The two most-often used knives in the kitchen: a chef's knife (8" blade) and a paring knife (3-1/2" blade). The precision forged blade, bolster, and tang are married to the incredibly durable Hostaform-C handle, triple-riveted to the fully-visible tang. Use the paring knife for paring, peeling, trimming, and dicing fruits and vegetables. The chef's knife is used for cutting, chopping, slicing, and dicing fruits, vegetables, meat, and poultry. It is made in Solingen and Germany. Wüsthof knives offer a harmonious blend of precision cutting performance, integrity of materials, safety, and comfort. The knives are hot-drop forged by hand from a single blank of high carbon no-stain steel, specially alloyed surgical steel consisting of exacting proportions of carbon, chromium, molybdenum, and vanadium. The blades are perfectly tapered from bolster to tip, and from the back of the blades to the edges, and are honed by hand. Perfect balance is assured by the full extension of the tang through the length of the handle. A seamless, totally hygienic fit is achieved by the durable Hostaform-C handle, triple-riveted to the fully visible tang; the handle is buffed and polished by hand. It is Dishwasher safe, although hand washing with a mild detergent is recommended. Caution: The chef's knife has been purposely ground extra thin for the ultimate cutting performance. Chopping through bones will damage the fine edge.