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Top 5 Carving Knife and Fork Sets For Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Dinners

Carving Knife and Fork Sets are generally not included in even the best knife sets or knife blocks, and are often the top choice among home cooks for a Christmas gift, wedding present, birthday present, or holiday or Easter dinner ensemble.

And when the holiday season approaches, with Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas dinners on the horizon, many of us turn thoughts to having a good carving knife set to carve the perfect turkey, ham, prime rib, or roast for our holiday dinner.

And to be honest, I strongly recommend a carving set rather than just a carver. An effective carving knife really needs a well-designed meat fork to balance out the carving chore. I’ve even heard of people buying a carving knife set just to get a great meat fork.

How Did We Choose Our Top 5 Carving Knife Sets?

In order to find you the best carving knife and meat carving fork, we’ve sorted through a large number of brands, knife lines, and characteristics to find you the best carver sets. We gave prominence not based on price or brand recognition, but for the quality construction needed to make a long-lasting knife set, the best balanced knife and fork, the knife set’s overall functionality, and most importantly, the sharpness and slicing capability in the knife.

So let’s get to it — Our Top 5 Carving Knife and Fork Sets

#1 Choice — Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set
The Wusthof Classic Carving Set is our top rated carving set for a few reasons. It provides the best mix of brand, quality, price, and sharpness that we found among all of our candidates for best carving set.

Wusthof’s manufacturing process for the Classic line is among the best rated in the world, with solid test results in competition and side by side reviews. It beats out even the Shun lines for sharpness, with the edges ground to 14 degrees on both sides, compared to a slightly less 16 degrees for the Shun carving knife set.

Ranked #3 in Carving Knives at Amazon, with a 5.0 Star Rating on 17 reviews, we aren’t the only ones to like this carving set.

Reasons We Like This Wusthof Carving Knife and Fork:

  • This carving knife is designed with a Granton edge, often referred to as a hollow-ground edge. This adds slight scalloped bubbles in the knife’s edge, preventing food from catching on the knife, which can provide a smoother slice than other blade types.
  • Wusthof has designed a carving knife that reviewers claim has near perfect heft and balance, making your carving task easier and less of a strain on your hand and arm. And the fork is 6″ long and slightly curved, which improves your handling of the meat after slicing.
  • With its extremely sharp edge, your turkey slices will be extremely thin while the blade maintains enough heft to handle larger cuts of meat just as easily.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof 2-Piece Set?

Thanks to the slightly lower price compared to other similar options, this fits the budget a bit better than some, and its features give you an exceptional carving set.

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And if you would like a presentation box in order to give a carving knife set as a gift, you could take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon Creme Hollow Edge set, which comes with a gorgeous Walnut case. You can also find this Classic Ikon carving set with black handles here.

Classic Ikon Hollow Edge in CremeClassic Ikon Hollow Edge in black

#2 Choice — Shun DMS200 Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set

Shun DMS200 Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set
The Shun Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set is our solid #2 rated set. While not quite as sharp as the Wusthof carving knives, this Shun knife set is a quality offering. Like the Wusthof set, it has an 8-inch carving knife with a 2-prong carving fork. I also like the presentation and look of this set, with its Damascus-style finish and beautiful presentation box.

As a Christmas gift or wedding present, this Shun carving set has a lot to offer with the presentation and storage box.

Shun has done a solid job designing this boxed set, with a comfortable D-shaped handle and the Damascus look to the blade without the rusting problems experienced by a true Damascus steel blade. And if you prefer the lighter Shun knives over the heft of a Wusthof blade, this carving knife is probably the sharpest you’ll find compared to most European knife sets.

Like the Wusthof Hollow-Ground Set above, this Shun set has a 4.0 Rating on Amazon, although with only 5 reviews as yet it may rank upwards soon based on the reviews I’m seeing.

Reasons We Like This Shun Carving Knife and Fork:

  • The Damascus style blade reduces drag on the knife’s slicing performance by creating microscopic air pockets built in during the cladding process. Combined with the knife’s sharpness, you’ll get an excellent carving slice.
  • I think the presentation and foam insert storage box here is a plus. Storing a carving knife set properly requires a little something extra — a storage box, knife sheaths or guards, or a knife block that can handle the size of the carving knife and meat fork.

Who Should Buy This Shun Classic Boxed Carving Set?

While I do love that box, it prices this set a lot higher than the comparable Wusthof sets in our Top 5 Carving Sets list. But if you are shopping for a gift, the Shun knife and meat fork here may be the best fit for you, and it is an equally solid offering.

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And if you would prefer a longer carving knife, you can take a look at the Shun Premier 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set (rating 4.9 at Amazon), which costs a little more, but gives you the same performance and presentation with its 9.5-inch carving knife.

#3 Choice — Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set

J.A. Henckels Zwilling Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set
You may wonder why I’d choose the Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set instead of a Four Star II set for our #3 choice in top carving knife and fork sets. Basically it comes down to two things: better reviewer ratings and a far more reasonable price for what you get.

Like the Wusthof Classic, this Henckels carving set doesn’t include a storage box, but given its slightly more “budget” pricing, that makes sense. If what you really want is a reasonably-priced set, the J.A. Henckels carving knife set is worth considering.

Manufactured in Germany, using the same kind of excellent blade steel as Wusthof knives, Zwilling uses their SigmaForge and Friodur ice hardening to produce an excellent knife set. With bonded handles, full tang knives, and laser-controlled sharpening, this is a well-made carving knife and meat fork. With a 4.8 rating on Amazon, it’s definitely worth a look.

Reasons We Like This J.A. Henckels Carving Knife and Fork:

  • If you like the German knives and their construction, ergonomic handles, and balance for your kitchen knives, but prefer a lighter blade like the Shun set, you’ll appreciate this knife and fork.
  • The Henckels carving knife produces wonderfully thin slices, but the real find here is the meat fork. With its length and design, you’ll love moving your turkey from sliced bird to serving plate.

Who Should Buy This J.A. Henckels Zwilling Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set?

I wanted to provide at least one somewhat budget-minded option that still offers an excellent carver and fork. I think this was the best of those options, and it appears that the meat fork may be an even better find than some of the other choices here.

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#4 Choice — Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set
The Wusthof Classic Carving Set is the straight-edge blade version of our top rated carving set. Like its friend chosen as the best-rated carving knife set, it provides the solid quality of the Wusthof Classic line and best blade sharpness that we found among all the sets we reviewed.

While it only shows a 4.6 Star Rating on 11 reviews, its rating really is skewed by a 2-Star review. Apparently the reviewer was unhappy that they got the wrong knife set in their order too close to Thanksgiving. And rather than return it, they gave the carving set (that they kept) a 2 star rating. My feeling is that this distorts the rating downward to some degree as they had no complaints about the knife set in general.

Reasons We Like This Wusthof Straight-Edge Carving Knife and Fork:

  • The carver is designed with a straight edge. Often a straight edge blade provides an extremely smooth slicing experience with most meats because it doesn’t catch on meat fibers.
  • Wusthof’s carving knives, like pretty much all the reviews I’ve seen on the Classic line, are lauded by reviewers as nearly perfect in their heft and balance. And this carving fork, like our #1 choice, is 6″ long and slightly curved to improve meat handling.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof 2-Piece Straight-Edge Set?

Like the Hollow-Ground version, this is your best option for a seriously sharp carving knife and useful meat fork. It’s a little more expensive than the Hollow-Edge, which is why I ranked it lower in this list.

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And if you’d like to have a presentation box for a gift or for storing your knives, you can take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon Creme Hollow Edge set, which comes with a gorgeous Walnut case. The Classic Ikon line is somewhat more expensive, but it still falls in line with the Shun line carving knives and their presentation boxes while being slightly sharper.

#5 Choice — Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set

Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set
The Zwilling Pro Carving Set is our #5 choice for top carving sets. Other than price, the reason it rates #5 is simply the lack of good reviews. With only 6 reviews, the 4.8 Star rating is just a tad uncertain, but nearly 85% of the reviews are 5 Star and the others are all 4 Star, so I’d trust the overall rating myself.

This Pro set has the same solid German manufacturing as the #3 Four Star set, and has a forged blade, contoured and arched bolster and ergonomic handle for comfortable use.

