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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Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by orvet » Mon May 16, 2016 4:53 pm

Here are some Gerber knives I own or have owned over the years.

Here is one of my Gerber EDCs, a Folding Field I (FS-I) which was missing part of the wood inserts in the handle.
I replaced it with pieces of water buffalo horn and carry it frequently.
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This is another Folding Field, the FS-III-
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This is a Gerber Magnum Folding Hunter designed by Al Mar-
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This Silver Knight was a gift from a friend in the 1980s. I had the blade replaced by Gerber as it was worn down.
This is the one with the ABS handles.
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Enough of mine for now, lets see your Gerbers!

Post 'em if you got 'em!
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Post by jerryd6818 » Mon May 16, 2016 6:16 pm

My only Gerber folder. LST 200 Lockback
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My only Gerber fixed blade. Had it since the late '70s or very early '80s. MK-1 Boot Knife
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Case V42 » Mon May 16, 2016 10:23 pm

I hope this works. If I prove to be just smart enough to get a photo attached I'll try to add several of the most interesting Gerbers I have in my collection.
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According to Phil Rodenberg's book, in 1953 Gerber made 20 knife sets with "Lioness" handles for the Kansas City Life Insurance Co. Gerber also made an extra 30 sets as replacements etc. The pictured knife is marked, "GERBER Durendal Made In U.S.A." on the bottom of the handle. The blade is chrome plated, but the handle isn't. She's evidently one of the "extras", but how come isn't she plated, and how did she come to be all alone?

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Post by orvet » Mon May 16, 2016 10:56 pm

Wow Mark, that is a RARE one!! ::tu::
That is strange that they didn't plate the lioness when they did the blade.
I think Mossdancer knows a guy who worked for the company that did the plating for Gerber. Maybe he can shed some light on this subject.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Case V42 » Mon May 16, 2016 11:46 pm

Thanks Dale, I hope someone can explain some of the odd features of the knife.

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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by knife7knut » Tue May 17, 2016 11:19 pm

Probably the reason the lioness isn't plated is it is made of aluminum which is near impossible to chrome plate.Most of the time aluminum is highly polished and then clear anodized.If I recall correctly aluminum will also contaminate regular plating tanks so in all likelihood the blade was plated before the handle was cast onto it.An interesting knife to be sure;I have never seen or heard of that model.
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Post by orvet » Tue May 17, 2016 11:49 pm

Nice ones Ray! ::tu::

Is that last double set a Shorty and a Pixie?
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Post by Case V42 » Wed May 18, 2016 12:49 am

Ray,

Nice group of old Gerbers! What's the folder with plain aluminum handles? I don't remember seeing anything like that before. I also like the FH with the checkered walnut. Is that blade stainless or high speed? As to the Shorty/Pixie set; it looks like those are steel Grip (Cat's Tongue) handles. That's a pretty scarce set as they were only made for about two years (1966-68) and were never the standard finish, as chrome was standard until the changeover to Armorhide.

Gerber's kitchen knives and hunters were all chrome plated from 1953 through 1969 for the hunters, and until the end of production for the kitchen and carving knives.

Since you posted the FH (Folding Hunter) I'll post another really weird one. The blade is 10.5 inches long by 2.5 wide. The handles are smooth walnut with brass "liners", and are obviously the same as the Folding Hunter.
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The blade isn't marked, but the sheath is marked, "GERBER, PORTLAND, ORE, 97223 U.S.A." in three lines with the same stamp as used on many early 70's sheaths. The only use for the "knife" that I can conceive of is as a carcass splitter. So I speculate that either a customer or someone working at Gerber wanted a deer splitter to match his Folding Hunter.

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Post by knife7knut » Wed May 18, 2016 2:38 am

Case V42 wrote:Ray,

Nice group of old Gerbers! What's the folder with plain aluminum handles? I don't remember seeing anything like that before. I also like the FH with the checkered walnut. Is that blade stainless or high speed? As to the Shorty/Pixie set; it looks like those are steel Grip (Cat's Tongue) handles. That's a pretty scarce set as they were only made for about two years (1966-68) and were never the standard finish, as chrome was standard until the changeover to Armorhide.

