05266 and 05724 are missing a single leading zero. It is hardened to 57-59C on the Rockwell scale. The PC1E Mark II knives have the wide wasp waist blade profile with a mirror polish and no serrations. Second, both guards are rounded with a hook shape. The knife is cradled on the posts with the ivory eagle head displayed at a slight angle and higher than the blade. Japanese customs found them unacceptable. The Vietnam War protests in the early 1970's caused the military to threaten to remove the Mark II from the US Military PX system due to its "killer" image. Most are centered in the serration area, however on some early BA6 knives the electro-etch is found lower towards the handle. P Brown Leather The blades are made from 440A stainless steel. The only information I have states that twenty-five of these dive knives were made for C&B Sports. 1980 to 1989 and then 1991 to 2004. There are also an unknown number of these knives that are not serialized but simply etched "GLB" (Gerber Legendary Blades) in the serial number location. (e.g. Precision engineered from high-carbon steel for life-long durability and strength, any Gerber knife you choose offers the same quality construction the military has relied on for years. This was obtained from Gerber at what can best be described as a "garage sale". Most of the knives were sold in Germany and Maui, Hawaii, as Mr. Lange had contacts in both places. It has a high polished blade with the US flag grip motif. I don't know why these knives have black handles while all other 1995 - 1996 Cutlery Shoppe knives have Cat's Tongue handles. The ricasso of the display side of the blade has an insignia or patch relative to that specific branch of the United States Armed Forces. The COA reads in part "The 2002 version combines features found on the Mark II throughout its illustrious history, including a sprayed on "cat's tongue" stainless steel grip powder-coated cardinal black...". Appears to be a Freeman Folding model, albeit with slightly different scales than what I've seen before. The standard etch on the display side ricasso is the insignia of the Third Marine Amphibious Force, the overall Marine Corps command in Vietnam. But I believe they are legit and that there were very few made. The sharpening steel chisel tip is the square corner type. But another advanced collector states that the final production prototype and salesman sample knives were stamped with a 000000 (six zeros) serial number and this is the only type which I have seen. Dozens of variations exist. All of the "YA" knives have an overall length of 11-1/2 to 12 inches. WARNING: Use extreme care if attempting to clean the brass guard and pommel. Armorhide has a distinctive texture that is difficult to reproduce. The serrations were done by one of our country's leading knife makers. Blackpoint Tactical produced the custom Kydex hard sheath which allows either a vertical or horizontal belt carry as well as providing click-in retention. this was never revealed to anyone). So the lack of acid etching doesn't necessarily mean it isn't a valid marking. The Model Number is 5711. $100.00. This logo was used during the years 1967-1972 in the serial number range of 001001 to sometime shortly after 024499. special order GA1I knives ordered with 10-degree cant from S/N I.G.S./00001 to S/N I.G.S./00012. Each knife is engraved by a master engraver. Logos were also etched, for short periods, when the logo stamping machinery broke down. With a history dating back to 1910, Gerber knives have been around for a century. They have a handle consisting of a solid brass guard and a 5-inch long, one-piece, smooth ivory handle with an intricately carved griffon head on the pommel end. They have a handle consisting of a solid brass guard, a short 1-1/4 inch polished wood section and a 5-inch long intricately carved ivory eagle head. They were also shown in the 1971 Spring and Christmas catalogs as well as the 1972 Christmas and 1972-1973 Catalogs. The cant or off-set in the blade was accomplished by simply angling the blade when the blade was inserted into the handles. The serrations have a scalloped profile with pointed tips and are cut into only one side of the blade, the logo side. These knives were denoted by stamping with a trailing "T" for tool steel rather than the "S" for stainless. Acid etching results in very distinctive lettering which is different from machine engraving, electro-etching or laser marking. The design was submitted to an industrial design firm which made a number of changes. The CT6 knives are found on 1992-1996 knives scattered in batches throughout the serial range of CS0461 - CS1802. 