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I recently bought a batch of knives for parts or repair, and this one had more rust on it than barnacles on the Queen Mary. But in removing the rust, I discovered the blade stamp for "Jakob Herder echt Stohl." Even more fun is the fact that this company exists nowhere in Google Land. All I have found to date is Friedrich Herder, a cutler that started in the late 1600s. If you or anyone has a clue to offer about the origins of this knife I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.
I am going to give you a link to read but the main part is what we hear from the Herder company families.
What a HUGE help this is, despite the lack of a specific reference to Jakob Herder. If it was a small company as you suggest, all the better. "Extremely rare" makes it the coolest knife in my small, just started collection. Thank you very much, Jan.