Craftsmanship has been a tradition at Wusthof for over 190 years. Quality and precision have always been the standard that we measure our knife by. Our Gourmet line of stamped German Knives take precision to a new level. Each knife in this line is actually cut from a piece of high carbon German steel using a laser beam to make an exact a perfect blade. The Gourmet 14 piece set has a very functional assortment of Gourmet knives. The set includes 3 inch parer, 4.5 inch utility, 7 inch santoku, 8" bread, 7" cooks, a quantity of 6 4.5inch steak knives, a kitchen shear, 9" sharpening steel and a 17 slot block.
Made in Solingen, Germany, the home-base of Wüsthof since 1814, knives in the moderately priced Gourmet series make excellent gifts for any home cooking enthusiast. Gourmet blades are precision-cut by laser from sheets of high-carbon, stain-resistant German steel, resulting in a slightly thinner profile and lighter weight than the company's revered forged steel blades. There is no bolster, but there is a full-tang. As with more expensive Wüsthof Classic knives, Gourmet handles are made of a triple-riveted, black composite material that is shaped to fit the hand comfortably and is emblazoned with the brand's red trident symbol.
This 14-piece set meets a wide variety of chopping, slicing, and mincing needs. The set consists of a 17-slot oak block and 13 knives and utensils as follows: 3-inch paring; 4-1/2-inch utility; 7-inch santoku; 7-inch cook's; 8-inch bread; 6 4-1/2-inch steak; shears; 9-inch sharpening steel. Each piece in the set is covered by a lifetime warranty and is dishwasher-safe (except for the wood block), though Wüsthof recommends washing and drying its cutlery by hand. --Ann Bieri