Reasons We Like This Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set:

  • The 8″ slicing knife has a straight edge for smooth slicing with most meats because it doesn’t catch on meat fibers. Henckels blades tend to need additional honing to keep their sharpness, so I recommend solid honing before tackling your holiday dinner turkey, roast, or ham.
  • German manufacturing tends towards knives with solid heft and handling, and this knife is no exception. If you prefer a lighter carving knife that is still well-balanced and a little thicker than Shun knives, this may be the best brand for you.

Who Should Buy This Zwilling Pro 2-Piece Carving Knife and Fork?

With a mid-range price, German quality, and solid performance, I think this is an excellent choice if you want a German carving set that is a little lighter-weight than the Wusthof lines.

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Our Recommendations and Why

All of these carving knife and meat fork sets are top-rated carving sets to consider for yourself or as a gift. I can say that the Wusthof brand knives seem to have the most reviewers where people mention buying for one person and then buying again and again as gifts.

If you like the solid heft and balance of the German knife offerings, combined with the incredible sharpness of the Wusthof Classic line, I’d definitely suggest either the Classic Hollow-Ground or Straight Edge 2-Piece Carving Set.

If your main purpose here is to find a carving knife set for a gift, I’d go with either the Shun Classic or Premier Sets, or take a close look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon carving set.

Lastly, if you are looking for a lighter-weight carving set, you’d probably be most interested in the Zwilling Carving Knife Sets (Four Star or Pro) on the budget end or the Shun Carving Sets on the higher end of the budget scale.

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Should You Buy A Wusthof Classic 6-Inch Utility Knife? Our Review Spills The Beans

Wusthof Classic 6-Inch Utility Knife

Knife Style: Wusthof Classic 6-Inch Utility Knife
Our Reviewer Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
Brand: Wusthof
Buyer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars with 34 Reviews
Model Number: Classic Knife 4522
Best Used For: Consumer High End Use
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Summary

The Classic 6-Inch Utility Knife from Wusthof, often called a Sandwich Knife, is a solid choice for what many cooks call “in-between” work. If you’re a culinary student, home cooking enthusiast or serious cooking hobbyist you’ll appreciate adding this knife to your prep knives for tasks that other knives just don’t handle as easily. Professional cooks also herald this Wusthof Classic utility knife as a high-quality knife well worth the investment for mid-sized prep work.

This knife line is forged with the best materials and they create award-winning sharp knives across the entire Classic line. While paring knives and smaller utility knives are perfect for small detail work, and chef’s knives handle the bulky work best, you’ll often face kitchen prep work that falls in between. And if you do, you’ll definitely appreciate this knife.

After I read the reviews of this 6-inch knife, I believe it would also be one of the best gifts I can imagine for a home chef friend or family member, or even as a wedding gift where the couple enjoys cooking. Practically any cook — especially foodies — who could use a top quality 6-inch utility knife for mid-range prep work would enjoy owning this knife.

Quality of Knife Blades:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Knife Balance and Weight:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Sharpness and Maintaining Edge:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Versatility of Knives:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Overall Value:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Busy Family Cooks:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Couples Who Entertain:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Cooks Working Outside Home:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Cooks Who Cook for One or Two:
8.5 out of 10 stars (8.5 / 10)
Cooking Enthusiasts or Pros:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)

What’s So Good About This Wusthof Classic Knife?

This model 4522 utility knife can be a solid #2 go-to knife in any starter prep knife set. One advantage of the 6-inch length is its ability to tackle tasks too big for a 3-4″ knife and too small for the larger (and most common size) 8-inch chef’s knives. As such, this makes them one of the best all-purpose kitchen knives you could own.

Cooks with larger hands often prefer the 6-inch version for prep work because it gives better control than a cook’s knife and also has a larger handle than a small paring knife. Any serious cook, culinary student, home cooking enthusiast, or even a professional cook who handles a lot of mid-range prep work can benefit from a knife this size.

This Wusthof Classic 6-inch Utility Knife is made with a straight-edge blade, and is designed for multipurpose use. It is forged and hand-honed to an incredibly sharp edge, and Wusthof has created a high-carbon steel kitchen knife with a full tang, precision bolster, and polymer handle, ensuring the best heft and balance for your knife.

While they say this knife line says it is dishwasher-safe, I strongly recommend that you do not clean this knife, or any knife, that way. You can read our article about the best way to clean your knives to find out why I feel so strongly about that. Dishwashers are just not the way to keep your high-end knives sharp, clear of pitting, and stain- and corrosion-free.

Pros and Cons of Wusthof Classic Utility Knives

No matter how much any of us like or dislike a particular knife brand, knife line, or particular knife, there are pros and cons to each, whether it is because of features or how you intend to use it. Here are some of my observations.

Pros:

  • Straight-edge blades like this one, rather than hollow edge or serrated blades, have the most flexible use case of all the knives in your kitchen. This 6″ utility version is extremely versatile, and can handle most mid-sized knife chores with ease. Smaller than most slicing knives, the thin, flared-tip blade glides effortlessly through meat, vegetables, or fruit, producing a smooth and clean cut. This is one of the reasons some prefer to call this a sandwich knife, but this knife is capable of much more. It also does excellent work cutting larger fruits and vegetables into delicate slices.
  • Wusthof Classic knives are constructed to the highest manufacturing and quality standards. These are forged blades, designed with a triple-riveted full tang and ergonomic composition handles. Their manufacturing process makes them incredibly sharp — and you can keep them that way with proper care. These knives are made to last, unlike cheaper knives.
  • Wusthof further adds to this knife’s performance by adding a precision bolster. This provides excellent heft and balance, which seriously improves your knife’s ability to slice easily. Because of this balanced design, these knives don’t put a strain on your hand or arm, and are comfortable for extended use in your kitchen. Ever done a bunch of chopping or slicing and had to stop a minute to rest your fingers and wrist? I have! A lot of the time I find that a dull or poorly balanced knife is a big contributing factor to my tired hands or arms after a day of holiday cooking.
  • Because of the seamless hygienic fit of the handle, there are no gaps in the handle for food residue to slip in, making it easier to keep this knife clean and sanitary.

Cons:

  • Because of their ergonomic handle design, Wusthof’s knives sometimes don’t fit every hand size well. Reviewers find the handles very comfortable to use for extended periods, but the proper handle length for your grip is an important consideration. The handle of the 6″ blade may work pretty well for most hands, but if you have small or large hands, you may need to do some adjusting of your grip to make it work well for you. However, the Wusthof Classic line (model 4522) also includes a straight-edge 5″ utility knife and straight-edge 7″ utility knife as alternate options, too.
  • If you don’t have the budget to spend $90 on a single prep knife, no matter how handy, you won’t want to buy a Wusthof Classic knife at a time. You get what you pay for, as reviewer after reviewer mentions, but it’s your pocketbook and only you can decide how much you want to spend. If you’re looking to buy more than one knife, be sure to check out their sets for a better combined price. You can read my reviews of the Classic 2-Piece Knife Set and 3-Piece Knife Set (which includes this utility knife) for an idea of how they will work for you. And if you need a solid Cook’s knife, you can read our review of the 8-inch Wusthof Classic version here, as well.
  • If you don’t do much mid-range prep work, and your paring knife and cook’s knife can get the job done, you may very well not need a mid-sized in-between knife.

Versatility of Prep Use

As I mentioned above in pros and cons, the Classic utility knife is exceptionally versatile for mid-range prep work. This makes it the best knife to buy if you can only afford one mid-sized knife for prep work. It serves well as a slicing knife in general for meat, vegetables, and fruit. And the thin blade makes it great for delicate slicing tasks that are too big for a paring knife or hard to accomplish with the thicker blade of the chef’s knife.

In addition to in-between uses for this knife, in a pinch you can use it as a replacement for some smaller tasks you usually take care of with an 8″ chef’s knife. And it can double as your second go-to small kitchen knife for delicate or intricate tasks that are just a bit big for a paring knife such as slicing cucumbers, cheese, apples, or other mid-sized vegetables and fruit.

Quality and Manufacturing

I really can’t say this Wusthof knife review is complete without a discussion of the manufacturing process involved in making these some of the best-rated small kitchen knives in the world. Their knives are regularly rated among the top knives of any brand and Good Housekeeping gives Wusthof extremely high marks in side-by-side tests with other top brands.

Wusthof manufactures the Classic knives through a forged method in its Solingen, Germany, factory. Wusthof craftsmen hand-forge a knife starting from a single piece of their high-carbon steel alloy, which many professionals acknowledge as some of the best knife steel available.

