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Windmühlenmesser 8" 'Boscher' Harvest Knife - Carbon - Copper Beech
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The Boscher is an old-style harvesting knife used for turnip, cabbage, and celery. Germany also became one of the main exporters of this knife to for the Netherlands, where they used it among the colonies for harvesting sugar cane. The silhouette of this knife also influenced another Windmill design, the Grandmoulin bread knife.
Robert Herder Windmühlenmesser knives are made in Solingen, Germany, and are still utilizing old hand-work techniques. Their 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, making them lightweight and thin, and the slight convexity makes for reduced friction and sticking during cutting. Windmühlenmesser has worked hard to establish an extensive apprenticeship program at their workshop, preserving old techniques that have nearly disappeared from Solingen.
Carbon steel requires care to keep from rusting; it should be dried immediately after use and never left soaking or wet. Carbon steel gets sharper and holds its edge longer than stainless.
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