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    $149.99 list($427.00)
    1. Wüsthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block
    $369.95 list($689.00)
    2. Wüsthof Classic 10-Piece Block
    $86.99 $81.79 list($120.00)
    3. Wüsthof Classic 7-Inch Hollow
    $299.99 $200.00 list($611.00)
    4. Wüsthof Gourmet 18-Piece Block
    list($120.00)
    5. Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-Inch Cook's
    $199.99 list($365.00)
    6. Wüsthof Gourmet 10-Piece Knife
    $74.99 $69.95 list($100.00)
    7. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Hollow
    $86.99 $86.95 list($120.00)
    8. Wüsthof Grand Prix2 7-Inch Hollow
    $99.99 list($172.00)
    9. Wüsthof Classic 2-Piece Asian
    $299.99 list($519.00)
    10. Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Santoku
    $299.99 $299.95 list($519.00)
    11. Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Cutlery
    $19.99 list($30.00)
    12. Wüsthof Come-A-Part Kitchen Shears
    $59.99 $58.79 list($85.00)
    13. Wüsthof Gourmet 4188 7-Inch Hollow
    $49.99 $46.95 list($75.00)
    14. Wüsthof Classic 4-1/2-Inch Multiprep
    $899.99 list($1,525.00)
    15. Wüsthof Culinar 12-Piece Slimline
    $69.99 $64.95 list($94.00)
    16. Wüsthof Classic 6-Inch Cook's
    $109.99 $104.95 list($172.00)
    17. Wüsthof Classic 2-Piece Knife
    $199.99 list($350.00)
    18. Wüsthof Classic Super Starter
    $339.99 list($470.00)
    19. Wüsthof Classic 9808-8 8-Piece
    $59.99 $47.95 list($88.00)
    20. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Cook's

    1. Wüsthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block Set
    list price: $427.00
    our price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006PRUDE
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 413
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Housed in a nine-slot wood block, this Grand Prix set offers Wusthof’s excellence in a highly-versatile grouping. The set includes the following knives: 2-3/4-inch narrow-bladed trimming parer; 5-inch serrated and pronged tomato knife; 6-inch all-purpose sandwich knife; and a hefty 8-inch chef’s knife for chopping, dicing, and slicing. Also included are kitchen shears and a 7-inch sharpening steel. The Grand Prix knives feature a pebble-grain synthetic handle molded over an extended tang for a sure, comfortable grip. Because the steel tang does not run the full length of the handle, a Grand Prix knife offers slightly less heft than its Classic counterpart, yet more than the trim Le Cordon Bleu. Grand Prix differs from Grand Prix II in that the latter features a more ergonomically-curved handle with a blunt end. Grand Prix handles are straighter with rounded ends.

    All Grand Prix knives are precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant German steel. Each blade has been impeccably honed by hand and its edge laser-tested for uniformity. An edge may be re-sharpened professionally or with a sharpening steel. Though the utensils are dishwasher-safe, Wusthof recommends washing all fine cutlery by hand. Made in Germany, the set is fully guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and/or craftsmanship. --Ann Bieri

    What’s in the Box
    1 knife block set. The set consists of: wood storage block; 8-inch chef’s knife, 6-inch sandwich knife; 5-inch tomato knife; 2-3/4-inch paring knife; kitchen shears; 7-inch sharpening steel. ... Read more

    Features

    • Made in Germany; lifetime warranty
    • Set includes: 2-3/4-inch trimming parer, 5-inch serrated tomato, 6-inch sandwich, 8-inch chef's, 7-inch sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and wooden block
    • Knives are precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
    • Molded synthetic handle with rounded end provides nonslip comfort
    • Not-quite-full tang lessens weight without sacrificing heft or balance

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars what a bargian
    as a wife, and mother of 5 this is a gift set perfect for the whole family.With a knife for each kid, no longer will i have to be the mediator of fights and arguments.this allows self expression, not commonly found in average families.and boy punishments just are not the same.Some mothers might think i am crazy, but how many of your kids cancut a steak in 15 seconds.a great buy, and this product not only looks good, but you could say its "sharp"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wusthof Grand Prix 7-Piece Block Set with Bonus knife
    I received my set which also did not contain the silverpoint bonus knife. I e-mailed customer service and got a reply in a couple of hours that they would rectify the problem. Practically the next day I received a new set which, to my disappointment,also did not contain the touted silverpoint knife. However, now I had to go to the post office and return one of the sets.At this point I beleive that none of the sets contain the knife.
    This problem aside, the knives are awsome. They were sharp right out of the box and I was able to slice grapes with just one stroke while holding them over my cup of cereal.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Missing item too. Hope Amazon makes good on it.
    I received the set today and I, too, am missing an item. I am missing the bonus Silverpoint knife. I have written to Amazon and hope they do make good on it.

    The knives were sent in a cardboard box, stuffed with rolled up packing paper. Each knife had a cardboard sleeve. But an extra sleeve with no knive in it. I assume this sleeve was for the missing silverpoint knife.

    The knives had little white dots on the handle but removable with a little water and wipe. The steel had streaks but also easily cleanable.

    But for $154.99, I really expected to get the whole set as shown and written above. Be sure to check yours, it's easy to pass over it. Just waiting for my reply....


    3-0 out of 5 stars Product Not as described
    I just received this knife set and although I've not yet used the knives, the product description stated that it would include a bonus 3-inch Silverpoint paring knife that was NOT included in the box.I have just notified Customer Service and sincerely hope that Amazon will make good on this item.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The knifes are great but one is missing
    The set I recieved is missing either a trimming knife or a 2-3/4-inch paring knife:
    According to the label on the box, the set should include a trimming knife, cook's knife, tomato knife, sandwich knife, sheers, sharpening steel, block set.
    According to the item description on Amazon site, the set should include: 8-inch chef's knife, 6-inch sandwich knife, 5-inch tomato knife, 2-3/4-inch paring knife, 7-inch sharpening steel, kitchen shears, 9-slot storage block, and bonus 3-inch Silverpoint paring knife.
    Neither trimming knife nor 2-3/4-inch paring knife came with the set.
    ... Read more


    2. Wüsthof Classic 10-Piece Block Set
    list price: $689.00
    our price: $369.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006C7H3
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 620
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Known worldwide for their superior performance, Wüsthof knivesare the cutlery of choice among many professionals and bydiscriminating amateur chefs. The Classic series features a traditionalstyling that makes it the most popular of the Wüsthof lines. The bladesare formed with the perfect balance of high-carbon steel and astain-resistant alloy so they retain their edge longer and are easierto resharpen. The blade is ground and polished by computer, ensuringperfect tapering from bolster to tip, and the edge is then hand honedfor precision slicing. The sturdy feel of this knife is achieved by theweighted bolster, which is considered to be Wüsthof's signaturefeature. The tang runs through the synthetic handle and is secured withthree rivets.

