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Posted: 2/2/2006 12:09:33 PM EDT
Does anyone know the approximate value for one with a 1970 date? #014xxx sn. I traded a junky FEG 9mm for it.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f195/doba76/100_0308.jpg
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:11:55 PM EDT
I would Google it and see how many are out there, and determine an average value for it.

HH
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:14:27 PM EDT
KEEEEEEE_RIST on a crutch! I haven't seen one of those in years!

In the early 70s one of my NCOs had one on his web gear.

IIRC, it's a Gerber Commando!
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:18:29 PM EDT
Can be as much as $1k or as little as a few bucks..
I would guess yours at about $150-300 depending on condition.

I am looking for an ORANGE handled one complete with scabbard. If you run accross one, LMK
CH
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:19:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By piccolo:
KEEEEEEE_RIST on a crutch! I haven't seen one of those in years!

In the early 70s one of my NCOs had one on his web gear.

IIRC, it's a Gerber Commando!



Its not a commando.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:21:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Originally Posted By piccolo:
KEEEEEEE_RIST on a crutch! I haven't seen one of those in years!

In the early 70s one of my NCOs had one on his web gear.

IIRC, it's a Gerber Commando!



Its not a commando.



It's a Command II.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:23:16 PM EDT
Is the orange handle some diver or rescue model?
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:25:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By doba76:
Is the orange handle some diver or rescue model?



Yes, its a dive knife.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:27:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Originally Posted By piccolo:
KEEEEEEE_RIST on a crutch! I haven't seen one of those in years!

In the early 70s one of my NCOs had one on his web gear.

IIRC, it's a Gerber Commando!



Its not a commando.



It's a Command II.



Link Posted: 2/2/2006 12:34:24 PM EDT
OK,OK, Gimme a break. Last time I saw one a those was 30 years ago.

Old age is setting in and things are getting a little foggy.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 4:13:11 PM EDT
I got one in almost mint condition. got it at the Presidio PX as a gift for a buddy and somebody beat me to them. I looked it up a while back and the leather scabbarded versions were getting valuable. The nylon scabbard models weren't gaining much value because a whole bunch were sold all over.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 4:15:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:10:07 PM EDT
That is not a Gerber MKII it's a Command II, definately NOT a 1970 knife, more like late 80's. The sheath is also not correct to the knife, although it appears to be a late 70's sheath.

Value? $125-150-ish.

All early Gerber MKII's up to approx 1977-78 had the compoud curved "wasp-waist" blades and Armorhide "cats tongue" handles.

1970 Gerber MKII, no serrations, cats tongue handle and, straight brown sheath.





1975 Gerber MKII, fine serrations (serrated blades came in around serial number 020500), cats tongue handle and, brown 'wasp-waist' sheath(also available in black).




Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:15:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Originally Posted By doba76:
Is the orange handle some diver or rescue model?



Yes, its a dive knife.


1972 Orange handle Diver.


1971 Yellow handle Diver w/inch marks.



Link Posted: 2/2/2006 5:51:29 PM EDT
how does one date the knife? i have one with a serial number k81xxx, got it as a gift from an old commander for doing 18 months as his driver/general right hand man, it was well used in his previous years as an enlistedman.
Link Posted: 2/2/2006 6:47:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/2/2006 6:48:56 PM EDT by Cape_hunter]

Originally Posted By osprey21:

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Originally Posted By doba76:
Is the orange handle some diver or rescue model?



Yes, its a dive knife.


1972 Orange handle Diver.
img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/osprey21/1972---Serial024882.jpg

1971 Yellow handle Diver w/inch marks.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/osprey21/YellowDiver_inch_marked.jpg




Is that orange one for sale by chance and is that the right sheath for it????

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 12:53:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Is that orange one for sale by chance and is that the right sheath for it????



Not for sale. Sheath is correct for 1972

1974 Diver with 'wasp-waist' sheath (also not for sale).



Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:02:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Is that orange one for sale by chance and is that the right sheath for it????



Not for sale. Sheath is correct for 1972

1974 Diver with 'wasp-waist' sheath (also not for sale).

img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/osprey21/1974---Serial034907.jpg




Thanks for the info. I passed on one at the Reno show a couple years ago and kick myself for doing so. The yellow diver I have the rubber is not intact, and I didnt know that they were called "Wasp-waist" sheaths. I guess I should get out more in regards to these knives.

Thanks again.

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CH
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:13:13 AM EDT
I have one of these, but with a stainless blade and an extra pocket on the scabard:



Got it in 1987. Absolutely LOVE IT, and it's like new!

I'd kill for one of those dive knives. THAT is a dive knife!
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:24:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:
The yellow diver I have the rubber is not intact.


Got a pic? There is one particular prototype "rubber O-ring" sheath for the Yellow Diver that it extremely rare, only five ever made.


[/hijack continued]
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:30:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 6:31:17 AM EDT by xinflt]
I got my first Gerber from AAFES for $19.99 (if memory serves me) in 1984 in Panama. Carried it in the field all the time. Best knife I ever had. 10 years later, I took it camping with me. I can't remember what I was doing at the time but (for some reason) it slipped and fell out of my hand and landed on a good size rock. It landed on the flat of the blade at just the right angle of impact. The blade broke into two pieces. I was shocked and heart broken! I loved that knife. I finally picked one up a replacment off of eBay a couple of years ago for $125.

