Wusthof Classic Ikon 8-Inch Cook's Knife, Black
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- 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 ; made in Germany
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Wusthof Classic Ikon Cook's Knife
The Wusthof Classic Ikon Cook's knife with 20 cm blade is rests in your hand perfectly. Its is slightly heavier than many knives of this size so will suit those who prefer the heft of the knife to help when cutting.
-Fully forged form a single piece of steel.
-Modern design features a shortened bolster.
-Precision-forged from a single blank of high carbon stainless steel.
-Full tang that is triple riveted to the handle for precise control.
-Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) yields a blade that is 20% sharper with twice the edge retention.
-Each knife is expertly crafted in the same legendary city for the last 200 years, Solingen, Germany.
-Family owned for seven generations, each knife is crafted in accorance with our core values of Passion, Diligence, and Perfection.
-Crafted from X50 CR Mo 15 steel, Wusthof knives are created using a special alloy of high-carbon stain-free steel.
The Cooks knife is the workhorse knife in any kitchen. Designed for a the multiple tasks of chopping, dicing and mincing. Wusthof Classic Ikon is a culmination of all the best features of each of the Wusthof knife lines. The combined riveted handle design is combined with a contoured shape to add comfort and control. The Classic Ikon adds a rear bolster that acts as a counter balance when using the knife. This second bolster adds significant blade control. Classic Ikon has a unique forward bolster as well. The forward partial bolster is designed so you can sharpen the complete length of the blade. This bolster is also curvered inwards to allow your fingers greater control while holding the knife by the blade. Located in The Cutlery Capital of the World, Solingen Germany, the Wusthof factory history goes back as far as 1814 when the company was listed with the Duchy of Berg. To this day, the company remains family owned. Throughout it’s history, WÜSTHOF has focused almost solely on the manufacturing of forged knives for the professional chef and home cooking enthusiast. Wusthof uses a special blend of German steel through out the whole length of the knife. The ingredients of this steel are proudly etched on each blade. Wusthof not only uses the best materials to make a fine knife, but it is also crucial that each blade is precisely tempered. This tempering allows the knife to hold its edge for an extremely long time, yet still be able to be maintained in your home kitchen with out the need to be sent away for maintenance. Our unique compound angle is not seen in many knives. This angle tapers from the spine of the knife to the edge to allow for a sturdy, yet extremely sharp edge while it also tapers from the bolster to the tip to give the knife strength as well as flexibility.
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I do have one complaint and something for new buyers to watch out for. The knife is rather sharp right at the bottom of the half bolster where it meets the heel, not on the cutting edge. I managed to cut myself at this spot while washing the knife. I took a rotary tool and ground it down smooth (see picture), and I'm sure a sharpening service could probably fix this if asked. I still love the knife despite this oversight but I was surprised that this wasn't ground smooth at the factory.
The other Ikon knives in the series didn't seem to have this problem (a little pointy but not enough to cut yourself with).
This is easily the nicest knife I've ever used. The heft feels great in my hand. Using it makes me feel like I'm doing "serious business" cutting.
I've been cooking at an amateur level for 36 years and can't believe I waited so long to get a knife like this.
I really want more of these knives.
This is one of the more expensive knives I had been looking for a long time, however, when it had a price drop, I gathered my Amazon points and rang it up.
Upon arrival, it's edge was razor sharp. That means that it was able to push cut right through glossy paper with ease. There were no jagged edges, sloppy trails, or stoppage. It glided right through the paper until the whole page was shredded. It
According to other website descriptions this chef knife from the Ikon line has a 58 Rockwell Hardness and a 14 degree cutting edge, as compared to other European knives which typically have a cutting edge around 20 degrees. This means that the knife can have easier time cutting through foods.
It's one of those knives that I always wanted when I started collecting culinary knives, and, now that I have it, it lives up to the hype and to its price. These knives are made to last with proper care and I'm thrilled to have it in my collection.
The packaging was the only weak point. You'll need a sheath or some device for proper storage when it arrives. My knife arrived in plastic and a cardboard sheath. I tried to keep it in there until I got a sheath for it, but I put it in the drawer at a bad angle and the tip of the knife slid into the wood frame above the cabinet. There was no force behind this and it slid in with ease. DON'T DO THAT. Knife came out fine, still sharp, but it's best to avoid these situations in the first place.
I don't think you need a bunch of tools in the kitchen, 3 knives really, chefs knife, pairing knife and a good serrated knife, so I expect them to hold up to daily use and multi task. I use this knife for tough skinned squash, cutting up chickens and other jobs when I really appreciate the weight of it, I'm not having to muscle through I also expect my knife to hold it's edge despite heavy work so that it would make nice clean work with delicate jobs like chopping chives, sage, garlic and other herbs without crushing them and this knife does. The 8" blade, for me, is a perfect fit for any job, not to big for herbs and veggies, not to small for larger cuts of meat. When I'm doing a lot of cooking (holidays) I give it a quick sharpening about 1X a week otherwise maybe 1X a month and I treat it right...wash...hand dry...in the knife block and no cutting on damaging surfaces. Oh yeah..it's pretty too!
I've tried all our knives, but a recent visit to a store that had the 6" Wusthof Ikon knife on display (at $149.00) led me to look into it as a personal first choice knife. I looked at offerings on Amazon to find slightly better pricing; but not "crazy" better prices. Then I got an alert from Amazon about a new supplier offering for the knife that proved to be an offer I couldn't refuse. WOW, it is everything I wanted in a daily kitchen workhorse of a knife.
My father taught me the importance of knife sharpening maintenance; and this knife and our entire set, benefits from using another Amazon purchase, the Chef's Choice 4643 ProtoPro sharpener. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007IVBET0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I couldn't recommend more, both of these products.
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I didn't like how the bolster wasn't buffed and has sharp edges as I use a pinch grip.