The 'Grandmoulin' refers to the great windmill, and was first made in 2003 but refers to a common bread knife-grind from the 1960s-70s. The width of this knife makes it very easy to cut thin, precise slices of bread and takes a hint from the shape of the more traditional "Boscher" knife. It is used in the pasty for harvesting sugar cane. The teeth have been ground deep and flat, and have been hand-polished. A c,urved edge provides comfort and practicality in providing effortless cutting! Made of stainless steel that has been blue-glazed and hand polished, walnut handle hand-shaped and polished with brass rivets, with 5 ml care-oil.
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 Solingen workshop to preserve old techniques that nearly disappeared from Solingen.