3.5" carbon steel paring knife with plum wood handle
The K1 Officeknife has a spear/ drop-point tip that makes it a classic paring knife, perfect for peeling or any small prep work. It's made of a carbon steel blade with 1% carbon and hardened to 60/ 61.5 HRC, blue glazed and hand polished with hand-shaped and polished plum wood handle.
Robert Herder Windmuhlenmesser knives are handmade 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.
Carbon steel requires more care to take care of but gets sharper and holds its edge longer than stainless.