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        The knife was produced by a company named “Hugo Köller” from Solingen. The company produced high quality gardening tools, such as pruning shears, and knives. It was founded in 1861. My particular knife must have been produced before 1991 (more about that later). I found all this information from a post in the German knife forums:  www.messerforum.net/showthread.php?26516-Hugo-K%F6ller . Some years ago I went to a local flee market and found this knife for about 10$. The blade was a bit messed up and dirty but nothing some sandpaper and elbow grease couldn’t fix.

Amazing craftsmanship: Front 2 cut

The two blades are ground in such a way that they lay very close to each other. This costly construction allows for a very slim knife with two blades using only one back spring. Notice also the brass spacer that has been included on the tip-end side of the large blade.

Elegant lines: Rücken

The whole knife is very slim and elegant. The black scales are made of a synthetic material that is unknown to me. It is very smooth and a bit shiny. The scales are fixed with brass rivets onto the brass layers. The two rivets at the top and bottom of the knife also function as pivots for the blades. Into these larger rivets the pivots have been inserted smoothly.  Stempel 2 high contrastAt the beginning I mention that my knife must have been produced before 1991 (my guess is somewhere close to the end of the seventies). This is because in 1991 the company was bought by Puma, which involved a change of the logo (cf. cut, messerforum.net). Speaking of which, the old logo features an eagle with widespread wings:Stempel 1 gedreht

For me old style pocket knives have a special aura. They are users, this knife has been build as a heavy duty working man’s tool, but yet they are elegant. With all their nicks and dings they tell a story and represent a piece of cutlery history. Often you can find them, lying at the bottom of an old box on a flee market or garage sale, for very little money.

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© Text & Photos: Philipp Jakob