This knife was introduced in 2008 because of many requests for a short wide bladed knife. A new handle design was also added which sets it apart from our other knives. The extra wide blade works well trimming sole and frog and the large handle provides for good leverage and comfort when in use. Because of the length of blade this knife only comes in an offset style so that the handle does not interfere in the paring process. All Ringel knives are sharpened prior to shipping.