a favorite knife of mine,Mercator K55K,Black Cat...because it is a simple

a favorite knife of mine,Mercator K55K,Black Cat...because it is a simple

Joined: June 14th, 2007, 7:51 pm

April 15th, 2017, 3:21 pm #1

really thin folding knife that fits in pocket,doesn't get in the way,is long enough and easy to sharpen;made in Germany for a very long time....
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 9:38 pm

April 15th, 2017, 3:51 pm #2

Fatter than the Mercator because of the wooden handle, but exceptionally good blade and no-nonsense price.

I'd heard that quality control on the more recent Mercators isn't so good. Is that true?
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Joined: June 14th, 2007, 7:51 pm

April 16th, 2017, 12:47 am #3

are "locked" can not be simpler..takes getting used to..
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Joined: September 16th, 2000, 12:05 am

April 16th, 2017, 10:28 pm #4

really thin folding knife that fits in pocket,doesn't get in the way,is long enough and easy to sharpen;made in Germany for a very long time....
Just bought one off Ebay. My favorite is about the same size but definitely fatter.
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 9:38 pm

April 16th, 2017, 10:46 pm #5

...would you please make a post letting us know what you think of its quality assurance? I've been thinking of getting one, but I've read that QA has gone downhill over the years.
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Joined: February 1st, 2014, 12:51 pm

April 17th, 2017, 12:51 am #6

I mean, it's tempting to claim that you could get a better knife, a modern knife, for the same $$.
OTOH, stainless handle... probably decent steel in the blade... knock the lanyard loop off and put a pocket clip for tip-up carry..... tempting....

https://www.knifecenter.com/item/K55/ot ... army-issue

Stainless is a dollar more....
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/K55S/o ... army-issue

Oh man now I have to go to bladeforums.com and read about how much cardboard they can cut, stainless vs carbon.
Last edited by gratewhitehuntr on April 17th, 2017, 12:55 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: June 14th, 2007, 7:51 pm

April 17th, 2017, 2:12 am #7

I got rid of the lanyard loop,love the knife,it does cut cardboard good,but my razorblade knives are Better,plus the blades are easy to replace on them...anyhow I have dam-near knives and find the Black Cat in my pocket way more than any others because it is long and thin and easy to use...I got mine for a lot less ,but that was years ago...
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Joined: February 1st, 2014, 12:51 pm

April 17th, 2017, 2:43 am #8

This looks really interesting!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-foldin ... SwKsRWFmVk

An explanation of the steels.
https://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/bl ... -in-knives


I'm going to see what else the Japanese have to offer in the $10 range.

Found the kat for $25.41 delivered.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MERCATOR-German ... 2038397107

Here is the K2 review, makes my wrist hurt!!!!!
http://www.bladeforums.com/index.php?th ... g.1222344/
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Joined: June 14th, 2007, 7:51 pm

April 17th, 2017, 6:00 am #9

knife that can keep an edge..I like that Japanese knife,looks like it uses a different means to keep it open...wondering how good it would work.
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Joined: January 16th, 2004, 12:07 am

April 17th, 2017, 2:37 pm #10

I mean, it's tempting to claim that you could get a better knife, a modern knife, for the same $$.
OTOH, stainless handle... probably decent steel in the blade... knock the lanyard loop off and put a pocket clip for tip-up carry..... tempting....

https://www.knifecenter.com/item/K55/ot ... army-issue

Stainless is a dollar more....
https://www.knifecenter.com/item/K55S/o ... army-issue

Oh man now I have to go to bladeforums.com and read about how much cardboard they can cut, stainless vs carbon.
...but was very commonly found on German soldiers.
Be sure to take a look at the very similar Douk-Douk knife (Made in France).
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