Messermeister (loosely translated to “knife master” in German) remains one of the few companies in the world to produce hammer-forged knives the traditional way, and they’ve been doing so for over three decades. Founder Bernd Dressler (whose family had emigrated to Australia and then the United States from Germany) combined his respect and interest in high-quality cutlery with a desire to reconnect with his countrymen by collaborating with and learning from a 3rd generation knife making family in Germany.