Messermeister, featuring premier German cutlery, has roots in both Germany and Australia. Today, Messermeister operates as a U.S. company that strives to provide the highest quality of cutlery and culinary tools to both food-service professionals and home cooks. The Park Plaza collection of stamped knives is manufactured using the finest stamped high carbon German Krupp stainless steel, featuring a sharp edge and hard blade, allowing it to hold its edge for a long time. The Park Plaza collection features a triple riveted polyoxymethylene "POM" handle, permanently securing the handle to the full tang and providing a classic design. This Park Plaza 7 inch santoku knife with hollows has an overall thinner spine and taper than a French or German style chef's knife. The taper is ground thinly and lengthened to give it maximum precision when slicing. The word Santoku translates as "3 good things" which means it is versatile like a chef's knife and cuts vegetables, fish and meat. Messermeister offers a guaranteed lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Every knife comes with free lifetime sharpening and reconditioning. Once the edge is no longer sharp, have an expert sharpener re-grind a new edge on your knife or with a return shipping fee, Messermeister will re-sharpen your knife free of charge. Contact customer service at toll free 800-426-5134. Messermeister 8 1/2 inch take-apart utility shears are rated number 1 by several gourmet magazines. Functions include a screw driver, nut cracker, jar-lid opener and gripper, bottle opener, and bone and twig cutter. It separates for hygienic cleaning and is dishwasher safe. Use the shears for opening packages, clipping herbs, dicing bacon, skinning chicken, trimming artichokes and much more. These shears are made with durable stainless steel, have a tension tightening rivet and are for right handed use.