We took a little private poll and this product won “most popular to give or receive as a wedding gift”! We wanted to dig a little deeper to find out why. The “givers” were usually a close friend or relative (this is not a cheap wedding gift) and their number one reason for choosing this set: they had been given a Wusthof Classic Knife set for their wedding! Most everyone we spoke with were so pleased (and for some this was a number of years ago, and they were still very happy with the set) and it was so memorable – they thought was to pass the tradition along to their loved ones. Now we think that is the BEST recommendation for a product!
(See knives as wedding gifts near the end of this review if you have heard that it is bad luck to give them as a gift.)
How are they made?
Over 40 different manufacturing steps are needed to produce a forged WÜSTHOF knife from one solid piece of steel.
Blade: forged from one piece of specially tempered high carbon steel ensuring outstanding strength and long term durability. Wusthof Classic knives are made of a special steel alloy that have these important features:
- Exceptionally sharp.
- Long lasting cutting edge.
- High stain resistance.
- Easily restorable edge.
The blade is ground and polished by computer and the edge is honed by hand.
Tang: they have a full tang which means that there is a single piece of steel from tip through the end of the hilt. It is secured with 3 rivet. The full tang gives you a knife that is stronger and more solidly constructed. It is much more difficult for the handle to break off a full tang knife than one with a half or quarter tang.
Handles: the Classic are made of black synthetic material that is secured to blade with triple rivets. The handles are seamless and have an exact fit to blade – this helps with keeping things as hygienic as possible (no cracks or crevices for food particals to get trapped in.)
What is a forged blade – and why would you want one?
Simply put they are usually heavier than the other choice: stamped knives. Forged knives are produced by heating up metal to extreme temperatures and then setting it in a mold. This means better balance and more maneuverability. The metal is stronger and can last for many years. Also, the Wusthof Classic has a bolster & finger guard that adds weight and provides safety and comfort of use.
Where are they made?
Wüsthof knives are manufactured by a skilled team of 300 dedicated workers in two state-of-the-art facilities in Solingen, Germany.
What is in the set?
- 8-inch cook’s knife
- 6-inch sandwich knife
- 8-inch serrated bread knife
- 4-1/2-inch utility knife
- 3-1/2-inch paring knife
- kitchen shears
- 9-inch sharpening steel
- rubber-footed oak block with eight extra slots (space to add six steak knives and two more prep knives)
What we like:
We think the knives feel good – they are heavy without being taxing to use. They are professional grade quality – a home cooking enthusiast or even working chef would be pleased with the cutting, chopping and slicing results. We both like traditional look – riveted blade with black handles.
What we don’t like:
Overall these are top-notch set – terrific quality, durability, longevity and comfort. We don’t have any dislikes, however if you are looking for razor-sharp professional style knives – I’d recommend going with a Japanese made set like the Shun Classic set.
What others are saying:
“Being constructed so well, they will definitely last us a lifetime.”
“They truly make work in the kitchen fun again (and a lot less work).”
“The knives are balanced and have a great weight and feel in your hands.”
“Highly recommended; you won’t regret your purchase.”
“I was at a friend’s house and he had these wonderful Wusthof knives. I was so impressed I had to order my own!”
“I bought these knives and I love them. They are a joy to use.”
The only complaints we found online had to do with the product shipping and not the product itself – one set was damaged in shipping and another set had a few incorrect pieces. This should not be a problem if you use amazon.com or cooking.com – they make replacing an incorrect or damaged or very fast and easy.
Can they go in the dishwasher?
We recommend washing your knives with warm, soapy water after each use. Rinse carefully and dry with a towel.
Technically, WÜSTHOF knives are suitable for cleaning in the dishwasher (except knives with wooden handles), but there are a number of reasons why precious knives should not be cleaned in a dishwasher:
Many dishwashers have a cutlery basket into which knives, cutlery, and other utensils are placed. With both the loading and unloading of this basket, as well as the force of the water pressure, there is the danger that the blades will hit against one another or against other objects in the dishwasher and become damaged.
With dishwashers that have a cutlery drawer, the loading and unloading process may damage not only the knife blades, but also the covering of the cutlery drawer so that the coating can no longer provide the protection for which it was designed, causing rust to set in. This can lead to foreign rust deposits on the blade.
If the dishwasher is not used for a number of days, and the knives are not cleaned directly after use, the effect of caustic food particles such as pickles, spicy sauces, citrus fruits, and vegetables that remain on the blade can lead to unsightly spots and corrosion.
How do you keep them sharp?
This knife set comes with a 9” sharpening steel. Please see our article on sharpening your knives for instructions on how to use it properly.
What type of Warranty?
WÜSTHOF cutlery is fully warranted to be free of defects in material and/or craftsmanship.
Knives as Wedding Gifts:
Some of you may have heard that it is bad luck to give knives as a wedding gift so let’s address that for a minute. First check to see if the couple has a knife set on their registry – this would mean that they are open, even happy to receive quality knives as a gift. If they are not on the list – I would choose another gift. Also be extra considerate if the couple is Chinese or Latin American, as it could be interpreted negatively – I would only purchase if they are a registry item. And if you are a the happy couple and would really like a quality knife set but are a little uneasy – go ahead and put them on your wish list (investing in quality knives may not be something you could do on your own for awhile) – legend has it you can reverse any potential bad luck by giving the giver a penny for the knife. This makes it a purchase and erases any bad karma.
Where can you find the BEST PRICE?
Amazon and Cooking.com usually have the lowest price on this set.
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Wusthof 8-pc. Classic Knife Block Set