    Perfect as a wedding gift, this 10-piece set has all the kitchencutlery basics with room to grow. The knives in the set include an8-inch cook's knife, an 8-inch carving knife, a 6-inch sandwich knife,an 8-inch serrated bread knife, a 5-inch serrated sausage knife, a4-1/2-inch utility knife, and a 3-1/2-inch paring knife. A pair ofkitchen shears and a 9-inch sharpening steel complete the set.Everything fits neatly into the rubber-footed oak block, which hasspace to eventually add six steak knives and two more prep knives.Cristina Vaamonde

    What's in the Box
    8-inch cook's knife; 8-inch carving knife; 6-inch sandwich knife; 8-inch serrated bread knife; 5-inch serrated sausage knife; 4-1/2-inch utility knife; 3-1/2-inch paring knife;kitchen shears; 9-inch sharpening steel; rubber-footed oak block with eight extra slots. ... Read more

    Features

    • Lifetime warranty; hand washing recommended
    • Blades formed with perfect balance of high-carbon steel and stain-resistant alloy
    • Blade is ground and polished by computer, ensuring perfect tapering from bolster to tip
    • Edge is then hand honed for precision slicing; precision forged for a single piece of German steel
    • Sturdy feel achieved by weighted bolster; synthetic handle secured with three rivets

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why Spend All That Money??
    The best answer I can give is that in cooking, the knife you use to dice the onion before you start cooking or carve the roast you did to perfection can make a major difference in the final product. A good knife used appropiately makes a huge difference, and I cannot describe the difference between a Wusthof and an inferior knife. It is something you need to experience for yourself to fully appreciate. Suffice it to say that there is a reason other than snobbery the pros still slice, dice, and mince by hand as opposed to using a deli slicer or food processor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Knives
    I bought these knives and I love them. They are a joy to use. Top quality. Check the model #8243 on the Wusthof web site and you'll see they are the real deal. I got them on Amazon when the price was at $239.99. What a steal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars If your house is on fire, run back and save these!!!!!!
    I read once that the best is the cheapest and I find that to be certainly true. These are the best knives ever! They will last a lifetime and save you a lifetime's worth of constantly buying one 20 dollar knife after another. The knives I use time and time again are probably the chef's knife (which I used to find intimidating but no longer) and the 5.5 inch sandwich knife. I love the sharpness, the feel and the weight. It makes cooking and prepping so much faster and easier. I chose the GrandPrix over the traditional styled Classic because of the way the rounded handles felt in my hands and the textured grip makes for never having to stop to dry my hands in between kitchen prep duties. After you have been dicing and slicing for more than 15 minutes, the GP handle doesn't give me the cramped hand feeling that the traditional handles give me. Some people say that the handles easily get scratches but I have had mine for 3 years and don't notice any but I always handwash mine (wonder if that makes a difference) and besides, I consider them tools and workhorses not decoration. I think they say you're supposed to sharpen high quality knives each time before you use them. Yeah right! I never sharpen my knives because they can keep the edge sharp for so long plus I'm plain lazy. My husband does that for me once every 3 months and I notice the difference. But even "dulled" after 3 months with no sharpening, I haven't met a slab of meat or veggie my knives couldn't make quick work out of.

    5-0 out of 5 stars With a forged Wusthof, you can't go wrong!
    I own the 8 piece classic set; which came with the following: an 8"Chefs,Carving,& Bread knife; 4 1/2" utility, 3 1/2 inch paring, sharpening steel, take apart shears, a well made deluxe oak block which also has room for 6 steak knifes. I also purchased 4 Classic Mignon steak knifes, a Santoku knife, a serrated tomato knife & that still left room for 2 extra knifes.
    These are the best investment I ever made in a set of kitchen knifes. They are very well balanced and cut like a dream & hold an extremely sharp edge! I put most of my other kitchen knifes into retirement except for an electric knife on holidays when visiting, and a few special ones. A lifetime guarantee comes with each Wusthof plus I consider it a lifetime investment unless you happen to lose one.
    Once you use a Wusthof for a short while, you will appreciate what a well made knife is! (Rated #1 by Consumer Reports magazine.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
    I finally replaced my inexpensive knives after 7 years. What a world of difference! All I can say is that if you cook, it is worth every penny to invest in a superior set of knives like these. They handle so beautifully and slice through vegetables as if they were butter. All without having to sharpen them before every use. I cook a lot and can go several weeks between sharpenings.

    This set is such a bargain. I've seen the knives sold individually in cooking shops for $50-100 a piece. It's a fabulous wood block, also, with extra slots in case you hang on to some of your cheaper knives or you plan to purchase more knives later.

    Every time I use one of these, I wonder why I waited so long! ... Read more


    3. Wüsthof Classic 7-Inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
    list price: $120.00
    our price: $86.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005MEGX
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 55
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Tough polypropylene handles with full, visible tangs and thetraditional three rivets distinguish Classic knives from Wüsthof'sother cutlery lines. Otherwise Classic knives are identical to otherWüsthof knives, embodying all the virtues that have earned theGerman manufacturer world renown. The principal parts of a Wüsthofknife--blade, bolster, and tang--are forged from a single piece ofhigh-carbon stainless steel, and the blade is precisely tapered frombolster to tip and from back to hand-honed edge. The blades andbeautifully formed bolsters are not as thick as on some knives. As aresult, despite their heft, strength, and durability, Wüsthofknives are pleasingly delicate and marvelously balanced in action.

    This 7-inch santoku is a Japanese cook's (or chef's) knife, featuring alow-tip style with a broad blade. The cutting edge is minimally curved,so it provides less rocking action than a European-style cook's knife.For straight-down slicing and precise chopping, however, it's superb.Alternating hollows on each side of the blade create air pockets,allowing slices to fall away cleanly. This knife should be hand washed.--Fred Brack ... Read more

    Features

    • Japanese-style cook's knife designed for chopping, slicing, dicing
    • Alternating hollows on blade's sides prevent food from clinging
    • Blade, bolster, tang forged from single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
    • Tough polypropylene handle with full tang and traditional three rivets
    • Made in Germany

    Reviews (29)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Santoku Knife for Sushi, Sashimi, & Carpaccio
    After being so pleased with a fine-edge Santoku knife that I use for chopping and slicing vegetables, I decided to add this hollow-edge Santoku knife to my collection of Wüsthof-Trident Classic knives. I've been using less-expensive Asian knives for a long time, but the Wüsthof Santoku knives have now become my favorites because of the shapes of the blades and the quality of the handles. On this hollow-edge Santoku, there are oval indentations or 'kullens' on the side of the high-carbon, no-stain steel blade, so you can quickly and easily make very thin slices of your meat, fish, and veggies. I use this Santoku for preparing sashimi and carpaccio. (I don't make sushi, but this knife would be excellent for that, too.) So far it has stayed very sharp without any need for professional sharpening. I hand-wash and dry it and store it in a wooden knife block.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SPLENDID CHOICE FOR CHEFS OR AMATEUR COOKS
    For those of us who love to cook much of our pleasure is experienced in the preparation - whipping egg whites to a perfect frothy peak, cutting cookies into imaginative shapes or slicing cleanly, quickly and neatly the ingredients for casserole or soup.

