BW "Bordmesser" navy knife, surplus

18.99 USD
BW "Bordmesser" navy knife, surplus
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Traditional German navy knife with Marlinspike. This is either genuine issue stuff, or a remarkable reproduction, but in any case a good tool for an affordable price.

Very few people know that MacGyver was based on an older German TV series, in which an astute German mariner solved problems with his brains and a pocket knife. He didn't flail his open hand in pain after punching someone, used the Marlinspike to interrogate his opponents and was generally not a good role model for youngsters, so the grip panels of his knife were black of course.
The series was re-made in the 80's by ABC: the character was written to be nicer, he got a Swiss Army Knife with red panels and a Jeep instead of a boat. The mullet was retained.

In all honesty we can't tell if this knife is issue or not. The packaging is by Mil-Tec, but that's as far as it goes. Very slight signs of wear is found on the plastic side panels with "BUND" embedded on one side, "stainless made in China" is nowhere to be found. The stainless steel blade rather says "TSR Rostfrei" (at least most of these, as TSR is just one manufacturer with a contract) and general quality seems to be on a level not found from Chinese reproduction items.

The blade does not lock and final closure is snappy because of the spring, being as this is from an era when consumers had some responsibility of their own. The knife also features a Marlinspike for ropework, which can be unlocked with a separate latch. A steel retention loop is found in the other end.

  • Blade length: 8 cm (3.15")
  • Total length: 19 cm (7.5")
  • Folded: 11 cm (4.3")
  • Weight: 135 g (4.76 oz.)

Factory new or as new. Manufactured by TSR, Germany.

Product reviews

Rating average 5/5 - 1 ratings.


5/5
I would recommend for a friend
21.06.2017
Was issued this knife back when service in germany was still mandatory. If you ended your service, those were highly priced by the decks ratings, since they would actually use the knifes for work cutting ropes etc. This is a work knife, not as sharp as a Victorinox, but the blade is much more sturdy and is easy to sharpen. Newer models like mine come with a bottle opener at the base of the Marlinspike (because everything in the german armed forces will be used to open beer bottles, so why not add it into the design).

For added credentials you want to make yourself a knotted lanyard out of cord. Bonus if it is shaped like an anchor.
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