Black, sharp, unsurpassable
Shaped by master chefs

To create the Performer series, WÜSTHOF designers Björn Berger and Dominik Trautmann involved four top chefs. Why? They know that perfection is hiding in details that only a master chef notices. Like whether the knife shifts easily between cutting rhythms, whether it glides equally smoothly through different foodstuffs, and whether it feels as comfortable after working for an hour at high speed. The chefs contributed more than their cooking mastery: some are also show cooks and trainers. Their goal with the Performer was to bring the magic of expert cutting to all who love food.

  • Diamond-like carbon coating
  • Non-stick Lotus effect
  • Hexagon Power Grip
  • Forged from one piece of WÜSTHOF steel
  • Made in Solingen

High technology meets knife craft

To create the Performer series, our designers and engineers combined state-of-the-art technology with 200 years of expertise in knife craft. The Performer knives are manufactured in one of the world's most advanced knife production facilities. The knives are the first in the world to be coated with DLC (diamond-like carbon), developed for the extreme conditions in space travel and motor sports. This increases surface hardness to a unique 104 Rockwell and makes them extremely heat-resistant. Performer knives glide through food almost frictionlessly. The surface treatment gives them a hydrophobic 'Lotus' effect which makes freshly cut pieces of food, such as slices of a juicy onion, slip off of them. The blades also repel fats, starches and liquids such as acids from citrus fruits. Hand finishers ensure that the knives are perfectly balanced and feel like a natural extension of the hand. A Performer knife is ideal, whether you are preparing food at home or working with high speed and precision in a professional setting. A simple wipe after use leaves the blade shiny and clean as new. 

The godparents of the Performer series
Meet the chefs who helped design these knives

Four top chefs helped our design team perfect Performer knives. The expert critique of Renato Manzi, Anika Schmidt, Alexander Scharmberg and René Steinbach helped our designers perfect these knives for every type of use, in the kitchen and at the table.They brought not only their immense knowledge and skill at cooking, but their experiences as show cook, athlete, music lover, teacher and gardener. These very different personalities have in common a love of conviviality, which they have devoted their lives to sharing. They are the godparents of the series and we think you'll love to meet them.

Anika Schmidt

Show cook and powerful swimmer

Alexander Scharmberg

Show cook and music lover

Renato Manzi

Gourmet chef and unerring striker

René Steinbach

Creative chef and imaginative gardener