    This Japanese inspired Santuko knife by Wusthof has certainly added to my joy in the kitchen. It's the perfect implement for slicing, dicing or chopping. Alternating indentations prevent food from sticking to the blade, while its heft and balance are perfection.

    A razor sharp blade allows me to slice as thinly as I wish, whether it be for carpaccio or the prosciuto we so enjoy. It's ideal for the cheese and ham in panini, and makes quick work of onions and celery for a family recipe for vegetable soup.
    Of course, an added bonus is the Wusthof name, which we have learned means quality.

    I do recommend that you hand wash it, just as you would a fine piece of silver. Believe me, this knife is sterling in every way.

    - Gail Cooke

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST SANTOKU KNIVES: Cook's Illustrated magazine
    BEST SANTOKU KNIVES: If you're ready to chop and dice the summer harvest, Cook's Illustrated magazine rated the best Japanese santoku (chef) knives in its July/August 2004 issue:

    MAC Knives Superior Series SK-65 - Superior Santuko - 6 1/2 inch ($55) finished first, followed by Kershaw Shun Classic ($89.99), Wustof Grand Prix ($69.99) and Global Oriental Cook ($78).

    Our reputation as the World's finest knife is based on the experiences of MAC knife owners who use our knives every day. They tell us that once they began using their MAC knives, they could never go back to their "old" knives--Henckels, Wusthofs, Sabatiers, Gerbers, Chicagos, Globals, Cutcos.

    ****FACTS

    RAZOR SHARP EDGE. The MAC knives are truly razor sharp. In head-to-head tests against all other manufacturers, we have never found a sharper knife.

    STAYS SHARP. Our special alloys and hardening processes have created edges which stay sharper many times longer than other knives.

    THIN BLADES FOR RESISTANCE FREE SLICING. Our thin blades glide effortless through each slice Other knives "wedge" and get stuck in the cut because of their forged construction or grind type.

    ERGONOMIC DESIGNS. Each and every one of our designs have been tested and optimized for their particular application. Put any of the MAC knives to the test by actually using it and you will appreciate and understand the difference.

    The knife that received top honors in both Bon Appetite and Cook's Illustrated magazines against all other knives tested.

    We agree, this has been our top knife recommendation for the last two years for a chef style knife. MAC Knives Superior Series Superior Santuko Knife - The ideal Japanese-style chef's Knife, this MAC santuko knife is a multiple-use, 6 1/2 inch kitchen knife that offers durability, sharpness and convenience.

    The knife that received top honors in both Bon Appetite and Cook's Illustrated magazines against all other knives tested. We agree, this has been our top knife recommendation for the last two years for a chef style knife.

    ***Note: Cook's Illustrated (July/August 2004) didn't find a granton edge helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I need more things to chop
    After chopping and slicing everything in the refrigerator since I got this knife yesterday, I thought I should take a break and write a review. This kinfe is just amazing.
    I have a set of OK knives that until yesterday I thought were pretty good. I've never had a really expensive knife before, though.
    After reading all of the great reviews here of the Wusthof Santoku knife and seeing how popular it is on the Food Network (Yea, I know, I'm a little susceptible. I also have an Eggstractor)I went to the store to check one out. I couldn't believe how well-balanced and light it was, without feeling flimsy. I took the plunge and do not regret it a bit.
    The first time I chopped up an onion it sliced through it with hardly any effort. I just stood there in awe.
    It's incredibly sharp and feels comfortable in my hand. I also like the shape, kind of a cross between a chef's knife and cleaver. I suspect my old knives will be relegated to chopping up bones and other things that would damage this one. But for anything that requires a bit of finesse, I will reach for the Santoku.
    Well, I think I've gushed enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Well Balanced!
    This knife is fantastic. Makes the boring job of chopping a whole lot easier. One thing to be careful of though, when things stick to the sides of the knife, it is best not to use your finger to slide them off, it will get ya. Otherwise, I highly recommend it. It is worth every penny! ... Read more


    4. Wüsthof Gourmet 18-Piece Block Set
    list price: $611.00
    our price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000U7N82
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 14113
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    Amazon.com Review

    Representing Wüsthof’s Gourmet series of knives, this block set features less expensive versions of the knives in the manufacturer’s Classic series. Knives in the set include an 8-inch cook’s knife, an 8-inch carving knife, a 6-1/2-inch santoku, an 8-inch bread knife, a 6-inch sandwich knife, a 4-1/4-inch tomato knife, a 4-inch utility knife, a 3-inch paring knife, six 4-1/2-inch steak knives, a 6-inch kitchen fork, kitchen shears, and a 9-inch sharpening steel. Everything fits within the 17-slot rubber-footed oak block. Although the blades are still made of high-carbon steel with a stain-resistant alloy, the difference in the Gourmet series is that the blade is a thinner quality metal and is cut by a precision laser instead of by hand. The blade still has an ideal shape as it is ground and polished by computer to ensure perfect tapering from tip to bolster. Full tangs extend through the synthetic traditional-style handles, which are triple-riveted for strength. These knives are dishwasher-safe but handwashing is recommended to preserve the edges on the blades. The Gourmet series is an excellent alternative for those who want to own quality Wüsthof cutlery but are on a budget. --Cristina Vaamonde

    What’s in the Box
    8-inch cook’s knife; 8-inch carving knife; 6-1/2-inch santoku; 8-inch bread knife; 6-inch sandwich knife; 4-1/4-inch tomato knife; 4-inch utility knife; 3-inch paring knife; six 4-1/2-inch steak knives; 6-inch kitchen fork; kitchen shears; 9-inch sharpening steel; oak block. ... Read more

    Features

    • Synthetic traditional-style handles; packed in 17-slot oak block
    • Moderately priced versions of Wüsthof's famed Classic forged knives
    • Laser-cut high-carbon steel blade with stain-resistant alloy
    • Precise tapering from grinding and polishing procedure
    • Full, seamlessly encased triple-riveted tangs

    5. Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-Inch Cook's Knife
    list price: $120.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005MEI5
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 1448
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Made in Germany
    • 8-inch blade, great for mincing, chopping, and slicing
    • Blade is hand forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
    • Ergonomic, permanently bonded black handle
    • Lifetime warranty

