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Eickhorn Knives - Military and pocket knives made in Solingen Germany.
The first mention of the name Eickhorn as it relates to cutlery is in 1356 when archives mention Eykorne as a hardener.
The iconic squirrel logo made its first appearance about 1607. The design has changed over the years, but each incarnation has feature this trademark animal. But the story of this trademark being acquired by the Eickhorn family is fairly complex.
As with so many of the Solingen trademarks the squirrel was used by various companies and there were some disputes over ownership. In fact the single squirrel was not used by Eickhorn until after WWI. Previously it was owned by Aug. Meis & Co., Maschinenfabrik and was only free to be used by Eickhorn when they Meis went out of business about 1920. That is why Eickhorn used the double squirrel logo starting in 1906.
The Eickhorn company was established in 1865 by Carl Eickhorn a grinder, merchant and manufacturer whose is descended from a family who has roots in the cutlery business going back 500 years.