They use a unique “Precision Edge Technology” (PEtec) that Wusthof says will give the knife the ability to hold its edge 30% longer than competing knives from other manufacturers. In contests with measurements taken through independent testing, they have tested 20% higher than competing brands for sharpness.

After hand-honing and hand-polishing the final knife blade, the finished Wusthof knife is hard enough to resist dulling and yet also soft enough to take a keen edge when honed or sharpened during your regular use. Often knives from competitors are made from a steel that is too hard, so they aren’t capable of being honed or sharpened back to a precision edge, or too soft, so that they dull easily.

The final finishing process creates an extremely stain-resistant blade. The full tang makes the knife much stronger, and much less likely to snap the handle or break free of the blade with extended use. They also add a finger guard to protect your hands, and the guard improves the knife’s heft, balance, and stabilization even further.

You can learn more about important elements of kitchen knives from this article.

What Buyers Say About Their Wusthof Knives

One regular comment is that buyers feel the investment in Wusthof’s knives, especially this line, is “worth every cent” over purchasing lesser quality knives that won’t hold their edge. And with all 5-Star and 4-Star reviews, that’s a solid approval rating from buyers. One buyer pointed out that if this size, performance, and quality of the knife is right for you, the expense won’t matter once you’ve used it. Although there aren’t too many reviews on this knife (only 19 at the time of writing) I suspect this is because of the price, and the fact that most users looking for this knife are likely to purchase it in a set (see our review of the 3-piece set).

One comment echoed often by reviewers is that this particular line is the best trade-off between price and quality compared to the less-expensive Wusthof Gourmet line (a stamped blade) or Wusthof’s Culinar line (more expensive).

One reviewer said that the thinner blade and taper of this utility knife makes this a fabulous slicing knife, and he rarely turns to his chef’s knife for slicing and carving. He even uses it for cutting bread over his serrated knives. Just don’t try to use this knife to lever cans open. The thinner blade is made for slicing, not prying!

Lastly, many reviewers felt the Wusthof 6-inch utility knife was an incredibly useful in-between knife in their kitchen, because it is bigger than a paring knife but handles like one, and easier to manage than a chef’s knife.

Who Should Buy This Knife

Wusthof is one of the most popular knife brands among home chefs. They produce knives with incredible quality and usability. Lastly most serious cooks will agree that a mid-range utility knife fills a critical need in a set of prep knives, and the knife you’ll use the most often for in-between work.

If you aren’t on a tight budget, and especially if you are looking for a solid prep knife for yourself or family or friends, this 6-inch knife is one of the best knives under $100 you can buy for your kitchen after a solid paring knife.

And if you’re looking for gift ideas for chefs or even a home cook wanting the best quality knives, this Wusthof knife makes one of the best gifts you can buy for a cook (or yourself).

Who Shouldn’t Buy This Knife

Are you on a tight budget — either buying for yourself or as a gift? While this knife offers incredible value and functionality, it isn’t as cheap as other similar-sized knives and may not fit your budget, no matter how useful. And if you just don’t do much in-between prep work and can handle your slicing, dicing, and cutting with either a paring knife or chef’s knife, you may not need a utility knife at all.

Knife Accessories and Related Items

There are any number of Wusthof Classic knives you can purchase to round out your prep knives. For prep knife starter sets, I recommend the bird’s beak parer for digging out stems and eyes of potatoes, a 5″ serrated utility knife (sausage knife) for rolls, salami, citrus, and tomatoes, a 6″ flexible boning knife, and a straight edge 3-1/2″ paring knife. With this utility knife and the others, you’ll have a great starter set. You’ll probably find the blade covers in the most common sizes and the honing steel of great use as well.

Our Recommendation and Why

In our review of the Wusthof Classic Utility Knife, we’ve covered a lot of key points, from quality and manufacturing, to flexibility of use, to the pros and cons of the knife and utility knife specifics. If you think you’ll need a prep knife for in-between kitchen work, this knife is an excellent choice. Basically, the answer to our proposed question is this — if you need a mid-range utility knife, this is an excellent choice. If not, I wouldn’t spend the money.

Depending on your particular kitchen needs, especially if you are only cooking for 1 or 2, you might not even need many other knives beyond this utility knife and a paring knife for prep work plus a solid chef’s knife. If you’re a cooking enthusiast or cooking for a group, this knife can be a solid #2 knife in set of prep knives you’ll never regret buying.

And in the end, what you’ll really appreciate about this Wusthof utility knife is great quality, ease of use, and value. We don’t give out 4.5+ star ratings often but this Wusthof knife deserves it. So if this knife meets your needs, you’ll get a well-rounded, high-quality knife that will be a solid addition to your kitchen prep knife set for years to come.

And for this value and quality, AND qualifying for Free Shipping, you’ve got to check out the Wusthof Classic 6-inch Utility Knife.

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Wusthof Classic 3.5-Inch Paring Knife Review – A Top-Rated Small Kitchen Knife

Wusthof Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife

Knife Style: Wusthof Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife
Our Reviewer Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
Brand: Wusthof
Buyer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars with 239 Reviews
Model Number: Classic Knife 4066
Best Used For: Consumer High End Use
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Summary

The Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife from Wusthof is a quality high-end German knife to have as the main paring knife in your kitchen. As one of the most important kitchen knives for a cook, if you’re a culinary student, home cooking enthusiast or serious cooking hobbyist you’ll appreciate adding it to your prep knife set. Professional cooks also herald this as as a high-quality knife well worth the investment.

These knives are forged with the best materials and care to produce award-winning sharp knives across the entire Classic line. This size of knife is one of the most commonly needed kitchen tools to handle small detail work, and it’s a great value as an all-purpose small knife despite its higher price than budget knives of similar function and size.

After reading the extensive buyer reviews, it would also make one of the best gifts I can imagine for a home chef family member or friend, or for a wedding gift for a couple who enjoys cooking. Practically any cook — especially foodies — who could use a top quality 3-1/2-inch paring knife for prep work would enjoy using this knife.

Quality of Knife Blades:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Knife Balance and Weight:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Sharpness and Maintaining Edge:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Versatility of Knives:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Overall Value:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Busy Family Cooks:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Couples Who Entertain:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Cooks Working Outside Home:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Cooks Who Cook for One or Two:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Cooking Enthusiasts or Pros:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)

What’s So Good About This Wusthof Classic Knife?

This model 4066 paring knife can be the mainstay of any starter prep knife set. The 3-1/2-inch length shares its popularity with a 4-inch version as the most commonly purchased sizes because they are flexible enough to handle both smaller and larger tasks. As such, this makes them one of the best all-purpose small kitchen knives you could own.

Cooks with larger hands often prefer the Classic 4-Inch Paring Knife instead, but other cooks find the 3.5-inch version gives better control. As you’ll discover in this review, this is an excellent choice for culinary students just starting out, home cooking enthusiasts or hobby cooks, and even professional chefs looking for a German-made replacement prep knife.

This Wusthof Classic 3-1/2-inch Paring Knife is made with a straight-edge blade, and is designed for true multipurpose use. It is forged and hand-honed to an incredibly sharp edge and Wusthof won a German knife competition a few years ago for the sharpest blades created through its PEtec technology. Wusthof has created a high-carbon steel kitchen knife with a full tang, precision bolster, and polymer handle, ensuring the best strength, heft, and balance for your knife.

While this knife line says it is dishwasher-safe, I highly recommend that you do not clean this knife, or any knife, that way. You can read our article about the best way to clean your knives to find out why I feel so strongly about that. Dishwashers are just not the way to keep your high-end knives sharp, unpitted, and stain- and corrosion-free.

Pros and Cons of Wusthof Classic Paring Knives

No matter how much any of us like or dislike a particular knife, brand, or knife line, there are pros and cons to each, whether it is because of features or how you intend to use it. Here are some of my observations.

