On the 16th of October 1986 the German knife makers Wolf Borger, Joachim Faust, Richard Hehn, Dietmar Kressler, Siggi Rinkes, Friedrich Schneider, Günther Spretke and Egon Trompeter founded the “German Knife makers Guild” (DMG). Egon Trompeter was chosen foreman. In the following year the statutes of the Guild were established and by date of 23rd of March 1987 registered in Stuttgart lower regional court. Egon Trompeter was elected chairman and Franz Becker vice chairman.
Besides the fostering of the art of knife making the goals of the DMG are to establish shows and give buyers and collectors orientation in the way of high quality handmade knives. This applies not only to the quality of craftsmanship but also to fair dealing with customers. The Members of the DMG stand by these objectives. If there is a difference of opinion between a member and a customer the DMG acts as a mediator. By 2013 the Guild has more than 100 active members