Pros: Lock Type, Weight, None
Cons: Handle Material, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Poor Modern Replica
This knife is a poorly made replica of a classic knife.BLADE: The back of the blade spine where the locking element meets the blade is very unevenly machined, thus the blade leans to one side (on all K55's I've seen). The blade steel is C75, European equivalent of 1075 and has very uneven edge bevel, you'll need to rebuild the bevel while sharpening. If you live in very humid climate like me, the blade will give in to rust extremely easily.LOCK: Lockback with a tight, solid lockup. However, the machining is done very unevenly and despite making the blade lean, the locking bar sticks up above the handle spine, eating into the thumb resting on it.HANDLE: Folded iron sheet that stinks once the paint starts peeling, which happens fast.In short, this is my impression: Hy. Kauffmann formerly producing these knives shuts down in 1995. Later bought by Otter-Messer which decides to redesign the knife, pick new materials, cut the costs along with the standards and reenter production in 2013. Unfortunately as a replica that looks the same but doesn't work the same.