German Steel Knife


Invented by German steel exporter Heinrich Kaufmann in 1867, the Mercator knife gained popularity in the United States following World War II, when returning servicemen brought the blades home from Germany. Among knife aficionados, the Mercator maintains a cult following for its utility, handmade quality and long history. A lockback mechanism ensures that the blade stays in place while in use. The heel of the handle holds a tin can opener. The helix construction corkscrew (meaning that the corkscrew is bladed throughout so that it cuts through the cork) folds out in the middle of the handle, allowing you to use it as a grip when uncorking wine. Finally, an awl (metal spike) is included for loosening knots and piercing holes in leather and fabrics. Because sometimes you need that extra belt loop hole pronto.