Pocket Knife - Black
This simple but extremely rugged pocket knife has been used and manufactured in Solingen, Germany for over 100 years and is virtually unchanged from its original design. The "Mercator" blades were first forged in 1867 by Heinrich Kaufmann & Sohne, Indiawerk. Their reliability made them popular with Kaiser Wilhelm's Army in WWI. Eventually they garnered acclaim from civilians as well. They are virtually indestructible and have been passed down from generation to generation.
The sturdy metal handle and the blade is mounted and riveted by hand. The imprint is stamped under the press and powder coated by hand. The designation K55K means "K" for the former merchant owner, "55" for high street 55, the former company address and "K" for the symbol cat.
The Mercator knife is a simple all-purpose and table knife. Otter-Messer, who has been manufacturing blades in Solingen since 1840, revived the manufacture of the Mercator pocket knife in 1995 when Heinrich Kaufmann & Sohne, Indiawerk went bankrupt.
Materials: C75 carbon steel blade, steel powder coated iron casing
Dimensions: Blade length 8.5 cm, Handle length 11cm, Width 7mm
Handmade in Solingen, Germany by Otter-Messer.