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

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Part #: K55 | Otter Knives
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Description
K55: Carbon Black Cat Folding Knife
Otter
 
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.
Specifications
  • 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

Lockback
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.
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.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
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5 out of 5
Kenneth
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!
5 out of 5
Wayne S
Tennessee
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.
4 out of 5
Traditionalist
USA
Sep 01, 2017
Pros: Ease of Opening, Weight, None
Cons: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel
Good EDC
A proven, time-tested classic, but the blade on mine was noticeably bent about 1" from the ricasso. When closed, the tip of the blade was off center, fairly far to one side. I had to put the blade in a vise and slowly and *carefully* bend it to just about straight. The tip was then fairly far off center to the other side, but I'd rather have that than a bent blade. You can do a lot of everyday tasks with a much shorter blade, but sometimes it's nice to have a longer blade like on the Mercator (the cutting edge is 3 1/4"). The overall thinness and light weight make it unnoticeable in the pants pocket despite the length (4 5/16" closed, not counting the bail).
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