Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

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Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by MarkT93Cobra » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:53 am

I have really nice knife red dot safety 5mm spring
Tang stamp is Rostfrei Import and 1 on back tang! I’m looking for possible maker and time made of this knife please help
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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by MarkT93Cobra » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:54 am

Sorry for the terrible lightning

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Bill DeShivs » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:48 am

1960s.
I believe the "Import" marking shows it was imported to great Britain or Canada.
The date would be before those countries outlawed importation of switchblades.
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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by texans123 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:03 pm

Nice knife, is that an 11" or 13" ? I have a 13" with the same tang stamps.

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by MarkT93Cobra » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:46 pm

11”

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by MarkT93Cobra » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:47 pm

Thanks for the information Bill DeShivs

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Panzerfaust » Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:38 pm

Bill DeShivs wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:48 am
1960s.
I believe the "Import" marking shows it was imported to great Britain or Canada.
The date would be before those countries outlawed importation of switchblades.
I don't know when Canada banned switchblades, but Great Britain did in 1959. I think "Import" was also stamped on knives imported into Germany.

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Maltese flatguard » Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:07 pm

Panzerfaust wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:38 pm
Bill DeShivs wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:48 am
1960s.
I believe the "Import" marking shows it was imported to great Britain or Canada.
The date would be before those countries outlawed importation of switchblades.
I don't know when Canada banned switchblades, but Great Britain did in 1959. I think "Import" was also stamped on knives imported into Germany.
Agreed. Those marked “FOREIGN” were sent to England before 1959. Those marked Rostfrei Import were sent to Germany.

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by texans123 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:06 pm

Interesting information guys - thanks. Here is a link to mine that I posted last year.
Cheers -
Jeff

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Bill DeShivs » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:58 pm

Not so sure the "import" marked knives were for Germany. I would love to see something substantiating this.
Why would they be marked "import" in English? What about the hundreds of thousands of Italian stilettos sold in Germany that were NOT marked "import?" It doesn't make sense.
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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Maltese flatguard » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:34 pm

I’ve bought 3-5 stilettos from Germany over the past ten years. All of which had Rostfrei Import in the front or back tang. Seen plenty of others for sale in Germany like this too.

And, what about all those Italians knives sent to Germany and sold by Herbertz? Most of them are marked C. Jul. Herbertz, Import. So nothing uncommon about the use of IMPORT on a knife in Germany.

The vintage ERN, FES and Herbertz catalogs I have are half German and Half English and plenty of other knives in there with English. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Here’s one from 2013.
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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Maltese flatguard » Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:01 pm

Check out all the English used here...
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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Bill DeShivs » Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:21 pm

Those were produced with the American market in mind.
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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Maltese flatguard » Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:13 pm

Bill DeShivs wrote:
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Those were produced with the American market in mind.
Which? The C Jul Herbertz Import ones??

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Re: Rostfrei Import tang stamp and 1 on back tang

Post by Bill DeShivs » Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:37 pm

No, the Ern models. The US was Germany's biggest market from 1950-1975. It makes sense they would be marked in English.
It would be interesting to get to the bottom of it.
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