For over 80 years, Paderno (Italy) has been a leading company in the manufacturing of professional cookware and kitchen utensils. The company is constantly engaged in enhancing the quality of its products and consistently complies with the most recent laws relating to public health and safety. For this purpose, the new factory in Orfengo, Novara, near Milan, is equipped with a modern laboratory with high technology instruments (X-rays, atomic absorption, etc.), which enables Paderno to carry out its own chemical tests on the raw materials used and check their conformity to the standards required. Special attention is paid to the environment and to general safety. The Paderno World Cuisine 9-1/2 bread knife has a forged blade constructed of a special steel and carbon alloy which insures a perfect cut and extends the life of the blade. The knife handle is resistant non-slip made of an inert plastic material and composed of stainless steel inserts. With forged blade. With patented eronomic composite handle. With state of the art handle/blade balance. Truly professional quality. Blade is a special steel carbon alloy which extends the cutting life of the blade.