Messermeister Story

A life story that began with a knife


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.


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


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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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.


Messemeister patents the first Edge Guard.

edge guards


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


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


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.


The introduction of the Pro-Touch gadget line.


The very first serrated peeler debuts on the Oprah show.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.