Wüsthof Classic Knives Review
Wüsthof Classic Knives Review: Slicing Through the Competition
Today I am reviewing knives that come to us from one of the highest esteemed cutlery manufacturers in the world, Wüsthof of Germany.
About 15 years ago, a friend gifted to me my first set of high-quality knives. There were two knives: A traditional cook’s knife and a paring knife. Both were Wüsthof. Those knives quickly rose to the top of my list of favorite things at that time. I was simply giddy every time I sliced effortlessly through a loaf of home-made bread, some raw meat or a tomato.
These knives were not new, but they felt brand new to me. And years later they were still sharp, beautifully finished and felt wonderful to the hand. They cut through everything like butter and made cooking a true joy.
Sadly, I had to give mine away at a certain point in time. Later I got a set of Cutco knives that were more expensive and simply did not compare to my beloved Wüsthofs.
No matter what you are doing in your kitchen, having a master’s set of knives and using them well can give you a thrill right down your spine. If you have not experienced cutting with a spectacular knife, you haven’t lived yet.
Wüsthof has several lines of knives. I am recommending their Classic line for excellent quality and high value to the buyer. They also offer a variety of knife combination sets, and at the bottom of this article I’ve picked several that are currently discounted and sure to meet your needs.
Founded in 1814 in Solingen, Germany, the Wüsthof family business is in it’s seventh generation of leadership, with Harald Wüsthof at the helm. Wüsthof is one of Germany’s top brands, recognizable by their famous trident logo and setting high standards in the design and production of precision-forged knives. They employ over 300 highly skilled professionals in two locations in Solingen.
Wüsthof produces a whopping 350+ types of knives, covering every blade and handle that you could imagine and fulfilling every culinary situation. Wüsthof is an environmentally friendly company, incorporating green practices into their methods.
In addition to their impressive collection of cutlery, Wüsthof offers cutting boards, knife blocks, kitchen tools, and scissors, all thoughtfully crafted with the same attentiveness that they attend to their cutlery.
About the Knives
Wüsthof knives have all of the essential must-haves, whether you are a professional chef or you just like to dabble in your home kitchen. Known for their outstanding sharpness, more than 40 manufacturing steps are necessary to create one of their forged knives from a single piece of pure, alloyed stainless steel.
Ergonomic polypropylene handles with visible tangs and the traditional three rivets distinguish Wüsthof’s Classic knives from their other cutlery lines. The principal parts of the knife—blade, bolster, and tang—are forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, and the blade is precisely tapered from bolster to tip and from back to hand-honed edge.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “tang”, it is the projecting shank, or tongue that connects the blade with the handle. Likewise, the “bolster” is the thick shoulder of heavy steel located at the front of the handle where it meets the spine, or the non-cutting edge of the blade.
Wüsthof has recently developed what they are calling Precision Edge Technology or PEtec, which gives them the ability to create an extraordinarily sharp blade that retains its edge 30% longer. And although the blades and beautifully formed bolsters are not as thick as on some knives, Wüsthof knives are pleasantly delicate and marvelously balanced in action.
When you purchase a Wüsthof, you can expect to receive all of the following:
- Exceptionally sharp blades
- Long-lasting cutting edge
- High stain resistance
- Easily restorable edge
- Seamless, hygienic fit of the handle
- Stronger blades that are less likely to snap
In short, when you buy Wüsthof, expect knives that have exceptionally high cutting performance along with longer edge retention and longevity. And of course different blade shapes and edges are crafted for different tasks.
To read more product specs and manufacturing details, go here
Cleaning and Storage
When you invest in a finely crafted set of knives, you definitely don’t want to put them in the dishwasher. I don’t care what brand they are. It’s still not too difficult, though to hand wash your knives with warm, soapy water after each use.
As for storage, Wüsthof does offer a few sets that come in a knife block, and they also offer a knife block separately that you can use to store your knives. Knife blocks are great because they’ll protect the blades while looking aesthetically pleasing on your kitchen counter.