Robert Herder

Herder breakfast knife blue pierced

Robert Herder
Herder breakfast knife blue pierced
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    Knife handles made of steamed, finely polished wood are rare. Knife handles made of steamed, finely polished apple tree wood are even rarer because apple tree wood, since it dries slowly, is not one of the typical commercial woods. However, it is very easy to work with due to its hardness, weight and durability. Herder in Solingen manufactures these knife handles with rarity value exclusively for Manufactum: even oiled for better surface protection.

    A sharp table knife.

    Robert Herder in Solingen has been manufacturing this knife with the rounded tip since 1872, the year the firm was founded. It’s a table knife, with a blade that is sharp enough so that it can also be used to cut fruit for breakfast.

    Solingen Thin Grinding: Nail and Scrape Free

    Windmühlen knives from Robert Herder in Solingen are remarkable not only because of the knife steel (at least 0.75% carbon content and a hardness of at least 56 HRC for the carbon steels), but above all because of the craftsmanship that spares none of the traditional grinding efforts: Windmühlen knives are ground extremely thin. This results in their amazing cutting ability, which is an experience in use. The most elaborate type of grinding is the whale grind, a special type of thin grinding in which the blade is ground tapered towards the back of the knife.

    Blue-Glazed, or Blaugepließtet

    In Solingen, Pließten is the name given to the smoothing of the grinding grooves remaining on the blade, i.e. the fine grinding. The most complex stage of this technique is blue-glazing. In this process, the steel is ground finer step by step. You can tell that a blade has been blue-peened because it reflects a slightly bluish light.

    Longer sharp thanks to higher hardness

    The elastic blades of Herder's blue-embossed knives are ground in the Solingen thin section as well as the fuller section. Thanks to the very high hardness of 60 Rockwell (HRC), they retain their sharpness significantly longer.


    Because of the high hardness - and because they are ground so exceedingly thin - the blades should not be twisted or even tilted, as this can lead to chipping of the material when cutting under certain circumstances.

    Product Information

    Article Number 44450

      Carbon steel, thin ground and blue glazed. The handle is made of steamed apple wood.

      Blade length 11.5 cm, overall length 22 cm. Weight 35 g.
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