Wusthof Knives Explained

Have you heard of Wusthof knives? Since you’re reading this, chances are you have or are looking to find out more about this German quality Wusthof_Logoproduct. In this article I want to give you a bit of everything when it comes to Wusthof knives and the individual Wusthof knife*. Have a look at the table of contents below and jump to the bit that you’re looking for, or simply read the whole article.

A Bit of History

Wusthof knives have been produced in Germany for the last seven generations (Wusthof started making knives in 1814 and is still being run by a Wusthof). Being a family business with the focus of making quality steel knives, they have had years and years of experience to proof the traditionally well known German quality. The Wusthof company is based in Solingen, which is located in the industrial heart of Germany (the Ruhrgebiet). Every Wusthof knife is made there, which again can be a good sign of controlled quality.

Starting out with making general knives, the Wusthof company has ventured out to other knife related products, like cooking accessories. They also started making specific kitchen knives and pocket knives (more on that later in this article).

The Famous Wusthof Knives

Several independent sources have rated Wusthof as a top quality knife maker for years. They have become so famous that well known chefs and TV personalities have started using them. Some of these well known people are:

  • Jamie Oliver  (I’m a fan ;) )
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Martha Stewart

What’s So Special About a Wusthof Knife?

You might think a knife is a knife is a knife. Until you have put your hands on a Wusthof knife and worked with it. They are not necessarily cheap, nor expensive. In other words, affordable. Prices range from $40 to $150 for the largest Wusthof chef knife. If you don’t buy a whole set at once (which won’t cost you an arm and a leg either: Amazon sells a Wusthof knife set for $199), the Wusthof knives are those typical knives that you buy one by one, slowly expanding your collection.

All the Wusthof knives have steel blades and are stainless. They typically contain 0.5% of Carbon (which makes the iron into Steel) and 15% of Chromium (which makes the blade Stainless Steel). Read more about types of steel here. This combination guarantees a quality blade that will last for years and years.

Wusthof Knife by Knife

It is not my intention to cover every knife made by the Wusthof company. I will just cover the highlights.

Wusthof Ikon KnivesWusthof Classic Ikon 8-Inch Cook's Knife, Black

The Wusthof Ikon knives are typically what they are: Ikons of knives, only spelled with a K instead of a C. The professional Wusthof Ikon knives are typical kitchen knives. This range of Wusthof knives excelles in its ergonomic handles (slightly curved rather than a straight handle). All Wusthof Ikon knives are laser checked after their manufacturing, ensuring the highest possible quality.

  • Versatile, workhorse 8-inch cook’s knife, ideal for slicing, mincing, and dicing all kinds of food
  • Precision forged from single piece of high-carbon German stainless steel; laser-controlled and tested cutting edge
  • Double bolsters provide heft and balance for effortless cutting; full tang extends through the handle
  • Triple-riveted black handle with innovative contoured design for comfortable, secure grip
  • Hand washing recommended; backed by limited lifetime warranty; made in Germany

The Wusthof Ikon knives, when handled well will last a life time.

Wusthof Paring KnifeWusthof Classic Ikon 3-1:2-Inch Paring Knife

A Wusthof Paring knife is typically an allrounder (like the Wusthof Ikon knives). Paring knives are ideal for peeling fruits, cleaning shrimps and skinning mushrooms. If you’re just starting out with your Wusthof knife set, then make sure you get yourself a Wusthof Ikon knife, and a Wusthof Paring knife. Here are the specifics of the Wusthof Paring knife:

  • Versatile 3-1/2-inch peeling knife for mincing shallots, onions and herbs as well as cleaning and cutting vegetables
  • Precision forged from single piece of high-carbon German stainless steel; laser-controlled and tested cutting edge
  • Double bolsters provide heft and balance for effortless cutting; full tang extends through the handle
  • Triple-riveted black handle with innovative contoured design for comfortable, secure grip
  • Hand washing recommended; backed by lifetime warranty; made in Germany

Once you own a Wusthof Paring knife, you wonder why didn’t buy one earlier. Promised.

Wusthof Classic Knife SetWusthof Classic Knives Cutlery Set with Storage Block, 12 Piece

The Wusthof Classic knife set is exactly what it is. A Wusthof Classic knife set. If you’re convinced (like I am) about the quality of Wusthof knives, and you’re able to afford it then a Wusthof Classic knife set is for you. Pictured on the right is the Wusthof Classic knife set, consisting of 11 knives, plus a pair of scissors. At a the price of $539 it is not cheap, but well worth the investment. It makes a great gift and will look fantastic in your kitchen.

  • Includes 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, 8-inch carving knife, 8-inch bread knife, 8-inch cook’s knife
  • Also includes 4 4-1/2-inch steak knives, 9-inch honing steel, kitchen shears, and a storage block
  • Precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel; Full-tang, triple-riveted synthetic handles afford superior strength and balance
  • Washing by hand recommended; made in Germany
  • Measures approximately 15 by 10 by 12 inches; limited lifetime warranty

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* For the sake of browser compatibility I have not added the German “Umlaut” (double points on the U of Wusthof), since not every browser will display this correctly. The correct way of writing it is “Wüsthof knife”.

About Jason Harms
Hi there. My name is Jason Harms. Ever since I was a little boy I've liked knives. As a hobby. Not as an obsession. Read more about me on my about page