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.