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If you know knives, you know Wusthof.
But how well do you know the different models and sets produced by this seven generation family-owned company?
This Wusthof Knives Review is designed to give you the low-down on the best all-in-one solutions to your home kitchen knife needs.
We’ll be looking at ALL of the major styles of knives that Wusthof has to offer, from both their hand-forged and laser-cut editions. By examining every feature that these knives sets have to offer, by the end of this article you’ll be fully prepared to decide on which Wusthof knives set is right for you.
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Here are the best Wusthof knife sets you can buy:
- Best Overall Set - Wusthof 8347-33 Classic IKON Seven Walnut Block 7-Piece
- Runner Up - Wusthof Classic Ikon 14-piece Knife Block Set
- Best Minimalist Set - Wusthof 9601 Classic IKON Three Piece Cook's Set
- Best Luxury Buy - Wusthof 8872-1 Epicure Seven Piece Block Set
- Largest Set - WÜSTHOF Gourmet Thirty-Six Piece Cherry Block Set
- Best Set for Small Kitchens - Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set
- Best Set Without Storage - Wusthof 9751 CLASSIC Six Piece Cook's Set
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2020's Wusthof Knives Reviews
1. Best Overall Wusthof Knives Set -
Wusthof 8347-33 Classic IKON Seven Walnut Block 7-Piece
Wusthof’s Classic Ikon series is exactly as it sounds: A truly memorable combination of design, ergonomics, and quality. As our top pick, it manages to provide everything you need for a home kitchen, all at a great price… While giving you room to grow into more specialty knives, as well!
This 7-piece set Includes a 3.5-inch Paring Knife, 6-inch Utility Knife, 8-inch Bread Knife, 8-inch Chef’s Knife, 9-inch Sharpening Steel, Stainless Steel Come-Apart Shears and a 17-slot Walnut Knife Block.
Additionally, all of the knives in the Classic Ikon series sport a half-bolster in the middle, making it easier to sharpen the knife all the way to the end of the blade. They display exceptional balance, and are suitable for cooks of all skill levels.
It’s this combination of incredible durability, versatility, and aesthetics that makes the Classic Ikon 7-piece set our clear winner. We highly recommend it for anyone looking to outfit their kitchen, as it can easily grow with your skills as a chef.
Stylish and classic
Fairly large initial investment
Does not come with a honing steel or sharpener
2. Runner Up - Wusthof Classic Ikon 14-piece Knife Block Set
What the Classic Ikon 7-piece set offers in versatility and value, the 14-piece set matches in completeness. Simply put, we love the Classic Ikon as a perfect all-round knife set — and if you’re ready to upgrade to the last knife set you may ever need, this 14-piece beauty is the total package.
The Classic Ikon 14-piece set includes: a 3.5-inch Paring Knife, 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife, 6-inch Utility Knife, 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife, 8-inch Bread Knife, 8-inch Chef’s Knife, 8-inch Hollow Edge Offset Carving Knife, 10-inch Sharpening Steel with Loop, Four 4.5-inch Steak Knives, 15-slot Walnut Knife Block and Come-Apart Kitchen Shears — truly a complete set!
All of these features are true even of the 4-piece steak knives, making them perhaps the most luxurious option for cutlery that your guest will have ever had!
Once you’ve used your first Wusthof knife, you’ll come to know and love their handmade quality and perfect balance. So if you’re already familiar with the brand, and ready to invest in the most incredible knife set you may ever use, we definitely recommend upgrading to the Classic Ikon 14-piece set!
Stylish and attractive
Complete knife set for 99% of needs
Somewhat bulky on a countertop
Large initial investment
3. Best Minimalist Set - Wusthof 9601 Classic IKON Three Piece Cook's Set
Are you not so sure about this whole “knife set” thing?
Maybe you’ve even had a bad experience with cheap knife sets before.
Or perhaps your kitchen needs err on the simpler, more minimalist side?
Either way, the Classic Ikon 3-Piece set makes an ideal introduction to the world of Wusthof knives sets.
With an 8-inch chef’s knife, 3-½-inch paring knife, and 8-inch carving knife, this set covers all of your basic kitchen needs. The chef’s knife will perform the brunt of your cooking labor, from cutting meats to processing vegetables, while the paring knife and carving knife will make short work of fruits, vegetables, and roasted meats.
So if you’re unsure about how much you might need a Wusthof knife set, start with this minimalist option before seeing if you need anything else.
