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|1623||Jürgen Herder hardens swords during the Thirty Year`s War (1618-1648).
|since 1650||Production of knives, mainly for the dutch market.
|1727||In order to make Herder-knives unique, "Pic-As" is beeing registered as the oldest trademark in Solingen.
|since 1800||Herder knives are introduced in the Malay Archipelago by the Dutch East India Company.|
|1802||Trademark "Tjap Garpu" (Fork Brand) still a famous brand in the Near and Far East.
Expansion in South America and Southern Europe.
|1925||Developement of a new stainless steel in cooperation with domestic and foreign partners.
Trademark "Constant" for knives with blades of stainless steel.
|1931||Trademark "Don Carlos" for professional knives and scissors made of high carbon steel.
|since 1955||Entering of new markets in Europe, Near and Far East and North America.
Move to the new company building.
They say the the factory made knives from 1727-1945 when the factory was bombed out by the Allies. The factory inventory was bought out by the President of SMKW.
In 1872, young up-start Robert Herder, descended from a line of steel tempering workers in Bergische Land, decided to venture beyond tempering into the craft of knife-making. He moved the operation to Solingen, Germany, and founded Windmuehlenmesser. Four generations later, his family still runs the company, and their knives are still made as they were over 100 years ago. The company's sweet and simple motto: "Good knives are made by hand."
ALTHOUGH THIS WAS FROM A REPUTABLE SOURCE THERE IS SOME FURTHER INFORMATION THAT CLEARS UP A FEW THINGS***SEE BELOW