Since 1840, OTTER-Messer has been making high-quality knives in Solingen, Germany. OTTER-Messer translates to "Otter Knives," inspired by the otters who call the water near the factory their home. Their traditional knife-making process means a focus on quality, as every knife is ground, stropped, and polished by hand. Simple, beautiful and traditional, an OTTER-Messer knife is a great way to change up your EDC.
OTTER-Messer's Large Anchor Knife is a non-locking, slip-joint pocket knife that has a curved sheepsfoot blade, which offers good control for detail work. It's the same knife as the Large Anchor 173R, but with a blade made out of carbon steel instead of stainless steel. The broad size of the blade also makes it work well for most EDC cutting tasks.
The carbon steel C75 blade consists of almost pure iron and only a small share (0.5 - 1.4%) of carbon, resulting in a very high level of hardness. In order to give steel strength and flexibility, it is processed a second time and tempered at a lower temperature. Carbon steel knife blades will also develop a patina as you use the knife, which adds to the character and uniqueness, as no two will look alike, and adds additional rust protection to the steel.
The handle is a made out of weatherproof sapeli wood. Sapeli, or sapeli mahogany, is from the Entandrophragma Cyclindricum tree, which is at home in the area of West to Central Africa. The wood has a strong gold to reddish-brown hue and displays a very even grain. Its hardness is middle to hard, but working with it is easy. Its golden color tends to darken with age, developing a unique look that differs from who carries it, how it's carried and the unique oils of an individuals skin. The handle includes a stainless bolster and brass anchor inlay.
The OTTER-Messer Anchor knives are available in five variations: