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    GUSTAV EMIL ERN

    GUSTAV EMIL ERN

    Can anyone tell me about this manufacturer, history, quality, etc?

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    it was a fairly small German knifemaker who was known for exceptional quality. They at one point were regarded much more highly than Henckels and Wustof. where these two companies jumped on the mass production market after World War 2 Gustav did not. They believed in quality over quantity and that in the end killed them. They couldn't compete in the global market and were crushed. Their production methods were old fashioned and much more expensive. They were one of the last manufactures to employ skilled craftsman to make their knives. I think they finally gave up the ghost in the 70's or 80's after they went into receivership and eventually closed their doors. about 10 years ago or so someone decided to reopen the company under the same brand and sell vintage overstock, when that ran out they decided to make new knives and the quality that they were famous for didn't come back. They are branding themselves as a wustof or Henckels type company.
    If you can find truly vintage pieces jump on them, but beware of the new pieces being sold as vintage, because they suck. I have several including one with a 16 inch blade that is so well balanced that it feels like an extension of your hand. It takes and holds an edge better than any newer German knife I have used. You can sometime find some on ebay for a great price because people don't know what they have. in short the vintage ones (pre 1980'S) are awesome, new ones not so much.
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    thank you! any other old makers I should look out for?

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    Snap, Son. That was a glowing review. You make me want one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    Snap, Son. That was a glowing review. You make me want one.
    You really can't go wrong with them.

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    I've got an old Gustav scimitar that Dave is attempting a rehandle job on for me. It's a great knife.

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    I just got a Gustav Emil Ern scimitar 27 from my cousin who used to own an abbatoir. It's brand new with all the stickers (Stainless steel molybdenum alloy...better than ever). Thanks for the information. This was definitely from the 70's since the abbatoir was shut down in the early 80's.

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    i have a vintage gustav emil ern butcher cleaver that just chops whatever in front of it into pieces, can't be happier with the quality / f&f.

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    What Chris said! I had a paring a while ago, but walked one night at an old job. I miss it
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