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I cook for a living...
    First, don't let anyone fool you, there are two or three dozen excellent knife makers out there...you just haven't found them yet. I have 9 different brands/lines in my "work bag" and they are ALL flawless.
    I bought a 7 piece set of "Grand Prix" knives for my grrlfren two years ago because they were a bargain and all of a sudden she likes to cook. I have used her 8 inch chef's knife and although I think that Wusthof is mostly junk ... I LOVED this knife! Great grip, balance and edge, easy to re-hone and VERY comfy.
    I give this one 5*s (but not in my work bag ;-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars use it in an industral kitchen
    I bought this knife with out doing any home work, I just liked the feeling of it in my hand. I then put it throught 4 years plus of using it five days a week, eight hours a day in an industral kitchen. The knife keeps a razor edge, easy to clean, and it's one of the best knives in the kitchen. If you own one kitchen knife, then this is the one you want. The Trident/Wüsthof Grand Prix series is one of the best buys for your money, hands down beating hankels (which suck by the way). Consumers Report did an evaluation on kitchen knifes, and this knife was the #1 knife.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I never thought I could fall in love with a knife . . .
    . . . but I did! I can't tell you how awesome these Wustohof Grand Prix knives are, but I'll try. You really need to hold them in your hand, use them on an onion or a stalk of celery, to know the joy of using them. It's almost like your hand becomes part of the blade, like you're slicing and dicing with your mind and your eyes rather than your hands and wrist. I can't believe I made do with that gnarly set of Farberware laser-cut knived fot the past five years (and worse before that). I always thought that any old knife would do--but now I'm spoiled! Yes, they cost a lot of money--but believe me, they are worth it, and you'll want to pamper them (not for what they cost you, but because they DESERVE it!). GET THESE KNIVES--DON'T THINK TWICE. It will be love at first grasp.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great all around chef knife
    Before Christmas of 2001, I knew nothing about professional kitchen knives. Then I heard my parents mention how poorly their old knives were cutting, so I decided to treat them to something really nice for Christmas. After much research, I narrowed my choice down to two companies, Wusthof and Henckels. I read more positive reviews of Wusthof, and liked the look of their knives more, so I bought this knife for them. The following is my review as an (non-chef) educated consumer.

    Apparently chef's knives commonly come in 6, 8, and 10-inch varieties. I went with the average of those (the 8-inch) for a combination of good weight and control.

    Purely for aesthetics, I went with the grand prix style handle over the classic. If you're curious, grand prix is a modern-looking black handle with a non-slip surface; the classic is wooden with rivets. The actual blade is exactly the same in either style.

    Christmas morning, my parents unwrapped the gift. The box the knife comes in is pretty simple, but shows it off nicely. What was their first reaction? "Wow this is beautiful, but it scares us to death!" This knife has some weight to it, and the edge is *extremely* sharp. Unless you are a bladed weapon collector, or a chef, this will probably be the sharpest knife you've ever used.

    About a month later, I checked back in with my parents to see if they actually used the thing. They are in love with it! They told me after a month or so of getting used to the weight and sharpness, they now can't live without it. From what I'm told, they use it on everything from vegetables to meats. They tell me it cuts through pretty much anything (except bones obviously, don't try to do that!) like a laser. They tell me the only thing this knife is not good for is tasks that require small details. It is, after all, 8 inches long. So, they've hinted about getting them a smaller Wusthof pairing knife for next Christmas! What have I gotten myself into?

    Important: Please be careful with this knife, it's insanely sharp. Don't put it in the dishwasher; wash it by hand. Consider having it professionally sharpened every 4-6 months or so at a kitchen store or knife shop. That way you'll get the longest life out of your knife. Enjoy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Chef Knife, Probably Best Size
    There are really two main competitors in the high-end mainstream kitchen knife market: Henckels and Wusthof. Those who have used both usually have a preference. My preference (and therefore bias you should know about) is for the Wusthofs.

    The Wusthof Grand Prix line is a more modern design than the Classic series, with a simple black handle. The balance and grip of these knives are as close to perfect as I have found. For those wondering what benefits a higher priced knife provides, one benefit is that the blade (or tang) is one piece all the way through the handle. This makes the blade much stronger, and less likely to snap.

    This particular model, the 8 inch chef's knife, is a great knife. Wusthof offers three sizes of chef's knives, 6, 8 and 10 inch. For most home cooks, I think the 8 inch knife is the best choice. The 6 inch is a bit small for bigger jobs, but the 10 inch is too big for most jobs. While the 8 inch isn't perfect for all uses, if you are only buying one size chef's knife (and most people only buy one), this is the one I would recommend.

    I highly recommend the Wusthof 8" chef's knife for most home cooks. ... Read more


    6. Wüsthof Gourmet 10-Piece Knife Block Set
    list price: $365.00
    our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006G0KR6
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 1502
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    Features

    • Includes 3" Parer, 4" Utility Knife, 5" Tomato Knife, 6" Sandwich Knife, 8" Carving Knife, 8" Bread Knife, 8" Cook's Knife, Shears and a 9" Steel
    • Stamped high-carbon stainless steel
    • Hand-honed, laser-controlled edge, and balanced full tang
    • Friodur ice-hardening results in superior cutting performance

    7. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Hollow Ground Santoku Knife
    list price: $100.00
    our price: $74.99
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    Asin: B0001WN9OG
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 585
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    Features

    • Made in Solingen Germany
    • The Classic 5" Santoku has a hollow edge to allow the food to release easily from the blade.
    • Blade, bolster and tang forged out of a single piece of high carbon German no stain steel.
    • Black 3 rivet synthetic handles for strength and durability
    • Laser tested edge for uniform cutting and long-lasting sharp edge.

    8. Wüsthof Grand Prix2 7-Inch Hollow Ground Santoku Knife
    list price: $120.00
    our price: $86.99
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    Asin: B0001WVZ10
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 693
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    Features

    • Manufactured in Solingen, Germany; hand wash; lifetime warranty
    • 7-inch Santoku knife; multi-use kitchen tool; hollow ground to prevent sticking
    • Precision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel
    • Sturdy, steel bolster; tang extends almost the full handle length for strength
    • Ergonomically designed, slip-resistant handle; sleek, contemporary look

    9. Wüsthof Classic 2-Piece Asian Cook's Set
    list price: $172.00
    our price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00006C7HB
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 1961
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    This two-piece cutlery set includes the two hardest workingknives in Asian cooking. The 3-inch straight-edge paring knife peelsfruits and root vegetables for cooking. The 7-inch Japanese santokuknife--a cross between a butcher knife and chef's knife in Europeancooking—-splits, chops, dices, and slices meats, vegetables, and fruit.Like all santokus, this one has a straight edge for precise choppingand also has a hollow edge (with indentations the size of fingerprintsrunning along the edge of the blade) so that foods don't stick to theblade during slicing.

