In contemporary design, steely resolve and the honed edge are givens. For Carl Mertens, the century-old German tabletop specialist, they’re back-story—and present tense. The family run company started in 1919—as a knife sharpener. Based in a German region known for producing fine stainless steel, it’s long been an insider’s source of superb modern flatware and elegant tools for the table. The firm’s commitment to good design and sound environmental practices endures. And it’s appreciated: since 1964, Carl Mertens has received numerous design awards and honors.