Windmühlenmesser Hamburger 6.75" Bread Knife Carbon Copper Beech

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The 'Hamburger' takes it's design from the old-style, non-serrated, Hamburg-style bread knife. When common people were preparing bread, they were doing so during work in the fields. Having no use for a table, one would grasp the bread in a head-lock type grip, and cut the bread in slices towards themselves. The emblem on the knife is also an old stamp, showing the bird on top of a pillar. This stamp was entered in 1896 and was the export mark of Robert Herder until 1905. To perpetuate the memory of this time, the stamp is still used today on this specific knife.

Robert Herder Windmühlenmesser knives are made in Solingen, Germany, and still utilize old hand-work techniques. Their fine, hand-ground blades are extremely light and ground thin- they offer a great cutting feel that is not possible with chunky, mechanized-ground blades. Paired with a slight convexity, it makes for reduced friction and sticking during cutting.

Windmühlenmesser has worked hard to establish an extensive apprenticeship program at their workshop. There, craftspeople work to preserve old techniques that have nearly disappeared from Solingen.

This is a carbon steel knife. Carbon steel is expected to develop a dark patina with use. It needs to be hand washed and towel dried soon after use. Do not air dry. Do not put it in the dishwasher. Long exposure to moisture and debris will result in rust. Any rust development should be removed with a light abrasive.

Use on a quality wooden cutting board will help the knife stay sharper for longer. Use on hard surfaces like plates and bamboo will reduce the edge life and can result in edge damage.

We recommend hand sharpening on whetstones. We have found that most western knives perform best with a medium finish starting around 1000 grit. Avoid pull through sharpeners and non-water cooled mechanized sharpening. Steel honing rods work well with this knife.

Windmühlenmesser Hamburger 6.75" Bread Knife...

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