The Mercator K55K is a traditional folding pocket-knife of historic origin, first produced in the iconic knife-making town of Solingen, Germany in 1867. Little has changed from the original design, yet despite being in production now for over 140 years, the K55K is surprisingly modern even by today's standards, exceeding the quality and design of many newer knives. Perfect as a working tool for stalkers and bushcrafters alike, it also makes an ideal gift for collectors of historic knives.
The K55K first gained popularity in the United States following World War II, when returning servicemen brought Mercator knives home from Germany. Since then, the K55K's reputation has grown and grown, with outdoorsmen all over the world discovering its compact size, light weight (only 75 g) and premium build quality. The locking blade is made from Stainless Steel, resulting in a knife that is built to last and easy to sharpen. Ray Mears recommends the RWS Quick Sharp
as the perfect sharpener for the K55K.
The knife's unique name originates from the company's founder, a Mr. Kauffmann. Mercator is the Latin translation of 'trader', which in turn is the English meaning of Kauffmann. The model name, K55K, comprises of the founder's initial, followed by the street number of the company's original address – Hochstrasse 55. The second 'K' is the initial of the German word for cat – katze - and the famous 'leaping cat' logo can be found engraved on the side of the handle. Indeed, for many years the knife was simply known as the 'Black Cat', or 'Jumping Cat' by American soldiers.
All folding knives should always be used with caution.
- Handle colour: Black
- Blade material: Stainless steel 1.4034
- Blade length: 9 cm
- Handle length: 11 cm
- Blade shape: medium pointed
- Blade thickness: 3.0 mm
- Spring material: Carbon steel C75
- Locks in open position
- Lock release lever
- 'Leaping Cat' and K55K logos engraved on handle
- Nail nick on blade
- Lanyard attachment
- Weight: 75 g