70's Valor 408 Survival Knife; Seki, Japan
In the article, Copies/Clones of the Gerber Mark II knife by John T. Sabol he wrote, “It is a testament to the popularity of the Gerber Mark II, that at least six copies/clones have been made. The Valor "SUPER SPORT SURVIVAL KNIFE" is probably the best quality Mark II copy made. The Valor was manufactured in Japan during the 70's for the Valor Corporation of Miami, Fla. The 440 stainless steel blade has the wide wasp blade profile with 8 teeth-per-inch serrations on a two-inch section on both blade edges. The black diecast aluminum handle is almost identical to that of the Mark II.”
The Valor knives are not serial numbered. The blades have a brushed finish and are electro-etched with "VALOR / MIAMI, U.S.A." on one side of the blade ricasso and "440 STAINLESS" / "JAPAN 408" on the opposite side of the ricasso.
The Valor 408 was sold with a black leather sheath that is similar to the Mark II presentation sheaths that have the square tip and belt loop. The sheath is unmarked.
Stainless steel spline 1/4" thick, Blade 6 7/8", 11 7/8" Total Overall length
This rare knife is NOS, marks if any are from storage and handling. Judge for yourself. Comes in original box. Very Collectible
link to the article mentioned; http://militarycarryknives.com/MKCOPIESCLONES/MkCopiesClones.htm