Featuring cutlery essentials, the Messermeister Meridian Elite Basic Knife Block Set goes beyond expected performance for a starter collection. With professional users in mind, The Meridian set starts with a classic 3.5 inch paring knife and an 8 inch chef’s knife featuring smooth blades. The 9 inch bread knife and 5 inch utility knife are scalloped for cutting through tough outer surfaces while sliding smoothly into softer insides. Take-apart kitchen shears are also included along with a sharpening steel. The 7 Piece Meridian Elite Basic Knife Block set is a premier collection with its high carbon Krupp tool stainless steel construction and handcrafted three-step edging that will keep blades ultra-sharp even longer. Traditional handle shaping with riveting feels good in any grip and offers the right balance needed for any task. Black POM composites are also highly resistant to bacteria buildup. Polished spines combine with gleaming bolsters for gourmet styling that also highlights the strength of the one-piece German crafted Messermeister design. A solid wood block with counter protectors, the prestigious company emblem and 10 horizontal slots is easy on blades and allows room for expansion. At the base, six additional vertical slots will accommodate matching steak knives.