Dating gerber mark ii knife
them gerbers, in that condition can go for 250$ and up depending on date and condition.yours falls in the first lot, so yours was made in 1967. Those wasp waisted, cat's tongue handled, Mark ll knives if original, are worth a fair bit. Since you lost your original, and acquired this one. The leather is in great shape, considering I haven't done anything to it, just keep it in the safe - dehumidified.
WWII Knuckle Knife, made in New Zealand and marked "SMITHS" on the brass handle. At first glance I'm sure you thought it was a Carlson Marine Raider "Gung Ho" knife.
After 1968 the mark went to "Buck / USA", then to "Buck / 120 /USA".
The blade is marked "James Ryals & Co Ltd / Sheffield". Buck knives made prior to 1968 were marked just "Buck". The blade is 5 7/8" long and marked "Buck" at the ricasso. There is a date on top of the original box of 1962 and I would think that was when this knife was made. This is the rare (only 500 made) parkerized version made for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. The black parkerizing is the same that Camillus used on their Mark 2's and M3's. Aprox 180 knives were made in 1967 with 150 of them being sent to Vietnam in August 1968. This exact knife is pictured on page 129 of Mike Silvey's Military Pocket Knife Book.
If a blade is capable of these tasks, then it sure is capable of piercing or slicing through an opponent in a combat situation.
However, if you wanna use the blade, what’s important is it doesn’t fail you especially if it means survival.