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 abut 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 NO use. The leather sheath is correct to the steel and is ONLY marked Gerber on the revers side. The sheath remains in excellent To Near NEW condition with tight stitching and No age discoloration or marks. 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. FEW ARE FOUND WITH JUST THE NAME GERBER MAKRED ON THE BACK OF THE SHEATH, INDICATING THIS TO BE A VERY EARLY ONE!