13 2013, A Black Powdercoat The handle is painted in Oakleaf Pattern helmet cover camouflage. Also a "banana" curve can occur if the blade grinding pressure is too high on one side. This logo was used during the years 1982-1989 in the approximate serial number range of A1001S to I7426S. Anniversary Knives were not marked with the 20th. Below are a representative sample of unusual knives. The shorter bladed IS Mark I knives have the standard tapered 5-inch blade with a mirror polish and no serrations. In order to make the knife more acceptable, 2 inches of serrations were added on both sides of the central portion of the blade. They have the wide wasp profile blade with no serrations. (2) The knives have a four digit serial number with a CS prefix. There is black script lettering electro-etched on the blade on the logo side that reads "Mark II™ / 20th. The IS Mark II knives have the straight blade profile with a mirror polish and no serrations. $20.00 shipping. Serrated knives essentially cut by tearing rather than slicing. It is unknown how many were made but probably on the order of 100-200. The BA6 knives are identical to the BA4 knives but have "MARK II™" electro-etched on the blade logo side, on the upper flat of the blade when the knife point is on the left. A third, supposedly attributed to Greg Walker, states "This offset was intended to compensate for the angle of attack between the clavicles and position the blade for a more accurate strike into the vital organs when performing a rear overhead strike or upward thrust into the abdominal area from behind (as used for sentry removal)". The handles are cast in two part molds and have a preformed hole for insertion of the blade tang. The cant or bend is normally toward the serial number side of the blade. The blade has a mirror polish with an engraved combat scene. However the vast majority of Mark II knives were made with the functional aluminum handle. was earlier bought out by Fiskars). The hole in the aluminum handle is somewhat larger than the blade tang. Knife GERBER Paratrooper STRONGARM Diving Foot Tactical Survival Hunting Leg. Knife Center has fast shipping, best prices, 60 day money back guarantee and personal customer service. 5740". The 2008 Commercial Edition has a die-cast aluminum handle that is powdercoated black and a 420HC blade that is Black Oxide coated. Note that it is often impossible to make out the comma on a heavy stamping as the period and comma merge into a single mark. I suspect that this handle color was under consideration for the change in color from the then Gray color. These knives are by no means unique and I'm sure that others exist. I have tried to give an approximate serial number range for each knife. The American brand has been around since 1939 and ever since it has grown out to become the largest brand of knives in the world. featured making a Frisco Shiv for a government agency that will remain So why stamp an "S" on a knife made 8 months later? There is a shallow, scalloped brass cap between the wood and ivory. He suspects that is how they were produced, without any fixation tooling, because the text is always in a slightly different location on the blade. The standard etch on the display side ricasso is the insignia of the U.S. The knife is 6 3/8" long when open and 3 3/4" long when closed. Just want to thank everyone for the incredible amount of knowledge I've already gained. The GH1 knives are very rare and I have knowledge of only five 1967 knives, S/N's 002500, 002600, 002700 003900 and 004000. Each knife has its own wood case made of mahogany. Whether to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber products have delivered for over 75 years. The blade "cant" of the earlier knives was eliminated due to many owners who assumed they were defective and returned them to the Gerber factory. Note that other types exist. Later, it may have been changed to every even 50th. Gerber Mk I Knife Information: Accurate records on MK I serial numbers relating to dates were never kept (like they were with the MK II), but here is some information that will help with an aproximate date for any Gerber MK I knife. (Other unit insignias could be special ordered). Forth, the letter "G" in the Gerber name does not have a horizontal portion pointing back to the inside of the letter. A common effect of a partial breakdown results in missing leading zeros. They have orange handles and acid etched inch markings on the logo side of the blade. (See CAT'S TONGUE for more info. I believe the YA1 knives were first sold in 1971. As the item is sprayed the dry coating particles are attracted to its edges and back side resulting in what is commonly referred to as the "wrap around" effect. I can find no record of this restriction, but it could have just been a Gerber policy. I'm not sure why the orange color was chosen. This collaboration brings together Gerber's 70+ years of knife and gear expertise with Bear Grylls' extensive outdoor survival and adventure experience to create a one-of-a-kind line of knives… What types of vintage fixed knives are there? RockyNational. 