It has sat in my closet for over forty years. Cowboy Boot Stocking With Tree - Texas Holiday Decor! Is this a Vietnam-era knife? Have no idea how or when I picked it up. Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC), "If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by..", US MILITARIA FORUM - COLLECTORS PRESERVING HISTORY. While this carry position afforded quick access to the knife, part of the Mark IIs ricasso can be seen indicating the knife was barely being held in place by the sheaths retaining strap. It was in his old hot rod, and he hadn't messed with it for about 40 years. Yup, bought one new from the Benning PX in 1991 after Basic, and sold it on eBay about a year ago for about $150. HOLY S#!+. Canted blade Mark II - Serial Number 003934 - This knife was taken from a dead NVA soldier by SGT Charlie Sharps, an infantry platoon sergeant with the 173rd Airborne. If you search for "Gerber MKII serial numbers" you'll find a chart that gives you not only production dates but also a chart of the production changes. Pictures of the actual knife that Terry carried are shown below. When I graduated from SF training many of us figured we needed a killer knife, so we went down to the PX and bought one. Straight blade Mark II - Serial Number 007338 - This knife was carried by RMCS G.R. Extremely collectible Gerber Mark II knife made famous during the Vietnam War. After a lot of use, the straps stretched increasing the chance of losing the knife. Here is an array of my Gerber MK-II (Mark Two) survival/fighting knives. Terry was originally a Marine who became a SEAL team member and was a medic, HM1. Black handle Mark II's started around 1977. Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab, Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab, Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab, Bidding has ended on this item. See Details. They were, without a doubt, among the more popular knives to own and carry during the Vietnam war. Also another retention strap snap has been added to the strap. In addition, the original retaining strap has been replaced with a nylon strap with velcro closure. Also see for more information and details about his last mission. Nice condition with original Gerber Sheath. Canted /offset blade by chance?? Gerber Mk II found in a toolbox. The handle is extremely ergonomic, the blades were delivered hair-shaving sharp, and they came in a well designed and high quality leather sheath. The point of all this is that for some reason I typed "Gerber Mark II" into an ebay search today. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. "Beach Jumper" was the cover name of U.S. Navy special warfare units. Looks like an older wasp blade with cats tounge(rough grip).They did do a remake of these bit it was in the late 80s or 90s. Serial # 028723 dates 1972/1973.