Show off your Gerber Knives

In 1939 Joseph Gerber (advertising agency owner) had custom knife maker David Murphy make 24 sets of carving knife for some of his select customers. Catalog retailer Abercrombie & Fitch saw them and was so impressed with the quality of the knives they wanted to sell them. Thus was born Gerber Legendary Blades.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by MUD » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:32 am

Mossdancer wrote:Mud. I will see what shorty's I might be willing to part with.
I didn't find this post until shortly before good night. I will look up the info of age as time avails. These are a couple of older Gerbers, A late 50's Hunter and a couple of 40's Joyeuse knives. The Joyeuse was supposedly Gerber's first attempt at a slicer to double as a hunting knife.
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Those are some good looking knives. Exactly what I'm looking for.
I have a Joyeuse-10. Surprisingly, the care pamphlet is still there and in very good shape. Nowhere near mint, used to slice bbq, it's a good old knife. I enjoy it.

Your time and consideration is greatly appreciated and I'd like to talk with you more about anything ​that you would consider parting with.
Thank you sir.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Sut Tatersaul » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:33 pm

Here are my four Gerber Knives Three are lock open hunters, and one a Paul knife. They were all bought in the 1970s, all were caried on motorcycle, or motorcycle/sidecar trips to rallies. Had not thought about them for years, and when I got them out to look at them, the brass was all turned green, from being stored in their leather sheaths. Had to clean the green off of them, and decided to take pictures, and here they are. Hope my fading memory serves me right on the dates. Thanks for sharing them with me.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Case V42 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:11 pm

Aren't they pretty... Pretty enough to be carried again.

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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Mossdancer » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:38 pm

Mud and others:
Here is another that I have decided to separate with. I just checked on ebay and a set commensurate with condition of mine sold recently for $230.00 plus shipping. It is a shorty with steel in piggyback sheath issued between mid 1966 to 1969. That is with a chrome handle. I believe this may be the steel grip handle and if so you could with some surety a period of less than one year of birth by saying it was Manf. in late Dec. 1967 because they were in issue between 1967-1968. When you see a sheath with the 5 digit number that simply means it was produced sometime after zip codes were mandated in 1965.
I will be listing this knife in my store shortly after I finish here. The price will be attractive when compared to my above info.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Sut Tatersaul » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:19 pm

In going through the pictures of Gerber Knives,I notice that many collectors don't clean up their knives, before showing them. I cleaned and polished the green stains from the brass parts of my Gerber Knives that were stored in their leather sheaths. Before I discovered the use of Simichrome, Wenol, or Flitz polish, and Renaissance wax. I also found that wrapping the cleaned, and waxed knives in Glad Cling Wrap, an ultra thin plastic wrap, the knives can be stored in their leather sheathes, and they won't turn green. Is my practice of cleaning my knives considered bad protocol? I am just jumping into Knife collecting, after all these years, of getting, and using them, and don't know proper Collecting etiquette. Thanks.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Mossdancer » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:17 pm

Sut Tatersaul:
Hi, I do not think there is a protocol for showing your knives. It is my thought on the matter that every person owns their own knives and can do as they wish with them. I will not clean a knife or wash off any of its character because it all tells me a story. You accumulated by one method or another and all of them tells you a differing tale. By the way the green stuff that appeared on your Gerber while stored in the leather sheaths was called Verdigris pronounced ver di gree, the I is said as in it. It is created by some sort of reaction between the metal and the leather. If you already knew this please accept it as me trying to be helpful and not a know it all. I happen to like all knives, the old Gerbers are among my favorites because they are sort of home grown, available at a reasonably cost(there are some exceptions to the cost angle) and seem to endure for a long period of time.
Accumulate what you like and do with as you wish. My opinion, the story is a part of ownership. I will post later with a couple of examples.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Sut Tatersaul » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:05 pm

CheckSix wrote:my only Gerber... a Blackie Collins designed Gerber Clip Lock Boot Knife. This one made in Portland, OR.
Hi, Check Six:
The Gerber boot knife you show, really flops my mop. Is that an old knife, or are they still made, or available? Thanks for sharing that neat knife with us.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by CheckSix » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:20 am

Sut Tatersaul wrote:
CheckSix wrote:my only Gerber... a Blackie Collins designed Gerber Clip Lock Boot Knife. This one made in Portland, OR.
Hi, Check Six:
The Gerber boot knife you show, really flops my mop. Is that an old knife, or are they still made, or available? Thanks for sharing that neat knife with us.
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I think they were made back in the 80's or 90's. The initial ones were made in Portland, then from Italy afterwards. I'm sure you can find a used one.
They are known as the Gerber Blackie Collins River Runner Dive Boot Knife.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by bestgear » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:51 am

Sut Tatersaul wrote:are they still made, or available?
Sut - Here's one that ends today for the bargain price of $119 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gerber-Blackie- ... Sw-4BXYHo5
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Sut Tatersaul » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:34 pm

Hi,All:
Well, I sort of messed up, I saw the pictures of what I think is a great boot knife, the Gerber Clip lock, designed by an old favorite designer, and maker of mine, Blackie Collins. I didn't read the description close enough, of one of those knifes offered on E-Bay. it was offered without a sheath. I just went ahead and bought it. Then I found out it didn't have the sheath, which is an intricate part of the locking system. I got it all cleaned up, and looking like new. Now, I'll have to find a sheath, or make one, to carry it. I might even get one made, if, my old arthritic crippled fingers will cooperate. I just got too enthused with that, great designed, little knife, and got carried away, but, it will "All come out in the wash" as they say.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by FRJ » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:57 am

That's a great looking knife, Sut. I hope it all works out for you. ::tu::
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by schmoozer » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:03 pm

Found this set this weekend.
No date listed on the brochure.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by schmoozer » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:10 pm

Silly me...just looked at the bottom of the case.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Mossdancer » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:08 pm

Nice EBJ set. If the blades are chrome it is a 1950 set if not somewhere between 1946 and 1949. Look to be unused condition. Good find. The truncated handles are becoming harder to get in condition as yours are.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Sut Tatersaul » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:24 pm

Sut Tatersaul wrote:Hi,All:
Well, I sort of messed up, I saw the pictures of what I think is a great boot knife, the Gerber Clip lock, designed by an old favorite designer, and maker of mine, Blackie Collins. I didn't read the description close enough, of one of those knifes offered on E-Bay. it was offered without a sheath. I just went ahead and bought it. Then I found out it didn't have the sheath, which is an intricate part of the locking system. I got it all cleaned up, and looking like new. Now, I'll have to find a sheath, or make one, to carry it. I might even get one made, if, my old arthritic crippled fingers will cooperate. I just got too enthused with that, great designed, little knife, and got carried away, but, it will "All come out in the wash" as they say.

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I have been giving some thought to my need for a sheath, to fit this Boot Knife. I am inclined to think, that since the sheath, was a crucial part of this knife's locking system, I would prefer to find a factory sheath, and keep it original. Does anyone know where I might find one? Although It would be great fun, I think I'll wait a while, before diving into making one. Help? Thoughts on this will be appreciated.
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