    Part of Wüsthof's popular Classic line of cutlery, these knives have avery traditional design. Blades are hand forged from high-carbon steelso they retain their sharp edges longer and are easier to resharpen,plus they include a stain-resistant alloy. Blades are also ground andpolished by computer to ensure perfect tapering from tip to bolster. Asignature feature of Wüsthof knives, the weighted bolster gives theseknives the perfect heft. For balance, full tangs extend through thesynthetic handles and are triple-riveted for strength. --CristinaVaamonde ... Read more

    Features

    • Synthetic traditional-style handles
    • 3-inch straight-edge parer and 7-inch hollow-edge santoku
    • Hand-forged of high-carbon steel with stain-resistant alloy
    • Precise tapering from grinding and polishing procedure
    • Weighted bolster; full triple-riveted tangs

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars my favorite
    Great knife set. You can chop just like Rachael does, which is why I bought this knife. My only complaint is that the tip has bent slightly and will break if I attempt to straighten.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super-thin slicing knives
    These Santoku knives have the fantastic Kullenschliff, also called the Granton, edge for extremely finely-honed thin slicing. They slice quickly into whatever width you want, from slivers to less thin pieces, with only a modicum of practice. The sharp flat cutting edge, safely lower than the handle, makes for an easy, comfortable grip. These knives have multiple uses--not just slicing for Asian-style food, nor, for that matter, just for thin slicing. One can chop, dice, or slice safely and quickly with these finely made instruments. I have a large collection of Wusthof knives, but this style is one of my favorites and most frequently used. ... Read more


    10. Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Santoku Block Set
    list price: $519.00
    our price: $299.99
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    Asin: B0001WN9SW
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 3968
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    Features

    • Made in Solingen Germany
    • This Wüsthof Classic 8 piece Santoku set includes an 7" Hollow ground Santoku, a 3.5" paring, 3" serrated parer, 8" bread knife, 6" sandwich knife, kitchen shears, 9" sharpening steel, 17 slot oak block
    • Blade, bolster and tang forged out of a single piece of high carbon German no stain steel.
    • Black 3 rivet synthetic handles for strength and durability
    • Laser tested edge for uniform cutting and long-lasting sharp edge.

    11. Wüsthof Classic 8-Piece Cutlery Set in Block
    list price: $519.00
    our price: $299.99
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    Asin: B0001WN9SM
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 7867
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    Features

    • Includes 3- and 3-1/2-inch paring knives, 6-inch sandwich knife, 8-inch cook¿s knife, 8-inch bread knife
    • Also9-inch sharpening steel, kitchen shears, 17-slot oak storage block
    • Precision-forged from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel
    • Steel bolster; full tang runs the length of the handles; synthetic handle secured with 3 rivets
    • Made in Solingen, Germany; dishwasher-safe; lifetime warranty

    12. Wüsthof Come-A-Part Kitchen Shears
    list price: $30.00
    our price: $19.99
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    Asin: B0000631ZM
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 269
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    These powerful 8-inch kitchen shears cut food, flowers, paper,cardboard, even carpet. They're balanced in the hand and work equallywell for right-handers and left-handers. Blades formed from high-carbonstainless steel curve inward so they meet in only one place at anygiven position and cutting action is smooth and exact. One blade'sserrations prevent slippage. A plastic cap on the screw securing theblades can be lifted so the shears can be taken apart for resharpening.Steel-tooth insets in the rugged synthetic handles twist open bottleand jar caps. The shears are dishwasher-safe, but hand washing betterprotects the blade edges. --Fred Brack ... Read more

    Features

    • Steel-tooth insets in handles twist open bottle and jar caps
    • Rugged 8-inch kitchen shears for righthanders and lefthanders
    • Cut food, flowers, paper, cardboard, even carpet
    • High-carbon stainless-steel blades with synthetic handles
    • Can be taken apart for resharpening

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great, easy to clean
    Wusthof's reputation for quality knives, coupled with easy cleaning, sold me on this kitchen shears.

    Contrary to the description, no plastic cap or screw removal is involved... over the normal cutting range of motion, these function just like any other quality kitchen shears... but thanks to some very nice machining of the joint, they come apart if the blades are opened all the way to 90 degrees.

    The bevel machined into the joint seems to clamp the blades together as the shears are reassembled, ensuring that the blades fit closely and cut well. The handle is comfortable and symmetrical, so it should fit left or right hand equally well.

    Perhaps shears aren't quite so glamorous as forged knives, but this is a well thought-out product and well worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars everything I wanted!
    These kitchen shears are everything I was looking for. They come a part for easier cleaning, which really comes in handy when I've cut into something sticky, and will also be nice when they need to be sharpened. And best of all, they're Wusthof, so I know they're the same quality as the knife set I have. I love them- and so did my Mom- I'm buying one for her for Xmas! ... Read more


    13. Wüsthof Gourmet 4188 7-Inch Hollow Cut Santoku Knife
    list price: $85.00
    our price: $59.99
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    Asin: B0000DJYF6
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 2373
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    Features

    • Hand washing recommended; made in Germany
    • 7-inch Santoku knife with hollow-cut blade for paper-thin slicing
    • Laser-cut high-carbon steel blade is precise and durable
    • Includes stain-resistant alloy and stick-resistant blade surface
    • Synthetic triple-riveted handle offers durability

    14. Wüsthof Classic 4-1/2-Inch Multiprep Cook's Knife
    list price: $75.00
    our price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0001FAT7S
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 5028
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    The Wusthof Classic 4-1/2-inch Multiprep knife combines the strengths of two different knives without compromising its own usefulness. It has the leverage of a cook's knife but is light and agile enough to be used for paring and peeling jobs, too. The wide blade and long curve of a bigger cook's knife allows for slicing, mincing, chopping, and dicing, and it's shorter and lighter to give the maneuverability of a parer. Of course there may still be times when a knife more specifically suited to a certain task might be preferable. But the 4-1/2-inch Multiprep is a wonderful all-purpose kitchen knife for a novice cook, and its lightness translates into portability for catering, camping, or cookouts.

    Wusthof-Trident employs almost 200 years of experience in designing their knives. On each of Wusthof's Classic knives, the blade, bolster, and tang are forged (as opposed to stamped) from a single piece of steel. Wusthof uses a high-carbon stainless steel that retains the edge and resists wear; each knife has the alloy's formula printed on the blade. The blade is polished to a super-sharp edge and then hand-buffed. Its slightly curved edge--for a smooth rocking motion on the cutting board--is laser tested to ensure a uniform surface.

