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Mercator K55K Disappointment

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Mitch Taldison, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Mitch Taldison

    Mitch Taldison

    Jan 26, 2019
    Guys I got in a new Mercator K55K Katze Black Cat Kaiser Wilhelm Messer carbon steel knife but sadly the cat motif, painted in gold, is very faint:


    It looks much brighter in this photo than in real life due to reflection, there are parts of the cat silhouette and lettering that don’t even have any gold paint. :(

    I’ve seen many other photos of the K55K and they all seem to show a rich definition. I feel as if I received one that didn’t get the correct amount of paint. Should I return it? Or does the gold paint wear off with time anyway? How long does that take?

    Thank you for helping me. Nobody wants there new knife to have a flaw and I was deeply saddened to find this on my Mercator.

  2. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    The gold eventually wears so expect some discoloration or removal, as long as the blade lock is firm and is sharp, use it. Mine is from a few years ago and it had worn away from pocket carry and just playing with it.
  3. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Yes, this. If you end up using it it's going to be very soon gone anyways.
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  4. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    For what they cost, the gold and even some of the black scuffs and chips, but it remains a solid cost effective user.

    I am more bothered more about the slight crack in the plastic back spacer of mine...even though it hasn't gone anywhere in over the decade.
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  5. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Get some gold paint from hobby store and throw a fresh layer on there. It's a budget user knife.
    jux t, AntDog, Night Rider and 9 others like this.
  6. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Its a cheapo, just use the snot out of it.
    jux t, Night Rider, knarfeng and 4 others like this.
  7. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    not a great collector as the fit and finish on these isnt great, but they are good users. use it and enjoy 'er.......
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  8. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Send it to me, and I will dispose of this hideous abomination appropriately.
  9. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    It wears off pretty quickly. But as others have mentioned, you could always re-paint it. Probably some model paint would be a good option since metallics are readily available in small quantities in that format and it'll probably adhere to the enamel well as long as you de-grease it before application.
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  10. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    My Mercator was the same. I touched it up with a Pentel gold metallic gel pen from Staples.
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  11. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    As others have said, it’s an inexpensive user. You could go through a bunch and never find one with bright gold fill. Enjoy your knife!

    Besides, as the gold wears away and the black cat gets “blacker”, the drag coefficient of the knife decreases while the speed notches up:p.
  12. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    I hope this is the biggest problem you ever have with a knife (or in life). ;)
  13. Mitch Taldison

    Mitch Taldison

    Jan 26, 2019
    Thank you, gentleman.

    My heart soars like a hawk, to know that this isn’t an exclusive issue to my knife, and that the cat will fade anyway.
  14. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Well you are easily amused. ;-{>
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  15. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Cool. Though I think you are missing the subtle point that the gang is making, i.e., "Even if the logos on all other new Mercators were pristine, and that no other logo on a Mercator has ever faded....who cares? They are inexpensive (but great) users."
  16. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Dude, you are invoking filtrum with that kind of talk!
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  17. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    It's said if you look in a mirror and say "Tactical" three times filtrum appears and complains that it's still not black enough. :eek:
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  18. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
  19. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Are there any clear coats the OP could potentially put over the gold paint should he decide to go that route? Maybe if he is super anal about the gold being there lol.
  20. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Any sort of clear coat should do the trick, I'd figure. I'm not a pro with that stuff, though.

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