OKAPI Knife ~South Africa ~Hand Made ~High Carbon Steel

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 01, 2009
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LARGE Ring Lock Folder

4" 1055 Carbon Steel Blade

OAL - 9 1/4"

Ring Lock

Inlaid " Moon and Stars " Design

Blade Stamp - OKAPI

NEW Condition

I have been collecting knives for many years but long before I was a collector and an online Knife Dealer I was a knife user. When I was working for Uncle Sam I was given an Okapi knife as a gift by a Soldier from a poor Desert country. I used that knife hard and bought a new one when I came home. These knives have a true handbuilt flavor and are great workers and a great reputation.

These designs are from the 17th century and are known as "Clasp Knives". They are currently made from 1055 high Carbon Steel and have a proven locking mechanism. Popular with rendezvous folks, reenactors and those looking for a knife like their ancestors might have used.

I have Stropped these knives on a Leather Strop for maximum sharpness, however I have left the original Protective grease on the blades and fittings. They are ready to go in your pack on your pocket.


"The history of OKAPI pocket knives began in Solingen, Germany, at the beginning of the last century. Our name derives from the coincidence that a new species of buck was discovered in the then Belgian Congo in 1902, the Okapi, at the very time a new range of pocket knives was first developed at the factory in Solingen. To mark the occasion, they were christened the "OKAPI" range."

"In 1988, OKAPI South Africa (then trading as All Round Tooling) bought the trademark and tooling and continued to produce these knives in South Africa. The basic design of the 907e wooden handled "lockback" has changed little over the years w the basic carbon steel, impregnated handle knife remains a firm favourite."

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