Messermeister Story

A life story that began with a knife

1981

Bernd and Debra Dressler begin distribution of German and Japanese products as DAMCO (Dressler American Marketing Company). Bernd hits the road in his camper van with his two dogs whilst Debra handles all the book keeping, finances and shipments.

1984

DAMCO first debuts at the Gourmet Housewares Show in San Francisco, California.     

 1985

DAMCO establishes their first knife line, Messermeister with a full bolster, 20 degree bevel, moulded handle and a new innovation knife handle with a personalisation plate. DAMCO integrates Messermeister as the company name. Messermeister, meaning “knife master” is born.

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1986

The business moves from Los Angeles to Ojai, California because of Bernd and Debra’s desire to raise their two daughters in a small rural town, similar to Berndt’s childhood years in Mudgee, NSW, Australia.

1988

Messemeister patents the first Edge Guard.

edge guards

1992

The Meridian and San Mortiz Elite knife line are introduced to the US market as the first truly bolsterless heel, cambered chef's knife with the sharpest polished edge and 15 degree bevel. For the first time, the entire knife edge can be truly sharpened from heel to tip.

meridian elite

san moritz elite

1993

Two additional stamped knife lines are added to the collection, Park Plaza and Four Seasons.

1995

DAMCO Australia is formed by Bernd's brother Bruen Dressler in Matcham on the Central Coast of NSW, exclusively distributing the Messermeister range throughout Australia.

1997

The introduction of the Pro-Touch gadget line.

1998

The very first serrated peeler debuts on the Oprah show.

2002

Founder Bernd Dressler tragically passes away. Debra Dressler is faced with either selling the company or continuing forward in the spirit of her husband.

2004

Kirsten Dressler commits to Messermeister after completing a Business Administration degree. Her sister Chelcea, with a degree in Business and Speech Communication also comes on board as the Regional Sales Manager in Northern California, a territory that was pioneered by her father. Messermeister becomes Incorporated.

dressler women

2006

Messermeister lands an exclusive contract with the highly sought after culinary school Le Cordon Bleu.

2008

In a difficult market Messermeister, instead of standing still, chooses to introduce an extensive colour range to many of their highly rated gadgets and culinary accessories.

pro touch group

2011

With the Japanese Santoku knife style dominating the market, Messermeister develops the first 8" Stealth Chef knife, keeping true to the traditional shape of a chef knife yet combining it with the thinness of a Santoku blade.

2012

With the desire to create a more natural and organic knife line, Messermeister develops the Olivia Elite boasting an exquisite natural, Italian olive wood handle.

oliva flat

2013

After many years of dedication to growing Messermeister in Australia, Bruen Dressler retires and passes the legacy to Peter McInnes PL.

 

Today, many companies have moved into different forging processes. However, Messermeister remains one of the last companies in the world that hot drop, hammer forge knives the old fashioned way. Messermeister’s unique process and attention to detail make it the favourite among chef’s and home cooks alike. More than four decades on, the Messermeister range of knives and culinary accessories continues to win the hearts of cooking enthusiasts worldwide.