First introduced in 1966, this combat knife has stood the test of time. Specifically designed for combat applications, the black oxide coated 420HC blade is double serrated. A die cast aluminum handle and and well-placed bolsters give secure grip.
Some knives were simply built to stand the test of time, bridging the gap between applauded and legendary. In 1966, Gerber introduced the Mark II fixed blade and the rest, as they say, is history. In a time of turmoil and war, this knife was born of unparalleled attention to the survival and combat needs it was designed to serve. The Vietnam era may have faded into history, but the ripple effect of its influence can still be felt in the iconic design of the Mark II.
One of the best-selling knives of all time, the Mark II is the benchmark against which other tactical knives are measured. The classic features remain applicable on today’s battlefield – the double serrated blade for maximum piercing capabilities, the exaggerated bolster for confident grip, and the unmistakable 6.5” 420HC steel blade. The Mark II isn’t just another tactical knife; it is a piece of history that you carry with you.
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Picked up my first Mark II in the '70's, carried it in Vietnam, Korea, etc., then gave it to my oldest son serving in Special Forces. He still carries it. Purchased one in the late '80's and gave it to my #2 son when he joined the Corps and replaced it for my own use. Just gave that one to my Grandson after he graduated from basic in MCRD San Diego - guess I will have to get me yet another one...
Carried in the Gulf War. Absolutely the best combat knife/ tool available. Bought them as a gift for the kids on graduating basic.
I was given a Gerber Mark II as a Graduation Present and Commissioning as a U.S. Military Officer, decades ago (1970s, 1980s).
Sharpened to literally Razor Sharp, could shave hair off arm.
Gerber Mark II carried along with an Issued Camillus Stainless Steel Pocket Knife during U.S. Military Teams to Iran Iraq Wars, CIA Operation Cyclone, etc. till recent.
During the Vietnam War was issued a Camillus Survival Knife as U.S. Army Special Forces Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger. Seriously, started thinking about buying a Gerber Mark II.
I bought my first one back in 1983 and carried it with me into the service and many war time deployments. I traded the knife to a French Foreign Legion soldier for his Cape Blanc and have missed the knife ever since. Just bought a new one and it just feels right being back in my kit.
Bought my 1st one before my first TD in the late 80's; and can honestly say it saved my life. When I left the service I gave that one to a good friend of mine in the hopes it would be as useful to him as it was to me. Picked up a 2nd one a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier. It's a reliable, purpose built knife that holds a lot of regard and respect from me. I'll never be without one again.
I bought mine in early 1970s (1972) and still have it s# 029709 the leather sheath wore out at the top but not what holds the knife and sharpener. I had taken this knife beyond the call of duty, even in salt water.
I bought one of these in 1971 and used it as a jump knife. It had a nice leather sheath. I actually used the serrated part to cut through a bolt! Four years ago I gave it to a young Marine who was being deployed to Afghanistan. He still has it.
Inherited mine from my Grandfather (ret. MC). after seeing the serial number I just had to look it up. 1969. Worn and scratched, but still a sharp, functioning blade. 47 years old and here it is attached to the front of my kit in Baghdad, Iraq. Feels good to have something so classic and old school among all these super tactical tanto folding hacksaws everyone seems to be buying these days.
My father purchased the Mark I for me in May, 1967, serial number 1036 for $25. I carried it while at Dong Tam RVN supporting the river assault group. I always felt the knife was not completely secure in the leather case so put a loop of shot line around it to insure I didn't drop it in the river. I used it as a very good tool for all things Gunner's Mates do and never had to use it as a combat knife. I still have it and keep it safe and secure.
had a mark ii in afghan lasted with me the whole tour till time to come back home and someone needed it more than i did. loved the knife and used it to settle a few conflicts
I would like this knife with out the serrations on the blade. The serration are fine for cutting ropes or nylon, but I have a good rope knife.