Extremely sharp and durable
Stylish and attractive
Only the essentials; you’ll eventually need more knives
Does not come with storage
4. Best Luxury Buy - Wusthof 8872-1 Epicure Seven Piece Block Set
Even the name of this Wusthof knives set speaks to its elegance, and the Epicure series does not disappoint in the “luxury knife” category.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the Epicure series is built around “the art of sustainable design” — meaning that the elegantly marbled handles are composed of a recycled and sustainably grown wooden fiber material. As far as knife sets go, no other set we found could compare to this environmental friendliness.
This eco-conscious set includes a 3 ½ inch Paring Knife, 5 inch Serrated Utility Knife, 8 inch Cook’s Knife, 9 inch Double-Serrated Bread Knife, 9 inch Steel, Come-Apart Kitchen Shears, and a 17-Slot Block.
If you’re looking for a knife set that is also a fantastic statement piece, look no further than the Epicure 7-piece set
Wusthof’s most elegant and attractive knives
Eco-friendly and sustainable
Exceptionally durable and comfortable handles
Significant initial investment
Does not come with honing steel or sharpening block
5. Largest Set - WÜSTHOF Gourmet Thirty-Six Piece Cherry Block Set
The first of Wusthofs stamp-cut knife collections to make it on our list, the Gourmet 36-Piece set offers unmatched variety at a surprising value. As the largest set in our review, it impressed us with just how many knives it could fit into a single package!
What the Gourmet line boasts in affordability and variety, it does end up lacking in aesthetics. Being laser-cut and stamped, the knives do not have the “handcrafted” look and feel of many of Wusthof’s other knives — but this detail can be overlooked if you’re not as particular about the visual appeal of your knives.
Included in this massive set are a 2 1/4″ Peeling Knife, 2 1/2″ Paring Knife, 2 3/4″ Trimming Knife, 3″ Clip Point Paring Knife, 3″ Serrated Paring Knife, 3″ Spear Point Paring Knife, 4″ Utility Knife, eight 4 1/2″ Steak Knives, 4 1/2″ Utility Knife, 4 1/2″ Serrated Utility Knife, 4 1/2″ Cheese Knife, 5″ Spreader, 5″ Tomato Knife, 5″ Boning Knife, 6″ Serrated Utility Knife, 6″ Utility Knife, 6″ Cook’s Knife, 6″ Salad Knife, 6″ Flexible Boning Knife, 6″ Carving Fork, 7″ Hollow Edge Santoku, 8″ Bread knife, 8″ Cook’s Knife, 8″ Carving Knife, 9″ Bread Knife, 10″ Super Slicer, 10″ Steel Come-Apart Kitchen Shears, and 35-Slot Cherry Block. WHEW! That’s a lot of knives!
Simply put, if you’re looking to get just one knife set that has everything you could ever need — and you’re not so caught up in how your knives look — the Gourmet series 36-piece set is hands-down the best value for the money.
Every knife you could possibly need in your kitchen, including steak knives
Extremely sharp and long-lasting
Comfortable ergonomic handle design
Needs a lot of counter space
Significant initial investment
6. Best Set for Small Kitchens - Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set
Wusthof’s Classic series was the knife that started it all: Outstanding design combined with uncompromising durability has made it a legend of the knife world.
While Wusthof has made many other advancements in knife construction since the days of the Classic, it still has a worthy place in simple, classically-designed kitchens. Especially if you’re an apartment dweller, the Classic 7-Piece’s slim storage block can help you to put every inch of counter space to good use!
In this set you’ll find a 3.5-inch Paring Knife, 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife, 6-inch Kiritsuke Prep Knife, 8-inch Bread Knife, 8-inch Chef’s Knife, Come-Apart Kitchen Shears, and 6-slot Slim Design Wood Knife Block.
Essentially, this is the perfect fit for anyone with a small kitchen. Use it to maximize counter space while not sacrificing knife versatility.
Long-lasting sharpness and durable construction
Light and ergonomic handles prevent fatigue
Takes up almost no counter space
No extra storage space for knives purchased later
Almost the same price as similarly-sized sets, even though it is a smaller storage block
7. Best Set Without Storage - Wusthof 9751 CLASSIC Six Piece Cook's Set
So far, all but one set on our list has come with a storage block. But what if you already have somewhere to store your knife set?
When that’s the case, the Classic 6-piece set from Wusthof makes the absolute most sense to invest in. By avoiding the sizable cost of a wooden storage block, you can make room for tools that will yield maximum return in your kitchen.
