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... our most sharp and durable Damascus knife series we have ever made.

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Germanicum Arminius is the result of hundreds of hours in refinement of Damascus forging techniques, refinement of production technologies and design improvements on every level.

                                                     GERMANICUM ARMINIUS
GERMANICUM ARMINIUS
                                                         Arminius 3 pcs Set
Arminius 3 pcs Set

Our team of dedicated engineers, black smiths and designers put all their passion into this new series of Damascus knives and today we are proud to share these beautiful new knives with you.

Sternsteiger started its own production of Damascus knives back in 2015 and the companies passion for tradition and technology since then has driven the company to new innovations.

 New design on top, old design on bottom
New design on top, old design on bottom

Our engineers did not limit themselves to Damascus knives and brought beautiful knives like the popular Sternsteiger Titanium and Achilles Series to market. These endeavors not only helped us to understand the needs of our customers, but also provided us with the experience to improve on our original classic Damascus knife design. 

                                                            Arminius Germanicum
Arminius Germanicum

In case you are interested to learn more about the development process of Germanicum Arminius scroll down to the development section, but let us focus for now on what we have improved based upon our original VG10 series below.

                                                                   Arminus Germanicum
Arminus Germanicum

Finger-guard and bolster tip

The finger guard and bolster tip designs compared
The finger guard and bolster tip designs compared

We completely re-engineered the finger-guard and bolster tip section of the knife in order to shorten the distance between handle and blade. This much more compact design results into a higher degree of control over the blade.


The Bolster

 For more pressure point and grip, a new added Bolster has been added below. 

               New U shaped  added forged bolster with two brass pins to right above
New U shaped added forged bolster with two brass pins to right above

The new bolster is made of the same Damascus steel and is held in place with two brass pins that are polished in a way that they optically merge with the steel.


The Blade

The new blade is overall more straight than the old design. On the picture below you can see how the old blade falls off towards the edge, while our new blade offers an almost straight surface.

The tapered shape of the old blade makes the knife very stable, but also inflexible. The new flatter shape gives the blade more flexibility and thanks to the new steel we don't lose anything in terms of durability.

In addition the new blade has been straightened with a slightly more curved belly while adding some width in the middle of the blade, providing a greater surface area for improved cuts. 

Arminius on right with slight wider belly.between A - B  ( which gives it more penetrating effect)
Arminius on right with slight wider belly.between A - B ( which gives it more penetrating effect)

The Steel

High contrast picture of the new 440 layer blade
High contrast picture of the new 440 layer blade

The biggest difference between the two series is the steel which now consists of 440 instead of 67 layers of steel. This increased amount of steel layers gives the blade much more rigidity and therefore increases the durability and lifetime of the blade.

In addition the blade itself becomes a piece of art. Our black smiths have become very creative in regards to possible patterns that can be forged into the blade and therefore making each blade a unique master piece.

Handle design:

The prominient but important feature is this handle, its made up of pure wallnut wood, as compared to our VG-10 series, which has an Micarta handle.

    Arminius handle is more thinner & plain wood compared to micarta industrial handle
Arminius handle is more thinner & plain wood compared to micarta industrial handle

The handle is finished by a pure Damascus cap which compared to the basic stainless steel cap from the VG-10 series gives these knives an even better look and durability.

The old VG-10 series had an Oval shaped bigger Cap, where as the new Arminius series has an Egg shaped oval Damascus forged cap with a pin.

Arminius ( right )  Old Series ( left )  Plain & pure damascus handle Cap above.
Arminius ( right ) Old Series ( left ) Plain & pure damascus handle Cap above.

The handle diameter has been trimmed making the Arminius handle thinner -tubular and easier to hold even for smaller hands. 

                                                  Handle diameter changes above
Handle diameter changes above

The same applies to the new handle cap as explained above.

                                               Arminius Cap dia above ( in inches )
Arminius Cap dia above ( in inches )
                                                Old VG-10 Cap handle diameter
Old VG-10 Cap handle diameter

New & verstile bread knife

The Arminius series has different blade serrations for cutting bread.

Different bread knife designs with different serrated edges above & forge & handle changes
Different bread knife designs with different serrated edges above & forge & handle changes

Blade difference  ( Wavy & saw edge )  

                        Different  serations for the Arminius Series above
Different serations for the Arminius Series above

Even the Tip of the Arminius bread knife has been changed below ( continous form) below. 

