Pros: Finish, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Materials
Sadly, not as well-made as they used to be
I got my first Mk II in 1984, given to me by my dad just before boot camp - stainless blade, black leather sheath, etc. A beautiful knife that was eventually stolen.I replaced it here in late 2014 via Amazon and wasn't impressed. The made-in-China sheath is... ok... but I wouldn't want to take it to Iraq (where I carried a Cold Steel SRK in '04-'05).The big deal, however, is that the blade was inserted askew into the handle. Not the rare "bent blade" from the 60s or whenever to make the handle hug the hip - no, this was a very visible skewness and was present in the original and both replacements I received from Amazon. It took a few emails to Gerber, along with photo evidence of the issue, before the Gerber guys hand-selected a knife where the blade was in line with the handle. I'm happy with it now, but it took a month to get resolved - so check your own knives by peering down their long axis and turn the knife over and over to see if the tip moves like a bent pool-cue. I just finished making a decent Kydex sheath for it today, so I'm finally happy.