Wusthof Knife Buying Guide - Collection Overview - Gourmet, Classic, Ikon, Crafter, Amici, Performer

 

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Wusthof has been making quality cutlery for over 200 years and in that time they have curated numerous lines of knives, each designed to fit different needs. Whether you are a burgeoning home chef, a recent culinary school graduate, or a professional cook, there is a collection of Wusthof knives for you and in this article, we’ll go through each of Wusthof’s cutlery lines and help you to find the collection that is right for you.

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Wusthof Gourmet Collection


Wusthof Gourmet Collection

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The Wusthof Gourmet Collection is seen as the introductory line for home chefs just starting to build their cutlery collection. With a reasonable price point and riveted handles that are also used in the Wusthof Classic Collection, these knives are a great starting point for any cutlery enthusiast. One of the biggest benefits of the Gourmet Collection is that it offers a huge range of knives and knife sets. Each knife in this line is stamped as opposed to forged and while this means they won’t retain their edge as long, Wusthof makes these blades with high-quality steel as their other knives, ensuring that, with proper care, these knives can outlast their competitors. The Wusthof Gourmet Collection is a great choice for anyone looking for more cutlery options and are willing to care for their knives in the long term.

 


Wusthof Classic Collection


Wusthof Classic Collection

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The Wusthof Classic Collection is the best-selling Wusthof collection and has been for generations. This collection features the widest selection of knife types and every knife is forged from high-quality German steel. The blades of the Classic collection are made using the Precision Edge Technology which results in blades that are 20% sharper and retain their edge longer than other blades. The handle of each Classic blade is full tang with a finger guard for safer use and is made of a unique poly material that resists fading, so you get a beautiful knife with no handle-upkeep required. This construction has made this collection the cutlery of choice for home chefs for decades and so they are the ideal choice for anyone searching for forged, full-tang blades from Wusthof.

 

 


Wusthof Crafter Collection


Wusthof Crafter Collection

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Created for unique, dynamic cooks and designed with rustic touches throughout, the Wusthof Crafter Collection features robust and luxurious knives built with the high-quality craftsmanship you love about their classic knives – with some notable modern upgrades. Precision-forged from a single blank of high-carbon stainless steel, knives in the Crafter Series features a rustic smoked oak handle that’s water-resistant and branded with their iconic Wusthof Trident. Buffed by hand for a smooth and sleek finish, each knife has a full tang and full bolster to provide ultimate balance and control for precise slicing, dicing, and cutting. With interlocking triple brass riveting that gives these knives stability and a luxuriously rustic look, the Wusthof Crafter Series Knives are the perfect cutting companion for those who like to slow down and savor their cooking experience.

 

 


Wusthof Ikon Classic Collection


Wusthof Ikon Classic Collection

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The Wusthof Ikon Classic collection is made up of modern knives for the modern chef, designed with clean lines and using the same handle material as the Classic Collection. This material resists fading so your knives will look as good years from now as they do today, and given that the Ikon Classic Collection will require more of an investment than the previously mentioned Wusthof Lines, this is an invaluable feature. The Ikon Classic Collection is made to provide a superior cutting experience, with a double bolster, perfectly balanced blade, and full tang. While not as wide a selection as the Classic or Gourmet Collection, the Ikon Classic Collection does contain numerous knife styles and sets, so this cutlery line is a great choice for those who are willing to invest more for the highest quality knives on the market and want to retain a modern aesthetic in their kitchen. 

 

 


Wusthof Amici Collection


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A true chef's knife is one where functionality and design intertwine to create the ultimate knife in meal preparation. In choosing the ideal knife, consider the Amici Collection by Wusthof. The Wusthof Amici Collection is forged from a piece of German steel and with a Rockwell Hardness of 58HRC, giving it the intuition and agility you've always dreamed of in superb knife design. Pulling all the stops, this knife is set with a full bolster to protect your fingers as you hone in on true control with every slice. The handles of each knife in this series feature Calabrian olive wood handles, naturally water-resistant and antibacterial, tailored to an enunciated fluidity that will fit into the grip of your hand. Prepare cabbage, tomatoes, rosemary, duck, and just about anything your heart desires with the 8" Chef's Knife. When your job as a chef is complete, be sure to wash this knife by hand and dry it immediately for the utmost care.

 

 


Wusthof Performer Collection


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Wusthof is renowned for high-quality German-made knives, and the Wusthof Performer 6" Chef's Knife is no exception. Forged from high-carbon stainless steel, this knife boasts a Rockwell hardness rating of 104 HRC. The diamond-like carbon coating smoothly glides through ingredients of any texture and protects the blade from both scratches and moisture. This knife is perfect for all knife techniques, including mincing, dicing, chopping, slicing, and more. Chef's knives are suitable for cutting anything you need, from meat and fish to fruits, vegetables, and herbs. A honeycomb texture makes the ergonomic handle non-slip for comfort and control. This knife is equipped with a full bolster and finger guard to protect your hands and provide balance. The elegant black finish makes this knife an attractive addition to your knife collection. The heat-resistant blade is nonstick and frictionless, preventing food, fats, and acids from sticking to the knife and making cleanup effortless. This knife is dishwasher-safe, but handwashing is recommended for longevity. No matter what you're whipping up in the kitchen, the Wusthof Performer 6" Chef's Knife will prove to be the knife that you want to use every time!

 

 

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