Gerber's kitchen knives and hunters were all chrome plated from 1953 through 1969 for the hunters, and until the end of production for the kitchen and carving knives.

Since you posted the FH (Folding Hunter) I'll post another really weird one. The blade is 10.5 inches long by 2.5 wide. The handles are smooth walnut with brass "liners", and are obviously the same as the Folding Hunter.Splitter.JPG
The blade isn't marked, but the sheath is marked, "GERBER, PORTLAND, ORE, 97223 U.S.A." in three lines with the same stamp as used on many early 70's sheaths. The only use for the "knife" that I can conceive of is as a carcass splitter. So I speculate that either a customer or someone working at Gerber wanted a deer splitter to match his Folding Hunter.
Thank you for the kind words. The scales are actually clear Lexan. The knife is stamped,"Gerber International" and,"Japan".When I got it the scales were missing so I created a set that I thought might have been the original shape.
The Folding Hunter was purchased from a friend of mine who owned a cutlery store and he got it from B.R.Hughes who used to write for various knife publications. They were good friends.
The Shorty/Pixie set I got from a friend a long time ago. Someone had carved their initials(H.V.)into the sheath but the knives are in great shape.
I have a couple of kitchen sets(see pictures).
That knife with the FH handle is definitely an odd one! I've never seen anything like it before. Probably was a one-off or perhaps a custom. That would be sad judging from what the Folding Hunters are selling for now.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by orvet » Wed May 18, 2016 4:27 am

The handle on the folding hunter and the other “big splitter” are called Lamb handles, patented by Thomas Lamb in 1945.
I think the handle was originally used for luggage.
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The Lamb handles were used a lot on the early knives made for Abercrombie & Fitch.
The Lamb handled Folding Hunter was introduced in 1968 with Delrin, smooth Walnut & checkered Walnut.
In 1973 & 1974 there were some available with checkered Ebony handles.
All of the Folding Hunters were discontinued in 1974.
- Source- "A Chronology of Gerber Legendary Blades 1939-1986." by Phil Rodenberg
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Case V42 » Thu May 19, 2016 2:35 am

Dale,

Thomas Babbit Lamb developed the shape referred to in patent 2390544 as an improvement to crutch handles in an effort to better distribute the weight. That patent number is on the handles of some early Cutco knives. Pictured is a Gerber Magnum with the Lamb handle. The handles used on many post-1970 Gerber hunters is a modification of this design.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by FRJ » Fri May 20, 2016 11:38 pm

Very interesting Gerber history here.

Here's some of mine.
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Post by Mossdancer » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:46 pm

Hi Dale:
Here are photos of a second year of production 1948 of the First made for Hunting Sheath knife The Abercrombie and Fitch Magnum Hunter as it came to be known. Took a lot of restoration to get it into this shape. I received it in more than one piece. It was laser welded refitting the small carver blade. All of the markings are readable and the parts are original to this knife. Should anyone have one marked with 1947 I would certainly appreciate a shot at buying it.
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Post by Mossdancer » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:04 pm

Dale: these would make a nice set of bookends for a collection of the Truncated handled Gerber Shorty's and
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the last of the side marked Shorty's the late 1951 Jet handle.
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Re: Show off your Gerber Knives

Post by Mossdancer » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:45 pm

Here are a few
Dale you may have to ID some of these. I just don't remember.
The FS3 is the one I told you about that Bob Embellished.
The FH is 68 or 69 as that is it's fancy sheath on the right.
The FS1 has a gold Wearhauser Emblem on it.
The long funny looking I don't know the name.
You will also have to supply the Al Mar name on his.
There is an Ebony FH
The small FH is a Saikai/Japan
I am pretty sure the two blade FS looking knife is a PK 1 Skookum it has a non brass frame
The fourth one down could have been a Mar or Paul collaboration.
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