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.