Otter Mercator Solingen K55 Black Cat Knife German, Carbon Steel, Army Issue - L154


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K55: Carbon Black Cat Folding Knife
The Mercator German Army Issue Cat Lockback is a simple folding knife that features a 3.5" blade with a stainless steel handle. The blade is made from carbon steel with an effective nail nick for easy opening while the lockback mechanism locks the blade firmly in place. The handle is made from one piece of black coated steel and features a cat etched in gold color. The slim profile makes this knife easy to use and to carry. Made in Germany.
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Closed Length: 4.25"
  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • Blade Material: Carbon Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.09"
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black Stainless Steel
  • Handle Thickness: 0.24"
  • Locking Mechanism: Lockback
  • Weight: 2.9 oz.
  • Made in Solingen, Germany

UPC Code: 000000010153

Steel Handles
Steel Handles Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
Made in Germany
Made in Germany One of the older steel Capitals of the World: Solingen, Germany produces some of the best Kitchen knives and straight razors money can buy.
Lockback The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Otter Mercator Solingen K55 Black Cat Knife German, Carbon Steel, Army Issuerated 4.600 stars out of 5 (75 reviews)
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Otter Mercator Solingen K55 Black Cat Knife German, Carbon Steel, Army Issue
rated 4 stars out of 5
South Forty Lounger
Jan 13, 2019
Good knife good value
I have owned the identical predecessor to this knife since my freshman year in college-1968. For you kids only 30 or 40years old that was the year that George Wallace ran for president. When I say identical i mean it is the same in all appearance, blade and lock and handle material, including the leaping cat. That knife which I still own has been used for everything that medium folders are good for - practice throwing in dart boards, taking caps off beer bottles, scraping back insulation on electric cords to mount a new plug, repairing fishing lures, cleaning fish, cutting the fabric off the interior roof of an abandoned car to make a bandage, removing the toe leather from hiking shoes to create more room and breathe-ability on a long hike the length of Grand Canyon subject to the summer heat of Arizona. Plus all the usual stuff like feather sticks, opening the ever cursed plastic blister packs that now cover too many of life's necessities. Care was always used. Protected by a sheath riggedfrom heavy duty linen fire hose that needed to be cut anyway on a wildfire deep in the Yolla Bolly wilderness in the far off 1980's. The case and the knife were retired recently in favor of the folding Cold Steel Bushman which will outlast me and be of better use than the Mercator cuz its tougher by a bunch, but the Mercator met all its duties, I have no complaint, and it is likely you won't either.
Otter Mercator Solingen K55 Black Cat Knife German, Carbon Steel, Army Issue
rated 5 stars out of 5
Mountainair, NM
Apr 14, 2018
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Blade Material, Lock Type
Cons: None
Not as sexy as the Douk Douk, but more venerable, and it locks!
Well, if my review headline didn't say the most pertinent bits of information allow me to elucidate. This knife has been around virtually unchanged since only two years after the American Civil War ended and it us still around. Why? Because it does what it's supposed to do and it does it well. It's beauty is in its simplicity. There is very little that can go wrong with it. Like the Douk Douk it is quite solid, with its all steel construction, and unlike the Douk it locks up with a unique locking mechanism, and no it doesn't get in the way when you use it. Just don't stab downwards with it or you might disengage it. It is slim so it carries well in the pocket and the xc75 steel blade, while not a steel snobs ideal choice, is a perfectly good steel that has stood the test if time, is tough as nails, is easy to sharpen, and takes a very fine edge. I personally like the patina that carbon steel takes on. It reminds me of my dad's old knives. So there you have it. If you don't care about this venerable knife' s history, it is still a user friendly and effective tool. Get one,...or two!
Otter Mercator Solingen K55 Black Cat Knife German, Carbon Steel, Army Issue
rated 5 stars out of 5
Wayne S
Jan 01, 2018
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
Solongen K55 Knife
I was given the knife by a retired friend who was downsizing his “stuff” and didn’t know where he got it. The Black was worn off and the handle was covered with crud and a bit of rust on the handle but some medium scotchbrite took care of that. The blade was reasonably sharp, the handle was in good condition, the lock held well and was easy to operate. The blade is straight and overall is in great condition. It also has a sheath which could be handy. The carbon steel blade is not an issue for me. I have several Case knives that way and a quick work on a barbers strap hones them well. If the blade loosens a few careful raps with a hammer on the rivet should cure that. All in all it is an easy to carry knife and a great conversation piece.
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