Gerber Mark II Knife Dating System



Gerber Mk II Serial Numbers:
Below is a list of the serial numbers on Gerber Mark II knives and the corresponding year in which they were made.

1,001 to 5,000 = 1967
5,001 to 9,900 = 1968
9,901 to 14,350 = 1969
14,351 to 19,300 = 1970
19,301 to 23,750 = 1971
23,751 to 28,000 = 1972
28,001 to 32,900 = 1973
32,901 to 39,000 = 1974
39,001 to 44,015 = 1975
44,016 to 54,434 = 1976
54,435 to 63,648 = 1977
63,649 to 76,001 = 1978
76,002 to 85,000 = 1979
85,001 to 100,810 = 1980
100,811 to 112,000 = 1981

The above information is from Bernard Levine’s Guide to Knives and Their Values IV. It is also partially printed in Mike Silvey’s book United States Military Knives 1941 to 1991 (out of print). Knives that have an "XX" in the serial number or a "CS" are reproduction and commemorative knives. They are true Gerber products but the prices should be adjusted accordingly on them as they were not made in the above serial number years. CS stands for "Cutlery Shoppe". 1989 was the first year of the Cutlery Shoppe knives.

Gerber produced the Mark II in 1967 in support of our troops in Vietnam; ONLY the early Mark II’s had a canted blade (5 degrees) which was made to keep the knife, when sheathed, close to the body.

Black handle Mark II's started around 1977. Roughly 1000 of the orange handle Mk II "Dive" knives were made (Serial number 0248xx - 0415xx) from 1972 to 1975. Gerber also made a Mark II Yellow Handle Dive Knife (aprox 1972).

In 1968 Gerber introduced "Armorhide" handles. Serrations came out in late 1971, early 1972. L6 (tool) steel was used for the blade up to about 1980, then Gerber switched to Stainless. There is an "S" in the serial numbers of the stainless models. In 1984 a blackened blade variety was offered for the MkII (Model# 5707).

The Mark II design was based on a sketch sent to Gerber by Army Captain C. A. "Bud" Holzman.

Here is a complete production chart for the Gerber MK II







* This page is by no means the "definative" Gerber Knife Dating system, just a place to start dating your knife, and should not be used as such, nor do we claim to be an expert in dating Gerber Knives.

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