The WÜSTHOF knife in detail
When you look at WÜSTHOF knives in detail, you can easily see what makes them so popular with home cooks and professional chefs and why they prefer not to let them out of their hands.
The following key quality features are what make all the difference:
1. The blade surface
The forged blade is made from a single piece of chromium-molybdenum-vanadium steel and is hardened to 58° Rockwell during the production process.
The knives are sharp, long-lasting and easy to sharpen.
2. The blade spine
At WÜSTHOF, the spine of the blade is carefully ground and beautifully smooth (this is known by the technical term “deburring”).
No sharp edges are left behind to press uncomfortably into the ball of the thumb.
3. The bolster
The thicker integral section between the blade and the handle is a typical feature of the forged knife.
Thanks to its weight, the knife is perfectly balanced in the hand.
4. The rivets
Stainless steel rivets permanently secure the handles to the tang.
5. The cutting edge
The cutting edge enables clean and precise cuts. The outstanding sharpness and edge retention of WÜSTHOF knives is thanks to the special laser-controlled PEtec sharpening process.
Before sharpening, the blades are measured using lasers. Computer programmes calculate the precise sharpening angle for each blade.
Using robot-assisted techniques, the blade is sharpened on a whetstone and a polishing disc then gives the blade its ultimate sharpness.
6. The etching
This marking on the blade surface provides proof of the knife’s origin and includes the product number and name of the range, as well as the WÜSTHOF logo and place of origin (Made in Germany/Solingen).
7. The finger guard
Protects the fingers from sliding down the blade.
8. The tang
The handles are attached to this extension of the blade known as the tang.
The handles can be made from various different materials.
9. The heel of the handle
This is shaped so that the knife can always be handled safely.