Included in this set are a 4 inch Paring Knife, 5 inch Boning Knife, 8 inch Bread Knife, 8 inch Cook’s Knife, 9 inch Carving Knife and 9 inch Honing Steel. The honing steel is especially critical to your at home knife setup, as it lets you keep your knives sharper for longer.
When you already have somewhere to store your knives, get this set to maximize the value on your knife investment!
Includes an incredibly useful honing steel
All the durability and sharpness you’d expect from Wusthof
Ergonomic handles to reduce fatigue
Not the right choice if you don’t have somewhere to store them
8. Best Set for Culinary Professionals - Wusthof Trident 8792 9 Piece Forged Knife Set
For anyone working as or aspiring to work as a professional chef, knife choice is absolutely critical. Even if you’ve only ever dreamed of Kitchen Confidential style cookery, choosing a no-nonsense knife set for the kitchen should be your first priority.
The Grand Prix II series from Wusthof is a bold and contemporary take on professional chef’s knives, and this particular set has everything you need to work in a professional kitchen… and nothing you don’t.
Included in the set are a 3-½ inch Paring Knife, 5-inch Boning Knife, 8-inch Bread Knife, 8-inch Cook’s Knife, Kitchen Shears, Lemon Zester, Double Edge Peeler, 10-inch Honing Steel, and Knife Roll Bag. By giving you such a wide variety of tools in a single package, Wusthof has made knife shopping for the commercial kitchen quick and easy.
It’s this combination of utility and value that makes the Grand Prix II 9-piece set our #1 choice for culinary professionals.
Everything you need for a professional kitchen job
The most durable of all Wusthof knives
Includes tools not found in other sets
Doesn’t include any advanced cooking features
Only 3oz bags of popcorn allowed
9. Runner Up Set for Culinary Professionals - Wusthof Pro 5-Piece Starter Set
Of course, working in kitchens rarely pays glamorously at first… Which is why you should have an option for an extremely affordable, durable, all-purpose knife set for professional use.
Wusthof’s Pro series offers the quality that the company has come to be known for in a price-conscious package. These laser-cut stamped knives may not be the most handsome you’ve ever seen, but they are certainly the most durable for the price.
Included in this set are the three knives essential to a kitchen — Chef’s knife, paring knife, and bread knife — as well as a honing steel and storage bag. It’s everything you need to get started working in a kitchen right away.
So if you’re just getting into the restaurant business and may not have so much money to spare, choose this 5-piece pro set to get an excellent start!
Excellent starter kit
Sharp and durable blades
Slip-resistant handles make kitchen work easier
Only includes the essentials
You’ll eventually need to get more knives
Wusthof is the name in western-style knives for good reason: They consistently deliver attractive, durable, functional knives at a great value. No matter what your budget and your needs, this list has something for you — so make the investment today in a knife set that will bring you joy in the kitchen for many meals to come!
How to Choose the Best Wusthof Knives Set
Choosing the best knife set for your home kitchen is as simple as making three decisions:
Decision #1: What Will You Use Your Knives For?
While everyone should have the essentials of a great chef’s knife and paring knife, how adventurous you are in the kitchen will determine a lot for how many knives you’ll need. For instance:
- Do you bake bread at home? You’ll need a bread knife.
- Are you a vegetarian? A utility knife makes veggie breakdown much easier.
- How often do you cook at home? A honing steel can keep your knife in great shape if you cook frequently
When looking through each of the knife sets in this review, try to imagine everything that you might be able to use the knives for. Even if you’re not currently a kitchen pro, having the right knives can make it much easier to become one.
Decision #2: How Much Space Do You Have?
Though it might be awesome to have a massive set of knives with an option for every cooking task under the sun, this isn’t always realistic.
For most homes (and most kitchens), available space is always at a premium. In this step, survey your kitchen and ask yourself:
- How much counter space do I have?
- Where can I safely keep a knife set?
- Should I keep my knives in a cabinet?
- How to properly maintain your knives
Always go for the knife set that fits your space’s unique needs. After all, the fanciest knives in the world will do you no good if you never find yourself looking to use them!
Decision #3: What Is Your Budget?
Let’s be entirely honest with ourselves: Great knives are an investment. If you want a truly exceptional knife set, you’ll have to pay for it — though maybe not as much as you think…
Wusthof makes knives sets in a wide range of prices, and can accommodate everyone from the first-time home cook to the aspiring chef.
So set a budget for yourself, but realize that the investment you make in a great knife set today will set you up for future successes in the kitchen. Take our hard-earned advice, and invest in the best knife set you can afford.