Messermeister is committed to designing new and innovative products by sourcing the world to find the very best manufacturing quality at the right price for the market. They offer a product warranty for the life of the user against defects in materials and workmanship. Messermeister is proud to have served the culinary community for four decades and will continue into the next generation.
The story of Messermeister, “messer” meaning knife and “meister” meaning master, begins with a man and his passion for premium German cutlery. Bernd Dressler was born in Germany and in his teens immigrated with his family to Australia. In 1967, he sought after bigger dreams in America and began his career as a salesperson in cutlery for a large German knife company.
In 1981, having gained the necessary sales experience, Bernd decided to start his own venture in cutlery with the help of his wife, Debra. Bernd sought to reconnect with his countrymen by collaborating with a third generation knife making family in Solingen, Germany. His passion for premium cutlery led him to design and manufacture vintage, handcrafted, forged German cutlery. While studying the manufacturing craft from the German masters, he also learned from chefs that a need existed for more functional, better performing knives. Bernd’s innovations are the first bolsterless heel, the first truly cambered chef’s knife, the sharpest polished edge angle, the Granton-Edge Santoku, and the U.S. introduction of the serrated vegetable peeler.
While many companies have moved to different non-forging processes, but Messermeister remains one of the few companies in the world to produce hot-drop, hammer forged knives the traditional way. Messermeister’s unique process and attention to detail make it a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike. Today, proud to be a 100% woman owned company, Debra, Chelcea and Kirsten Dressler continue Bernd’s mission to bring innovation and creativity to the forefront of all kitchens and to provide the highest quality knives and culinary tools to culinary students, chefs and home cooks. After four decades, the Messermeister brand of knives and culinary accessories continues to win the hearts of cooking enthusiasts worldwide.