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Antique 1902 BONSA No: 52288 Balisong Butterfly Knife from Germany 110 Years Old

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BONSA by Böntgen & Sabin's 1902 German folding knife trademark No: 52288 Balisong Butterfly From Solingen, Germany

Historic Balisong Butterfly Knife Produced In 1902

The name BONSA was tradmarked in 1902 German Trademark No: 52288

High Carbon Steel Blade That is Close to 110 Years Old

Tang Stamped " BONSA GERMANY"

The Handle is marked "MADRID"

One Handle is a Standard Inch Ruler from 1 inch to 12 inches

The other Handle is a Metric Ruler from 1 to 27.5 centimeters

It is marked with measurement systems for fishing.

This knife was not a cheaply made knife in its day, it has such a good quality that you can still see it today

This Knife Is In Excellent Condition For Being As Old As It Is.

Bontgen & Sabins (Bonsa-Werk) which was a 19c manufacturer in Solingen, Germany (1885 "springless marvel" patent).

That makes this knife an oldie/19c original and historically significant.

Specifications:

Closed Length:  5 3/4 inches

Open Length:  10 inches

Blade Length:  4 1/2 inches

I did some research and I found this is a very early 1902 model

The name BONSA was tradmarked in 1902 German Trademark No: 52288

Bontgen & Sabins (Bonsa-Werk) from Solingen, Germany had many trademarks, they were active from 1867-1983.

The Böntgen & Sabin AG Stahlwarenfabrik was originally founded by August Böntgen and Louis Sabin around 1870 (registered in 1876). The company made many different products; pocket knives, spring knives, camping knives, straight razors, scissors, as well as bayonets during WWI and SA daggers during 1934-35.  After 1922 the company only used three trademarks; Bonsa, the leg and football, and B&S.  The company stock and the Bonsa brandname was bought by Robert Klaas in 1983.

This is a copy of an English patent issued to the German Cutlery Firm of Bontgen and Sabin’s on April 12, 1880.

It seems to describe the balisong pretty well.

One interesting note on this section of the book is that a couple of German butterfly knives are illustrated by Bontgen & Sabin and are dated 1885.

This is a page from Bontgen and Sabin’s 1895 catalog.

Information was gathered from cutlery expert Bernard Levine

Bontgen & Sabins (Bonsa-Werk) from Solingen, Germany had many trademarks, they were active from 1867-1983.

The Böntgen & Sabin AG Stahlwarenfabrik was originally founded by August Böntgen and Louis Sabin around 1870 (registered in 1876). The company made many different products; pocket knives, spring knives, camping knives, straight razors, scissors, as well as bayonets during WWI and SA daggers during 1934-35.  After 1922 the company only used three trademarks; Bonsa, the leg and football, and B&S.  The company stock and the Bonsa brandname was bought by Robert Klaas in 1983.

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