In the 1940’s, Gerber began making steak knives and eventually prized hunting knives in Portland, Oregon. By the 1960’s, Gerber decided to manufacture a knife that could be used in combat during the war in Vietnam. It was called the Mark II combat knife and was fist produced in 1966. It featured a double edged dagger blade and a tough, textured aluminum handle for a better grip. Some can still be found with their original leather sheath. The handle changed to Armorhide in 1968, which is a brown colored epoxy that is very durable. Vintage Gerber Mark II Knives are very collectible and a version of this knife continues to be produced to this day. Check out Bob Loveless and A.G. Russell knives.
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