BW "Bordmesser" navy knife
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.
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