Lignum 3 cook's knife, carbon steel - Windmühlenmesser
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A dam fine blade with a very comfortable handle.
SHAPE: Santoku. While this isn't called a santoku, it is to all intents and purposes one - i.e. good at everything.
STEEL: Carbon steel. This steel has a minimum of 1% carbon in it and has been hardened to 60 rockwell. This makes it cable of getting a screaming sharp edge and keeping it. These knives need to be kept dry and oiled when not in use for extended periods. Overtime they will form a patina which is a dark oxidized layer over the blade.
FINISH: Polished or blue glazed. This is a process seldom seen in Solingen today. It involves smoothing or polishing the blade surface using using progressively finer compounds. This creates a very smooth feeling blade while also helping with rust prevention.
HANDLE: Plum wood
MAKER: Robert Herder, Windmühlenmesser
BEST FOR: One knife for everything-ish.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "These knives are quite unlike other big brand German knives, they are super thin behind the edge giving great cutting performance."
BLADE LENGTH: 210mm (240mm)
OVERALL LENGTH: 350mm (385mm)
BLADE HEIGHT: 44mm (49mm)
THICKNESS AT HEEL: 3.2mm (4mm)