Linder Knives -- Any good?

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by longbeachguy, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. longbeachguy


    Oct 11, 2005
    I've never heard of this brand before today, but they have some really nice looking knives for fairly decent prices, but not so good that you suspect they're made by slave labor in China.

    Does anyone have any experience or knowledge they'd be willing to share?


  2. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    Last I heard, they were manufacturing in Germany and China. I think they're a German outfit.

    I looked at and handled some of the German made ones - traditional hunting blades, mostly - some of them, particularly a skinner I remember in 440C - looked really nice.

    I did not like their Chinese folders or fixed blades. Obviously no surprise there.

    One thing I noted - their Chinese blades do NOT say "China" anywhere on them. Whereas the German made ones ARE etched or tang-stamped "Germany".

    But I really do not know a whole lot about Linder.
  3. bolle


    Nov 17, 2002

    if you want to have a look at their production line, visit
    There is a english version.

    There german made knives a preety good, especially the fixed ats 34 knives

    have fun

  4. kwackster


    Dec 23, 2005
    We sell some of those Linder Knives, and these ones are indeed fine quality.
    Good design, quality ATS34 with very good heat treatment and ice-hardening.
    We sell the model Super Edge 1 quite often to hunters and the like.
    These series is made in Solingen, Germany.
    Personally i find these so-called Super Edge series much better than the rest of their knives with lower class steels.
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  5. rev_jch


    Jul 29, 2002
    Linder has been around for a long time. The Rosenkaimer family (who now owns it) has own it since 1937 (I believe). Most of the knives are still made in Solingen, some are made in italy, spain, and china (and other countries, even brazil!).

    The knives are good for the most part. They do produce some really nice knives. Particularly, the hunting and traditional bavarian knives (such as the nickers, and hunting daggers). The chinese made ones? Not really fond of them.

    I own, and have owned many of their knives over the years (especially the nickers). Most of the stainless is 420, although the last few years they have been switching over to more 440B (more common in europe, like 440C is here). They have produced a few (I believe) in 440C, but the vast majority you find will be 440B (especially the large knives, and bowies). They also do produce some knives in german high end tool steel which you will not find here in the U.S. Some of their other knives do use high end steels we are familar with here. If you go to their site under customer service you will see a link for "tabel of steels", you will find a chart for the ones that have the German versus, american trade names. They do use some tool steels common to europe, but not here) that are not on the list.

    I have a German nicker (L-6392) which has a tool steel not mentioned on the list. So sometimes these will vary.

    Linder does do allot of importing these days, but you can still buy some really nice solingen made knives from them.

    Stephan Rosenkaimer usually handles allot of the questions and e-mail. You can email him with any questions, he's a really good guy (and speaks good english, he went to school in the U.S., if I remember correctly, Ive talked to him many times), and very cordial. Their site is
  6. JurT

    JurT Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    I had a Linder super edge 3 in ats-35 steel. It was once my favorite camp knife. It's not to big and not too small, and the grip is good even when it's wet. The only reason I did it away was because I wanted a better camp knife. So when I got my Busse SFNO I sold my Linder SE 3. And I regret it now :(
  7. JurT

    JurT Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    woeps sorry, did dubble message
  8. quinque voces

    quinque voces

    Oct 18, 2005
    I agree with JurT and kwackster on the Linder Super Edge Series in ATS-34: good value for the money. If you want a user, get a Super Edge 1 or 2. The Super Edge 3 with its thick sable grind is more of a fighter. Therefore I haven't used it much but still cling to it. It simply has the best ergonomics of the all the medium sized fighters I own.
  9. W.T. Beck

    W.T. Beck

    Jul 9, 2001
    The above posts are most likely correct in stating that certain Linder models like those made with ATS-34 steel are good, but I'd pass on most others. Carbon steel Linders should also be of acceptable quality.

    Germany makes a lot of excellent products, but unfortunately knives are no longer one of their strong points. Probably the best German brand is Boker, but even with Boker I would be careful as to which model I purchased.
  10. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    Any thoughts as to why?

    Solingen knives still have a great reputation as far as I know.

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