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K55 Mercator knives

Postby Captain O » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:16 pm

I have seen these advertised in magazines since I was a boy. I have heard a lot of positive things about these slim carbon-steel knives. (They've been around since 1867). I have been looking at these and have considered owning one for the sheer utility of the implement. Slim, light and the steel takes (and holds) a wicked edge.

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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby PCwizard » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:37 pm

Captain O wrote:I have seen these advertised in magazines since I was a boy. I have heard a lot of positive things about these slim carbon-steel knives.(They've been around since 1867). I have been looking at these and have considered owning one for the sheer utility of the implement. Slim, light and the steel takes (and holds) a wicked edge.

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The Black Cat K55K is a great knife, I have about 10 of them right now. You can find them with all kinds of advertising on them and in many different colors. A few years back I contacted Otter-Messer the new owners of the Mercator Brand about how to date the old knives. Here what they told me.

Otter-Messer bought Mercator from Kauffmann in 1995, Kauffmann owned the Mercator brand from 1856 to 1995. Kauffmann is now a division of Otter-Messer. From 1891 to 1952 the edge and tang of the Mercator Knife was marked Mercator D.R.G.M. "D.R.G.M.", which means Deutsches Reichs Gebrauchs Muster. In English, this means "Protected Patent under the Reich Government". The D.R.G.M. markings on the handle side used from 1891 until 1952. In 1952, the patent stamping was changed to Mercator-Germany on the side of the handle.

WW2 era Mercator's are always marked "D.R.G.M" on the side of the handle. Post-War 1953 and newer knives always have "Mercator-Germany" on the side. The knives that were made pre-1952 were also about a inch larger than the Mercator's made Post 1953. Also from 1953 to 1995 the spacer inserted at the rear of the knife was red on most of the knives, after 1995 it was change to black, this was done right after Otter-Messer bought the rights from Kauffmann.

I see sellers on eBay say there knife is from WWII all the time and only once have I seen a real D.R.G.M Mercator.

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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby Captain O » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:30 am

They don't really make them like the old ones. I appreciate the carbon steel blades that take a wicked edge. The fact that the newer knived can be had for less than $30.00 is encouraging. Are the new Mercators functional, working knives? I am hoping that this is the case. It they are, they seem well worth the purchase price.
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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby PCwizard » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:38 am

Captain O wrote:They don't really make them like the old ones. I appreciate the carbon steel blades that take a wicked edge. The fact that the newer knived can be had for less than $30.00 is encouraging. Are the new Mercators functional, working knives? I am hoping that this is the case. It they are, they seem well worth the purchase price.



Yes there very good to use, they still make a carbon model and a stainless model. I carry one a few times a month. I love them. there so thin and just disappear in your pocket. They can take a beating.

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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby Captain O » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:46 am

Excellent! Perhaps I can afford one in March. I just dropped $74.95 on a Queen Barlow Red Stag (pattern 69 1/2). It will be here soon. ::ds:: It took every cent of disposable income I had.

So many knives... so little money. ::mdm::
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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby PCwizard » Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:53 pm

Captain O wrote:Excellent! Perhaps I can afford one in March. I just dropped $74.95 on a Queen Barlow Red Stag (pattern 69 1/2). It will be here soon. ::ds:: It took every cent of disposable income I had.

So many knives... so little money. ::mdm::



Captain, PM me your address. I have a Mercator with your name on it. ::handshake::

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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby tjmurphy » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:39 pm

I have a Mercator with carbon stell blade that my son bought me for my birthday a couple of years ago and like it pretty well. It locks up as tight as any knife I own.
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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby knife7knut » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:40 am

Here is a mini version made by Richartz.
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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby PCwizard » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:38 am

A year or two ago they released a full and mini size with copper and brass handles. I think they only come in stainless. There really nice I picked them up about 6 months ago. The full size has a lock the mini is a slip joint. They have the Otter Messer logo not the K55K Cat logo.

The photos below are stock, I haven't taken photos of mine yet.

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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby vikingdog » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:16 pm

The brass and copper make for a really nice looking knife. I wish they weren't quite so expensive. My friends and I all had "cat knives" back in the 60s. They sold them at the Army & Navy store and they were only a few bucks. I think we altered them into a gravity knife somehow.
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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby deltaboy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:58 am

::tu:: Another one to buy.
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Re: K55 Mercator knives

Postby TonySal » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:13 pm

Like mine alot. Just a bit tough to explain to NYPD if observed....
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