2) It has a wide wasp blade and 3) The blade has a full 5 degree cant. NOTE: The example shown has the standard ricasso etch of the insignia of the Third Marine Amphibious Force. Early Cutlery Shoppe catalogs state that the CS serial knives were made of 440A steel and I have noted that. Keep all polish off of the wood. The OA5 knives were made as a dive knife. They have the Slant 2 logo and the knives can be found with both stamped and etched logos. The OA4 knives are very similar to the GA3 knives, with wide wasp blades and no serrations. The OA1 knives are very similar to the GA2 knives, with narrow wasp blades and with 14 TPI serrations. But the handle is orange instead of yellow. None of the Yellow handled dive knives have serial numbers. Two examples are shown of knives without serial numbers. Special order? An example of the chisel tooth serrations of the 2008 Mark II is shown below. The reverse side of the blade has the standard Gerber name, address and vertical "Sword in Stone" logo. They have the standard dive knife bright yellow handle. A brass guard and pommel comprise two of the pieces. For example I have noted Cat's Tongue Handles on S/N's 010078, 019785, E0077S, E5601S and L8990S. They have the narrow wasp-waisted blades with no serrations. There was a minor change in some of the later serial numbered knives where the normally bare polished brass guard and pommel have a brush finish and are coated with a clear, protective finish.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide your name, address, phone number, the model of knife… E-mail address. NOTE: Any pattern of lines running perpendicular to the blade length indicates non-factory buffing. In the beginning every even 100th. View the various fixed blade, folding, and assisted opening knives. There are three narrow spacers at each end of the handle between brass and wood. The WS2 is the second version and has a short 6-inch 440C stainless steel blade and has the narrow wasp profile with no serrations. These knives do not use the one piece aluminum handle. By clicking on the thumbnail, you can access a high-resolution picture of the knife. Note that there is a large overlap between the start of the Vertical 2 and end of the Vertical 1 logos indicating that both were being produced at the same time. The reverse side of the blade has the standard Gerber name, address and vertical "Sword in Stone" logo. The blade has the same narrow wasp shape, the same serrations, the same etched inch marks and the same lack of a serial number. First, the sword axis is slanted with respect to the knife blade's long axis and the sword handle is more rounded and composed of ovals. The blade is an early, narrow wasp blade with Slant 1 logo and with serial number 023674. The first example I've seen of an etched S/N is 12588(no leading zero etched). The CT4 knives are found on 1989-1996 knives scattered in batches throughout the serial range of CS0003 - CS1755. Banners above and below read "IN HONOR OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY" and "VIETNAM 1961-1973". The total knife weight is approximately 7.3 ounces. The new serial numbering system started with serial A1001S. The CT9 knives are found on 2009 knives with the above mentioned markings. Finally almost all of these knives have the black handle which was introduced in late 1977. There were rumors of "White Handles". The sheath is not a Gerber factory model. knife with a COA that is a gray metal, laser etched plate with the exact lettering of the paper ones with the exception that there is no serial number line. There are two possibilities: 1) The information is wrong and the 440C Stainless Steel, straight profile blades were produced at a later time or 2) The production was changed and both types were produced concurrently. The guard and pommel are coated with black, non-reflective, Duracron paint. These handles provide a very secure grip even with hands that are wet or slippery. Further, their 8TPI serrations put them no earlier than mid 1976 when the 8TPI teeth were introduced on the gray handles. The BA5 knives are found on mid 1982 to late 1998 knives in the approximate serial range of A1504S - N4121S. Third, there is no comma following the period after the letters "ORE." at the bottom of the logo. The sharpening steel has no Gerber name stamp but instead is acid-etched with the Eddie Bauer script logo, placed lengthwise on the flat below the thong hole. No sheath came with the knife. The blade may have been a reject because of an area near the middle of the blade on each side where the grind went a little deep causing a slight dip in the surface contour. Other examples with only the logo etched are 017641, 021157, 021681, 021847, 022476, 024674, 027700, and others too numerous to mention. Occasionally you will encounter a dull gray frosted finish on a Mark II blade. The serialized sets were intended to be gifted to Gerber Executives prior to the Fiskars take-over. The I2 Mark II knives have the straight blade profile with a mirror polish and can be found with but mostly without serrations. This finish was made by John L. Armitage & Company. 10 2010 Note that the GA5 knife (12 TPI version) was started 2 years later than the GA4 knives (14 TPI version), but that their ending serial numbers are very close. I don't know the reason for this logo change. The lettering was done with the normal factory acid etching used at that time. The GA7 knives have blades nearly identical to the YA2 Yellow handled dive knives. The GA7 knives are ultra rare. Mike Silvy states the lighter gray was on earlier knives and that seems logical. It is unknown how many of the YA2 type dive knives were made. New Listing GERBER KNIFE KNIVES SUPER THIN FRAME LOCK BLACK PLAIN EDGE USED FOLDING POCKET . After being extracted from the mold, the flash from the handle centerline and the sprue from the end of the pommel are removed.