The German cutlery company Linder is located in Solingen. The company’s origins trace back to the end of the nineteenth century. Since 1937 it is owned by the family of Paul Rosenkaimer. This family has a long history in knife making too that traces back to the seventeenth century. If you are interested in the company’s history you can learn all the details from Mr. Rosenkaimer here. Linder produces a wide variety of fixed and folding knives for all different types of purposes.
The Super Edge Line consists of four different models that share the same handle and blade steel, but have different blade and edge designs. The Super Edge 1 has a 9cm long, flat ground blade. It might remind you of the famous Fällkniven F1 knife and that is no coincidence. In 1995 Linder produced the first F1 knives for Fällkniven. My model, the Super Edge 2 features a 11cm long flat ground blade that is best described as a semi skinner. Linder calls it the ‘hunter-blade’. The Super Edge 3 is a 13cm long interpretation of a clip point blade. Last but not least the Super Edge 4 has a multifunctional blade design. It might look a bit funky but this design offers a lot of functionalities. This knife comes with a guthook and a bottle opener and is a purpose build hunting tool. The Super Edge 4 won the International Knife Award at the IWA in 2005.
I really like the concept of the Super Edge Line that Linder created. It offers the user a variety of different blade styles, with good materials at an affordable price.
However, the Super Edge 2 in my eyes is the most versatile tool of all four knives. It is neither too big nor too small and with its 11cm long blade it almost stretches the Germany legal blade length for fixed blades of 12cm to its limits.
Talking of the blade, this is clearly the high light of this knife. Manufactured of Japanese ATS 34 steel (similar to Crucible’s 154CM) and ice-vacuum-hardened by Linder to 60HRC this steel offers great toughness and edge retention.
The semi-skinner blade shape might be considered ugly or similar to a butcher knife, for me however, it is an elegant blade design that is at home in the forest. The full flat grind that came razor-sharp from the factory makes it a breeze to carve feather sticks for starting a fire.
Furthermore, the knife excels at skinning, because of the less pronounced tip and the belly of the blade. The 11cm long blade also gives you enough length to butcher larger pieces of meat. At 4.5mm the spine of the knife is more than robust enough to allow the knife to be used for harder jobs, such as batoning smaller pieces of wood, yet it is not too thick to prevent the knife from being a good slicer.
The spine of the knife is sharp enough to throw sparks of a ferro rod, an important feature for bushcrafters. The precisely cut jimping is sharp
and allows you to really lock your thump in when cutting powerfully.
At the same time it is not too sharp or pointy to hurt your finger.
The handle is made of Kraton that feels just right, not too soft and not too hard either. With a Shore hardness of 85 it has been described as being in the middle between the harder grip of the F1 and the very soft grip of Cold Steel’s Master Hunter. I really enjoy holding the knife. The large finger groove, chequering and lands at the front of the handle make for a secure grip.
Additionally the handle widens in the middle and at the end which also helps when gripping the knife.
There is however one minor critique that I have. The handle could use a little bit more volume at the area of the finger groove. As soon as you get used to it this is not really a problem anymore. The knife just feels great during use. I wear large size gloves and the handle at 11.5cm gives me enough room for a stable grip.
The tang of the knife runs all the way through the handle which is secured to the blade by a rivet that also serves as a lanyard hole, big enough to fit through 550 para cord.
The sheath is probably my least favorite part of the knife. To be honest, there is really no other reason for my dislike other than its looks. It functions perfectly. However, it just does not look good. It is made of a hard plastic core that is covered by cordura.
It has a very unique retention system. The knife is held in the sheath by a spring that presses against the handle. The tension of which can be adjusted by a little screw.
Additionally there is another retention system, a traditional strap with Velcro that is a bit flimsy and should be replaced by a proper button snap.
However, the knife sits perfectly secure and without any rattle in the sheath, even without the strap.
The sheath also comes with a very large belt loop that lets the knife ride low on your hip and can accommodate even the widest belts.
The only real miss of the sheath is that it does not have a drainage hole and that there is no sheath for left-handed users. A great benefit for hunters is that the sheath is very silent and does not produce any rattle or noise when it comes in contact with wood. In case you can not get over the odd look of the sheath you can upgrade to a traditional leather sheath that Linder offers for all the knives of the Super Edge Line.
The Linder Super Edge 2 is a tool designed with the real world user in mind. It is not designed to be a safe queen or a looker. Its beauty is in its function as a user. Whether you are a hunter, avid outdoors man or a bushcrafter the Linder Super Edge 2 can easily take every job you might need to get done when in the forest. For under 100€ you get a great performing, German-made tool that can easily compete with its more famous cousins, the F1 and Master Hunter.
Check out my youtube review here!
PS: It works great as a steak knife as well!
© Text & Pictures: Philipp Jakob