Arminius ( right ) with japanese saw serations and in continous serrations vs old series bread knife ( left )
Arminius ( right ) with japanese saw serations and in continous serrations vs old series bread knife ( left )

The handle features the same updated characteristics like the brass pins and the red leather ring inlays with an added U sahped or V shaped forged Bolster below.

                                Added red leather spacer to new Arminius series
Added red leather spacer to new Arminius series
View our press-kit
View our press-kit

The exciting striking feature of the new Arminius Series is its completely hand-made forging production as compared to the mechnical industrial production of our old VG-10 series.

                               Arminius :  Finest pure damascus steel knife
Arminius : Finest pure damascus steel knife

Since the carbon content is more in the Arminius series, its non stainless steel and have an increased tendency to oxidation process, which is a standard normal behaviour of all original historical hand forged damascus forge.


Arminius Series is an inspired historical handmade forging process as compared to our old VG-10 series which is actually done via closed die forging or impression die forging. Our bladesmiths have used same old age forging methods to have this unique series for you.

                                          Arminius blade close up view after cuttings
Arminius blade close up view after cuttings

Damascus Steel & great warriors in history.

It is been said that the great ancient warriors loved the damascus weaponary originated from the city of Damascus ( modern day Syria ). In those days, the damascus forgeing steel was forged with bringing the steel into a wootz form. 

Our team has been trying to forge a knife that has the unique combination of finest elements of steel & wood. For this reason, we included the 440 layers of damascus & the wallnut wooden handles for Arminius damascus Series. 

                                        Arminius  Raindrop damascus Pattern design
Arminius Raindrop damascus Pattern design

 This unique damascus knife series will be presented in two damascus design patterns 

 A- Raindrop damascus Pattern 

 B - Twist damascus  Pattern 

 Note:     ( patterns can slightly varry due to hand forge)

                                          Twist & Raindrop designs above
Twist & Raindrop designs above

              What our backers say about us and our Products 

We have deliverd successfully intime, to more than 4000 backers during our past amazing campaigns here in Kickstarter and  below are some of the Feedbacks for you to experiance, what they say about STERNSTEIGER products.


 Combining the Elements together: 

 Arminius damascus - A Star born within a known collection

The unique design inspired by the great fighter Arminius gives it an elegant look.

                                                 3d Arminius damascus Series view
3d Arminius damascus Series view

Though Arminius Damascus Knife stands out of most Sternsteiger products, some special features of this masterpiece are as follows 

High-end Blade: The Damascus steel blade is certainly the best part about Arminius Damascus Knife. The unique design inspired by the great fighter Arminius gives it an elegant look. If you’re concerned about quality, worry no more because it’s going to cut through any to everything. 

Handle: The handle of Arminius Damascus Knife is made up of walnut wood and works for a lifetime. Yes, if you’ll take good care of the blade, the handle isn’t going to fade, broke, or lose its stylish look even after 10 years. In addition, it offers a firm grip to handle hard or raw vegatables.  

                                             Arminius series handle overview
Arminius series handle overview

Handle Cap:

The perfect harmony of joining the specially forged damascus cap adds up the stunning look to this amazing master piece series.The handle cap is made up of damascus steel which adds up an extra flare to this series.

                                       Arminius damascus forged handle cap with pin
Arminius damascus forged handle cap with pin

The forged Bolster:

one of the added uniqueness to Arminius series, is its special forged blade bolster, which is a wedge shaped forged but gives the blade an added  ` U ` shaped support forge with colourfull red leather filled spacing to look after the joining effect to its amazing handle.This special forge bolster was developed for giving an additional cutting balance retention to this amazing knife series. ( see below the ` U `` shaped bolster with pins ) 

                                           Arminius  blade bolster with brass Pins
Arminius blade bolster with brass Pins

So, now we see the hype behind popular Damascus steel knives. If we talk about this particular knife set, it is guaranteed to provide the best hunting or cooking experience ever. 

                                                            Arminius Germanicum
Arminius Germanicum

 Arminius Damascus Knife is made with the highest quality of steels and a prolonged  manufacturing procedure of blacksmith.

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                        360 ° revolvation of Arminius Blade to show more details.  ( see above ) 



 The basic idea & design:

                                   The Early Cad drawings & development of Arminius
The Early Cad drawings & development of Arminius

Prototype Section: CAD Designs 

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                          Arminius CAD 3d printed version with first handle prototypes
Arminius CAD 3d printed version with first handle prototypes
               The  3d printed version of Arminius with the first Prototype below
The 3d printed version of Arminius with the first Prototype below



Designers message 

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Design Hallmark & useability Series: 

Combined with tradational classic design & focus onto better cuttings, our team tried to achieve a tool collection covering daily home use aswell the commercial use. 

