For those who like to buy all things kitchen from thrift shops, auctions etc. We attended an estate auction and noticed a set of knives in a brief case. The knives were marked Solingen and I think Meier. They were very blunt and the blade seemed thicker than what I wanted. I researched the name when I got home and found the exact set.
page 3 of this document has a guide to fakes.
I suppose they still might work but they are not what you think they are.