Wusthof Classic 8-Piece Knife Set with Block
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- Includes chef's, paring, utility, bread, and sandwich knives; kitchen shears; sharpening steel, and oak block
- Blades formed with perfect balance of high-carbon steel and stain-resistant alloy
- Blade ground and polished for perfect tapering; hand-honed edge for precision slicing
- Sturdy feel achieved by weighted bolster; synthetic handle secured with three rivets
- Lifetime warranty; hand washing recommended
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The Classic cutlery line bears all the traits that Wüsthof knives are known for: impeccable construction, incredible sharpness, and long-lasting durability. Each Classic knife is precision-forged--blade, bolster, and tang--from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel. The blade is tested by lasers and honed by hand, with computer-controlled front-to-back tapering, grinding, and polishing. A visible full tang--the blade's shaft runs the entire length of the handle--ensures excellent balance and strength. Classic handles are molded from a durable black synthetic called Hostaform-C with traditional triple riveting. The knives promise a lifetime of hard-working companionship in the kitchen. This Wüsthof Classic 8 piece block set is a great way to jumpstart your cutlery collection or begin overhauling your old set of knives. Designed to meet the most popular cutting demands, the set includes an 8" Cooks knife for chopping, and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife for coring, trimming, and peeling, 4.5" Utility knife for slicing and peeling. This sets also includes a 8" bread knife, 6" sandwich knife, kitchen shears. Wusthof also includes a 9-inch sharpening steel and an attractive oak block with a total of 17 slots so you can add specialty knives or your old favorites. Classic knives, though safe in the dishwasher, should be washed by hand for best results.
Top Customer Reviews
After shopping around and reading reviews I came to the conclusion that this was the set for us. The set was forged, carried some weight and was in the middle of the price range. For those of you who think these are outragously expensive, and I did when I first saw them, shop around for some of the other recommended knife sets out there. It's not hard to find them for twice this cost.
We've only had the set for a few weeks now but my wife says they have "changed her world". The other day she asked me to cut an uncooked potato with the old set and this set. The difference surprised and amazed me. I was able to slice through a potato like hot butter with these things. They are almost scary sharp. When I picked up the old knife I had to actually "saw" a bit to get through it. These knifes will almost cut through the same potato with only the weight of the knife!
As stated, I am not an expert in the kitchen and we have not owned these long enough to give a long term owner review. That said, my wife is happy and therefore the rest of our house is happy. If you have cheap knives and you think you might benefit from better knives, you are not likely to be disappointed by this set.
By the way, I bought this set because I wanted to the buy the steak knives separately. Note that most sets which include the steak knives are packaged with the Wusthof gourmet steak knives which are not forged. I opted to buy the block which allowed us to purchase a set of classic, forged steak knives in the future. However, after seeing how sharp these things are I am reconsidering whether or not I am willing to entrust these knifes to just any visitor at the house. You could very easily slice through a finger if not paying attention.
A final comment on getting this set of knives or any other quality set; in doing my research I read a number of people who suggested a quality butchers block 1) to help maintain the sharp blade edges longer, 2) they look very handsome in one's kitchen, and 3) a quality block will last a long long time and has inherent antibacterial properties. On points 1 and 3, do a little research and you'll likely conclude the same. I bought a beautiful block from The Boardsmith (a google search should bring them up) and that truly completes a very satisfying food prep area my kitchen. Happy researching and when you find the set that suits you, go for it... it's an investment that will make preparing a fresh meal SO much more satisfying. For myself, that translates into a smile and a greater appreciation of the journey!