Otter-Messer Anchor Sailor's Knife
This simple but extremely rugged pocket knife has been used and manufactured in Solingen, Germany for over 100 years and is virtually unchanged from the 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.
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. Otter-Messer, which translates to "Otter Knives," manufactured simple and strong pocket knives finished with wooden scales, all of them hand made—ground, stropped (straightened with a leather strap), and polished in their small factory. The otters who lived in the streams and brooks next the little factory inspired the both the logo and the name. Today Otter-Messer knives are fitted with C75 carbon steel blades, but the knives are still manufactured and stropped by hand. The knives are renowned for their many applications and industrial quality.
This brass-anchored sailor's knife is a good example of the quality of Otter-Messer knives. Boasting a curved blade for control, a weatherproof hardwood handle and the iconic anchor inlay, it is functional for a number of applications due to it's broad "Sheepsfoot Blade" which is ideal for nautical conditions. The absence of a straight pointed blade makes stabbing incidents less likely - useful for the turbulent nature of the sea and the turbulent demeanor of shanghai'd or indentured sailors... as well as for those of us landlocked and accident prone.
- Mercator's "Sailor" Pocket Knife design
- C75 Carbon Steel
- Hardwood handle
- Brass rivets
- Blunted sheeps food blade - ideal for safety and cheese spreading
- Hand Made in Solingen Germany
- Fits the leather sheath by Red Clouds Collective