A story of two brothers.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by duncanmclawd, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. duncanmclawd


    Dec 3, 2003
    A couple of months ago, on a cold and rainy day in January, I was strolling around the city centre of Antwerp. I had neither visited Antwerp, nor the old knife shop in the city centre, for a long time. I was pleased to see that the old knife shop still existed!

    I took the time to inspect the knives on display in the shop: a couple of SAK's, some Laguioles, Opinels, some Le Thiers knives and a large selection of kitchen cutlery.

    Just when I was about to head home my eye caught a glimpse of a small wooden display behind the counter. I immediately recognised the windmill trademark from the Herder company which my granddad used to tell me about when I was a little boy!

    Fast forward for about ten minutes: I walked out with two small Robert Herder sodbusters. One for me and one for my brother. The fact that we both remember granddad's sodbuster knife from our youth makes these two knives very special to us.

    My brother was thrilled when I presented his knife to him! These knives have a special meaning for me and I'm quite sure that he feels the same.

    Now that I have both knives with me today (sharpening session) I took a couple of pictures I would like to share with you guys.

    Both knives closed.
    On the Robert Herder website I found that the handle is made from cherry wood. The blade is carbon steel.

    Both knives opened. Mine has already developed a patina from cutting apples. These knives are built to be used!

    A detail picture of the windmill trademark that Robert Herder uses.

    I think I'm going to slip mine in my pocket tomorrow as an edc.

    Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
  2. festerfromnzed


    Aug 18, 2008
    What a great story!...i recently picked up an old soddy by FRIEDR HERDER.Its a great solid knife imo.My younger brother liked it so much that i gave him my Case soddy to use.I have been edc,ing this knife for a couple of months and it performs just great,......good steel!!....FES



  3. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    I like them, great story! I really like it when things seem so meant to be.
  4. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Great story!!:thumbup::thumbup:

    It's too bad that Herder's are not available here in the U.S., they're great working knives. I wish Case would make a sodbuster with a wood handle. The synthetic is okay, but wood is such a nice warm natural material. Especially when it has a nice grain to it.


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