Having a collection of good kitchen knives is one thing, but keeping them honed is what makes the cook a cut above the rest. Regular use of this will pay big dividends in efficient food preparations. When it comes to kitchen knives, the general rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. Sometimes, however, you get a bargain. This is the just case with Mundial. The best word to describe Mundial knives is classic: classic shape, classic feel, classic construction. The quality of Mundial cutlery is undeniable. Like most traditional European knives, these blades are hefty and rugged. At the same time, they're expertly balanced and admirably sharp. And because Mundial builds them from the ground up, they're also amazingly affordable. No matter how you cut it, these knives are winners. Were they made by anyone else, they'd easily sell for twice the price. Originally established in pre-war Germany by the noted metallurgist Paul Zivi, Mundial now operates exclusively out of Brazil. Ready access to raw materials combined with manufacturing efficiencies allow Mundial to produce superior products at competitive prices. Through a rigorous quality control program, Mundial oversees every stage of their knife production (from the refining of the steel to the honing of the blade) and regularly submits all of their knives to independent, third-party evaluation where they consistently rank amongst the best in the world. Mundial knives are hand-forged from high-carbon stainless steel, fitted with durable polyacetal handles that will not stain or crack, and backed up with a lifetime guarantee.