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Interesting history of the Kudu or Okapi knife
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 3:49 PM
So I found out some interesting information today.
What I already knew was that the CS Kudu was based on the Okapi knife. These knifes are indeed, as suggested by CS, South African made. However, what I found out today is that, they are originally a German folding knife that was made in the early 1900's in Solingen which is well known by many people for its cuttlery and steel craft in general. The reason it is called the Okapi is because it was made for the German colonies such as Namibia.
What else is cool is that these things ranged in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Serrations were also something that was sometimes included. It seems that there is a defining look about them (the wood with silver metal decoration) and the bizzare locking mechanism. These are the defining qualities rather than a particular handle or blade shape. They stopped making these in Germany in 1988 and now they are being made by a South African company that purchased the trademark.
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