The 1967 design and appearance is what I am looking for, but the price for one of those old knives in pristine shape is 2k and over. A commemorative quality look-alike without the black blade coating and serrations would boost sales for your current "standard" and would send collectors into a case of the vapors... A limited run of high-end knives could put a little excitement back in your current line of double-edgers.
I bought a Mark II (?) in 1991 and took it to the Gulf with me. I loved that knife and so did someone else as they stole it. I wish I could find another. Alas, the one I had did not have serations. Please help me.
Bought my Mk II in the late 80's. It is still holding up tough! The blade holds an edge remarkably well. The serrations are great for cutting small branches and sandbags as well as rope and 550 cord. It is my primary fighting knife on my plate carrier.
What's with the serrations? Why not make a version without serrations? A lot of people want this knife with a straight edge blade. Give the people what they want!!!
I bought my first one while in Naval Intelligence in the mid '70's and it served me well in a number of conditions. Sadly I no longer have it and desire another. Price seemingly has doubled since my original purchase. But, circumstances as they are today you never know when this handy instrument may again be called into service.
I purchased my MK-II at Ft. Bragg NC in 1991 and carried during Desert Storm. I still have that knife today and it is one of the best blades I have ever owned.
I've had this knife for over 20 years, on several deployments, and it's still almost as good as new. I've never had a knife hold up as well or as long.
I bought my first Mark 1 in 1967 just before getting shipped to S.E. Asia. Although my Marl 1 served me well, it was difficult, in that wet humid climate, to keep the blade free from rust. After I was shipped back to the states, I carried my Mark 1 everywhere, all the time. I retired it about 10 years ago. It hangs on the wall in my library next to my KaBar and Sikes-Fairbairn.
I bought my Gerber Mark II when I was air crew on a helicopter when I was in the US Army, 501St Combat Aviation Battalion, Nuremberg Germany. It was either 1979 or 1980. I was issued the standard Aviator Survival Vest, but not a knife. I guess the Army did not think that we rated a survival Knife. So I bought my Gerber Mark II. I have had that knife for over 35 yrs. I just today got it back from Gerber, I had the factory reshape and sharpen the knife. It is one of my most valued possessions..
Only the F-S (Fairbairn–Sykes) is in the same category. Wistanding the test of time, and only getting better.
I was issued a small plastic switchblade in jump school. It was useless. Bought a Gerber Mark I at the BX. Finally lost it in 1978 just before i got out. I could not find a mark I when I got home so I bought a Mark II. I've had it ever since. Just wish it had the smooth blade. I don't care for serrated. I also still use my USMC Ka-Bar. Just depends on the use and need. I always keep one handy.
great flesh insertion! leather jackets dont bother wit this one, also used to precision eye poking only once, yet. tottaly recomend this knife for killing spree.
One bad blade, common configuration is right hip with multiple tie down points I'm assuming. Mine came in a little dull, guessing i need a washita now?
I absolutely love this knife but I was just informed that it is illegal to carry or transfer in California because it is concidered an assault dagger. Is this true? Because I've taken it everywhere since I bought it.
Bought one of these in the PX at Fort Lewis in 1974.I was in the Canadian Army training with
a Ranger unit.
Best knife I have ever owned. Our issue knives wouldn't cut butter.
Good knife comes in handy in those tight spots . This thing did not fail me when my rifle did . This thing saved my life when a guy tryed to stick me lucky I got to him first no need to tell the rest of the story .
I bought this knife for my husband for Christmas. He was in the 82nd Airborne (out of Ft. Bragg, NC and lost the 1 he had many years ago on a jump. We couldn't find a replacement when he got out and he has always missed his. He now has it again and he LOVES IT!! :) Only issue he has with it is that the snap on the back of the sheath (at the tip of the blade) broke when he went to unsnap it so we are trying to get a replacement.
Gorgeous knives. I can see why Marvel wanted your company to be a part of their film. Definitely a piece that stands out during a photoshoot.