    As with all Wusthof Classic knives, the black synthetic handle is built for strength and durability; it's triple-riveted to the steel tang, which shows through on the edges. Though technically dishwasher-safe, Wusthof recommends that their knives be hand washed to preserve their fine cutting edges. The Wusthof Classic Multiprep knife has a 4-1/2-inch blade and is 9 inches long including the handle. Wusthof offers a limited lifetime guarantee that its knives will be free of defects in materials or craftsmanship. --Garland Withers ... Read more

    Features

    • Professional-quality, black-handled, 4-1/2-inch forged steel cook's knife
    • Forged tang-to-tip from high-carbon stainless steel; solid triple-riveted handle
    • Cook's-knife contours and finger guard with parer's heft for flexibility and agility
    • Dishwasher-safe; hand-washing is recommended to preserve sharpness
    • 4-1/2-by-1-1/4-inch blade; 9 inches long; limited lifetime guarantee

    15. Wüsthof Culinar 12-Piece Slimline Block Set
    list price: $1,525.00
    our price: $899.99
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    Asin: B00009WDSN
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 14862
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    Amazon.com Review

    Matching an elegant aesthetic with superior craftsmanship, each full-tang Wüsthof Culinar knife performs like a professional and looks like work of art. As with the company’s other top-of-the-line models, the Culinar 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. The beautiful satin-finish 18/10 stainless-steel handles, attached with a near-seamless construction, offer a pleasing grip and a slightly heavier weight than synthetic alternatives. In use, the Culinar knives are excellently balanced, handling with incredible sharpness and precision. They promise a lifetime of dependable use.

    A gorgeous set with an unusual storage block, this 12-piece Culinar collection offers a wide range of cutting edges and shapes. The set includes an 8-inch cook’s knife, an 8-inch carving knife, an 8-inch bread knife, a 7-inch santoku knife, a 6-inch sandwich knife, a 5-inch serrated tomato/salami knife, a 5-inch boning knife, a 4-inch utility knife, and a 3-1/2-inch parer. Rounding out the set are a 6-inch straight fork and a 9-inch sharpening steel for upkeep of the blades. Constructed from satin-finish stainless steel and wood, the included knife block holds every piece in the set at a convenient angle and cuts a contemporary figure on the countertop. Though these knives are technically safe in the dishwasher, Wüsthof recommends hand-washing them for optimum results --Emily Bedard

    What's in the Box
    8-inch chef's knife, 8-inch carving knife, 8-inch bread knife, 7-inch santoku knife, 6-inch sandwich knife, 5-inch serrated tomato/salami knife, 5-inch boning knife, 4-inch utility knife, 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 6-inch straight fork, 9-inch sharpening steel, stainless-steel and wood storage block ... Read more

    Features

    • Crafted from long-lasting, high-carbon, stain-resistant steel
    • Includes cook¿s knife, carving knife, bread knife, santoku knife, tomato knife, and boning knife
    • Also includes sandwich, utility, and paring knives; straight fork; and 9-inch steel
    • Satin-finish 18/10 stainless-steel handles and striking knife block
    • Precision-forged and laser-tested single-piece blade, bolster, and tang

    16. Wüsthof Classic 6-Inch Cook's Knife
    list price: $94.00
    our price: $69.99
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    Asin: B00005MEGR
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 2826
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Heavy 6-inch blade superior for chopping and other cutting tasks
    • Forged high-carbon stainless steel blade, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
    • Traditional-style composition handle is triple-riveted for strength and permanence
    • Dishwasher safe

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful
    Previous to owning any quality knives I had always used an 8 inch chef's knife for most kitchen tasks, because It was the only one I bothered to keep sharp. Later I acquired 4 Pro-S blades. I still used the 8 inch predominantly at first, but grew close to a 4 inch parer in thr group. I had always wanted to try a Wusthof Classic to see what the difference is if any in craftsmenship of the blade, handle etc. Additionally the slightly more curved shape of the Wusthof blade seemed to appeal. I was also wondering about the usefulness of having a knife in between the parer, and the 8 inch chefs yet, with more heft than a 6 inch slicer. This wusthof 6inch Chef's knife has proven to be the perfect knife for filling that gap. It is wonderful for cutting on smaller cutting boards when grilling on the patio. The greater amount of curve in the blade shape than that found in a similar Henckel seems to give more freedom of movement, and replacement on the cutting surface during use. As far as the handles go, I actually prefer the handles on the Henckel Pro-S knives. The "corners" are rounded down more on the Pro-s knive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How big is your hand? and what will you be cutting?
    This high quality model with its forged blade, good weight, and full tang handle is an excellent choice, overall. However, knives need to be bought with the end user in mind. The first question--how big is your hand?--is THE critical question to answer before buying an expensive chef's knife for the average home cook. (Professional chefs trained in culinary techniques have their own needs, which will differ from the rest of us.)

    If you are a woman with small to average sized hands, you may prefer a 6 inch chef's knife for most of your chopping/slicing needs. If you are a man with large hands, the 6 inch size will likely feel too small.

    Our kitchen has both the 6 and 8 inch sizes. The 8 inch was a wedding gift, bought to fit my husband. I tend to use the larger one when cutting heavy or thick items, but the majority of the time, the 6 inch chef's knife is the one I reach for. (I bought that after trying to accommodate unsuccessfully to the larger size.) However, when I'm cutting something really big or dense, I do reach for the 8 inch knife.

    For most people looking for quality knives, this will fit the bill. I recommend that you consider starting with this one.

    A final note: Please don't put a knife of this quality in the dishwasher. If you're worried about salmonella after using it on poultry, a spray of kitchen disinfectant or of a dilute bleach solution will take care of that. (After all, you can't put the countertop in the dishwasher!) Plan to hand wash it immediately in hot soapy water, learn to use a steel properly and sharpen with a good quality sharpener as needed. In return, this knife will provide you with a lifetime of service and is likely to outlast you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Handles MOST jobs the 8 inch Cook's knife does
    I have Wusthof chef's knives that range in size from this 6 inch up to the 12 inch Wusthof, The 6 inch seems to be the one that gets used the most for kitchen chores. Most "professional" chef's and even Wusthof sales literature call the Wusthof 8 inch cook's knife the "flag ship" of their line. Indicating that it's a "must have" for the home kitchen. Since Amazon doesn't allow price quotations in their reviews check for yourself, the difference between the 6 inch and 8 inch Wusthof Cook's knives.
    For the difference, I can also buy another knife I truly feel IS a "must have" - a good Wusthof paring knife.
    The 6 inch model is well balanced, sharp from the factory as are all Wusthof knives, easy to maneuver. If you're building a good knife set I recommend looking at the 6 inch Wusthof and comparing it to the 8 inch. The extra difference in price could be better spent on the paring knife. The 6 inch is made with the same high quality metal as the 8 inch too.

    John Row

    5-0 out of 5 stars the knife i use the most...
    This is an overall excellent kitchen knife! Its a great size, not too big for easy use or storing. It is something I use almost everyday for most cutting jobs. I will say that for larger, harder veggies, like winter squash i think i could use a bigger knife...but if i had to pick one, i would pick this one. I bought a shapening tool at the same time and use it often.

