One thing that people who generally associate Bker with fixed and folding knives may be surprised to find out about the companys involvement with shaving blade and accessories.Since 1869 in Solingen, Germany, Bker has produced straight razors to the same exacting standards, using the same high quality materials, as its other cutting tools.
The chestnut tree was over 100 years old when it was struck by lightning.
However, in 1925 a local artist carved the image of the grand tree in to a piece of the remaining trunk.
This unique piece of art adorns the CEOs office in the Bker plant. focused mainly on cutting tools such as scissors, shaving blades and eating utensils at this point, pocket knives were rapidly becoming more important.
By 1900, most of Bkers products were distributed within the United States market. The demand surged to even more than Solingen was able to produce, such that in short order the Americans in New York began their own manufacture of pocket knives.
After some time, other tools were produced as well, such as pliers.
By this point, the tree symbol was widely recognized as a Bker logo.Because the international Bker family had an excellent and profitable working relationship, the Solingen relatives readily agreed to license the use of the tree logo to the American product line.Since then, theres been two different lines of Bker knives with the same brand markings available on the American market, but one line was simply made in the USA while the other was fabricated at the Solingen factory. Bker tools were so successful that they were among the most popular of Germans goods 100 years after the companys humble beginnings.Due to political strife and an unsettled military state, there was demand for sabers so the Bker brothers, Hermann, Heinrich and Robert, began fabricating them in their shop to meet the call of the market.Realizing the demand for all manner of cutting tools and implements not only in Germany but also on a global scale, Hermann Bker emigrated and founded H. in New York, while his younger brother Robert pursued his trade in Canada, later founding a branch in Mexico in 1865.