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 Windmuehlen knives are hand made in Solingen Germany utilizing old hand work techniques. The 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, and the slight convexity makes for reduced friction and sticking during cutting. Robert Herder Windmuhlenmesser have worked hard to establish an apprentice program at their workshop to preserve old techniques that nearly disappeared from Solingen.