German made Wusthof knives are widely considered to be some of the world’s best cutlery. Sold in a number of stores as some of the best kitchen equipment, they will last you a lifetime. In fact, Wusthof offers a lifetime warranty on all of their knives, from the lowest priced to the highest. These knives are crafted in Solingen, Germany and made of high-carbon, rust-resistant stainless steel. Here is a list of 5 of the best Wusthof knives on the market, as well as a brief overview of a few of their product lines.
An Introduction to Wusthof Knives
Currently, there are seven lines of Wusthof knives (Epicure, Ikon, Classic Ikon, Classic, Grand Prix II, Gourmet and Pro) but here is an overview of the four most popular lines:
Classic: Wusthof Classic knives are crafted for professional chefs and serious cooking enthusiasts and feature a triple riveted, full tang handle. Forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, Wusthof Classic knives offer extraordinary sharpness and perfect balance.
Classic Ikon: Wusthof Classic Ikon knives also feature a triple riveted design, but are constructed with an innovative ergonomic handle for comfort and control. They also come in three color options: black, cream or wood and feature a full tang. Like the Classic knives, they are forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel. They are exceptionally sharp and offer the ultimate cutting experience.
Grand Prix II: Wusthof Grand Prix II knives offer come with a synthetic black handle that offers a bold and contemporary design. Perfectly balanced, these knives feature a full tang handle and are forged from a piece of high carbon steel. Unlike the Classic and Classic Ikon, however, they do not feature a triple rivet design.
Gourmet: Wusthof Gourmet Knives are for people that still want high quality on a bit more of a budget. Like the other three lines, they feature a lifetime warranty and are crafted in Germany, but unlike the other knives, they are laser cut from high-carbon stain resistant German steel rather than being forged. Being stamped instead of forged also makes them lighter.
The top three lines of Wusthof Knives (Classic, Classic Ikon and Grand Prix II) all feature a PEtec Edge with 14 in angle per side, while the Gourmet knives feature a traditional sharp edge with 18.5 in angle per side. All four lines have a Rockwell Hardness of 58, are manufactured in Germany and come with Manufacturer’s Lifetime Warranty.
Top 5 Wusthof Knives Worth Owning
1. Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife
The Wusthof Classic 8″ Cook’s Knife is probably one of the most indispensable all-purpose kitchen knives that can be used for a wide range of chopping and cutting tasks. It is sharp enough to be used for chopping, mincing, slicing and dicing, but thanks to the weight and balance of the knife, it is also perfect for more heavy duty work such as cutting thicker vegetables and meats. With the Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife, you can move from task to task with ease, without having to fish around for a better, more appropriate knife for the task at hand.
2. Wusthof Classic Paring Knife
Reviews like “best knife I’ve ever owned” and “I’ve had mine for 30 years and it’s still as sharp as the day I bought it” are as common as brown lawns in a California drought with this handy, dandy, all-purpose small kitchen knife. Like all Wusthof Knives, the Wusthof Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife is small enough and delicate enough to make quick work of tasks like hulling strawberries and deveining shrimp, but strong enough to quickly debone chicken or poultry in a pinch.
3. Wusthof Classic Steak Knife
Sold in sets of sets of 4, 6, 8 and 10 pieces, you can purchase a set of Classic Steak Knives with or without a beautiful custom presentation box. Options also include White Classic steak knives or the Classic Mignon steak knives. With a distinct upward curve to the blade, these flat-edged steak knives work exactly like a butcher’s knife to slice right through even the thickest cuts of meat with ease. The hand forged high-carbon stainless steel blades are hand-honed for razor-like sharpness and titanium strength.
The Mignon Steak knives provide the same design and construction quality but include a curved blade that extends into a pointed tip with an edge sharpened on the top and bottom for piercing and slicing. These knives will smoothly slice filet mignon or sirloin steak without tearing the meat. A moderate level of flexibility in the blade makes for easier maneuvering when cutting bone-in fillets.
4. Wusthof Gourmet 5″ Chef’s Knife
For those on a budget, the Wusthof Gourmet 5″ Chef’s Knife features many of the same features as the Classic Chef’s Knife, but with a slightly lower price tag. The Chef’s knife is even triple-riveted like its more expensive counterparts and laser tested for sharpness and the correct cutting angle. The 5″ blade is perfect for those that have smaller kitchens or have a smaller area to work in. All the great features of the best Wusthof Knives in a smaller package and with a much smaller price tag.
5. Wusthof Gourmet Paring Knife Set
This set of three Wusthof Knives comes with an incredibly small price tag and includes 2-1/4-inch bird’s beak knife for shaping vegetables, a 3-inch sharp-point knife; ideal for peeling fruits and vegetables and removing blemishes and a 3-inch drop-point knife; ideal for uniformly cutting carrots into disks or peaches into slices. All three knives are crafted from high-carbon and a laser tested steel. Once again, like the higher end knives, they feature a 3-rivet virtually indestructible poly handle and can be used for a wide variety of tasks.
Whether you prefer a more functional knife or a more elegant design, Wusthof makes just the right knife for you. From durable poly handles to handles made of sustainable wood, Wusthof creates products meant to last a lifetime. Got your eye on one of these top products?
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