Knives & Bread Boards

Knives & Bread Boards

A selection of beautiful, hand-made knives and boards by Robert Herder of Germany.

Beech and oak bread boards made from local woods in Lanarkshire.

Robert Herder founded his tempering company at Solingen, Germany, in 1872 and became famous for producing knives of outstanding quality. The unusual combination of sharpening technology (see grinding and glazing, below) and fine craftsmanship ensures that this reputation endures, along with the knives' optimal cutting properties. 

Solingen 'dry-fine' grinding, Bulge grinding and Blue glazing

In contrast to most modern knives, Windmühle are still ground according to the principle of 'solingen dry-fine grinding' and many are fine-glazed by hand. In 'dry-fine grinding' , the grinding angle is much further up the blade than it is in standard, modern grinding. The resulting blade tapers to a thin, very sharp and long-lasting cutting edge. 

Bulge grinding is a technique that is only used by Windmühle's most skilled craftsmen. It refers to the creation of a convex profile to the blade so that, in cross section, it appears to bulge slightly. This shape produces an extremely thin and finely ground cutting edge. 

Glazing is a special process of fine grinding in which the final, and finest, processing of the blade surface is called 'Blue glazing'. This typically leaves characteristic bluish or rainbow-coloured shimmers on the blade. Most of this work is carried out by Windmühle's master grinder W. Fehrekampf.

Please Note
These dry-fine ground knives are not suitable for levering or canted cutting and should not be used on hard cutting boards. (A wooden board is the perfect surface for them.) 

Knives with wooden handles should never be immersed or soaked in water or placed in a dishwasher. To  wash your knife, hold it by the handle and clean the blade with warm water and a little dishwashing soap, using a sponge or soft cloth if necessary. Rinse the blade with warm or hot water, keeping the sharp end pointing downwards. Dry the blade thoroughly with a cotton or linen cloth.
If the wooden handle gets sticky or oily, simply wipe it clean with a damp Ecloth. After washing and drying your knife, replace it in a suitable knife box or magnetic rack or, with the blade protected, in a kitchen drawer.

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Bread Board and Grid set (cherry)
A wooden board with a relatively soft surface is the perfect surface for finely honed knife edges. K..
£99.50
Ex Tax: £82.92
Bread Knife (beech)
A reliable and balanced bread knife with a warm beech wood handle and a finely ground blade with sca..
£36.95
Ex Tax: £30.79
Bread Knife (cherry wood)
The cherry wood series has proved Windmühle's most popular range. The cherry wood handles h..
£39.50
Ex Tax: £32.92
Extra Long Bread Knife (cherry wood)
The Ellenlang has a well-balanced cherry wood handle, warm to the touch, with a soft, brown colour..
£59.95
Ex Tax: £49.96
Grandmoulin Bread Knife (Plum) gift set
Your perfect home-made sourdough loaf deserves to be cut by a knife engineered to equal standards of..
£129.00
Ex Tax: £107.50
K1 Paring Knife
This versatile knife is one of the K Series of chefs’ knives from Windmühle. With a finel..
£35.50
Ex Tax: £29.58
K2 Kitchen Knife
Small and perfectly-formed, the K2 is the little knife with a large capacity. It can fillet, slice, ..
£59.00
Ex Tax: £49.17
Knife care set
This compact care set contains everything you need to care for your Robert Herder knife blades and h..
£17.50
Ex Tax: £14.58
Parmoulin knife gift set (Plum)
The Parmoulin  The Parmoulin combines a richly-coloured plum wood handle with the perfect bl..
£97.50
Ex Tax: £81.25
Pocket Knife - The Hippenkniep
The ‘Hippekniep' (hippe means goat and kniep means folding) would have originally been use..
£47.25
Ex Tax: £39.38
Red felt sheath for the Buckel knife
A simple, felted wool sheath to protect your Buckel knife when travelling, picnicking or even when s..
£7.00
Ex Tax: £5.83
Scottish Bread Boards
These bread boards have been crafted for Bread Matters by Andrew Rennie of Lanarkshire. Each is made..
£45.00
Ex Tax: £37.50
The Baby Buckel  - the smaller version of the Buckel breakfast knife
Finely-ground and blue-glazed, this small knife is as nimble and efficient as its great grandfa..
£12.50
Ex Tax: £10.42
The Buckel - old, German style breakfast knife (Cherry, blade length 118mm)
The broad, rounded shape of this blade, with its sweeping back, is one of the oldest known in German..
£15.95
Ex Tax: £13.29
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