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Gerber Boot Knife

Post by Paladin » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:14 am

Guys,
Does the serial number on my Gerber Boot Knife translate to a date of manufacture? I have looked in my reference books but cannot find anything in the way of an answer to this question.
As always, thanks for any help on this,
Ray
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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by knife7knut » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:35 am

Ray:That is a Gerber Custom Mk1 with the wood handle.They normally came with a cast aluminum handle. I believe if you Google Gerber Mk1 they will have a list of the years they were made by serial #.I know they do for the MkII's.
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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by Paladin » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:39 am

knife7knut wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:35 am
Ray:That is a Gerber Custom Mk1 with the wood handle.They normally came with a cast aluminum handle. I believe if you Google Gerber Mk1 they will have a list of the years they were made by serial #.I know they do for the MkII's.
Thank you, sir. I'll jump on Google right away.

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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by kennedy knives » Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:51 am

Paladin wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:39 am
knife7knut wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:35 am
Ray:That is a Gerber Custom Mk1 with the wood handle.They normally came with a cast aluminum handle. I believe if you Google Gerber Mk1 they will have a list of the years they were made by serial #.I know they do for the MkII's.
Thank you, sir. I'll jump on Google right away.

Ray
Ray go to MilitaryCarryknives.com.markII and look under the Presentation . It will give you a lot of info on Gerbers
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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by Paladin » Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:36 am

Thank you and there is a lot of info there.

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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by knife7knut » Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:43 am

Here is the one I have
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Post by Paladin » Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:56 am

That's a good one, Ray. I really like old Gerbers.

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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by Case V42 » Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:58 am

The Mark I Presentation (wood handle) was produced 1977-1984. The knives were sold with tan sheaths (usually lighter colored than yours). Gerber also produced the Mark II and the Guardian in wood presentation variant. And, they also produced engraved examples.

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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by Paladin » Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:19 am

Case V42 wrote:
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The Mark I Presentation (wood handle) was produced 1977-1984. The knives were sold with tan sheaths (usually lighter colored than yours). Gerber also produced the Mark II and the Guardian in wood presentation variant. And, they also produced engraved examples.
Thanks for this info. I appreciate it.

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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by TazmanTom18 » Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:37 pm

The first knife pictured appears to have an acid etch, where the second on is a stamped tang. Any significance?

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Post by Paladin » Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:47 pm

TazmanTom18 wrote:
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The first knife pictured appears to have an acid etch, where the second on is a stamped tang. Any significance?
I'm not sure Tom. Best guess is that is has to do with the years in which they were made.

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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:12 pm

Gerber Slant 2, 1972-1981. I'm no expert but I'm unaware of any serial # related charts.
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Re: Gerber Boot Knife

Post by Case V42 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:38 am

There is no production date chart for the Mark I. As to the stamped and etched serial numbers; from the examples I've examined it seems to be totally random.

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