Great tactical knife when I'm not running amok as The Winter Soldier. Perfect for hunting, or as a self defense weapon when I am out in BFE in the middle of the sticks alone.
I carried this knife through Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. It's by far the most reliable, durable knife I've ever owned. I'm proud to say it was a fearsome piece of gear when I was serving as an MP at Abu Ghraib. Never had to use it directly, but psychologically it made an impact. Truly a great knife.
I bought an earlier version in 1978 when I was first commissioned. Gave it to one of my NCOs when I departed in 1979 for OCONUS tour. When I got to my new unit, I had my father purchase one and send it to me. It does make you look like a refugee from a John Wayne movie, but, it performs its intended task extremely well. It is NOT a utility or woodsman's knife. For those purposes, get a good Bowie style knife. But, for dispatching bad guys or bad critters, the Mk II is perfect.
My MK2 was made in 1972 and I got it in 1973 to carry on my LBE. I always used it for what it was made for and kept it very sharp, I mean very sharp. I had it with me all over the world, I used the knife from 1973 till I retired in 2000. In that time I seen many changes it gear, but the knife stayed the same. Why fix it , if it's not broke! Had to use it twice for what it was made for and was happy to have it. Looks like everyone is trying to make a better mouse trap, but I don't see the improvement .Wish they would go back to the old stuff, I would get another one to give to my Brothers son.
Bought mine in 1985 at the Ft Carson PX. Saw service in Panama, Europe, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Honduras, and Somalia. Still a great blade, needs a new sheath, but holds a place of honor in my Victory Room.
...I purchased this knife. I already knew it would be good quality, sharp and awesome looking. But is it really useful for anything but really dire self defense situations?
Light, balanced and comfortable; I still think it was worth the price if only to wow some friends.
I got mine in a BX in Germany in the early 80's Stainless blade, serrated, with a black leather sheath. 35 years later it's still a legendary blade! My only complaint is that they only had one for sale at the time.
I bough a MK II the week after I finished Basic Training at Ft Ord, CA. One of my Drill Sergeants was a real Snake-Eater and had served three tours of Viet Nam. He constantly told us that every soldier needs a good knife "just in case."
I kept mine all the way through my Service and took it with me to every assignment, both CONUS and overseas. It got a lot of work and took a lot of abuse but always performed well.
When my only son enlisted for the Infantry in 2005 I bought him a MK II. It stayed with him through an extended tour in Iraq and for the remaineder of his Service. He got a lot of use out of it and it never failed him.
The MK II is just a damned tough knife and holds up well to almost anything you can think of to use a knife for.
I think the MK II should be standard issue to ALL Combat Troops regardless of their branch of service.
I had one of these from the 80's and fell in love with the fit and finish of it; it just got everything right. I gave it to a good friend who is now serving. Now that it's back, and is still made in the good old United States, I'm gonna get my hands on another one -- there is just too much to like about this sleek, symmetrically perfect knife..
I bought my Mark II in 1972 and still have it, leather sheath and all. I added a black-oxide finish to the stainless blade. The grip is a little worn but it has been a faithful companion on many jumps as well as Scout camp outs and hikes. I'm proud to own it and will pass it on to my grand kids when they are of age.
What can I say about this classic knife that hasn't already been said. I carry mine as a backup to either my Walther PPK or S&W 640 stainless. It's the best F/S style dagger on the market and lends itself extremely well to that method of knife fighting. Actually, it's quite an improvement on that design. I just wish that Gerber would do away with the serrations, brighten the blade, use better tool steel and go back to a leather sheath. But, those are just my personal wishes--the knife is still an excellent choice to turn to in a life or death situation.
HAVE A MARK 1 AND A MARK 2 BOUGHT WHILE AT FT LEWIS WA. LOVE BOTH AND THEN THEY WERE MADE IN USA. BEST OF BOTH THE WORLDS
Had one I picked up in PX in late '80s. Carried it in Desert Storm (37th AEG). Flying back into country, it disappeared from my duffle, when we transferred from military flight to civilian airliner. Has a 4 pointed star scratched into the handle, if anyone finds it. Would love to get it back.