Edit: not sure if that $19.99 is accurate. I do remember that it was cheaply priced.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:34:02 AM EDT
Wish I still had mine.

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:35:45 AM EDT
I sure wish they would make those again. I have a black bladed one NIB and don't want to use it b/c it cost to much to replace.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:40:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 6:57:10 AM EDT by Cape_hunter]
No but I will take one . However it doesnt have the leather ring, its rubber. I was unaware there was a rubber prototype. I thought there were only 5 of the leather ring versions made. I need to study up.


CH

ETA: do you have a pic of the proto? Reason being there is one flaoting around the local show and I have only seen it in passing and never taken a close look. A friend of mine that collects mil stuff said it was in good shape but the rubber was a little rough. Anyway, I never gave it a second thought until now. Dammm! If you dont kind me asking how many of these do you have and are those yours?
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 12:58:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:
I thought there were only 5 of the leather ring versions made. I need to study up.


You're correct, it's the leather ring that was the proto, not the rubber O-ring. I need to quit relying on 11-12 year old memory and dig out my Gerber info.

I currently have 9 MKII's dated from 1968 thru 1974.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:00:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:
I thought there were only 5 of the leather ring versions made. I need to study up.


You're correct, it's the leather ring that was the proto, not the rubber O-ring. I need to quit relying on 11-12 year old memory and dig out my Gerber info.

I currently have 9 MKII's dated from 1968 thru 1974.



DAAYUM. Thats a nice collection!
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:05:57 PM EDT
For doba76 (and everyone else).

Gerber MK II Production Chart
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:19:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 2:52:52 PM EDT by DOW]
Quite a few of these knives on Ebay. Wanna cry? This one is a 1976 model, new in the box, listed with the "Buy it now" option for $1000 - he came down from $1095.
Ebay auction
Here's one of the pictures from the auction. Note the original price
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 5:01:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DOW:
Quite a few of these knives on Ebay. Wanna cry? This one is a 1976 model, new in the box, listed with the "Buy it now" option for $1000 - he came down from $1095.
Ebay auction
Here's one of the pictures from the auction. Note the original price
i10.ebayimg.com/04/i/06/1c/3a/d2_12.JPG




Link Posted: 2/4/2006 5:09:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 5:12:29 PM EDT by RIA45ACP]
Seeing that pisses me off to no end! I had the chance to buy one, and im 100% sure it was a genuine Gerber, at a garage sale when I was 14 for 25 dollars, but my mom wouldnt let me, by the time I got home and told my Dad what I saw, we went back and it was gone.
Rant off....

I see them go from 600 to over 1k on Ebay.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:11:15 PM EDT
I remember seeing these and seeing ads for them when I was a kid(born in 70) and thinking they were really cool knives.

Why are they so expensive now?

Are they really good knives,or are they just inflated by some form of collector mania...like beanie babies or something?
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 7:23:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 7:24:10 PM EDT by HoustonHusker]
I paid $35 for my Gerber Magnum back in '76, and now it's worth $350. It's my favorite knife of all-time, and is in incredible condition.

HH

Link Posted: 2/4/2006 8:05:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By byron2112:

Why are they so expensive now?




Gerber (in a decision that boggles the mind) decided to stop making them.

Same goes for the superb BMF, LMF, and Mk I series.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 9:31:21 PM EDT
Last year I sold one that was identical to the one Osprey showed on page 1. On ebay it went for $468. Now for the funny part, I paid $35 for it at an estate sale four years ago.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 9:43:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/4/2006 9:46:15 PM EDT by uglygun]
I've got a black teflon coated MKII, actually been used and beaten up on a bit. Definitely not mint condition.

Bought it when I was 17 or 18 years old. As far as a general utility knife goes, these things are shit. The grip is too small of diameter to be useful in cutting, you'll actually get a hand cramp if you try to do terribly much cutting with hard pressure. The balance is such that it's not good for chopping.

Also, a real bitch to sharpen the stupid thing.

Fighting knife, might be a good implement but as a general knife they are miserable.


What do the stupid things go for these days?
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:00:19 PM EDT
Mine was made in 87.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:12:38 PM EDT
I bought a 1969 with the Cat tongue handle with the slanted blade for like $30 at a pawn shop a few years ago. Sold it for $300. Even had the sharpening steel.
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:23:09 PM EDT
I've bought and sold 5 or 6 black blade Cordura sheathed MKII's on ebay over the last couple of years, and never got less than $235 for any of them. Alas, I now don't have one for myself!
Link Posted: 2/4/2006 10:45:26 PM EDT
I have a nice Mk1 serial numbered L0523S not having any luck finding info on it.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:58:31 AM EDT
I bought one new in '79 (along with my Mini-14-both were the cat's ass back then). I gave it to my son last year,and I think he has it with him in Iraq right now,as I didn't see it in the stuff he shipped back home.
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