Hohenmoorer YO Monostahl Paring Knife

After nearly two decades of knife-making and work as a cutler, Ulrich Hennicke began designing and producing his own line of hand-forged blades in the town of Asendorf, Germany. Hohenmoorer, or "High Moor," describes the region the knives are produced in. The profile of each Hohenmoorer knife is distinctive, contemporary, and restrained. There is nothing superfluous added without a nod to functionality. The touch of temper color is a fingerprint of the maker, but also serves the purpose of protecting the transition area between blade and tang.

The YO Monostahl is Ulrich's interpretation of a Schälmesser, or paring knife. Use it for detail work, slicing fruits and garnishes. The blade is hand-forged by Ulrich and his small team. The hard steel and temper ensure the strength of the blade for small, but vigorous cutting tasks. The YO's handle shape and polished brass bolster are subtle indications that it's a modern kitchen tool, and the octagonal (eight-sided) handle is comfortable for both left and right-handed users. The use of smoked oak in the handle makes the knife light in the hand, and gives it a handmade quality. No two are exactly the same.

The YO mono-steel blade is forged with a 80 CRV2 carbon steel. The blade will begin to develop a patina immediately—its "working color"—this is a natural part of using a carbon knife, something to be celebrated. The gradual staining of the blade personalizes it, and tells the visual story of meals past. Knives made with carbon steel generally maintain an edge longer than stainless.

Care: Wipe the knife’s blade with a clean cloth or wash it gently after each use, avoiding harsh detergents or scrubbers. Never use in a dish washer. Dry the blade soon after washing; because the steel has a carbon content, it can rust. The wood handle is durable—that said, we recommend hand washing your knife, drying it, and storing it somewhere it doesn't come into contact with other objects or utensils. We suggest having the knife professionally sharpened, or using a sharpening stone.

The Hohenmoorer YO ships in a gift-worthy box made of recycled paper.

Knife length: 8 inches / 20 cm
Blade length: 3 ¾ inches / 10 cm
Weight: 1 ¼ ounces / 35 grams
Made in Germany.

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$140