Bought a Mark II at the Camp Lejeune PX just before I shipped to Saudi and Kuwait in 1990 (might be sacrilegious, I know, but I never cared for the KABAR for field use) . , It worked well as a field knife, and, though I never had to use the Gerber for its intended purpose, for a guy who missed the 1911 and didn't have a lot of faith in the Beretta, it was one helluva nice security blanket..
I still have it. The blackening on the handle has a lot of scratches from climbing on and off of tanks and amtracks, and there's still dust and dirt embedded in the weave of the sheath from Saudi and Kuwait, and a few other places, but it did everything I needed it to do, and you can't ask more of a knife than that...
Very nice, well made knife!!! It's a classic that feels great in your hand. Although I would prefer a leather sheath, the one provided is much nicer than I expected. You can't go wrong with this knife!!!
I have had one of these since 1991. I love it because it served me so well in combat situations. Mogadishu, Somalia, comes to mind first and foremost.
I have the most recent model of the Mark II and I love it!! In my opinion, the Mark II is the best Gerber knife i have ever seen! I will have this knife in my collection until the day I die.
It comes out of the box very dull and is nearly impossible to sharpen. The sheath is good.
It is a beautiful knife, but it is best suited for killing things(which i never have to do). It isn't really useful for much else.
I still have the MARK II that I purchased in 1991. I love this knife..!! Mine came with a stainless steel finish on the blade (not Black Oxide Coated). I used this knife in combat training in 1992, and combat operations starting in 1993 (Mogadishu, Somalia). There were many times I was glad this knife was a part of my combat gear. I still use this knife on hiking, camping, and / or hunting expeditions. Thanks for such great products..!!!
I bought two of these at the same time and moment in 1991. One for me, and one for a friend as a Birthday gift for him. We were in the same military unit, and we were about to be sent out to some interesting places. I thought, "he might like it". As it turned out, he liked it. We were both glad, and the mission (and many more) went very well.
These (the Gerber Mark II) are well crated tools. Get one if you are able to do so.
Bought one in Hohenfels, Germany in 1980, I still have it and it will still shave your arm. Works great for dispatching wild hogs also.
I had a knife like this when I was a young lieutenant. It slipped out of the sheath one night on movement at Fort Irwin and I never saw it again. Hated to lose it, loved that knife.
I purchased one and carried it through my edged weapons training in recon school and subsequently after. This is definitely a purpose built fighting weapon, and not a utility tool, and it should not be used for utility purposes. The 420hc steel leaves some to be desired in the way of tensile strength and edge holding ability but not bad overall. When it comes to excellent usability from the overhand tactical grip you'll be hard pressed to find a better suited weapon.
The version I carry is over 20 years old. Beautiful knife! Weight and balance, good whip. Excellent short range point forward throw. The aluminium handle is not too cold to the hand during winter ops. Problems now at the border crossings due to the double edge and blade length. Hard to sharpen using a hand held India Fine stone; but once done, really holds the edge.I personally have no use for the serrated portion so I would prefer the the older full edge version (To each their own). I have personally stabbed my own knife into an old American silver dollar with out damaging the tip. Excellent knife for William Ewart Fairbarin Methods. I highly recommend this knife for military purposes.
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A friend of mine gave me one of these for my birthday. He got it for me because I used to work at night and the vehicle I was driving at the time had a habit of breaking down. One morning, about 4 in the morning, my truck broke down. Right in the worst place in town. Popped the hood, keeping this knife on my belt, and proceeded to mess with my truck. A guy came out of now where holding a pocket knife and demanded my hard earned money. I went for my wallet and grabbed my knife instead. Words were exchanged and long story short, it was the first time I'd ever been wished a good day by someone that just tried to rob me.
