Gerber Bird and Trout Knife
MAKER: Gerber Legendary Blades
PATTERN: Bird and Trout Knife
BLADE LENGTH: 3”
HANDLE: Cast aluminum with a black Armorhide coating with gutting spoon built into the handle.
HANDLE STAMPS: GERBER
BLADE ETCH: 440-C STAINLESS
SHEATH: Gerber factory leather sheath
CONDITION: Excellent +
DAMAGE: There are sharpening marks on the blade and some minor staining. There is a chip on the end of the handle behind the spoon, see pictures. In the picture the chip looks huge, but it is approximately 3/32” in length.
BLADE WEAR: Approximately 5% or less.
AGE: Circa 1970-75
MADE IN: Portland, Oregon USA
ADDITIONAL INFO: When I found this knife at an antique store, I thought it was a Gerber Pixie bird and trout knife. Someone once told me of a Gerber Pixie bird and trout knife, but I think they had mistaken a knife like this one for a Pixie. When I got home and compared it to a Pixie and a Miming it is different from them both. The Miming and Pixie have 3-1/4” blades measured along the spine of the blade from the tip to the handle. Using the same measurement on the Bird & Trout knife it is only 3”. Measuring the handle length from the furthest forward point on the guard to the end of the knife, the handle of the Pixie is 3-7/8”, the Miming handle is 5-3/8” and the handle of the Bird & Trout knife is 5”.
The Bird & Trout handle has a gutting spoon carved into the end of the handle and is coated with Armorhide as opposed to the chrome plated aluminum handles of the Pixie and Miming. The Bird & Trout also has a clip point that was ground into the spine of the knife beginning about ½" from the tip of the blade.
In Phil Rodenberg’s book, “A Chronology of Gerber Legendary Blades,” he mentions to Bird & Trout knives made by Gerber. He described the first as being basically a Miming steak knife with a gutting spoon in the back of the handle. This knife was made in 1968 and 1969. He then shows a picture of the Bird & Trout knife made from “1970+”. He does not say in his book when the second knife was discontinued but he does say later in his book that new fish knives were produced in 1976. I don’t think the Bird & Trout was produced for more than a few years. Living is close to the factory as I do and saying lots of Gerber knives over the years both in the retail business and as a knife collector this is the only small Gerber Bird & Trout knife I have seen with the gutting spoon built into the handle.
A nice addition to anyone’s Gerber collection!
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