The Boker USA Beer Barrel Canoe Knife is part of a series of knives made to celebrate the common heritage of cutlery and brewing. The Boker Beer Barrel Canoe Knife is a traditional pocket knife featuring handles made from genuine German ale/beer barrels, handcrafted in the Solingen factory. Each pattern in this knife series includes solid nickel silver bolsters, brass liners, carbon steel lades and the resurrected old Tree Brand blade etching. So what's the connection from fine knives to fine brewing? The oldest evidence that beer was brewed in Germany comes from around 800 B.C. By the second century, beer was being traded commercially in Germany. In 1516, Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria enacted the Reinheitsgebot, or the "Purity Law," which regulated the brewing of beer in Germany. The town of Solingen, known as the cutlery center of Germany, also enacted strict laws for the manufacture of knives and shears. While Boker is not quite as "aged" as the brewing industry, the same quality standards apply. The Boker Beer Barrel Canoe Wood-Handled Knife makes a great item for the collector or everyday user. 3 5/8" closed.