Gerber Guardian, Gerber TAC, & Gerber Command Daggers



Gerber Command I daggers were 8-3/4" overall with a 4-3/4" blade. The Command series knives were made similar to the Mark I and Mark II knives, but only have an edge on one side, and the top 1/4 of the blade is serrated on the opposite side. Some of the Command I knives were made with a single edge. Produced from 1981-1994. Blackened blade offered in 1984. High Carbon Surgical Stainless Steel, Rc 57-59.

Gerber Command II knives were companions to the Gerber Mark II. The Command is 12" overall with a 6-3/4" blade. It has serrations on top edge. The major difference between the Command and the Gerber Mark II is the flat back edge of the knife except for the last three inches near the point, which is sharpened and serrated on both sides near the tip. The handle is black Armorhide. Black leather sheath with military utility belt clip. Produced in the early 1980's only. The knife came in a orange and white box. Produced from 1981-1986. Blackened blade offered in 1984. High Carbon Surgical Stainless Steel, Rc 57-59. Gerber Command  II



The Gerber Guardian, designed by R.W. Loveless was a companion model to the Mark I. It was 7-1/4" overall with a 3-1/2" blade. The handle of the old Guardians (ca early 1980's) was black Armorhide metal with a black leather sheath with boot/belt clip. Later daggers had a black Cordura sheath. Only the first (years?) units where marked with the R. W. Loveless mark. 440C with a handle made of high-tensile cast aluminum. Made from 1981 - 1987.

The Gerber Guardian I - Loveless Designed. It was 9-1/8" overall with a 4-7/8" blade. Early 1980's production. Original black leather sheath with boot/belt clip. Later knives had a black Cordura sheath. 440C with a handle made of high-tensile cast aluminum. Made from 1982 - 1990.

The Gerber Guardian II - Also Loveless Designed. It was 11-7/8" overall with a 6-3/4" blade. Original black leather sheath with boot/belt clip. Later knives had a black Cordura sheath. Made from 1982 - Current.
1983 - 1987 - The Guardian was offered with a camouflage handle and a blackened blade.
1988 - 1991 - The Guardians were supplied with a Cordura Sheath.
1992 - Current - The Guardian Backup - 3.31" black oxidized 400 Series Stainless Steel Double Edged Blade. The handle is comprised of Santoprene covered nylon.

Gerber Guardian



Gerber TAC I
Gerber TAC  I

Gerber TAC II
The TAC II has a 6 double edge half-serrated blade, tough Zytel handle, and a unique sheath with ambidextrous lock. The sheath is also fitted with mil-spec quick release belt loop.
Gerber TAC  II



Knives that have an "XX" in the serial number or a "CS" are reproduction and commemorative knives. They are true Gerber products but the values should be adjusted accordingly as they were not made in the same years as knives without the CS's or XX's in the serial numbers. There is an "S" in the serial numbers of the stainless models. CS stands for "Cutlery Shoppe". 1989 was the First year of the Cutlery Shoppe knives.

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