Dating gerber mark ii knife
Hello: I often see advertisements for collector Gerber knives and the owner states the knife was made in such and such a year because of the serial number.
My question is this, is there a book that one can buy that tells one what year the Gerber knife was made?
During the Vietnam war, the first production run of this knife had a 5-degree offset between the blade and the grip in order to ride in the sheath more comfortably and give the user a grip similar to that of a fencing foil.
This design feature lead to a significant amount of knives being returned by users for having a "bent blade", so Gerber discontinued that element on subsequent production runs.
I have recently obtained a couple of Gerber Mk 2 knives to add to my collection of knives used by Australian Military Forces.
These are a knife that I have no previous experience with and I am sure there are some learned people here that can help me. I didn't realise there were narrow wasp, wide wasp and straight blades or fine, coarse or no blade serrations. In trying to date them I was kindly referred to a production chart by Gun Barrel but this has not completely resolved my question. The Ser No: 076216 seems pretty straight forward; 1979. All of the knives on the list with a C prefix also have a an S ending which I believe denotes a Stainless Steel blade.
It has a double-edged spear-point wasp-waisted blade, and used a distinctive handle similar to that of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife developed during World War II for the British Commandos. The MK II was the suggested blade in Paladin Press's controversial how-to book, Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors.
In the 1970s, the military's base/post exchanges discontinued selling these knives, reasoning that they were "not in good taste" or "too brutal".
Al Mar, then working for Gerber as a knife designer, added the sawtooth serrations toward the hilt, marketing the knife as a "survival aid", making it more appealing to the PX System, which resumed selling the Mark II as a survival knife, rather than a fighting knife.
The tip has been broken off and blade has seen better days as well. My buddy, as I said earleir, was an M-60 gunner with C Co. He was also qualified to operate an M113A1 vehicle.
It is funny, I have all of his paperwork here at the house except for one piece.