Wusthof Epicure precision forged, full-tang cutlery is a collaborative achievement between marketing and engineering teams based in the USA and Germany as well as industrial designer Bjorn Berger from Solingen, Germany. The blades feature a translucent ceramic coating on the entire surface to increase hardness, enhance resistance to corrosion, and protect the blade's surface from scratches. This dynamic and modern new blade shape is tempered to 58 Rockwell Hardness. The 14 degree PEtec blade edge on each side with laser guided precision is 20% sharper, lasting twice as long. The handle design uses the same wood composite material found in Epicurean cutting boards, ergonomically crafted for optimum comfort, and sculpted to reduce fatigue while looking beautiful in the kitchen. Blades made in Solingen, Germany, handles made in USA; lifetime warranty.