Regular knife maintenance is a necessity for keeping your knives in great working condition. After regular use, the cutting edge of your Metz knife will gradually dull and begin to form a rolled or bent edge and will need to be realigned. Use the Carl Mertens Metz Sharpener to make sure your blade edge stays straight and sharp.
The name Metz comes from the local dialect in Solingen Germany, also known as the “City of Blades”. Every Carl Mertens Metz knife comes with an extra broad blade made from rustproof chrome molybdenum vanadium steel. The broad blade is designed for cutting robust ingredients effortlessly. Designed by design group SquareOne, Metz knives were inspired by Far Eastern forms, combined with the traditional German craft Carl Mertens has been using from the very beginning. Metz from Carl Mertens brings first-class craft with a contemporary style for chefs to enjoy.
Solingen, Germany is known for their high quality cutlery. In fact, Solingen is known as the steel capital of the world and the "city of blades", and is where all Carl Mertens knives are made. In order to mark a product with the name Solingen, all key manufacturing stages must have been processed and finished within Solingen. The product must also meet strict quality standards in order to be entitled to use the "Made in Solingen" mark. This means that a knife that was completely crafted and assembled in Solingen can not say "Made in Solingen" unless it meets these required quality standards.
Carl Mertens first began in 1919 as a small job-order grinding shop for pocket knife blades in Solingen, Germany. For almost 100 years, they have become a premier brand showcasing excellent quality in German knives, flatware, and exquisite kitchen tools. Carl Mertens handmade knives are known for creating beautiful, contemporary products made using the same traditional craftsmanship from when they began. Exquisite designs have led Carl Mertens to receive numerous design awards from IF Design, Red Dot, Design Plus, and more. Merging aesthetics with functionality, Carl Mertens creates extraordinary pieces for your kitchen that are too beautiful to be put away for long.
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Cleaning: Carl Mertens Knives are not dishwasher safe and must be hand washed and dried thoroughly after every use.
Handle Care: Carl Mertens Knives are made using oiled European walnut wood. Regular oiling keeps the handle in optimal condition throughout its lifetime.
Honing and Sharpening: Regular honing is necessary to maintain a sharp cutting edge on Carl Mertens Knives. Weekly honing realigns the blade and maintains a sharp edge for longer. For sharpening, we recommend using a whetstone or sharpening steel when sharpening becomes necessary.
Cutting Surfaces: Only use cutting boards made of hinoki, wooden, bamboo, or quality polyethylene to keep Carl Mertens blades in prime condition. Avoid using cutting boards such as china, marble, granite, porcelain, stainless countertops, and glass. These surfaces could cause harm the blade.
Carl Mertens Knives are made using the highest standards. Each knife is handmade in Solingen, Germany and is warranted to be free from defects in material and craftsmanship for the lifetime of the purchase. The warranty does not cover normal wear or misuse such as damage or breakage due to improper maintenance to the blade and the wooden handle, accidents, loss, or theft. Any product will be determined defective solely at J.L. Hufford’s discretion. To receive a warranty replacement, the owner must send the product to be evaluated to J.L. Hufford headquarters in Lafayette, Indiana. This limited lifetime warranty is non-transferrable to anyone outside of the original purchaser.