### The geometry of Kato Grassmannians

We discuss Fredholm pairs of subspaces and associated Grassmannians in a Hilbert space. Relations between several existing definitions of Fredholm pairs are established as well as some basic geometric properties of the Kato Grassmannian. It is also shown that the so-called restricted Grassmannian can be endowed with a natural Fredholm structure making it into a Fredholm Hilbert manifold.