Arminius bread knife has been inspired by the japanese saw inorder to break the tradational bread knife blade serations. 

                                                    Arminius  Bread Knife
Arminius Bread Knife

The paring knife:

Our team has designed a special small santoku for the Arminius Germanicus Series below


The Arminius Complete Set: 

The master pieces joining together in the modern wooden stand to form a complete Set.

Detailed Specification of our new Arminius Series:

  • Curved edged which works even well with rocking cuts.
  • 100% Damascus Steel with 440 layers of  Ultra sharp razor edge.
  • Special seratted blade for bread knife ( not like an all day bread knife curved edges ) 
  • Hand-sharpened 16° double-bevel blade (32°)    
  • 440 Layers of  high carbon Steel
  • Walnut wooden Handles with damascus forged handle cups
  • 100 % Hand-forged & hand made product.
  • Combination of 440 layers of pure damascus steel ( non Stainless-steel). 
  • A special extra care is needed for this series to oil it after each use.
  • Forged blade bolster  with forged handle cap & Brass pins 
  • Full Tang damasucs steel 
  • weight of Chefs hand forged knife lies  between 324 g - 335 g ( wooden handle weight varies) due to special feature of wallnut wood. 
  • Blade thickness = 0,65 mm at edge   &  2,42 mm at the back ( slight varietions may occur due to hand forge).
  • Set weight with box =  1,1 Kg
  • Chefs knife weight =  204 - 230 g  ( a slight weight variation due to hand forgeing) 
  • Hand crafted in Germany 
  • well balanced & ultra Razor sharp series 
  •  Liquid nitrogen treated blade Hardness: 57-59HRC 
  • Sharpening: Solinger Dünschliff 
  • Nano-Coated for enhanced durability and reliability 
  • Designed  by UBUTT DESIGN  GERMANY.

Special Care for your new damascus forge :

After each use, we highly recommend to immidiately wash up your knife with slightly warm water and apply a thin coating of cooking oil or olive oil. The oil keeps this amazing blade 's steel young and keeps away the building up of typical patina

Germanicum Arminius in action below: 

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Meat cuttings below: 

                                                              Arminius Germanicum
Arminius Germanicum

   Some manufacturing Scenes for  Arminius below: 

                                         Arminius manufacturing scenes above
Arminius manufacturing scenes above

 Paper cutting tests for the sharpness below:

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                  Each blade gets its razor sharp edge and gets checked right away. 



About us: 

Located in the famous blades & knivs manufacturing City of Blades in Solingen. Sternsteiger Stahlwaren GmbH has been continously focusing into new & trendy design products, from Salon industry to Household segment, our unique designs are winning the hearts of quality lovers around the world. 

Our Famous Knife Series:   

Sternsteiger Titanium Series 

Sternsteiger Achilles Series 

Sternsteiger VG -10 damascus Series 


ACHIEVEMENTS: 

Our Awards:

German Design Award 2018  ( for our Achilles knife Series ) 

Best Knife Design Award 2017 

IF AWARD NOMINATION 2018 



Arminius Chefs Knife

 The Bread Knife


 The 2 pcs Set 


 The paring knife 


 The Complete Set with a stand 



For Press Informations & Features:

Contact Email:  info@sternsteiger.de 

Risks and challenges

Like all other projects , this project has gone under all the initial development phases, there has been all the aspects evaluated and analyzed, all our Prototypes & design concepts has been fully developed & tested.however, unlike any other project, there can be some unforeseen issues, that can arise and in any case this happens, our team feels very important to disclose this with all our beloved Supportes & Community here.

Further more, our team has taken every precaution to make sure our products meet our strict quality standards, from using the highest quality materials to performing product quality tests. Now, with your support, we are ready to launch. The product 'first Prototypes' are approved, and we tried out a test run production to ensure the smooth mass production any time, once your Support & love adds up here, we will be ready to enter into a full scale mass production.

We have many years of design, development and production experience under our belts, and are confident that we can have product shipped on targeted dates. We have vetted the unforeseen to the best of our abilities, but as people who care deeply about the things we make, we will communicate with you throughout the process so that you know exactly when to expect your reward. Thank you again.

Your Sternsteiger Team Germany.

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