Pros:

  • Straight-edge blades like this one, rather than hollow edge or serrated blades, have the most flexible use case of all the knives in your kitchen. This pointed tip version is extremely versatile, and can handle most small knife chores with ease. Whether it’s performing as a mincing knife for mincing shallots, onions or herbs, a slicing knife for cutting vegetables, or even studding meat or coring fruit, this Wusthof prep knife can handle it easily.
  • You’ll find that these knives are constructed to the highest manufacturing and quality standards. These are forged blades, designed with a triple-riveted full tang and ergonomic composition handles, and sharpened with their special PEtec manufacturing process. This process makes them incredibly sharp — and you can keep them that way with proper care.
  • Wusthof adds to the knife’s performance by adding a precision bolster. This provides excellent heft and balance, which seriously improves your knife’s ability to slice easily. With most of the weight balanced in the handle, you’ll have wonderful control when using this knife. Because of this excellent balance, they don’t put a strain on your hand or arm, and are comfortable for extended daily use in your kitchen.
  • If you’re limited on what you can spend to round out your kitchen knives set, the Wusthof Classic paring knife can do double or even triple duty for you. You can use it in place of a Wusthof fillet knife for small fish, a fruit and vegetable knife, a substitute for a shorter utility knife, or even a produce knife. It also makes an excellent apple corer or topping knife for strawberries.
  • If you have arthritis in your hands or rheumatoid arthritis in your joints, you may find this knife a boon for you in the kitchen. It is particularly light in weight, the comfortable grip is easy on your hand, and the excellent balance can lessen the strain on your hands. I certainly can’t claim that it’s a cure to your arthritis pain, unfortunately, but one reviewer who has serious arthritis problems says that it is easy for them to use. If my grandma needed a paring knife with her arthritis, this would definitely be my first choice.

Cons:

  • Because of their ergonomic handle design, these knives sometimes don’t fit every hand size well. So a person with larger hands might need the 4″ paring knife instead of the 3-1/2″ version. Reviewers find the handles very comfortable to use for extended periods, but the proper handle length for your grip is an important consideration. I’d order the 3-1/2 version first, because some say its handle is a little longer than other brands, so you might not need the longer version to compensate. Because it has an incredible return policy, you don’t need to worry about testing it out and returning for another size.
  • If you don’t have the budget to spend $40 on a single small kitchen knife, no matter how handy, you won’t want to buy Wusthof Classic knives one at a time. You get what you pay for, as reviewer after reviewer mentions, but it’s your pocketbook and only you can decide how much you want to spend. If you’re looking to buy more than one knife in this line, be sure to check out their sets for a better combined price. You can read my reviews of the Classic 2-Piece Knife Set and 3-Piece Knife Set for an idea of how they will work for you. And if you need a solid Cook’s knife, you can read our review of the 8-inch Wusthof Classic version here, as well.
  • One of this knife line’s strengths is also a small weakness. These knives are “wicked sharp” as one reviewer puts it. If you’re used to holding the blade in one hand and pushing food through with your thumb, watch out! Even grazing your finger can lead to cuts. Another reviewer nicked his thumb and didn’t even feel it until he saw the blood welling up.

Versatility for Prep Use

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As I mentioned above in pros and cons, the 3.5″ paring knife is exceptionally versatile, making it the best prep knife to buy if you can only afford one for close-in kitchen work. It serves well as a mincing knife for herbs, garlic, onions, and shallots. You can use it as a slicing knife or a fruit and vegetable knife for cleaning and cutting. Due to the pointed tip it also functions well for studding meat with garlic or bacon, or coring apples and other fruit.

In addition to the normal prep tasks, in a pinch you can use it as a replacement for a Wusthof filleting knife for small fish. It can do the regular duty of a smaller utility knife if you don’t have one handy, and it even works as a produce or fruit knife in a pinch. Basically, as your go-to small kitchen knife for delicate or intricate tasks, this Wusthof knife is a winner.

Quality and Manufacturing

No Wusthof knife review can be complete without some discussion of the manufacturing process involved in making these some of the top-rated small kitchen knives in the world. These knives are regularly rated among the top knives of any brand and Good Housekeeping gives Wusthof extremely high marks in side-by-side tests with other top brands.

Wusthof manufactures the Classic line through a forged method involving over 40 distinct steps in its Solingen, Germany, factory, and each step is monitored for stringent quality control. Using a solid piece of blade steel, Wusthof craftsmen hand-forge a knife starting from a single piece of their high-carbon steel alloy, which many professionals acknowledge as some of the best knife steel available.

Then they measure the knife using a laser process and sharpen the blade. Lastly they hand-hone the knife to a precision edge. They use a unique “Precision Edge Technology” (PEtec) that Wusthof says will give the knife the ability to hold its edge 30% longer than competing knives from other manufacturers. In German contests with measurements taken through independent testing, they have tested 20% higher than competing brands for sharpness.

After hand-polishing the final knife, the finished knife is hard enough to resist dulling and yet also soft enough to take a keen edge when honed or sharpened during your regular use. Often knives from competitors are made from a steel that is too hard, so they aren’t capable of being honed or sharpened back to a precision edge, or too soft, so that they dull easily.

The final finishing process creates an extremely stain-resistant blade that is exceptionally sharp but also allows for an easily restorable edge. The full tang makes the knife much stronger, and much less likely to snap the handle or break free of the blade with extended use. They also add a finger guard to protect your hands, and the guard improves the knife’s heft, balance, and stabilization even further.

What Buyers Say About Their Wusthof Knives

One regular comment is that buyers feel the investment in a Wusthof Classic knife is definitely worth it over purchasing lesser quality knives that won’t hold their edge. And with 211 (or 88%) 5-Star reviews, and 18 (or 8%) 4-Star reviews out of the current 239 reviews, that’s a rousing approval rating from buyers. The few bad ratings (less than 4%) seemed to cluster around price or the occasional delivery of a knife that slipped through quality control and wasn’t as sharp as expected.

One comment echoed over and over by reviewers was that Wusthof Classic knives were particularly well balanced with solid heft for easy slicing and handling. Another felt that this line is the best trade-off between price and quality compared to the less-expensive Wusthof Gourmet line (a stamped blade) or Wusthof’s Culinar line (more expensive).

One reviewer said that slicing with knives from this line was like running a hot knife through a room temperature stick of butter.

Lastly, many reviewers felt the Wusthof 3-1/2-inch paring knife was an incredibly useful knife in their kitchen, and that it made an excellent go-to knife for small detail work.

Who Should Buy This Paring Knife

Wusthof is one of the most popular knife brands among professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts. The quality manufacturing process produces knives with incredible quality and versatility. Most serious cooks will agree that a paring knife is the backbone of any set of prep knives, and the knife you’ll use the most often for detail work.

If you aren’t on a tight budget and trying to fill out all your knife needs in one go, and especially if you are looking for a solid prep knife for yourself or family or friends, this knife is one of the best knives under $50 you can buy for your kitchen.

And if you’re looking for gift ideas for chefs or even a home cook wanting the best quality knives, I think this knife makes one of the most useful and best gifts you can buy for a cook (or yourself).

Who Shouldn’t Buy This Paring Knife

Are you on a tight budget — either buying for yourself or as a gift? While this knife offers incredible value for the price, it isn’t as cheap as other similar size knives and may not fit your budget, no matter how useful.

Knife Accessories and Related Items

There are any number of knives in this Wusthof line you can purchase to round out your prep knives. For prep knife starter sets, I recommend the bird’s beak parer for digging out stems and eyes of potatoes, a 5″ serrated utility knife (sausage knife) for rolls, salami, citrus, and tomatoes, a 6″ flexible boning knife, and a straight edge utility knife for meat prep or slicing. But if you have to choose just one, go with the 3-1/2-inch prep knife in this review since it has the most uses. Adding the others, you’ll have a great starter set. You’ll probably find the blade cover and the honing steel of great use as well.

Our Recommendation and Why

In our review of the Wusthof Classic Paring Knife, we’ve covered a lot of key points, from quality and manufacturing, to flexibility of use, to the pros and cons of the knife and paring knife specifics. And any knife chosen and used by professional chefs such as Jamie Oliver or Martha Stewart is worthy of consideration.

Depending on your particular kitchen needs, especially if you are only cooking for 1 or 2, you might not even need many other knives beyond this knife for prep work and a solid chef’s knife. If you’re a cooking enthusiast or cooking for a group, this one can form the basis of a solid set of prep knives you’ll never regret buying.

And in the end, what you’ll really appreciate about this Wusthof paring knife is exceptional quality, ease of use, and value. We don’t give out 4.5+ star ratings easily but this useful knife rates. You’ll get a well-rounded, high-quality knife that will make up the backbone of your kitchen prep knife set for years to come.

And for this price, AND qualifying for Free Shipping, you’ve got to check out the Wusthof Classic 3.5-inch Paring Knife.

