How to Date a Kissing Crane Knife?

Kissing Crane blades’ manufacture date can be identified with the help of the blade stamps.

The purpose of this blog post is to talk about how to date these blades using the technique mentioned above.

Kissing Crane Knife

Kissing Crane Knife Basics


This company was started back during World War I by an army officer in the hope of upgrading his troops’ kitchen equipment for their meal preparation. Since then, they have been providing quality tools across all industries including battlefields around the world.

Founded in 1834, Kissing Crane Knife is an internationally recognized company. Knives from this company are of high quality.


Since these knives are made of high-carbon steel, they will require more sharpening. Stainless steel knives don’t rust and hold their edge better, so the effort of maintaining them is worthwhile.

The blades are handcrafted. Detail-orientation is a trademark of the brand. Each blade is stamped with a unique serial number and the company’s trademark three cranes.



The stainless steel blades are made with the utmost care and attention to detail. The sleek, handcrafted knives come sharpened for an easier time slicing. The blades are made from flawless 440 stainless steel, which is sharpened and stamped with its classic quality mark. 

The blades are flat ground and they come with a polished finish. They are sharp enough to do light tasks like those around a home or outside.


What makes a Kissing Crane knife stand apart is how we combine different handle materials with uncommon accents. Such materials include abalone, mother of pearl, and marble.

Dating through the Stamp

Markings Explained

The Kissing Crane logo, which consists of three cranes on one foot, is a trademark used extensively in their products. The stamp can be seen on many of the products they sell, including knife blades.

The code or serial number is a series of numbers that indicates the year and month of manufacture. Each knife blade has its own code.


Code Reading

Upon opening your folding knife, you will see a small code on one of its blades. However, it is difficult to locate a database containing all of these codes.

In addition, for antique models with an obsolete code system, the code is usually off and hard to gauge even by a professional. In cases when it is impossible to read, you will end up estimating how old a knife is based on its appearance.

Change of Ownership

Operations of the company have been moved to a different country. It has started as a German brand. However, it is now owned by On The Edge Brands moved to Taiwan, and is now based in China.

Even though quality standards have not changed, knife codes have changed over time.

Process of Dating

Step 1.

Simply unfold both blades completely. It may be necessary to check each blade individually. There are no big logos or large fonts, just a shortcode. There, you will see a bunch of numbers, as well as a Roman number.

Step 2. 

Harvest the Roman numbers found. These are the features that will help you identify a blade’s age.

Step 3.

Look up sources to aid you in decoding the meaning. If not an expert, print materials can aid you in this.

Dating System

The first number in this system was XI in 1972. XIII represents the year 1974 on the knife. XXIV is for 1985 and XXV is for 1986.

KC knives, which were launched in the early 1990s, maybe seen on newer knives. Your knife’s origins will be revealed to you. Modern knives may have a stamp on both blades as well; other times it may be just the logo. Your knife is either from 1995-2004 or 1986-1991 if there are no Roman numerals or a KC prefix.

Final Verdict

In a nutshell, the information above should help you discover, or at least get very close, estimated dates for your knife’s manufacturing date.

Determining the age of a blade is important because it can help you appreciate the value of your tool even more and the history that comes with it.

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