I vould every day chose the LFM II Infantry its a real good knife, but Mark II is so speciel, the double serated edges, can be used on a stick as a solid spear for hunting (real survivel, not a test). the Gerber machete on one leg, the Mark II on the other, and the LFM II on the inside of my left arm for quick access. one Paraframe II - Stainless, Fine Edge side ways on the back of my Outdoor belt, Molle-Jacket is very handy too, just the stap proven, Gerber/special tools/Basic first aid kit, compas, +4000 lumens torch, knives, multitools etc.
all outdoor equipped + kajak & mountainbike with bike trailer, 3.5 m. only made for carrying a kajak behind a bike.
Dry & wetsuits for surviving longer time in the water. (allways respect the sea).
But the perfect tools from Gerber made it possible to get real pro equipment , leatherman is OK, but not close to Gerber (and I just bought a 200$ Leatherman this christmass (my dad wanted one) and its not close to the Gerber 600 I would have bought him. (but he wanted the other one, I cant wait to show him the 600 or 800 model :)
Gerber really was the last very important items I needed, but I feel only Gerber is up to the job, Protecting me and used as tools on the nice trips to the wilder parts.
I have allready found a nice multitool for my brother. Damn I can keep on finding stuff I need and want :) A good new year to you all.
(if it was madeof Incopal I would have placed the the 5 star). Gerber rules
Why change a good thing? The original L6 wasp blade was so much better. It's a shame manufacturers don't take pride in quality anymore.
Like most every cherry @ Bragg I bought one. Varied it all over Ft. Bragg and then the world. Good knife then, but now there are far more and (yes) better tools for your kit. Not to take away any of the memories this knife offers myself and thousands of vets who came before me, just sayin'
i took this model out in RC-east, afghanistan KONAR province. i also used it for tower guard and ECP. talk about intimidating people. when nobody wants to listen and your m4 doesn't do the job, pull this bad boy out and you got total cooperation and 0 resistance. i always had this on my IOTV i had to rig it with 5/50 cord to sit on my lower back on my riggers belt. i'm happy to say i never used it in CQB but if i did i would be confident that it will do its job when i go black and cant find any ammo around. thank you Gerber for keeping this blade around!
i loved this knife with all my heart, got me through some "live action" and at the end of the day mad sure i got back home. however it shouldn't be used as a throwing weapon multiple times, which i learned the hard way. Blade breaks in the handle if thrown multiple times and hits hard surfaces
This is 1 knife that defines Purpose Built . A piece of the knifemakers artwork . When we deploy mine goes every time .
Had one for years and carried it in the field, the tip broke off in an ammo crate; leather sheath was wearing away from use. Gave another with engraving to a friend when he was comissioned. This is one of the classic top 10 blades ever. Lost mine with most my gear one year. Someday I'll own another.
this is really a perfect knife im not sure witch is a better military knife-mark 2 or seal pup- mark 2 all the way i also own one !
Bought a Gerber knife (think it was a combat special - looks like a Mark II) back in 1967. Flew three combat tours in Nam (F-4s) with it strapped to my G-suit. Got shot down once but the good guys got me before I had to use my Gerber. Still have it and every once in a while I pull it out and am flooded with memories. Thanks for a GREAT Knife!
when i was at smkw (smokey mountain knife works), i was at the gerber stand and i held this knife and it was amazing and super light and sturdy!
Carry one on both of my last two combat drops, at Archeron-(LV-426), and on LV-223, one of the best blades I ever had. Had it attached to my chest armor. Had to find out what happened to the colony there. Me and a women that ran into some kind of bug, they called it I think a Xenomorph...but a bugs a bug to me but, it's a great knife and would leave the ship without it !!!!!!
I carried 2 of these knives, one on my ballistic vest and one in a calf holster during the first Iraq War. I wouldn't have trade either if them for the world. They were a part of my gear just as my rifle. Unfortunately my ex-wife, knowing how much they meant to me, was responsible for their disappearance during the divorce. Those knives were far better qaulity than she was.
