Just acquired this really nice and near Mint condition Gerber Mark II made in 1976. Serial #051353. In 1976 Gerber Opted to match the Gerber Mark II with a dark green sheath, this is the only year they provide a dark green sheath. In addition this Mark II comes with the optional Sharpening Steel also marked GERBER. The steel was an optional upgrade offered by Gerber at an additional charge. This knife includes the correctly numbered to the knife box, which is really rare to find as most were pitched out. This knife is in near MINT condition and I would rate it excellent ++; it has not been used or sharpened as it retains the original factory edge. There are a few light carbon spots on one part of the spine on the blade and a very slight few near the logo. Both of these slight spots can be seen in the pictures. Slight spots like this are not uncommon with blades of this age and they are dark spots only NOT Rust or Pitting. All painted areas, the gray handle and hilt are all perfect and in mint condition, again leading me to assume this knife did not see any use and probably remained in a drawer or safe for most of its life. The sheath is also in near mint condition, all complete with tie-down and tight stitching. Any of the Gerber Mark II”s with the gray handles are becoming hard to find in unused condition and are sought after by Foreign collectors. New Gerber Mark II on the market and somewhat of a copy but they cannot compare to the quality and materials used in the older knives.