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Cutlery

Forged Knives made in Germany and Switzerland

Finding the right cutlery is not that easy. Start with a company that uses best material and knows the trade well. Wenger produces in Switzerland, Fissler, WMF, and Messermeister all manufactur their knives in Solingen, Germany. To better understand the differences between knives and the manufacturing processes we compiled a list of vocabulary words below. There we also show you how to take care of your knives. Enjoy browsing our catalog and learn a little something.

Use and Care of your Knives

Use and Care of your Knives

Washing your knives

  • Although most knives are dishwasher safe, we do not recommend you use the dishwasher.
  • Simply give your knife a firm, quick cleaning with warm, soapy water, then dry roughly.
  • Stainless steel is not stain  or rust proof; it just stains less then other steels. If spots appear, a little silver polosh will remove them, or rub with some salt and a cut lemon.

Sharpening Instructions

When a knife is used, the edge eventually becomes dull. Qualtiy knives make it easy to whet (realign) the knife using a fine sharpening steel. Avoid using diamond coated or rough-cut sharpeing steel to wet a knife. Also avoid ceramic rods or pull-through sharpeners as these devices will shave off the turned edge. These kind of sharpeners are only used to re-grind a knife.

To whet a knife

Hold the steel point down, with the point on a non-slip surface. Place the blade at a 20-25 degree angle from the steel. Next draw the blade toward you, making sure to slide the entire length of the blade's cutting edge against the steel. Repeat 6-7 times on each side, alternating the sides. When whetting your knife, put the emphasis on accuracy of the angle, not on speed and pressure. 

Knive related FAQ

Knive related FAQ

Stamped Blade
Stamped knives are being cut out of sheet metal and then further processed.

Forged Blade
Forged blades are created by pressing hot stainless steel into a mould and hammering it into shape. The blade goes through various subsequent processes to enhance its flexibility, density and hardness and is then machined into shape.

Tang
The tang is the part of the blade that goes into the handle. A full tang extends from the blade and the bolster to the length of the handle.

Edge
The edge is determins the cutting abilities of a knife. The tandard edge angle from a kitchen knife is 20 to 25 degreee. Other knives like the Messermeister Elite feature an edge angle of 15 to 20 degree, what makes the knife edge thinner and allows to make more delicate cuts. Those thinner edges are usually found only in Japanes knives.

Spine
The Spine of the knife is the top side of the blade. A polished and slightly rounded spine create a comforatble surface.

The Steel
Depending on the steel used, the blade is harder or softer and can hold its edge for a long or shorter period of time. The steel hardness is determind by Rockwell hardness, the higher the number, the better. Messermeister Elite knives are forged from German Krupp Tool steel, testing at a Rockwell hardness of 56, so the blade is hard enough to hold its edge for a long time, but can also be easily restored with a sharpening tool.

The Balance
The first sign of quality when holding a knife is it's balance. The weight should be distributed evenly from the end of the handle to the top of the blade.

About Wenger Knives and History

About Wenger Knives and History

Wenger was founded in 1893 in Switzerland. Today they not only offer the world-famous Genuine Swiss Army knives, but also a range of knives for every job. The Delemont Forged line of knives combines extensive experience and a unique sleek design with all the improved qualities offered by forged blades in a product that provides excellent price to value. The nature of the one-piece construction forged blades means the knives have excellent balance and wear resistance and a long lasting sharp edge – and the quality of their manufacture is assured by the fact they are finished and sharpened by a master sharpener. The forged blades are created by pressing hot stainless steel into a mould and hammering it into shape. The blade goes through various subsequent processes to enhance its flexibility, density and hardness and is then machined into shape with a bolster and a full tang that extends through the handle. Finally, the blade surfaces are finely polished by hand – not machine – to remove imperfections that mechanical polishing would miss. This creates an almost flawless uniformity that, combined with top quality hardened steel, results in a Wenger knife that offers incomparable cutting performance and performs as well years later as it does brand new.

About Messermeister

About Messermeister

The Messermeister brand (Messer meaning 'knife' and Meister meaning 'master') is owned by Dressler American Marketing Company (DAMCO) with their headquarter in the US. To ensure highest quality the knives are still made by expert cratftsmen in Solingen, Germany (cutlery capital of the world). The fully forged knives are proudly 100% handcrafted! The product is backed by a Life time warranty. Messermeister - The Knife for Life!

About WMF

About WMF

WMF is a German based company with a 150 year history in producing cookware, flatware, cutlery and more. WMF's products are admired for their aesthetics and appreciated for their quality and functionality in Germany and throughout the world.
The knife collections from WMF are classic. The knife blades made from forged special blade steel guarantee high cutting capability and persisting edge retention over the entire blade length. All knives are made in Germany.

About Fissler

About Fissler

Fissler is been producing cookware since 1845, starting as a small plumbing company, Fissler developed into the leading German manufacturer or cookware. The products are made from the highest quality materials and goes through a certified wuality control system. All products offered are made in Germany. The Fissler knife series offer premium quality knives with innovative and attractive design to match. Fissler knives feature a better corrosion resistance, hand sharpened blade with 15 to 18 degree angle, while th typical German knife are machine sharpened with a 20 degree angle. The handle construction prevents loosening and corrosion and the material is infused with fiberglass for durability. The rivets on the Profession series are forged as part of the tang so they want come loose or cause errosion.
All knives need to be sharpened regulary. If you don't want todo this yourself, Fissler USA will professionally sharpen any Fissler knife purchased for an North American Dealer free of charge.
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