Joseph Gerber founded the Gerber Legendary Blades in Portland, Oregon in 1939. At first, the company specialized in kitchen knives, although soon, in 1958, his son Pete Gerber switched to sports knives, with such success that there was They increase the range with hunting knives and fishing knives and pocket knives. Gerber was the first manufacturer of lightweight knives, such as the Gator and Gator Mate models with fiberglass reinforced nylon handles and a "kraton" finish. They also used other materials such as "zytel" from Dupont. Other important products of the Gerber brand are military and survival knives such as the famous Mark II dagger, pocket knives and multipurpose tools. Today Gerber is known throughout the world for the extraordinary quality of its products.