Solingen Switch Blade Knives - a history of over 150 years
The type of switchblade knife has existed in Solingen since the middle of the 19th century. Inspired by the industrial revolution, the Solingen steelware dealers constantly developed new manufacturing techniques that eventually made it possible to produce pocket knives in series, including the switchblade.
Always produced as everyday knives, switchblades were soon equipped with additional tool blades, such as saws or woad blades, but also with cartridge extractors or corkscrews. The preferred handle material at that time was stag horn. But then, as now, the Solingen company had a knack for niche products. Special models with ornate decorations and handles can be found early on.
From the end of the 19th century, numerous new release mechanisms were developed for the switchblade knives, almost all marked D.R.P or DRGM (in use until about 1945). The first folding lever, still the classic release mechanism for Solingen knives, also dates from this period.
Until the middle of the 20th century, all renowned Solingen cutlery factories had switchblade knives in their assortment.
The knives have always been sold not only within Europe, but also exported worldwide. MADE IN GERMANY was and is valued as a sign of quality.