    After every use I wash and dry it totally. Leaving these knives to drip dry (or using a dishwasher) will i think stain the blade. I do have a dark water spot or two from before i realized this.

    The knife is sturdy. When you are cutting, if the blade is sharp you do not feel like it will *slip* off the food your cutting. Its solid but not heavy...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Housewife
    This is the perfect knife for me. I'm not a chef by any means, just a normal homemaker, and this 6 inch knife fits perfectly in my kitchen. It does most jobs very nicely and is small enough that I feel comfortable using it everyday. I use it for almost everything from fruits and veggies to all kinds of meats. The blade is excelent, and the full tang construction really adds a nice weight and balance to the knife as well as strength.
    Overall, my knive of choice! ... Read more


    17. Wüsthof Classic 2-Piece Knife Starter Set
    list price: $172.00
    our price: $109.99
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    Asin: B00005MEGG
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 1495
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    This is the set to buy if you want to start a knife collection properly or replace so-so tools with the best cutters available. The set's 8-inch cook's knife, a kitchen essential, performs a wide variety of cutting tasks, from fine chopping to dicing and slicing. The relatively small size and sharp point of the set's paring knife make it ideal for handheld and other small or intricate cutting chores, such as vegetable peeling or mincing small quantities of herbs.

    Part of the Classic series, these knives represents two centuries of unexcelled Wüsthof craftsmanship. Like other cutlery in the series, they're hand-forged from a single piece of stainless steel for maximum strength; the hand-polished blades are exactingly calibrated to be hard enough to resist dulling yet soft enough to take a keen edge when they're honed or sharpened. Dishwasher-safe and with traditionally shaped, ergonomically designed handles that are triple-riveted for durability, this set brings a guaranteed lifetime of low-maintenance cutting to its owners. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

    Features

    • Dishwasher safe
    • Basic knife collection covers most cutting needs
    • Includes 8-inch cook's and pointed 3-1/2-inch paring knives
    • Forged high-carbon stainless steel blades, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
    • Traditional-style composition handles are triple-riveted for strength and permanence

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Impressed
    These are my first Wustof's.

    These knives are so well balanced. They just feel right in your hand. I was shocked at how sharp they were right out of the box. Usually, I buy a knife and go out and get it sharpened. I want to just go buy stuff to chop, dice, julienne, and just cut.

    This set is great and a good way to start. I went to Williams Sonoma and tried these and the Grand Prix models and Henckels and decided this was the best knife for me. I'd reccomend anyone else do the same to find the knife that fits them best.

    Now, I'm buying only Wustof Classic knives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Knives, Minor Quibble About Sizes
    There are really two main competitors in the high-end mainstream kitchen knife market: Henckels and Wusthof. Those who have used both usually have a preference. My preference (and therefore bias you should know about) is for the Wusthofs.

    The Wusthof Classic line is the more conservative counterpart to the Grand Prix line. The only difference, however, is the handle style. I personally prefer the Grand Prix, but this is an issue of personal preference. The balance and grip of these knives are as close to perfect as I have found. For those wondering what benefits a higher priced knife provides, one benefit is that the blade (or tang) is one piece all the way through the handle. This makes the blade much stronger, and less likely to snap.

    This set includes an 8 inch chef's knife, and a 3 ½ inch paring knife.

    The 8 inch chef's knife, is a great knife. Wusthof offers three sizes of chef's knives, 6, 8 and 10 inch. For most home cooks, I think the 8 inch knife is the best choice. The 6 inch is a bit small for bigger jobs, but the 10 inch is too big for most jobs. While the 8 inch isn't perfect for all uses, if you are only buying one size chef's knife (and most people only buy one), this is the one I would recommend.

    As for the 3 ½ inch paring knife, this knife falls into the category of overkill for me. Most cooks will get by just fine with the 4 ½ inch utility knife. There is really no notable difference in size for the vast majority of applications between the 3 ½ inch paring knife and the 4 ½ inch utility knife. I prefer the 4 ½ inch utility knife, but the 3 ½ inch paring knife will do the trick for most tasks.

    This set is a good deal; however, if compiling a set myself, I would include the chef's knife and the 4 ½ inch utility knife. Judge for yourself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buyer's remorse revisited
    In June of 2003, I wrote a blurb praising this starter set. My opinion from then hasn't changed, except the last part where I wrote that I couldn't justify Wusthof's price for those knive you don't use every day. Well, I lied. Since then I have replaced virtually every knife I had then with a Wusthof. Whether I was dicing veggies, carving a roast, or simply cutting up a chicken, I just got to the point where I could no longer tolerate using an inferior knife for the job; so I upgraded as I went along. All my old knives went into my camping box (you're supposed to be "roughing it" when camping, right?).

    The knives in this set are superb. The problem is that after using them, you are liable to do as I did and spend lots of money later. Be warned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great knives
    A great pair of knives. I use them daily and wouldn't trade them for any other knife I have ever touched. The balance and weight are perfect. Take care of them, and they will last forever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very high quality knife but...
    Wüsthof knives are wonderful. They have great balance hence a good feel. However, Wüsthof should have ground off the sharp edges where handle meets the top edge of the knife to avoid cutting the users index finger. ... Read more


    18. Wüsthof Classic Super Starter 6-Piece Knife Block Set
    list price: $350.00
    our price: $199.99
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    Asin: B00029QW06
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 9257
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    Features

    • Made in Solingen, Germany; covered by lifetime warranty; should be hand washed
    • 6-piece knife set including: 6-inch cook's knife, 6-inch sandwich knife, 4-1/2-inch utility knife, 3-1/2-inch paring knife, 9-inch sharpening steel, and 9-slot oak block
    • Each knife's blade, tang, and bolster forged out of single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
    • Sharp, hand-honed, laser-tested, long-lasting edges; make uniform cuts
    • Black, triple-riveted, hygienic, Hostaform-C molded handles for strength and durability

    19. Wüsthof Classic 9808-8 8-Piece Mignon Steak Set in Aluminum Gift Chest
    list price: $470.00
    our price: $339.99
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    Asin: B0001FAT8M
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
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    Amazon.com Review

    An exceptional gift for a close associate or relative, this handsome brushed-aluminum case presents eight of Wusthof’s finest steak knives. The Classic ‘Mignon’ knife features a distinctively curved, ultra-sharp blade for smooth-as-silk slicing through thick cuts of meat, such as filet mignon. Acclaimed for beautiful balance, heft, and a signature solid bolster, or finger guard, a Classic knife is precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel for superior strength, and should last a lifetime.

