After having a fun chat with the German company ‘Messerdepot’ they were amazing and sent some bits for us to look over. Always grateful to help the community and always happy to offer our thoughts they sent some very cool items.

In Europe it seems harder than in the USA to easily find great EDC stores and shops that have the customers best interests at heart. Since having the conversations with them we are more than happy to say they were very friendly and supportive in the discussions and showed a clear honesty and care to what they do. We applauded this and think it’s worth some praise.

They ship worldwide and work with some very cool makers. Independent makers who are making their way in the EDC and knife world and also some respected longer term makers.

As their webpage states you will mainly find everything about knives in their knife shop. Whether outdoor knife or chef’s knife. However, the focus here is on EDC knives such as pocket knives or so-called Classic Knives with many fixed knives for outdoor and bush craft as well. They also offer suitable accessories such as beads or knife cases and ohh! so much much more.

Multiple styles and finishes available

Messerdepot have produced their own challenge coin and here at the Edccooperative we are a fan of these and love the ability to show a little bit of support for someone within your carry. The deeper more historical context of the challenge coin can be respected while still having a coin not associated with military use, We have produced 3 of our own and enjoy seeing them in the wide world shown with pride. Messerdeopt’s is an eye catching coin and the colours work very well.

MDK coin in copper finish

Messerdepot now have their first big MDK coin. With increasing popularity, these coins can be seen on various photos on Instagram or Facebook.

The coin has a diameter of 36mm and is approx.2.45mm thick. Material is a zinc alloy and come with a multiple finishes with a gold, copper or antique bronze finish all available.

Masserdepot were kind enough to offer a very cool little knife to review. They were considerate to the UKs laws and we thank them for the extra care they gave to us. The knife is the mini Barlow non-locking slipjoint and is made by J.E. Made. J.E. Made is a small company from China, but not your standard company from that neck of the woods. They produce very high quality knives (mainly pocket knives) made with a nice mix of classic and modern methods and this shows in the styles that are produced. The materials used and the processing of the knives are to a very high standard and clearly show care and consideration in the aesthetics and ergonomics. The mini barlow is a small knife and very pocket friendly, the action is very firm (this was VERY firm out the box) at this stage however with some minor use or adjustment it will just right. Disclaimer upon the first few opening and closing I did catch myself and boy this little thing is sharp. The s35v blade steel is very well finished with no visible blemishes and a wonderful homogenous finish. The blade is non-locking and UK friendly being under 3 inches (75mm), the blade has a halfway indent stop meaning it has a defined opening. It feels….well if you catch my drift “right”, its comfy and well balanced but this may sounds strange but also looks balanced, its clean designs and smooth finish gives a great balanced look to the small and unassuming knife. The nice array of products that J.E. Made make is impressive. Like any everyday carry product what suits one person may not suit another and we at the edccooperative are a big advocate for using what suits the user and not what you think others think you should carry. So with the good array of designs and high quality production these knives are special and while many may not be a ‘daily user’ all would find solid use and pocket time in anyone’s carry.

Official Description

J.E. Made Knives Barlow Mini Titan with S35VN stonewashed – knife key ring

The Mini Barlow by JE Made Knives is the ideal EDC knife that can be carried and used on a key ring. Although it is so small, it doesn’t have to hide from the “big knives”. The same high processing quality as one is used to at JE Made Knives. Even this little keychain knife has a half-stop … and yes … it’s sharp … very sharp.
The blade has been given a beautiful stonewashed finish.

Of these knives, J.E. Made only small quantities. As usual with the Chinese company, these knives are no longer available in a second production series. Either you have a JE by then or you don’t. Due to the fact that JE always only produces minimal quantities, its knives are also in great demand with collectors and even in the used market the prices sometimes exceed the sales price at the time.

Total length open 126mm
Length closed: 70mm
Blade length 55mm
Steel CPM S35VN
Stonewash finish
Handle material titanium
Half stop
including hardware set and nylon case

As per Messerdepot a little bit more about J.E.Made as follows:

J.E Made Knives since 2019 exclusive in our knife shop
I’m glad that since the beginning of 2019 I have been using J.E. Made or Jemade Knives written, in our shop online and exclusively in Europe can offer. J.E. Made is a small company from China that produces very high quality knives (mainly pocket knives). The materials used and the processing of the knives are first-class. Once a Jemade knife in hand a knife collector reluctant to release such a knife again.

Who is J.E Made Knives?
Entrepreneur is Mr. JiYi Chen who designs and produces these knives. JiYi Chen was born in 1980 in a small village in NanJing. In his free time as a little boy he often went fishing and hunting, otherwise no other recreational opportunities are offered in such a small village.

After completing his college degree (computer programming, 2001), he worked for 9 years as a telecommunications designer and planner in a provincial telecommunications institute. During this time, he bought and sold high-quality US knives.

Around the year 2008 he started with some knife designs. Convinced that he would be successful with his own knife brand and high standards of quality, in 2010 he ended his job as a telecommunications planner. He had his first blades heat treated in 2010 by Jerry Hossom. During this time, he learned a lot about Jerry’s heat treatment. This experience has helped him to have his heat treatment done in NanJing ever since. The hammer on the blades means that the heat treatment was done by JiYI.

His knives are largely handmade to meet his high standards of workmanship. With his partner (more than 20 years of experience in the field of knife production) he has his pocket knives manufactured in a small factory of currently 8 people.

Messerdepot also included a cool hank. This is a nice and thin design using a soft practical material. The stitching is straight and uniform which as we all know is the sign of a well made hank.

One of Messerdeopts partners Arno Bernard Knives is a unique family business. The 4 brothers produce high quality knives and their mother produces the Hanks that go with them. Hanks have become a staple n our carry for lots reasons. Hanks are becoming more and more popular in the knife community because they are produced in different motifs and are very well presented as small details on a photo (which as we all know is very important). In times of social media, these are often photographed with EDC equipment to give a photo an extra edge, lets not hide behind that we all do it…….yes even you. But Hanks are a very important part of our carry and can be used to clean a knife quickly, wipe your hands, your head, clean glasses, wipe at table and so much more.

Frank Hanx Properties:
Hank size 25x25cm
Made in South Africa

I would also like to thank Sven at Messerdeopt for including some sweets (the mini Haribo didn’t even find time for a photo as were taken by my daughter. Always a fan of a little extra bit of fun stuff.

So go check them out and show them some much deserved love.

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