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Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife Review – Best All Purpose Chef’s Knife

Wusthof Classic 8-inch Cooks Knife
Knife Style: Wusthof Classic 8-inch Cook’s Knife Our Reviewer Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 Brand: Wusthof Buyer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars with 163 Reviews Model Number: Classic Knife 4582 Best Used For: Consumer High End Use Check Current Price  Read Buyer Reviews

Summary

The Classic 8-inch Cook’s Knife from Wusthof is an excellent addition to a kitchen knives set for a culinary student, home cooking enthusiast or serious cooking hobbyist. Professional cooks also prize this Wusthof Classic Chef Knife as a high-quality workhorse knife well worth the investment. These knives are forged with precision manufacturing and the highest quality materials. This cook’s knife (or chef’s knife) is one of the most commonly needed kitchen tools for both function and size, and it’s a great value as an all-purpose chef knife despite its higher price than budget knives of similar function and size. Based on the reviews of this knife, it would also make one of the best gifts I can imagine for a home chef friend, or a wedding gift for a couple who enjoys cooking. Practically any cook who could use a top quality 8-inch chef’s knife would enjoy using this knife.
Quality of Knife Blades:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Knife Balance and Weight:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Sharpness and Maintaining Edge:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Versatility of Knives:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Overall Value:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Busy Family Cooks:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Couples Who Entertain:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Cooks Working Outside Home:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Cooks Who Cook for One or Two:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Cooking Enthusiasts or Pros:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)

What’s So Good About This Wusthof Classic Knife?

This model 4582 Wusthof knife can be the mainstay of any starter knife set. The 8-inch size is the most commonly purchased because it is flexible enough to handle both smaller and larger tasks, making it one of the best all-purpose kitchen knives you could own. This Wusthof 8-inch chef knife is an excellent choice for culinary students just starting out, home cooking enthusiasts or hobby cooks, and even professional chefs looking for a German-made replacement knife. This cook’s knife is made with a straight-edge blade. You may know this knife as a chef knife instead of a cook’s knife, but ultimately it’s all about function and multipurpose use, not name. The knife is forged and hand-honed to an incredibly sharp edge and Wusthof won a German knife competition a few years ago for the sharpest blades. The cook’s knife is a high-carbon steel kitchen knife with a full tang, precision bolster, and composition handle to ensure the best strength, heft, and balance. While Wusthof says it is dishwasher-safe, I highly recommend against cleaning this knife, or any knife, that way. You can read our article about the best way to clean your knives to find out why I feel so strongly about that. Dishwashers are just not the way to keep your high-end knives sharp, unpitted, and stain- and corrosion-free.

Pros and Cons of Wusthof Classic Knives

No matter how fabulous any knife may appear, there are pros and cons to each, whether it is because of features or context of use, such as being a match to a particular user’s needs. Here are some of my observations from our review. Pros:
  • Straight-edge blades like this knife, rather than hollow edge or serrated blades, have the most flexible use case of all the knives in your kitchen. The 8″ chef knife length can handle a tremendous portion of your kitchen tasks. The straight edge and near-perfect balance and heft allows your knife to slice cleanly and easily without tearing fibers when cutting so you get an even slice or cut whether you are cutting meats, vegetables, or fruit.
  • Wusthof’s knives are constructed to the highest standards in the Solingen area of Germany. These are forged blades honed to 14 degrees on each side, designed with a triple-riveted full tang and composition handles, and sharpened with their special PEtec manufacturing process. This process makes them incredibly sharp — and you can keep them that way with proper care.
  • Wusthof adds to the knife’s performance by adding a precision bolster. This provides excellent heft and balance, which seriously improves your knife’s ability to cut, slice, or chop easily. Because of this excellent balance, these knives don’t put a strain on your hand or arm, and are comfortable for extended daily use in your kitchen.
  • Many knives have an inferior handle design, leaving them less ergonomic than you might prefer, especially if you are going to use them for long periods every day, like professional chefs. Other manufacturers don’t always spend as much time on comfortable handles, meaning no matter how good a knife they produce, they can’t match a Wusthof Classic knife for comfortable ease of use.
  • This Wusthof product line will be around for a very long time to come. Unlike specialty lines that come and go, the Classic knives have been around and will continue to be around for years to come. You won’t have to worry about mismatching knives if you buy them one by one or need to replace a knife.
Cons:
  • Wusthof designs their knives for ergonomic use, which tends to mean a somewhat hefty handle. The extra weighting in the handles, bolster, and guard means a good-sized handle to balance the knife. This can cause some issues for people with really small hands, especially if your knife technique is limited and you try to grip the knife too tightly. If you have small hands, you should know that it may take some adjusting in your grip and technique compared to using lesser quality knives.
  • The Classic knife line isn’t cheap in price. Or cheap in quality. But not everyone can afford $120 to buy any one knife, no matter how versatile or sharp. So if you’re on a tight budget or buying a gift where your price limit is lower, this knife may not suit you.
  • If you prefer a lighter-weight knife, these knives aren’t likely to be your favorite unless your preference is based on having used inferior and poorly balanced knives. You may find that this knife isn’t as heavy as you’d think, and I’d suggest you give it a try to be sure before rejecting it out of hand. Weight can be subjective, and when a knife cuts cleanly and easily, the strain on your hand you are used to feeling may not be an issue with a Wusthof knife. However, some reviewers do stress the weight as an issue for them.
  • Professional chefs comment that with extended heavy professional use (and they’re talking 17 hour days all week long for a year or two), polymer handles are prone to cracking. However they add that this is not likely to happen with a home chef under even heavy use. Professional cooks rarely get more than 2 years out of any knife, and the reviewers freely added that the Wusthof Classic line was an extremely durable and solid knife not prone to issues other than the handles cracking.
Caution from Manufacturer: Cook´s Knives purposely have been ground extra thin for the ultimate cutting performance. Chopping through bones will damage the fine edge. Use the specially designed Wusthof Classic 6″ Cleaver instead.

Versatility of Use With This Knife

This chef knife is perfect for chopping, slicing, dicing, and carving, and great for meat and both soft and hard vegetables. The 8-inch size is the most versatile; a longer knife can get in your way while cutting smaller items, and a shorter knife like the 5-inch or 6-inch chef’s knife just isn’t long enough to do all your kitchen work. I find that the 8-inch version also fits best in more people’s hands. However, best size does have a bit of subjectivity to it. If you happen to be really short, or really tall, you may need a shorter or longer blade due to the distance between you and the food you’re working on. You can learn more about chef’s knives here.

Quality and Manufacturing

No Wusthof knives review can be complete without some discussion of the manufacturing process involved in making these some of the best culinary knives in the world. Their knives are regularly rated among the top knives of any brand for sharpness and usability and Good Housekeeping regularly rates Wusthof extremely high in side-by-side tests with other top brands. Wusthof constructs the Classic blades through a forged method involving over 40 distinct steps, using a manufacturing process developed over the 200 year history of the Solingen, Germany, company. Using a solid piece of blade steel, Wusthof craftsmen create a hand-forged knife starting from a single piece of their high-carbon steel alloy, which many professionals acknowledge as one of the best knife steels available. Then they measure the knife by laser and sharpen the blade. Lastly they hand-hone the knife to a precision edge. They use a unique “Precision Edge Technology” (PEtec) that Wusthof says will give the knife the ability to hold its edge 30% longer than competing knives from other manufacturers. After hand-polishing the final knife, the finished blade is hard enough to resist dulling but soft enough to take a keen edge when honed or sharpened during your regular use. Often knives from competitors are made from a steel that is too hard, so they aren’t capable of being honed or sharpened back to a precision edge, or too soft, so that they dull easily. The final finishing process creates an extremely stain-resistant blade that is exceptionally sharp but also allows for an easily restorable edge through honing after regular use and periodic sharpening. The full tang makes the knife much stronger, and much less likely to snap or break free of the blade with extended use. They also add a finger guard to protect your hands, and the guard improves the knife’s heft and balance even further.

