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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by blindhari, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. blindhari

    blindhari Member

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    My father always carried a stainless(?) 2 blade pocket folding knife, about 3" with buffalo horn inserts. After using it for everything for 40 years it became mine when he died. It is still in good shape and the only mark is on the main tang, "Germany K98". If any one has any information I would appreciate it. Dad got this knife from his brother, a major in the occupation back about early 1950s. blade steel is different from case, case steel has buttery, oily feel.
    Thanks for your time,

    blindhari
     
  2. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, the K98's a rifle, obviously. Any chance of a picture?
     
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    K98 is a trademark of the Mercator knife-making company, their most famous product is the "Cat" folding knife made of a blade and folded sheet-metal handle. A Google image search will bring up other examples of their knives.

    Edited: I might just be wrong on this. The "Cat" knife trademark is "K55," not "K98."
     
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  4. blindhari

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    A little more time now, a little more Information.
    About 1950-1953 my dad's oldest brother was a Major in the Occupation of Germany. I was somewhere between 5 & 8 years old, dad wasn't sure, Uncle Barney sent my folks a letter saying it was still tough to find work in Germany for the locals. He said that they were opening a factory and short on money. After a long talk my folks sent him $50 which was a week's pay for dad. He was sent back a stock certificate and forgot aout it for almost 3 years. At that time he was sent an offer to buy back the certificate for over 3 times the price so they could reorganise. Dad dug out the certificate and sent it back signed with a note saying he was a lot happier trading with Germany than fighting, that he wished them well and needed NO compensation. A month later he got a shoebox sized container with a whole bunch of pocket knives about 4' long, stainless body, two really good carbon (?) blades that still take and hold an edge. three pin construction, 2 1/2' horn (?) inlay. This current observation with a 10x jewelers loupe, markings "98 K GERMANY To make it more intresting blades and liner spacer backstrap have good adhesion to magnet, bolster ends less, and middle of open area between open blades almost none. The story I had from my father about 1988 when he was still alive. Dad gave away all the knives to frinds and relatives except one he kept which is now in my possesion. He used that knife for 30 years as a mechanic and never ever showed it any undo care or concern. It is still tight, it still sharpens well and still audibly snaps every time you close it.

    blindhari
     
  5. JShirley

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    Neat story- and your dad sounds like a helluva guy. :)

    John
     
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