Messermeister Oliva Elité Knives
Oliva Elité knife collection by Messermeister boasts an exquisite natural, Mediterranean olive wood handle in the popular straight tang, forged knife line series. The highly figured, beautiful golden-brown handle provides a secure ergonomic pinch grip with an unsurpassed balance. The blade, bolster and tang are one piece, hot-drop hammer forged from a single billet of the finest German 1.4116 steel alloy and heat treated and cooled to achieve a Rockwell of 57-58. The 15° Elité edge is hand stropped on a cloth wheel, creating the sharpest possible cutting surface on an edged tool. Oliva Elité knives are of heirloom quality and one of the best original forged wood handle knives.
Messermeister, meaning “knife master”, remains one of the few cutlery companies in the world to produce hammer forged knives the tried-and-true way in Solingen, Germany. After emigrating from Germany to the United States by way of Australia, founder Bernd Dressler combined his respect and interest in high quality cutlery with a desire to reconnect with his countrymen by collaborating with and learning from a 4th generation knife making family in Germany.