What Buyers Say About Their Wusthof Knives

One regular comment is that buyers feel the investment in these knives is absolutely worth it over purchasing lesser quality knives that won’t hold their edge. And with 140 5-Star reviews, and 14 4-Star reviews out of the current 163 reviews, that’s a rousing approval rating from buyers. The few bad ratings seemed to cluster around price. One comment echoed over and over by reviewers was that Wusthof Classic knives were particularly well balanced with solid heft for easy cutting and slicing and the ergonomic grips were comfortable. Another felt that the this line is the best trade-off between price and quality compared to the less-expensive Wusthof Gourmet line (a stamped blade) or Wusthof’s Culinar line (more expensive). One reviewer said that the slightly thinner blade of the Wusthof cook’s knife — designed to enhance its cutting ability — is fabulous for cutting and chopping. They said that you should imagine running a hot knife through a room temperature stick of butter. And that’s what using this knife is like for chopping hard vegetables, slicing meats, or the like. When it comes to sharpness, most reviewers mention being extremely pleased with how sharp their new Wusthof knives are. Enough so that you have to pay extra care to keep all of your body parts intact. One reviewer even had to take their friend to the ER for 5 stitches, so respect this knife’s sharpness. If you have kids around your kitchen and they aren’t taught knife safety, you’ll need to take care when leaving your knives loose on the counter. Reviewers also strongly recommend buying the sharpening steel. A honing steel should be used after cleaning on each use to smooth and realign the worn carbon steel and straighten any small bends from use since tiny misalignments occur during everyday use. One professional cook recommended using a Wusthof steel specifically because it ensures that the steel is high enough on the Moh’s hardness scale to properly hone that particular brand and line’s blade edge. A couple of times a year the knives should be sharpened either by sharpener or through professional sharpening to fix the nicks and dulling that occur over time. This is done by removing metal and fining down the blade, which sharpens the edge. Wusthof actually offers a service for all of their non-serrated blades to sharpen the knives if you send them in for only $3 per knife. They must be confident in the sharpness of their blades.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof Cook’s Knife

Wusthof is one of the most popular knife brands among professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts. The quality manufacturing process produces knives with incredible quality and versatility. Most serious cooks will agree that a chef’s knife is the backbone of any cooking knives tool set, and the knife you’ll use the most often. If you aren’t on a tight budget and trying to fill out all your knife needs in one go, and especially if you are looking for a solid main knife for yourself or family or friends, this 8-inch chef’s knife is one of the best investments you can make for your kitchen. And if you’re looking for gift ideas for chefs or even a home cook wanting the best quality knives, this Wusthof knife makes one of the best gifts you can buy for a cook (or yourself).

Who Shouldn’t Buy This Knife

Are you on a tight budget — either buying for yourself or as a gift? While this knife offers incredible value for the price, it isn’t cheap and may not fit your budget, no matter how good the deal.

Accessories and Related Items

There are any number of Wusthof Classic knives you can purchase to round out your knife set. For starter sets, I recommend the serrated bread knife, a 6″ boning knife, the hollow edge Santoku knife, and the 3-1/2-inch paring knife. You’ll probably find the blade cover and the honing steel of great use as well.

Our Recommendation and Why

In our review of this all-purpose chef’s knife, we’ve covered a lot of ground, from quality and manufacturing, to flexibility of use, to the pros and cons of the knife and its specifics. And any knife chosen and used by professional chefs such as Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver has merit. Depending on your particular kitchen needs, especially if you are only cooking for 1 or 2, you might not even need many other knives. If you’re a cooking enthusiast or cooking for a group, this knife can form the basis of a solid set of knives you’ll never regret buying. And in the end, what you’ll really appreciate about this Wusthof chef’s knife is exceptional quality, ease of use, and value. We don’t give out 4.5+ star ratings easily, but this knife really does rate it. You’ll get a well-rounded, high-quality knife that will make up the backbone of your kitchen knife set for years to come. And for that price, AND qualifying for Free Shipping, you’ve got to check out the Wusthof Classic 8-inch Cook’s Knife.

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Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Knife Set Review – Wusthof Kitchen Starter Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Knife Set

Knife Set: Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Knife Set
Our Reviewer Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
Brand: Wusthof
Buyer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars with 59 Reviews
Model Number: Classic Knife Set 9755
Best Used For: Consumer High End Use
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Summary

If you’re looking for chef’s knives and/or paring knives, this 2-piece Classic Knife Set from Wusthof is an excellent kitchen starter set for a culinary student, home cooking enthusiast or serious cooking hobbyist. These knives are forged with Wusthof’s precision manufacturing and the highest quality materials. The two kitchen knives in this set are the most commonly needed for function and size, and this boxed set is a great value despite its higher price than budget knives.

Based on the reviewer comments, they’d also make one of the best gifts I can imagine for a home chef friend who could use a quality knife set.

Quality of Knife Blades:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Knife Balance and Weight:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Sharpness and Maintaining Edge:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Versatility of Knives:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Overall Value:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Busy Family Cooks:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Couples Who Entertain:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Cooks Working Outside Home:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Cooks Who Cook for One or Two:
8.5 out of 10 stars (8.5 / 10)
Cooking Enthusiasts or Pros:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)

What Do You Get in this Wusthof Classic Knife Set?

This model 9755 2-piece boxed knife set includes a pair of great knives to form the basis of a starter knife set. As the two knives that tend to form the foundation of any cook’s knife set, they are an excellent choice for culinary students just starting out, home cooking enthusiasts or hobby cooks, and even professional chefs looking for a replacement knife set. The set includes:

  1. A Classic Line Wusthof 8-inch Cook’s Knife with a straight-edge blade. You may know this knife as a Chef’s Knife, but I’ll leave that up to you what you want to call your new main knife.
  2. A Classic Line Wusthof 3.5-inch Paring Knife, often also referred to as a Granny Knife, a Clip-Point Paring Knife, or a Peeling Knife.

These knives are forged and hand-honed to an incredibly sharp edge and Wusthof won a German knife competition a few years ago for the sharpest blades. Both knives are high-carbon steel kitchen knives with a full tang, precision bolster, and polymer handles to ensure the best strength, permanence, heft, and balance.

While they say they are dishwasher-safe, I highly recommend against cleaning this knife set, or any knife set, that way. You can read our article about the best way to clean your knives to find out why I feel so strongly about that. It’s just not the way to keep your high-end knives sharp, unpitted, and stain- and corrosion-free.

Pros and Cons of Wusthof Classic Knives

No matter how wonderful any knife set might be, there are pros and cons to each, whether it is because of features or context of use, such as being a match to a particular user’s needs. Here are some of my observations.

Pros:

  • Straight-edge blades like this Wusthof starter knife set, rather than hollow edge or serrated blade tests, have the most flexible use cases of all the knives in your kitchen. The 8-inch chef knife and the 3.5-inch paring knife lengths for these knives can handle about 80% of all your kitchen tasks. The straight edge allows your knife to slice cleanly without tearing fibers when cutting so you get an even slice or cut whether you are cutting meats, vegetables, or fruit.
  • The Classic knives are constructed to the highest standards. These are forged blades, designed with full tang and polymer handles, and sharpened with their special PEtec process. This process makes them incredibly sharp — and they stay that way with proper care.
  • Wusthof enhances the Classic knife line by adding a precision bolster to each knife. This provides excellent heft and balance, which seriously improves your knife’s ability to cut and slice easily. Because of the ergonomic handle and excellent balance, these knives don’t put a strain on your hands or arm, and are comfortable for extended daily use in your kitchen.
  • Many knives have an inferior handle construction, allowing liquids to seep into gaps in the handle. Wusthof does such an excellent job with their handles that there’s no way for liquids to enter, meaning you’ve got knives that are easier to keep sanitary and clean.

Cons:

  • Wusthof’s design of their knife handles for ergonomic use tends towards certain sizes of handles. The extra weighting in the handle, bolster, and guard requires a good-sized handle to balance the knife. This can cause some issues for people with really small hands. If you have small hands, you should know that it may take some adjusting compared to using lesser quality knives, which tend to be very lightweight and have smaller handles. One reviewer with small hands suggested that it might take some experimenting to find the most comfortable grip and technique. However, this person also intended to keep their knives, so that says a lot.
  • The Classic line of knives isn’t cheap in price. Or cheap in quality. But not everyone can afford $150 to buy two knives, no matter how versatile or sharp. So if you’re on a tight budget or buying a gift where your price limit is lower, this knife pair won’t suit you. However, you might consider doing as I mention farther down, and consider buying the one that fits your needs first and most. Generally if you’re looking to replace your most used knife with a quality one, I’d figure you’d go after the Wusthof chef’s knife first.
  • These knives are SHARP. Ask me why I consider that a small negative … You have to pay extra care to keep all of your body parts intact. Reviewers make a clear point that you should avoid distractions while using these knives, or you might need some band-aids — or worse — if you catch your body parts with the blade.
  • These knives are not beautiful. If you want color, shiny handles, and sleek fancy knives to show off in your kitchen, these workhorse knives won’t please you. The handle material and rivets — as critical as they are to durability and ease of use — won’t appeal to people looking for pretty kitchen knives.