For nearly a decade I carried the Mark I Tactical and Gaurdian into many various theaters of operation. I purchased them while stationed at Ft Bragg and carried them to Germany, Bosnia , Saudia Arbia and Korea. Most impressive was in Bosnia one of my soldiers wrote Gerber that a multitool broke. They sent us an enter box of them. Always been a favorite tool and dagger of mine.
I've had my MkII for over twenty years; sheath is a little ratty(but still functional) and the painted handle is lacking paint, but I WOULD NOT sell or trade this knife for anything.
I took one of these, a Mark I, to VietNam, 1971. When I got wounded the medic didn't have anything to cut my uniform off, so I gave him the Mark I to use. When he finished, he stuck it in the ground and that's the last I saw of it. Don't remember much after that. Too much morphine I guess. I loved that knife.
This is an absolutely perfect knife. I really love the double serration. This knife saved me from an LA mugger (I'll bet he was sorry.)
THIS LOOKS LIKE A EPIC KNIFE, I DONT HAVE IT YET. I WANT TO GET IT BECUASE THE MILITARY USED IT AND STILL DOES, PLUS IT LOOKS COOL!
Received one for Christmas a year ago. Great knife, one I hope I never need to use for its original intent. Heirloom material.
I bought my first Mark ll in 1970. I think I paid 27.00 dollars for it brand new. Carried it in Veitnam, Korea and Germany. Lost in the fight for Panama. Of course i replaced it and when I retired i gave it to a ranger Buddy of mine.
I have bought and used several diffrent types of knives including diffrent makes and models and the Mark II is the only one that I have found that relly kicks the compation's butt. I use to own one years ago and unfortunatly it was distroyed and it was a Mark I that was given to me and I had carried it over seas and found it VERY useful and it relly helped me get the job done and looking forward to purchising my new one!!!!
I carried an earlier model on many missions and it never failed to perform. An ex-wife has it now so I bought a new one.
The blade has changed a little, but for the better I think.
The handle is exactly the same so it feels the same in my hand as the old ones.
Don't be on the receiving end of a MKII.
Had a Mark II since the seventies. Leather sheath pretty worn, but still in one piece. Knife is a little narrower from being sharpened and pitted a little, but keeps a sharp edge. Skinned many a deer, like having two knives in one. It is now thirty years plus old and I am sure it will out last me. Ordered another one yesterday that I am sure will be as good as my first one. Thank you Gerber, keep'em commin!
I've been knives since I was eleven. I have a Vietnam era limited edition Mark 11. I love this knife. I'm scared to use it though because I don't know how to sharpen it. I'm going to get the new one with the scerations to take with me in the service.
I have a vietnam era one and it is totaly intimidating it sharpens great and it is well made it is a nice piece in my collection and I cannot wait to use it
Purchased mine in 1980-81 - ser # 07688X- (came with a leather sheath at the time- still have it but it's covered with 100mph tape - that's right back when it was still 100mph!) .This blade has served me well and will join me at the end when I fight my way to the promised land.
Bought this knife for hiking defense in case something happened to my gun, LOVE IT, slightly smaller than you would imagine it to be though. Sheath is well made but I plan on investing in a drop down shoulder strap. Also very intimidating even when holstered, as it is one of their few knives with a decent sized guard on it, I will defiantly buy Gerber again, either an automatic or a machete next time, this knife can either bring nostalgia to an older generation, or reverence to a newer generation.
I have been lucky to not have to carry mine into a war zone. However mine has served me well since purchasing in 1984.
To put it to the test, I used it to field dress multiple antelope, and it did not disappoint. With a single strong upward thrust I went
I carried this knife throughout my six years in the military, with never a doubt as to reliability when i needed it. So sharp, I cut my self opening the packaging. I was so depressed when it got lost with my shipment home from Germany.
Very happy to have this great knife back on the market. I do as many others pray you reintroduce the much loved MARK I.