Windmühlenmesser "Old German" Breakfast Knife


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Born of Germany’s rural tradition, Windmühlenmesser have manufactured this knife with its distinctly shaped blade without alteration for over 140 years. The broad blade, highly fine-glazed by hand with great care, makes it just as suitable for spreading butter as cutting bread or a hard sausage, too. Rolls can be cleanly halved without leaving a ball of crumbs in the centre and even hard butter can be spread  effortlessly. A great favourite of those with no time for  breakfast. Made by hand in Germany since 1872.

Available in plum wood or pear wood handle.

Handle: Plum wood
Rivets: Aluminum
Surface: stainless
Blade length: fine-glazed
Blade: ca. 118 mm / 4,5 inches
Overall length: ca. 220 mm


From Windmühlenmesser:

Windmühlenmesser - Manufacturer Robert Herder has been manufacturing knives of exceptional quality and shape since time immemorial. Our positive approach towards craftsmanship is the foundation which still allows us to identify and appreciate the old Solingen craft trades today. It provides the basis for our wishing to retain and continue to uphold still existent know-how.

We are certain that, with our craftsmanship, we produce better and more carefully manufactured knives than other knife manufacturers. Our motto: “Good knives are made by hand.” The craftsmanship of our grinders and fine-glaze grinders, particularly that of our “blue-glazed” grinders, plays an important role. This work requires very great precision, skill, pa-tience and a good eye in order to achieve the required quality.

As this work used to be the work of the master grinders, we call the blue-glazed knives “Today’s Masterpieces”.

The human aspect is indispensable for many processes of our skilled craftsmanship because no other “tool” is as flexible, adaptive and sensitive as the human hand, especially when producing fine and exceptional knives.

In contrast to most knives today, “Windmühle” knives are still produced according to the “Solingen Dry-Fine- Grinding” technique. The grinding angle is much farther up on the blade than is customary today. The blade is dry-fine-ground and tapers to a thin, very sharp cutting edge. Knives ground in this way are defined by their special sharpness and long-lasting cutting edge. This traditional grinding technique which we still practise today has almost completely disappeared even in Solingen but it was once the basis for the high esteem enjoyed by Solingen knives all over the world.

“Glazing” is a special process of fine grinding the blade. At different stages, the blade surface is “fine-glazed” and then “blue-glazed”. Since time immemorial, these processes have formed part of the most time-consuming of the traditional Solingen grinding techniques, “blue-glazing” being the finest pro- cessing of the blade surface. Typical of this kind of blade are the bluish to rainbow coloured shimmers of the fine grinding marks. This work is primarily carried out by our master grinder W. Fehrekampf. One of the last true master grinders today who is still skilled in the fine art of “blue-glazed” knives, he is passing on his skill to our young grinders.

At a time when stainless steel did not exist, the aim of “blue-glazing” was to smooth the surface of the blade so finely and seal it so there was hardly any possibility of rust formation. Non-stainless blades processed in this way are more resistant to rust and discolouration. Stainless blades processed in this way have such a smooth surface that the cutting quality is enhanced still further.