J.A. Henckels has been manufacturing fine cutlery since 1731. Made in Solingen, Germany, its knives are forged, not stamped. Blade density is improved using the FRIODUR ice-hardening process, which provides a sharper initial edge for easier maintenance over time. Larger knives are crafted using Henckels' exclusive SIGMAFORGE standard. Part of the Four Star series, this knife is made of high-carbon stainless steel and precision-honed, with a laser-controlled edge, a balanced super-bolster, and a tang that extends to the back of the polypropylene handle, which is permanently bonded for seamless accuracy. Dishwasher-safe. Features of SIGMAFORGE knives are: New one piece construction High forging precision Higher stability of blade Perfect geometry Improved steel structure for less metal fatigue Improved cutting-edge retention and lasting sharpness Improved weight and balance FRIODUR ice hardened for maximum no-stain properties and more blade strength.