Prolific Designer Helmut Jermer Passes Away

Some sad news: after a long and distinguished career, knife designer and artist Helmut Jermer passed away last week. Jermer leaves behind a rich legacy within and without the knife world.

Jermer’s work made it into production most recently with Real Steel Knives. He collaborated with the company on the RealSlim, an EDC knife that approached the popular “slicer” concept from a unique direction. But Jermer also worked with Boker on the award-winning Jermer EDC fixed blade, and Puma Knives on the Tac-1. The former is a stout companion knife that blends traditional iconography with modern elements; the latter departs from Jermer’s EDC-oriented designs and leans into a tactical or military application instead.

The Tac-1, one of many designs the Jermer produced throughout his multifaceted career

Outside of the knife realm, Jermer pursued design work in several other fields. As a graphic designer he created logos for corporate clients, and also worked produced Christian-themed necklaces, keychains, and other metalwork in conjunction with a German manufacturing partner.

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