A little history I have unearthed on German Eye;
Carl Schlieper began business in 1898, they were a huge company who supplied general hardware, tools, steel safes, locks, charcoal, heavy machinery, bathroom fixtures, coffee grinders, etc, etc.... Schlieper scaled the business down to just cutlery after WWII.
Forest Cruse of Austin, Texas began importing Eye brand in the 1950's, the Cruse family sold Eye brand for years but competition caused them to cease selling Eye brand & Jim Bowie knives. Mr. Clarence Risner of Ohio is now the sole importer of Eye brand knives. The Schlieper Eye brand factory closed in the late 1980's.
Both Eye brand and Jim Bowie knives are now made on a license agreement in a german factory (Which factory ???? Olbertz )
The quality according to the late Jim Parker is outstanding...