The fully forged 3.5-in. Paring/Boning Knife is often used as a smaller utility knife. The Meridian and San Moritz are Messermeister's two high-end cutlery lines which are one-piece fully forged from a single blank of steel. Meridian knives have a comfortable, traditional styled handle that is riveted to a full tang. Steel: 41/16 Krupp (Germany) High Carbon, Molybdenum-Vanadium, Chromium, No Stain Tool Steel, X55 CrMoV15. Handle: state-of-the-art, highly damage resistant Polyoxymethaline. These knives have the sharpest edges of all forged cutlery. An elaborate 3 step sharpening process is enhanced in it's final step by being carefully hand-polished. Meridians are hardened to 56 Rockwell hardness C, making them hard enough to hold their edge for a long period of time, while it is easy to restore their edge with a steel. Lifetime Warranty.