I impulsively scooped up these scissors in an antique shop, because I recognized Soligen Germany as some of the best for blades, and they were still ridiculously sharp without appearing to be resharpened….and they were also $5.
F.W.Engels. Solingen. Germany. No. 100 D.R.G.M. with the Hansel and Gretel Logo.
Between 1909 and 1943, the F. W. Engels on Broome Street, in New York sold Razors, scissors and other blades manufactured by Engelswerk CW in Solingen, Germany. Solingen steel is some of the best in the world and known for its ability to take and hold an edge for a considerable length of time. Post war Engles scissors say Solingen W. Germany, putting these scissors pre-WWII. D.R.G.M. stands for Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster, meaning that the design or function of an item was officially registered inside all of the Germany states which also dates the scissors before WWII.
I cleaned them up pretty well, they seem to be a stainless steel but still bear a little corrosion. I think the time has come for me to buy some polishing attachments for the Dremel. I probably won’t have to send them to be sharpened, they are still deadly sharp.