The Mercator knife is another German design classic, not so much for its elegance, but for its simple and functional approach to a low-profile pocket knife. It became very popular during the Wilhelmine period, and until today, it is often referred to as “Kaiser-Wilhelm-Messer”. In recent years, the current brand owner, Otter Messer in Solingen, Germany, has released several new variants of the knife, including a brass version in two sizes. The large model comes with a strong lock-back mechanism, the small one is a slipjoint. I chose the small version for this EDC kit because it is unobtrusive and easily slips into any pocket, which makes it a great everyday carry knife.
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