Concept / Design management / Cooperation

Year: 2013


Sharp quality from Solingen since 1840.

The OTTER® company was founded around 1840 in a small ‘Kotten’ – a traditional grinder’s watermill – at the Königsmühle in Solingen by the Berns brothers. Their name comes from the indigenous otters, which used to live in the riverbanks and streams in the Bergisch Land region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. They also adorn the products as the company’s logo.
In 2011 Frank Rommel took over the company and is leading the traditional manufactory into a new era.


The range of OTTER knives, as well as carefully selected new accessory additions, should continue to impress with the same quality that has distinguished them for many decades.
The product range includes knives for leisure, for the household, the garden or for hunting. The majority of them are equipped with carbon blades, which means the knives have an outstanding sharpness and robust quality.

OTTER knives are made in Solingen, using traditional methods. And they are still manufactured and sharpened there using meticulous handcraftsmanship to this day.

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In a cooperation with designer Moritz Wenz, the OTTER® company is complementing its product range with a series of new additions.

Tailored to specific pocket knife models, a collection including items such as cases and holsters has been created. The shared goal was for the cases to enhance the use of the knives as useful and everyday accessories. In accordance with their shared ethos and the preference for staying local in terms of the product, history and production, the collection is made in Germany by hand.

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And the packaging concept, which was specially developed for the classics in the pocket knife range, is also new. It is ideal for the presentation of the products in stores or as gift packaging and also contains information about the products and how to care for them.


The cases and holsters developed specially for the selected OTTER pocket knives are made from vegetable-tanned cowhide. This is sourced from companies which have been producing leather for many generations.

The leather products are sewn and assembled by hand in small manufactories in Germany. The holsters are also equipped with a belt loop and brass press studs.

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The Anchor knife was originally a knife for work purposes and has a maritime background. The brass anchor is embedded in the wood and tightly riveted. The blade is straight, which has the advantage that cable and rope are easy to cut. It is also suitable for descaling fish. The rounded upper surface of the blade prevents injuries in heavy seas.

The drilled hole and leather loop make it easier to secure the knife, preventing it from falling overboard. Today this model has established itself as a versatile knife for day to day use.
The classic is a trusted and valued companion for when you’re on the move – a useful and down-to-earth tool.

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MERCATOR® - Pocket knives, unchanged for more than 100 years

Simple, functional, robust – the knife with over 100 years of history. It was even a trusted companion for the German Emperor Wilhelm in the 1860s. And due to its minimalistic and robust design it is still valued around the world to this day.
The sturdy metal handle and the blade are assembled and riveted by hand. The result is a pocket knife with a narrow design of approx. 7 mm in width.


– The American GIs brought the knife to the USA after the Second World War and made it famous there. And the “Made in Germany” knife with the K55K stamp is still a highly coveted item in America. The handle is embossed below the grip and after powder-coating, painted by hand. K55K means: “K” for Kaufmann (the original manufacturer), “55” for Hochstrasse 55 (the address of the company at the time) and “K” for the symbol (‘Katze’, the German word for “cat”). The Mercator® knife is a sleek all-purpose and table knife.

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The 4-part MERCATOR® multifunctional pocket knife was last produced 60 years ago. Based on old designs and yellowed drawings, the knife has now been reissued and given a new lease of life.

Just like in the past, it has four tools – a lockable knife blade, a spike for loosening knots and punching holes into leather and fabrics, a tin opener and a corkscrew.

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The knife is one of the most ancient and vital tools of humankind. There is an innate connection between its usefulness and the emotion it inspires. Everyone has fond memories of the first knife they ever owned. Childhood and teenage memories are awakened; to this day a durable, well-made pocket knife is a practical tool and loyal companion.

So if you are thinking about giving a knife as a gift, don’t forget to demand a “symbolic payment” in return (a small coin for example). According to superstition, the gift of a knife will sever the bonds of friendship. That's why it should be symbolically “bought” by the recipient. After all, we don't want to destroy friendships, but forge them together instead.