With a 6-inch blade shaped like a paring knife (center-tip style, with curved back and edge), this utility knife is useful when a job doesn't require a specialized blade. One of Messermeister's top-of-the-line Elite knives, which are distinguished from the company's first-rate San Moritz knives by a three-step hand sharpening process blades undergo and classic three-rivet, full-tang, seamless polymer handles, the knife is forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel. The blade has a shortened bolster so it's sharp from tip to heel and a cook's forefinger rests comfortably on it. Made in Germany, the knife comes in a padded gift box. To keep the blade sharp, it's best to hand wash this knife in soapy water. --Fred Brack
The fine edge, traditional style Messermeister Meridian Elite 6" Utility Knife is one of the most frequently used knives in the kitchen and is used for cutting and slicing smaller items.