Gerber First made and branded their sharpening Steel’s back in the mid 1960’s. The First Gerber Mark II knife was offered with a leather sheath pouch & steel at an additional cost. The early steel’s had the Gerber stamped on the top of the steel in small letters, after about 1971 the Gerber stamping was much larger. The one offered here is an early example with the small Gerber stamp. Due to the short duration of time these “smaller” stamped steels were made, the harder they are to now find in good condition. This steel is in excellent condition and shows very little to almost no use. The leather sheath is correct to the steel and is properly marked Gerber Portland, Ore on the reverse side. The sheath remains in near new condition with tight stitching, may have been carried a few times but the steel looks like it is in near un-used condition. The Gerber steels could be bought separately from Gerber but were also an option with the Mark II’s as well as some of their Armorhide and sportsman model knives. The early Gerber Mark II’s made from 1967-about 1970 had the smaller Gerber Logo, after that they switched to larger lettering. NOTE: for comparison we have listed a Large Gerber Logo Steel.