J.A. Henckels is a Solingen, Germany based knife manufacturer that dates back to 1731. The company's Zwilling (twin) logo is known to be one of the oldest trademarks in the world. Throughout the company's history, it has made some of the world's finest pocket knives, kitchen knives, scissors & flatwear. In 1960 Henckels ceased their pocket knife production and started having other companies make knives for them on contract. Boker has been one of the main producers of more recent Henckels products.
I’m sure that there must be someone out there that must know more about this Henckels knife. I’ve searched for hours and hours all no avail. I cannot find a single Henckel with the the same mark as this one nor can I find any with a date stamped on it. It’s in excellent shape. It was my grandfathers and I’d like to leave to my upcoming grandson but I’d like to know any history and my grandparents are long gone. It measures 2.75 x 1.5 Please see the pics. It’s a 3 blade but the file and scissors don’t open at same time so that’s why there’s no pic of all 3 open.
The post seems to suggest that this tang stamp was registered in in the late 19th Century but your knife is clearly not from that era. I have no idea of when the company actually used this stamp but as your knife is dated 1957 we know it was used at least then.
Thanks Dennis! That’s the one. Awesome info. Are you aware if a date stamp was common? It doesn’t look like there’s one in the link you sent but the pics are too blurry. On the side with the mark I’ve not seen any with “Henckels International Solingen” (see 4th photo) it’s on the the the one you sent. Otherwise I can’t find find it on any of their pocketknives.
Karl, welcome. Hope you will stay with us. The only thing I can add to your query is that Henckel stopped making pocket knives in the mid-70s. After that, pocket knives were subcontracted. Your 1957 knife appears to be in fine condition; a very nice example of one of Henckel's scissor knives.
Henkels International is not the same as JA Henkels Twinworks who use the twins logo. I don't know who made this knife but it is quite new. There are thousands of modern kitchen knives with the Henkels International mark and they are nowhere near the quality of the real Henkels Twinworks knives. The mark on the OP knife is not the Henkels Twinworks mark.
Henckels has never used a date stamping that i know of. Henckels stopped making their own folding knives in 1960 according to BRL Henckels International with just one of the twins is their lower end line and made i think in Brazil. Your knife still gets marked "Germany" because of lax import laws in Germany. Although Henckels International is a less expensive line the knives are still perfectly fine. Henckels has made hundreds of differing metal handle Gent's knives and it is not possible to date them any more specifically than to say yours is 'recent', meaning after WW II and likely closer to 1970's which is strictly a guess on my part. (the 1970 bit) kj
HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL brand was established in 1895 as a separate value brand of ZWILLING J.A.
ZWILLING J.A. Henckels is the premium cutlery lines, manufactured in Germany. All ZWILLING knives have a "TWIN" logo on the blade. J.A. Henckels International is the entry level cutlery lines. These are manufactured in Spain and Asia (depending on the specific product). These knives have the single stick figure logo on the blade.