In case you think I just buy Italian knives, let me tell you I don’t. Most my knives are Italian but one of my favourite knife manufacturers is German company, Eickhorn-Solingen, who make excellent fixed-bladed and folding tactical knives. They also have an excellent collection of rescue knives. But the two Eickorn tactical folders I own are the Eickhorn C.S.A.R. I and Pohl I G10, both designed by Dietmar Pohl.
The Eickhorn C.S.A.R. I has an overall length of 225mm (9¾in) and weighs 130g. It has a very aggressive spear point recurve 93mm (3¾in) blade, which is made out of 3.5 mm thick Boehler N695 Stainless Steel (a very good steel). It’s got an ergonomically designed curved G10 handle with a seatbelt cutter, glass breaker and it’s got a solid 1.5 mm thick stainless steel liner lock.
The Eickhorn Pohl I G10 has an even more aggressive fighting blade. It’s a slightly bigger knife weighing 199 g, with an overall length of 235 mm and 10o mm blade. Again G10 handle and 4mm thick Boehler N695 Stainless Steel recurve blade.
Unlike some other designers Dietmar Pohl really gets that’s a tactical folder is all about knife fighting. These are not utility knives. The C.S.A.R. I might double up as a rescue knife but the blade is pure combat in design. Both of these knives were designed for stabbing then cutting out, not for slashing. And they’re in a similar price range to the Emerson Commander and CQC-11. The C.S.A.R. I retails at Euro 165 (or $212) and the similar sized Emerson Commander sells at Euro 187 (or $240), and the Pohl I G10 retails at Euro 198 (or $254) and the similar sized Emerson CQC-11, retails at Euro 200 (or $258). But the Emerson knives aren’t as well designed, well made or as sturdy — the Emerson Commander is 3.04mm thick and the liner lock is 1.15 mm.