German Eye Brand pocket knives have been hammer forged since 1898 by the Carl Schlieper family in Solingen, Germany. The long family tradition and commitment to their craft is shown in the fine quality of their knives. Hammer forging is the traditional method of knife making, yet, few companies still use this method. Eye Brand is one of the few that still creates hammer forged knives. Pick one up, compare with other brands and you'll be sure to notice a difference.