There is no wood on the handle. The molten steel droplets momentarily melted the aluminum and were imbedded in the handle. Dave Yancosky Photo: Some of these knives I refer to as "Lunch Box Specials", made up in the factory by an employee and then smuggled out of the Gerber factory in a lunch box. The knives are found in a teal colored some are red colored velveteen imitation velvet lined insert in a black cardboard box with brown leather sheath and Certificate of Authenticity. This blade finish is accomplished by abrading or "brushing" the bladeusually with a fine grit wheel. I've also assigned an alphanumeric code to each of the knife types to aid collectors in describing a particular variation without resorting to a lengthy description.
The brushing gives the blade a distinctive look, retaining some of its luster along with a pattern of very fine lines.
Gerber Mark II Knife............Date/Age and Value? Help!
Yellow dive knife introduced in - there were no records kept of how many were made but some indications of approx ? How absurd! Polished blades can be found on some Cat's Tongue and early gray Armorhide handled knives. The current production of the Mark II, from the years to sometime in After being extracted from the mold, the flash from the handle centerline and the sprue from the end of the pommel are removed. The picture below shows a comparison of a true Orange Armorhide handle top and a knife handle that has been repainted orange bottom.