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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 warranty; made in Germany
  • 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
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Size: 8 Inch | Color: Black

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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Size:8 Inch  |  Color:Black
Product Dimensions 12 x 2 x 1 inches
Item Weight 11.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex
Manufacturer Wusthof Cutlery Equipment
ASIN B000YMURSE
Item model number WU4596/20
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4.9 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,565 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#4 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Cleavers
#23 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Chef's Knives
Date first available at Amazon.com October 19, 2007

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By Senor Zoidbergo VINE VOICE on October 29, 2008
Size: 20Color: Stainless & Black
I have knives from the Henckels Pro-S, Sabatier Grand Chef, Wusthof Classic, and Shun lines. I was curious to try the new Wusthof Ikon line, and I have to say, I'm hooked. There is a substantial premium over the regular Classic line of knives, but I'd have to say it's worth it.

Aesthetically, the new design is more pleasing, and has modern, flowing lines. The classic Wusthof red sticker is formed into the blade itself, so no more of the sticker coming off during washing! Also, the tang extends all the way to the bottom of the handle, ending in a sleek metal cap. Lastly, the bolster is much thinner, making the knife easier to sharpen.

Out of the box, my Ikon was as sharp as my Shun Nakiri. A few swipes on my steel made it even more so. After an hour of cutting, I greatly appreciated the new ergonomically designed handle. It really makes prepping much more comfortable. The overall balance is skewed slightly towards the handle, but not noticeably so.

In conclusion- a great update on the Classic line, with functional improvements. This is now the first knife I reach for from my block.
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Size: 8 InchColor: White
This knife is ridiculously nice. It has seen use 4x per week, 30 minutes at a time on average, for 6 months now, and I've still not had to sharpen it. A minute or so of swiping on the honing steel keeps the edge super sharp. I've not had experience with other high end knives, so upgrading to this bad boy was truly a breath of fresh air. Absolutely with knives, you have to pay for the best.

That said, I happened to hear W&S had the Ikon Creme line on sale and this knife was a steal at 59 bucks!!!! With the matching 3 1/2 inch paring and the honing steel, I was out the door with two high end workhorse knives and a steel for about 110 dollars.

I have used the Henckels International line and Wusthof's Grand Prix and Classic lines, and the Classic Ikon line is the best of the best in German knives.
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Size: 6 InchColor: Black Verified Purchase
Out of all of my knives, this Wusthof Classic Ikon 6 inch Cook's Knife is my favorite. It slices tomatoes paper thin if needed. It's most optimal for tackling veggie prep. I choose it over all of my serrated knives to work on small melons, cantaloupes, grapefruit and even skinning and chunking up a pineapple. It slices cheese, cold cuts, sandwiches, cakes (including ice-cream cakes).
There is a notable difference between the regular Classic line and the Ikon Classic line that makes it worth the extra money, but I wouldn't chuck out all of my regular classics that are in excellent condition to replace them. Check them out in person and if you love them, start with a cook's knife.
The handle is a huge difference and feels comfortable and natural to grip. This would be a great knife for someone just learning how to cook or someone like myself that has a bit of shaky hands. The combination of its sharpness and easy grip handle will reduce slips--reducing cuts and injuries with daily or weekly maintenance on a steel, depending on how often the knife is used. The Classic Ikon knives are the only knives in my drawer I haven't cut or nicked myself with.
The other huge difference is in the bolster, so now the entire knife's edge can be used and sharpened. This is a wonderful, wonderful advantage.
I also have the Ikon 8 inch Cooks knife, yet I go to this smaller one. It gets the job done faster for what I need.
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Size: 10 InchColor: Black
I'm a cook and this is definitely my favorite knife. The only one I really use at work outside of the occasional boning knife job. The handle is very comfortable and the broad curve of the blade combined with the nice weight of the handle makes the cutting motion very fluid and easy on your wrist. I took a long time to decide which knife I would choose as my main chef knife and I'm very happy with my decision. 100% recommended.
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Size: 10 InchColor: Black Verified Purchase
This knife has been an incredible asset to my kitchen. Breaking down a butternut squash with this is a lot of fun. It arrived sharp enough to cut and use but you'll want to have it sharpened. I had really good results with the Wusthof branded Chef's Choice PETec grinder.

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).
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Size: 8 InchColor: White
I've had this knife for about a year now and it remains one of the best tools in my kitchen. I cook professionally and am used to having a wide selection of just-sharpened knives at my disposal, so anything less can be frustrating at home. This knife is comfortable, efficient, and really holds an edge. I love tabboule, which entails chopping a LOT of parsley very finely, and this knife makes short work of it. It feels great in the hand, looks great on my knife magnet, and works great on a wide variety of ingredients. I don't cook much meat so I can't really assess it in that regard, but it is incredibly versatile.

My other primary knife is a 6" Wusthof classic chef's knife, which is preferable for smaller jobs, like chopping a salad for one or two. However, if I only had one chef's knife, this 8" would be it. I have the creme handle, but only because it was slightly cheaper than the black. That said, it does look a little nicer in my kitchen and I have the coordinating ikon creme paring knife, but I don't plan to add to my collection in this color scheme. I generally prefer the black handles, and wonder if they are usually priced a little higher due to demand. Regardless of color, this is a GREAT knife and well worth the initial investment!
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