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 1996 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 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.