A success story since 1821
According to the historical family records, the foundation of the company can be dated back to 1821. At that time, the company mainly traded in weapons and steel products of all kinds. The Imperial Royal Army was also supplied with products from Lechner and Jungl and the awarded K.K. Pulververschleiss coat of arms served as official trade authorisation (see special price book) for that.
When Mr. Hugo Köthe took over the business after this time in 1912, the demand for hunting and sporting weapons increased for the first time in public. He reacted to this historical change in time and from then on offered his customers selected high-quality products of that time. Among the most renowned manufacturers with whom the company traded at that time were Lancaster, Roux and Sauer & Sohn.
In 1972, his son Gottlieb Köthe, a graduate of the Ferlach Technical College and Master Gunsmith School, took over the business from his father. As a weapons engineer and master gunsmith, he founded the current workshop at Schlossergasse 2 in Graz and turned his passion into his profession. In his workshop, very special handmade hunting rifles are produced, which are characterized by highest functionality and captivating elegance. At the same time - or perhaps for this very reason - they are extremely robust and particularly reliable. He and his employees love the beautiful and special in combination with durable and sophisticated technology.
The hunting rifles that are produced/made by Gottlieb Köthe are exclusively manufactured according to the old, classic (English) line and dimensions exactly to the customer's wishes. His special handiness and his love for the smallest details are appreciated by experts all over the world.
If one were to look for a comparison of his work with other well-known brands - cars, for example - Bentley would probably seem suitable for many. For Swiss watches, however, IWC would probably be the ideal counterpart. All three have at least one thing in common - very special craftsmanship.