The perfect knife for a „Jause“ (snack), a history of over 400 years, very affordable and intangible cultural heritage of Austria.
The Trattenbacher Taschenfeitel!



The history of the “Trattenbacher Taschenfeitel” started in the middle ages. Because of the Trattenbach (Tratten stream) the location was well-suited for metal workshops and in particular cutlers.
In the 16th century the first collapsible pocket knives were produced.
In 1680 an own guild for the Trattenbacher Folding Poketknives was established.

The conversion to machine production at the beginning of the 19th century brought the end of the guild and establishment a cooperative of the different producers.

The 20th century brought the end of Knife Makers. The Great Depression forced the majority of family businesses to abandon the production and after the two World Wars, there were only 6 workshops left.

Besides the museum workshop “Manufactory Löschenkohl”, the only manufacturer left that produces the “Taschenfeitel” and exports them, is Hack Stainless.

Since October 2015, the Trattenbacher Taschenfeitel is now an intangible cultural heritage of the UNESCO.



The Feitel only consists of four components: the blade, the handle, a metal pin and a metal cuff. The blade itself is forged, hardened, ground and polished to achieve the proper working qualities. The knife is a friction folder and the blade is not fixable.

Since all (total 38) operations are carried out in a workshop, the production is easy to handle and relatively inexpensive. In the heyday of the Taschenfeitel it was produced by 16 families, each having its own manufacturing plant.



Blade length: 7,8cm
Blade thickness: 1,5mm
Material: Stainless Steel – Grade 420, 50 HRC
Overall length: 8,1cm
Handle: Lathed beech wood
Weight: 30g



The Good:

Slim, a good blade, great value for money (3,9€ per piece!)

The Bad:

Simple friction folder with no safety features, maybe too rustic for some of us


I really like this knife!
Since I am from Austria, one part of my affection is caused by its rich history and role in my country. The other reason, why I love those types of knives so much, is their design. So simplistic, so, I dare to say, archaic, no nonsense functions, just a knife. Simple but elegant.
Of course this is not a knife carried while wearing an Italian Suit, but it is a great accessory when going for a more rustic look with Tweed, Loden or Corduroys.



How do you like the Trattenbacher Taschenfeitel? Would you wear one as an „Every Day Carry“, or do you already own one? Just leave a comment!