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Wüsthof

Wüsthof
Industry Kitchenware
Founded 1814 (1814)
Headquarters Solingen, Germany
Area served Worldwide
Key people Harald Wüsthof, Viola Wüsthof
Products Kitchen knives, accessories
Employees 350
Website wusthof.com

Wüsthof (also known as Wüsthof Dreizackwerk (German) and Wüsthof Trident (English)) is a knife-maker based in Solingen, Germany, noted for its high quality products. Family owned for seven generations,[1] the company also sells kitchen shears, pocket knives and other cooking accessories, although on a smaller scale than its main competitor, Henckels.

Wusthof's Classic and Grand Prix series have been recognized as top-rated knife lines by Consumer Reports.

History

Overview

Classic series tomato knife with tomatoes

All Wüsthof knives are made in Solingen by the family-owned operation that dates back to 1814, currently headed by Harald Wüsthof and Viola Wüsthof.[1] The company's products compete against high-quality household and professional use knife manufacturers, including Messermeister, J.A. Henckels, MAC, MCUSTA Zanmai, CHROMA Cnife, Global, and Friedrich Dick.

All Wüsthof knives are precision forged except for the stamped Emeril and Gourmet and laser cut Silverpoint series. Quality of Wusthof knives is assured by a system of forty manufacturing processes per item.

Product line

Wusthof's main series include:

  • Classic - forged with traditional triple riveted polypropylene handle and full-length tang
  • Ikon - contemporary update of the Classic series with wooden handles
  • Classic Ikon - same as Ikon but with an ergonomic handle[2]
  • Ikon Creme - same as Ikon but with white handles
  • Le Cordon Bleu - almost identical to Classic range but with smaller bolster to lessen weight, endorsed by Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, Paris
  • Culinar - contemporary design, with rivetless stainless steel handles and concealed tang
  • Grand Prix - upscale line with rivetless stainless steel handles and concealed tang
  • Grand Prix II - updated version of the Grand Prix with ergonomic handle, also available as Grand Prix II Colour in a variety of coloured handles
  • Gourmet - lower end line, similar to Classic in looks but without bolster and stamped rather than forged blades
  • Emeril - low-end consumer grade knives with stamped blades
  • Silverpoint - budget knives, laser cut blades and moulded handles
  • XLine - The new range of knives from Wüsthof takes its name from the "X" design on the bolster of the knife, achieved using an innovative forging technique. Dynamic lines, crossing over at the centre of the bolster forming an X, link the handle to the blade in an intelligent and ergonomic way. Edges, corners and straight lines are continued from the blade into the bolster and handle. The X shaped transition between blade and handle ensures that the correct handling of the knife is intuitive, as well as optimum guidance for the blade. The kinetic design of the Xline range sets new standards in shape and function.
Classic series chef's knife (15cm)

Top rated series

Both the Classic and Grand Prix lines were the top rated knives in a test of knives by Consumer Reports in November 2005, and are consistently given high ratings by Cook's Illustrated magazine.

Professional users

Wüstho knives are used by famous chefs worldwide, including Martha Stewart (Classic range), Gordon Ramsay (Classic Ikon range), Jamie Oliver (both Classic and Ikon), James Martin (Culinar), Michael Cox, and Emeril Lagasse (Emeril).

Formula

All Wüsthof knives, except Gourmet and Silverpoint series, have the formula "X 50 Cr Mo V 15" etched into their blade, signifying that each is made with 0.5% carbon, 15% chromium and unspecified but smaller amounts of molybdenum and vanadium. X50CrMoV15 is the German DIN standard name of the alloy, with material number (W-Nr standard) 1.4116.

Trademark

Wüsthof's trademark is a trident in a circle.

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.wusthof.com/en/wusthof.asp
  2. ^ "Wusthof Knives Comparison Guide and Chart". http://www.metrokitchen.com/wusthof-knife-comparison-guide. 

http://whatsthatknife.com/wusthof-knives-explained/

External links

  • Official English Wüsthof website
  • Interactive Knife Steel Composition Database
  • Where to Buy Wüsthof knives
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