Versatility of Use

The chef’s knife is perfect for chopping, slicing, dicing, and carving, and great for meat and both soft and hard vegetables. The paring knife’s small size and sharp point makes it superior for hand-held or delicate cutting chores like mincing, peeling, or garnishing. Some people will recommend a 4-inch or 5-inch utility knife instead, but I like a smaller knife for close-in tasks since I have smaller hands and like the extra control.

The 8-inch size for the cook’s knife is the most versatile size, as a longer knife can get in your way while cutting smaller items, and a shorter knife like the 5-inch or 6-inch chef’s knife just isn’t long enough to do all your kitchen work. I find that the 8-inch knife also fits best in more people’s hands.

While paring knives come in quite a few sizes, the 3-1/2-inch blade is the most commonly sought after, as it can be turned to most detail tasks pretty well. Some reviewers felt that they could get by with only a 4 or 4-1/2 inch utility knife, but others felt that for smaller tasks, the Wusthof paring knife was an excellent investment.

Quality and Manufacturing

No Wusthof knives review can be complete without some discussion of the manufacturing process involved in making these some of the best rated cooking knives in the world. Their knives are regularly rated among the top knives of any brand for sharpness and usability.

These knives are constructed through a forged method, using a manufacturing process developed over the 200 year history of the Solingen, Germany, company. Using a solid piece of blade steel, Wusthof craftsmen create a hand-forged knife starting from a single piece of high-carbon steel alloy consisting of 0.5% carbon, 15% chromium, and smaller amounts of molybdenum and vanadium, which many professionals acknowledge as one of the best knife steels available.

Then they measure the knife by laser and use a computer program to determine the perfect angle for sharpening. To sharpen the blade, they use a whetstone with precision robots and hand-hone the knife to a precision edge. They use a unique “Precision Edge Technology” (PEtec) that Wusthof claims will give the knife the ability to hold its edge 30% longer than competing knives from other manufacturers.

Finally Wusthof’s craftsmen hand-polish the final knife. The finished blade is hard enough to resist dulling but soft enough to take a keen edge when honed or sharpened during your regular use. Unlike Wusthof’s knives — which are designed to be honed and sharpened over time to keep their edge — “never-sharpen” knives from competitors are made from a steel that is too hard, so they aren’t capable of being honed or sharpened back to a precision edge.

The final finishing process creates a highly stain-resistant blade that is exceptionally sharp but also allows for an easily restorable edge through honing after regular use and periodic sharpening. The sharpened blade and durable polymer handle are constructed with a precision bolster and full tang fitted all the way through the handle to increase the stability and durability of the knife. With a full tang, the knife is much stronger, and much less likely to snap or break free of the blade with extended use. They also add a finger guard to protect your hands, and the guard improves the knife’s heft and balance even more.

What Buyers Say About Their Wusthof Knives

One regular comment is that buyers feel the investment in this knife set is absolutely worth it over purchasing lesser quality knives that won’t hold their edge. They especially comment that forged blades are far superior to stamped blades in both durability and the ability to hold their edge.

One comment echoed over and over by reviewers was that Wusthof Classic knives were particularly well balanced with solid heft for easy cutting and slicing and the ergonomic grips were comfortable. Another felt that the Classic line is the best trade-off between price and quality since the Wusthof Gourmet line is less expensive but a stamped blade, while Wusthof’s Culinar line is more expensive.

One reviewer felt uncertain about buying a lot of expensive knives, but as time went on, they reported that they replaced every single knife they owned with Wusthof’s knives because they discovered they couldn’t stand using their other inferior knives on any regular basis.

Another reviewer reported getting a sudden buyer’s remorse after spending so much on two knives in an indulgence. But they reported that the first time they picked up the knife to use, remorse was replaced with the WOW factor. They feel it’s a bit expensive to justify replacing every knife you own, but for regularly-used knives, there’s no comparison.

Reviewers also strongly recommend buying the honing steel or sharpening steel. A honing steel should be used after cleaning on each use to smooth and realign the worn carbon steel and straighten any small bends from use since tiny misalignments occur during everyday use. A couple of times a year the knives should be sharpened either by sharpener or through professional sharpening to fix the nicks and dulling that occur over time. This is done by removing metal and fining down the blade, which sharpens the edge.

Wusthof actually offers a service for all of their non-serrated blades to sharpen the knives if you send them in for only $3 per knife. They must be confident in the sharpness of their blades!

Who Should Buy This Wusthof Knife Set

Wusthof is one of the most popular knife brands among professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts. The quality manufacturing process produces knives with incredible quality and versatility. In fact, one professional chef commented that by adding in a 5″ to 6″ boning knife, you could have a set of knives to cover 95% of your basic needs in the kitchen.

If you aren’t on a tight budget and trying to fill out all your knife needs in one go, and especially if you are looking for a solid kitchen starter set for yourself or family or friends, this Wusthof 2-piece set is one of the best starter knife sets available.

And if you’re looking for gift ideas for chefs or even just home cooks looking for the best quality knives, this knife set makes one of the best gifts you can buy for a cook. It’s a gift that can truly last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Who Shouldn’t Buy This Wusthof Classic Knife Set

Are you on a tight budget — either buying for yourself or as a gift? While this pair of knives offers incredible value for the price, it isn’t all that cheap and may not fit your budget, no matter how good the deal.

If this combination of knives doesn’t fit in your budget, but you like the looks of the Classic line, you can always buy them one at a time in your order of preference and fill out the set as your pocketbook permits. These 2 knives are so well-rounded that you can handle a large portion of your kitchen needs with just this starter set, and I highly recommend this forged knife line over a stamped blade set for long-term use.

To purchase each separately, you can find them at:

If you don’t have a quality 8-inch chef’s knife (or as some people prefer a “cook’s” knife), I think that’s the best place to start. The 8-inch size makes it the most handy as a chef knife, and I think it certainly qualifies as the best all-purpose knife type you can buy.

Accessories and Related Items

There are any number of Classic line knives you can purchase to round out your knife set. For starter sets, I recommend the serrated bread knife, a 6″ boning knife, and the hollow edge Santoku knife. You’ll probably find the blade covers and the honing steel of great use as well.

Our Recommendation and Why

In our review of this 2-Piece Knife Set, we’ve covered a lot of ground, from quality and manufacturing, to flexibility of use, to the pros and cons of the knife set and specifics of the two knives included in this boxed set. And any knife chosen and used by professional chefs such as Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver has merit.

Depending on your particular kitchen needs, especially if you are only cooking for 1 or 2, you might not even need many other knives. If you’re a cooking enthusiast or cooking for a group, this pair can form the basis of a solid set of knives you’ll never regret buying.

And in the end, what you’ll really appreciate about this Wusthof set is exceptional quality, ease of use, and value, and definitely one of the best knife sets under $150. We don’t give out 4.5+ star ratings lightly, but this set rates it. You’ll get 2 very well-rounded, high-quality knives that will make up the backbone of your kitchen tool set for years to come.

And for that price, AND qualifying for Free Shipping, you’ve got to check out the Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Knife Set.

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Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Knife Set – A Wusthof Forged Knives Review

Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Knife Set

Knife Set: Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Knife Set
Our Reviewer Rating: 5
Brand: Wusthof
Buyer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars with 87 Reviews
Model Number: Classic Knife Set 9608
Best Used For: Consumer High End Use
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Summary

Are you looking for a high-end starter set of knives? The Wusthof Classic 3-piece Knife Set is one of the highest quality and most versatile knife sets available today. Prized by professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts both, you can’t go wrong with this set. With precision manufacturing, high-quality materials, and a careful choice of knife type and sizes, this boxed set is a great value despite its higher price. This is one knife set where you really do get even more than you pay for.

Quality of Knife Blades:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Knife Balance and Weight:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Sharpness and Maintaining Edge:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Versatility of Knives:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Overall Value:
9.5 out of 10 stars (9.5 / 10)
Busy Family Cooks:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Couples Who Entertain:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)
Cooks Working Outside Home:
9 out of 10 stars (9.0 / 10)
Cooks Who Cook for One or Two:
8.5 out of 10 stars (8.5 / 10)
Cooking Enthusiasts or Pros:
10 out of 10 stars (10.0 / 10)

What is Included in this Wusthof Classic Knife Set?