    Each of the eight knives in this set features a 4-1/2-inch blade that has been impeccably ground, tapered, and polished, with a non-serrated edge which makes resharpening easy. Traditional in look, a Classic knife is seamlessly constructed with a visible full tang triple-riveted into an ergonomically-shaped synthetic handle. The 8-by-11-by 2-inch storage case is slim enough not to require a handle and features reinforced corners, an elegant swing-arm clasp, eight molded slots for the knives, and a thick foam lid lining that keeps the knives compressed to prevent shifting. Though the knives are dishwasher-safe, Wusthof recommends hand-washing all fine cutlery. Made in Germany, Wusthof knives are fully guaranteed to be free of defects in materials and/or craftsmanship. --Ann Bieri

    What’s In the Box
    Aluminum attaché case; 8 steak knives. ... Read more

    Features

    • 8 Classic Mignon steak knives in a brushed-aluminum presentation case
    • Each knife is precision forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel
    • Full-tang, triple-riveted synthetic handle; curved, laser-test edge easily resharpens
    • Case measures 8 by 11 by 2 inches; unique clasp
    • Dishwasher-safe; made in Germany; lifetime warranty

    20. Wüsthof Classic 5-Inch Cook's Knife
    list price: $88.00
    our price: $59.99
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    Asin: B00005MGKB
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Wusthof
    Sales Rank: 3079
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Cook's knives are indispensable kitchen helpers. They perform a widevariety of cutting chores, from mincing to dicing and slicing. The 5-inch bladeof this definitive example provides sufficient heft to allow the knife ratherthan the cook to do most of the cutting labor; it's modest blade length makes itparticularly useful for small chopping jobs, slicing, and cubing. Many peoplefavor a cook's knife of this size because it combines the maneuverability of aparing knife with the strength and weight of a larger cook's knife.

    Part of the Classic series, the knife represents two centuries of unexcelledWüsthof craftsmanship. Like other cutlery in the series, it's hand-forgedfrom a single piece of stainless steel for maximum strength; the hand-polishedblade is exactingly calibrated to be hard enough to resist dulling yet softenough to take a keen edge when it's honed or sharpened. Dishwasher-safe andwith a traditionally shaped, ergonomically designed handle that istriple-riveted for durability, this knife brings a guaranteed lifetime oflow-maintenance cutting to any cook who owns it. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

    Features

    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Heavy 5-inch blade superior for chopping and other cutting tasks
    • Forged high-carbon stainless steel blade, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
    • Traditional-style composition handle is triple-riveted for strength and permanence
    • Dishwasher safe

    Reviews (10)

    3-0 out of 5 stars a compromise knife which does not do anything perfectly
    I already have the 6 and the 8 inch wide wusthof chef's knives. I was looking for a more intermediate knife, which might let me chop, pare, slice and trim some without having to change knifes all the time.

    After spending 4 weeks experimenting with it in depth, these are my conclusions:

    - chopping - the blade is not quite wide enough or its curve convex enough, so when making a lot of chopping you end up rapping your fingers against the butcher block when doing your downward movement. You can still chop by being a bit careful, but it is way more efficient to use the 6" wide chef's knife or bigger.
    - paring - too long, too wide, too heavy
    - trimming and slicing - easy and comfortable

    All in all, as a compromise knife I like the 3.5" wide blade Global knife a lot better - it is wide enough to chop and small enough to pare (although if you wanted to do a lot of paring you would want to use a true parer). Still, it is a good short utility knife and if that is the purpose of your purchase I would have not problem recommending it for that use.

    My recommendation to Wusthof - come out with a knife that would have a 3" to 4" blade, a bit more curvy than this one, a touch wider at the base of the blade, with a handle that is slightly angled up from the horizontal (to avoid rapping the bottom of your fingers against the table) and you would have an awesome general purpose kitchen knife -I would also release it in the high end wusthof line, which has an awesome handle, rather than the triple rivet handle.

    Best to all from camisdad

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Knife, Too Short
    There are really two main competitors in the high-end mainstream kitchen knife market: Henckels and Wusthof. Those who have used both usually have a preference. My preference (and therefore bias you should know about) is for the Wusthofs.

    The Wusthof Grand Prix line is a more modern design than the Classic series, with a simple black handle. The balance and grip of these knives are as close to perfect as I have found. For those wondering what benefits a higher priced knife provides, one benefit is that the blade (or tang) is one piece all the way through the handle. This makes the blade much stronger, and less likely to snap.

    This particular model, the 5 inch cook's (or chef's) knife, is a good knife. Wusthof offers four sizes of chef's knives in the Classic line, 5, 6, 8 and 10 inch. For most home cooks, I think the 8 inch knife is the best choice. This knife, the 5 inch, is a bit small for bigger jobs (even smaller than the 6 inch). However, the 10 inch is too big for most jobs. While the 8 inch isn't perfect for all uses, if you are only buying one size chef's knife (and most people only buy one), the 8 inch is the knife I would recommend.

    Therefore, if you are buying your first cook's knife, I would recommend the 8 inch size. This is a great knife, but I don't think the size is right for mainstream users.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best knives
    I have owned several sets of "never need sharpening knives" and other varieties, but this is absolutely the best set of knives I have ever owned. They slice through so easily and with no mashing of whatever you're trying to slice. They do need an occasional sharpening, but that little bit of effort is well worth it. Also, the knife extends all the way to the end of the handle, so it won't seperate from the blade or break like so many others have...especially while trying to slice through hard cheeses. Excellent knife. You really don't need a whole set though, as one serated and one straight would be sufficient.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Knife
    Ok, a lot of people are talking about the size of this knife compared to larger chef's knives. But, really, how many of us are cooking a feast every day? If you are, then, maybe you do need an arsenal of (bigger) knives. But for people who are simply making the family dinner, this is the perfect knife. It easily transitions from job to job and, at the end of the evening, you're not washing 17 knives.

    It's fantastically weighted and balanced, has enough room so that your knuckles don't hit the cutting board (unlike smaller utility knives) and does every job that I've ever needed as I've made supper.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Size matters
    The right chef's knife can change prep time from a chore to a joy: mincing herbs, chopping veggies, opening squash and melons, even carving meat in a pinch. Wusthof makes some of the best - forged of high carbon stainless to keep an edge without being fragile, fully tanged and bolstered for heft and balance, with a comfortable, ergonomically-correct handle that can stand up to water and wear. You will use this for a lifetime.

    SO: DON'T buy the five-inch because it's the cheapest one in the line. A chef's knife that's comfortable in the hand is a perfect tool. A knife that's too small is not worth the money. Anyone can use a five-inch knife for occasional fine mincing, but for chopping and carving, the five-inch is about right balance for a petite woman or very small man. Measure your chopping hand from the base of the thumb to the end of the pinkie - if that length is between five and six inches, this is your knife. If not, get a bigger one. ... Read more


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