This carbon steel 'Mittelspitz' style is a 3" spear-pointed paring knife, perfect for smaller tasks or in-hand paring. These knives were used widely among the everyday cook, and would commonly be used in the Salle D'Office or the pantry prep room. Windmühlenmesser is known for their office knives!
Carbon steel requires care to keep from rusting; it should be dried immediately after use and never left soaking or wet. Carbon steel gets sharper and holds its edge longer than stainless.
Robert Herder Windmühlenmesser knives are made in Solingen, Germany, and are still utilizing old hand-work techniques. Their fine, hand-ground blades are extremely light and thin and offer a great cutting feel that is not possible with chunky, mechanized-ground blades. There is no excess steel on the blades, making them lightweight and thin, and the slight convexity makes for reduced friction and sticking during cutting. Windmühlenmesser has worked hard to establish an extensive apprenticeship program at their workshop, preserving old techniques that have nearly disappeared from Solingen.