Mercer Cutlery provides a cost effective alternative to more expensive German knives without sacrificing quality. The Renaissance series of Mercer Cutlery is fully forged from high carbon German steel, a process that hardens the steel, increases the knife's durability and enhances its ability to retain a razor sharp edge. The full-length tang provides strength and balance while the shortened bolster allows for easy resharpening. The traditional style handle is triple riveted for added comfort, durability and balance. The hollow grinding on the blades reduces friction and helps prevent food from sticking. Independent laboratory testing confirms the quality of Mercer knives rivals that of more expensive German cutlery. More importantly, Mercer knives are durable and proven enough to be used in countless culinary schools and professional kitchens throughout the country. Forged in Taiwan using German technology and high quality German steel. NSF certified for professional use. Hand wash recommended.