Founded in the year 1814 by the Wüsthof family, the company withstood two World Wars and has cemented its reputation as one of the most progressive knife manufacturers in the world.
Today, Wüsthof ships its knives to over 80 countries worldwide, laser engraved with its iconic trident logo. The business continues to be handled by seventh-generation cousins Viola and Harald Wüsthof.
Wüsthof is focused on Kitchen knives for personal and professional use.
Best Known For
Wüsthof is best known for its forged chef’s knives. It features mainstay items such as its Classic knife series, while also releasing seasonal knife collections in limited quantities. Wüsthof also collaborates with artists and performers, as evidenced by their Amici and Performance lines, to produce artistic knives with a story to tell.
Wüsthof blades are made using common Western steel known as 1.4116. One of the earliest Stainless Steel adopters in the industry, the company’s proprietary steel formula is etched onto each blade. This steel blend has a high amount of chromium and slightly reduced carbon content to ensure the knife would not chip or rust.
Wüsthof uses a variety of handles, ranging from synthetics to rich woods with unique graining. However, it is best known for its knife bearing the African Blackwood, also known as Grenadilla wood.
Sharpening & Maintenance
The best way to maintain a knife is determined by the steel hardness grade and the angle of the knife edge.
Wüsthof knives have a low hardness grade of 56 HRC and an edge of 28 degrees. As such, hone the knife at its original angle using the Western Approach. A higher-speed whetstone may be used for occasional sharpening.
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