Smaller chef's knives are the newest trend in gourmet cutlery. This 4-inch blade, with the leverage of a larger knife, offers agility and precision when slicing, dicing and chopping smaller cuts of meat and other foods. The air pockets in this 4-inch blade form what is called a granton edge, which ensures smoother, thinner slices and prevents food from sticking to the blade while cutting. Fully forged from high-carbon stainless steel, the Olivier Anquier line combines Mundial performance with a bold, ruggedly handsome, wood-handled design that's unlike anything else on the market today. The result is a distinctive yet beautiful set of cutlery. Each knife is branded on both the blade and tip of the handle with the Olivier name and logo in burnished steel. The line's unique, one-piece solid wood handles are more than just aesthetically appealing ¿ they're also ergonomically shaped to fit the hand comfortably with gripping edges to ensure maximum control and precision for every cutting task.The Value of a Fully Forged Knife Mundial knives, with very few exceptions, are fully forged in a manufacturing process that combines innovative technology with Old World tradition and expertise. In the forging process, steel is heated to an extremely high temperature, set into a die and hammered into the shape of the basic blade. Following a process of heating and cooling, the forged blade is ground to create a full taper to the cutting edge. The result is a stronger, thicker, more resilient blade that flares smoothly at the heel to blend into the shape of the handle. Cutlery that is fully forged offers an array of key benefits including greater tensile strength, increased durability, lasting sharpness, and better balance and control.