The Wusthof Company is a family owned business for seven generations in Solingen, Germany.It is currently run by a most charming Wusthof, Harald Wuesthof. The company has been making German knives since 1917 and has only 300 employees to make those very fabulous knives. They are exceptional & are made of special German steel that will hold incredible edge. That is their hallmark & what sets them apart.The Grand Prix II line of kitchen knives is the second rendition of this series & has a black molded handle with a full tang and heavy bolster. It traditionally has been less expensive than the Classic Line. Classic Wusthof has a riveted handle that is a quite different look & feel but the knife materials & construction are the same. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee & we, at Kitchenworks, will stand behind this guarantee. We encourage you to invest in good quality kitchen knives, even if one small knife at a time. We have our knives on sale at all times & run really great special sale items. By watching our sales, you can build a collection easily & save the most money possible.Knives are something you use every day and there is a great joy in having such luscious tools to work with.