Founded by a wife and her husband, Messermeister began as a humble venture in cutlery and kitchen accessories. Eventually having collaborated with a 3rd generation knife making family in Solingen, Germany, Messermeister developed truly unique innovations for a more functional, better performing knife. These innovations included the first bolsterless heel, the first truly cambered chef's knife, and the sharpest polished edge angle. 

The Oliva Elite 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° Elite edge is hand stropped on a cloth wheel, creating the sharpest possible cutting surface on an edged tool. Oliva Elite knives are of heirloom quality and one of the best original forged wood handle knives.

Now proudly operating as a woman-owned cutlery brand located in the heart of the Ojai Valley in California, Messermeister has still retained the same passion and commitment to deliver sustainable best-in-class knives as its inception. When you pick up a Messermeister knife, you are picking up over 75 years of allegiance to building one of humanity's oldest tools.