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Pls help to ID old Solingen knife

 
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Milan



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Pls help to ID old Solingen knife Reply with quote

I got the old knife from Solingen made by Abraham Schnittert. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find more information about the company, producer or the history of this knife.

According to my friend, the knife should be about 100 years old and it is still in an excellent condition - very, very sharp.

Please have a look on the pics:

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/5407/solingenjj8.jpg
http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1079/solingendetailws1.jpg

I would appreciate any information which would help me to track this knife's history.
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DrBiggles



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 9:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Pls help to ID old Solingen knife Reply with quote

Milan wrote:
I got the old knife from Solingen made by Abraham Schnittert. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find more information about the company, producer or the history of this knife.

According to my friend, the knife should be about 100 years old and it is still in an excellent condition - very, very sharp.

Please have a look on the pics:

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/5407/solingenjj8.jpg
http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1079/solingendetailws1.jpg

I would appreciate any information which would help me to track this knife's history.


As far as I know, you're only decent choice may be Levine's guide to knives. You have to watch your versions though. The newer ones have some serious omissions, I believe anything newer than 1997 is suspect.

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, a serious knife collector attends the Berkeley Farmer's market on Saturdays. He's the knife sharpener at the east end of the market, Eric Weiss. He'd love to see it and could probably give you a nice story about the company and what it was up to.

As far as a 100 years old? That doesn't sound right. I don't know approximately when, but 100 years ago manufacturers were making cooking/eating utensils out of carbon steel (it rusts). Yours looks to be a stainless version and is quite a bit newer. From this wonderful PDF file I stumbled across, it looks as though stainless didn't really come in to its own until after WWII.

http://www.canadacutlery.com/product/facts_about_history1.pdf

Biggles
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Solingen Blade Museum might be able to help. klingenmuseum@solingen.de

100 years old? Well, I would think it at least predates the Second World War for one particular reason -- with a name like Abraham the firm's owners were probably Jewish and would quite likely have been dispossessed by the Nazis at some point during the 1930s or 40s.

Of course it's also quite possible that the company was no longer around by the time the Nazis came to power -- it might have been swallowed up by a competitor or just gone bust in the economic crisis of the 1920s.
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