This Wusthof’s model 9608 3-piece knife set includes a versatile set of knives that can form the basis of a starter knife set. Their quality and flexibility makes them an excellent choice for culinary students just starting out, home enthusiasts, and even professional chefs looking for another or replacement knife set. The set includes:

  1. Wusthof’s Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife with a straight-edge blade. Some prefer to call it a Cook’s Knife, but I’ll leave that up to you.
  2. Their Classic line 6-inch Utility Knife, often also referred to as a sandwich knife.
  3. Wusthof Classic 3.5-inch Paring Knife, often also referred to as a Granny Knife, a Clip-Point Paring Knife, or a Peeling Knife.

These knives are forged and hand-honed for the sharpest edge possible, and all three blades are high-carbon steel kitchen knives with a full tang and composition handles to ensure the best strength and permanence.

While they are made to be dishwasher-safe, I highly recommend against cleaning this knife set, or any knife set, that way. You can read our article about the best way to clean your knives to find out why I feel so strongly about that. It’s just not the way to keep your high-end knives in tip-top shape.

Pros and Cons of Wusthof Classic Knives

As with any product, no matter how wonderful, there are pros and cons to each, whether it is because of features or context, such as being a match to a particular user. Here are some of my observations.

Pros:

  • Straight-edge blades like this Wusthof starter set are the most versatile of all knives, and the sizes for these knives are also the most flexible compared to other lengths. The straight edge allows the knife to slice cleanly without tearing fibers when cutting so you get an even slice or cut.
  • Wusthof Classic knives are constructed to the highest standards. Forged blades, with full tang and composition handles, and sharpened with their special PEtec process, these can be knives to last the lifetime of a cook, and even beyond.
  • These well-balanced knives do not dull easily like less expensive knives do and are comfortable for extended use in your kitchen.

Cons:

  • Wusthof knives, like almost every quality knife out there, tend to exacting standards. So, unfortunately, they’ll tend towards certain size handles when they design for ergonomic use. This can cause some issues for people with really small hands. Not impossible to compensate for, but one small-handed person suggested that it might take some experimenting to find the most comfortable grip and technique. However, this person also intended to keep their knives, so that says a lot.
  • The Classic line of knives isn’t cheap in price. Or cheap in quality. But not everyone can afford almost $200 to buy three knives, no matter how versatile and high-quality. So if you’re on a tight budget or buying a gift where your price limit is lower, this set won’t suit you. However, you might consider doing as I mention farther down, and consider buying the one that fits your preferences and needs first and most.
  • These knives are not pretty. If you want color, classy shiny handles, and sleek fancy knives, these workhorse knives won’t please you. The handle material and rivets — as important as they are to durability — won’t appeal to people looking for fashionable kitchen knives.

Versatility of Use

The cook’s knife in this set is suited to chopping, dicing, slicing, and carving, and great for meat and both hard and soft vegetables. The paring knife’s small size and sharp point makes it excellent for hand-held or intricate cutting chores like mincing or peeling. And the flared tip, tapered blade and medium-sized blade of the utility knife are useful for slicing sandwiches, meat, and fruit.

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The 8-inch size for the chef knife is the most versatile size, as a longer knife can get in your way while cutting, and a shorter 5-inch or 6-inch knife sometimes isn’t up to the task of cutting larger items.

While paring knives come in quite a few sizes, the 3-1/2-inch blade is the most commonly sought after, as it can be turned to most tasks pretty well. And the same applies to the 6-inch utility knife, or sandwich knife.

Quality and Manufacturing

No review of Wusthof knives can be complete without some discussion of the manufacturing process involved in making these some of the top rated kitchen knives in the world.

These knives are constructed in a forged method, using sustainable manufacturing processes. This involves creating a hand-forged knife from a high-carbon steel alloy consisting of 0.5% carbon, 15% chromium, and smaller amounts of molybdenum and vanadium, which many professionals acknowledge as one of the best knife steels available. Then they measure the knife by laser before sharpening, and finally hand-hone the knife to a precision edge. They use a unique “Precision Edge Technology” (PEtec) that Wusthof claims will give the knife the ability to hold its edge 30% longer than competing knives from other manufacturers.

Finally the knife blade is hand-polished. The finished blade is hard enough to resist dulling but soft enough to take a keen edge when honed or sharpened. The final finishing process creates a highly stain-resistant blade that is exceptionally sharp but also allows for an easily restorable edge through honing after regular use and periodic sharpening.

The sharpened blade and durable composition handle are constructed with a full tang fit all the way through the handle to increase the stability and durability of the knife. With a full tang, the knife is much stronger, and much less likely to snap with extended use.

What Buyers Are Saying About Their Wusthof Knife Set

One regular comment is that buyers feel the investment in these knives is completely worth it over purchasing lesser quality knives that won’t hold their edge or last. They especially comment that forged blades are far superior to stamped blades in both durability and the ability to hold their edge.

One reviewer’s comment, liked by other buyers, is that her Wusthof Classic knives were particularly well balanced and the ergonomic grips were comfortable. Another felt that the Classic line is the best trade-off between price and quality, since the Gourmet is less expensive but a stamped blade, while the Culinar line is more expensive.

Reviewers also strongly recommend buying the honing steel (called a sharpening steel by many) and the Wusthof knife sharpener. A honing steel should be used after cleaning on each use to smooth and realign the worn carbon steel and straighten any small bends from use since tiny misalignments occur during everyday use. The kitchen knife sharpener should be used a couple of times a year to fix the nicks and dulling that occur over time. This is done by removing metal and fining down the blade, which sharpens the edge.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof Classic Knife Set

Wusthof is one of the most popular knife brands among professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts alike. The quality manufacturing process produces knives with incredible quality and versatility.

If you aren’t on a tight budget and trying to fill out all your knife needs in one go, and especially if you are looking for a solid kitchen starter set for yourself or family or friends, this 3 piece set is one of the best starter knife sets available.

And if you’re looking for gift ideas for chefs or even just home cooks looking for the best quality knives, this Wusthof 3-piece set makes one of the best gifts you can buy. It’s a gift that can truly last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Who Shouldn’t Buy This Wusthof Knife Set

Are you on a tight budget — either buying for yourself or as a gift? While this set of knives offers incredible value for the price, it isn’t all that cheap and may not fit your budget, no matter how high the discount is.

If this combination of knives doesn’t fit in your budget, but you like the looks of the Classic line, you can always buy them one at a time in your order of preference and fill out the set as your pocketbook permits. These 3 knives are so well-rounded that you can handle a large portion of your kitchen needs with just this starter set, and I highly recommend this forged knife line over a stamped blade set for long-term use.

To purchase each separately, you can find them at:

If you don’t have a quality 8-inch chef knife (or as some people prefer a “cook’s” knife), I think that’s the best place to start. The 8-inch size makes it the most versatile of cook’s knives, and I think it certainly qualifies as the best all purpose knife type you can buy.

Accessories and Related Items

There are any number of Classic line knives you can purchase to round out your knife set. For starter sets, I recommend the serrated bread knife and the hollow edge Santoku knife. You’ll probably find the blade covers, the honing steel, and the knife sharpener of great use as well.

Our Recommendation and Why

In our review of the Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Knife Set, we’ve covered a lot of ground, from quality and manufacturing, to versatility, to the pros and cons of the knife set and each knife included in this boxed set. And any knife chosen and used by professional chefs, such as Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver, has merit. Consumer Reports consistently rates this Classic line as some of its top-rated knives, and Cook’s Illustrated magazine routinely gives high ratings to the Classic knives.

Depending on your particular kitchen needs, especially if you are only cooking for 1 or 2, you might not even need many other knives. If you’re a cooking enthusiast or cooking for a group, this set can form the basis of a solid set of knives for you.

And in the end, what it all comes down to for this Wusthof set is exceptionally high quality and value for a very discounted price, and easily one of the best knife sets under $200. We don’t give out 5 star ratings lightly, but this set rates it. You’ll get 3 very well-rounded, high-quality knives that will make up the backbone of your kitchen tool set for years to come.

And for that price, AND qualifying for Free Shipping, you’ve got to check out the Wusthof Classic 3-Piece Set.

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