Wusthof Knife Set & Knives\nWusthof is a seven-generation, family-owned knife company and is one of the world leaders in knife brands. It all began in the year 1814 in Solingen, the knife capital of the world.\nThey have been forging premium knives for over 200+ years, each line of their knives unique in their own way, durable, and the preferred knife by many trusted top chefs.\n\n\nThe Seven Series\nThe company is currently lead by the seventh-generation of the Wusthof family, and they boast seven lines or series of knives\u2026\n\nClassic\nClassic Ikon\nEpicure\nGourmet\nGrand Prix II\nIkon\nPro\n\nForged Knives\nOut of the lines, the Classic, Classic Ikon, Epicure, Grand Prix II, and Ikon series are forged knives (which is what we will focus on in this article).\nStamped knives\n\nAre obtained by\u00a0cutting a large sheet of steel. After cutting, it is honed as well as heat-treated to ensure higher durability.\n\nForged knives\u00a0\n\nAre made up of a\u00a0single bar of steel. They are first heat-treated and then hammered\/pounded to get into the right shape.\u00a0\nIt is widely believed that pounding and hammering the steel during the forging process rearranges the molecules, compressing them making it harder and stronger. As a result, allowing the blade to retain its edge for longer.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe Wusthof Knife in Detail\n\nWhen you look at W\u00dcSTHOF knives in detail, you can easily see what makes them so popular with home cooks and professional chefs and why they prefer not to let them out of their hands.The following key quality features are what make all the difference:\n\n\n1. The blade surface\nWusthof knives are drop forged from a single billet of steel, the blade, and handle all one solid piece making it full tang.\nWusthof knives use X50CrMoV15 stainless steel with molybdenum and vanadium added to enhance their hardness, durability, and resistance to corrosion. This makes them extremely tough and resistant to rust.\nEach knife is heat-treated to a Rockwell hardness of 58, which is around the norm for German knives.\nOn the other hand, with a touch of Japanese influence, these knives are sharpened to a 14-degree angle at each side, much sharper than the standard German knife which normally has an angle at 22 degrees.\u00a0\nThe knives are sharp, long-lasting, and easy to sharpen.\n\n\n\n2. The blade spine\nAt W\u00dcSTHOF, the spine of the blade is carefully ground and beautifully smooth (this is known by the technical term \u201cdeburring\u201d).No sharp edges are left behind to press uncomfortably into the ball of the thumb.\n\n3. The Bolster\nThe thicker integral section between the blade and the handle is a typical feature of the forged knife.Thanks to its weight, the knife is perfectly balanced in the hand.\n4. The rivets\nStainless steel rivets permanently secure the handles to the tang.\n5. The cutting edge\nPrecision edge technology, PEtec, is an automated sharpening process using lasers to measure the blades so that it can calculate the precise sharpening angle.\nHigh tech manufacturing robots then use this information to sharpen the blade with the utmost accuracy on a whetstone, and then polished on discs for laser-sharp accuracy and consistency.\nThis means the blades will need to be sharpened less, they will be heavier, well-balanced, and last much longer in your kitchen.\n6. The etching\nThis marking on the blade surface provides proof of the knife\u2019s origin and includes the product number and name of the range, as well as the W\u00dcSTHOF logo and place of origin (Made in Germany\/Solingen).\n7. The finger guard\nProtects the fingers from sliding down the blade.\n8. The tang\nThe handles are attached to this extension of the blade known as the tang.The handles can be made from various different materials.\n9. The heel of the handle\n\n\nThis is shaped so that the knife can always be handled safely.\n\nThanks to its weight, the knife is perfectly balanced in the hand.\n\n\nIntroduction to each of the Forged Knife Series\nWusthof Classic Knives\nThe Classic line boasts the largest collection with over 70 knife types. These knives are well balanced, not too heavy, entail a simple design, and the handles give off a real wood appearance both in look and feel.\nThey also have full size bolsters for extra protection. It\u2019s not hard to imagine why these knives are popular among professional chefs.\n\nWusthof Classic Ikon Knives\nThe Wusthof Classic Ikon knives have a similarly realistic synthetic handle as the Classic line \u2013 however with a double bolster for protection.\nThe first bolster is below the blade to protect your knuckles in times of slippage. And the second bolster is located at the bottom of the handle, which adds to the knife\u2019s balance and visual symmetry.\nWith a curvy ergonomic handle, there are three versions to this series \u2013 the Classic Ikon, Classic Ikon Cr\u00e8me, and Ikon (Blackwood).\n\nWusthof Epicure Knives\nThe Epicure was custom-designed for Sur La Table in partnership with Epicurean (the maker of cutting boards). Therefore, lending its sustainably grown recycled-wood-fiber handle that\u2019s made of the same material as Epicurean\u2019s Richlite boards.\nIt has a subtle continuous arc of the spine, the blade-shaped with a steeper curve at the tip, and it comes with a full-sized bolster, unlike the Ikon. It is finished off with a ceramic coating for added protection and to help prevent food from sticking to the blade.\nThe blade is slightly wider than both the Classic and Ikon which means it will offer more knuckle clearance. The handle is roomy and gives you plenty of room to grip.\n\nWusthof Grand Prix II Knives\nWith the same blade width and full-size bolster as the Classic line, albeit the handle looks and feels more synthetic and lacks the natural appearance and texture.\nThe ergonomic handle offers a slight curve in the spine for more comfort and control.\nThis series is a level down to the Classic Ikon and as such is less expensive.\nThe bulging bolster makes these knives harder to sharpen, but on the other hand, offers more finger protection.\n\nIn Conclusion\nWusthof is at the top of its game and is one of the world leaders in supplying premium knives.\u00a0\nShop our range of Wusthof knives here\u00a0and feel the difference for yourself.