Wusthof Classic 8-Piece Knife Set with Block Review

A good knife set is worth its weight in gold.  I don’t know what I’d do without my Wusthof Classic 8-Piece Knife Set with Block.  I got it a couple years ago as an anniversary present and have used at least one of the knives in almost every major meal I’ve made for my family.  The eight piece set includes the five most common kitchen knives as well as a pair of shears, sharpening iron, and a wooden block.  The high carbon steel that makes up the blades keep the knives sharp.  A weighted bolster gives the knives a sturdy feel that lets me cut with confidence. The synthetic handle is easy to grasp and is secured by three rivets.  Altogether these knives make an attractive set that has earned its place in my kitchen time and time again.

Pros
  • Five Most Useful Knives: They did a great job choosing the knives to be included in this set.  The sandwich, bread, utility, paring, and chef’s knives are all useful in a number of different situations.  Whether it’s peeling an apple, chopping herbs, or carving a turkey, there’s a knife on hand that’s perfect for what I need to do.
  • Sturdy Weight: It’s hard to describe how these knives feel in my hand.  They’re easy to grip, yes, but they also feel sturdy.  There’s a weight to them that makes them feel very solid, like there’s no way to break them.  I’m sure if I tried I could do some damage to them, but with regular use, I don’t think there’s much these knives couldn’t stand up to.
  • Wooden Block: I’m giving the included storage block a bullet point of its own because I’m really pleased with how it’s set up.  Most knife sets I’ve seen come with blocks that only have enough slots for the knives that are included with the set.  Not so for this one!  There are quite a few additional slots that are included.  If I pick up more knives in the future I’ll be able to add them to the existing set and not have to worry about finding another way to store them.
  • Sharpener and Scissors: Having a honing edge and kitchen shears included in the set was a nice touch.  The shears come apart so you can clean each blade separately, eliminating the chance of food getting stuck between the blades and rotting.  The shears are also very sharp, making short work of those annoying plastic packages.  The sharpener is another great tool that gets a lot of use in my kitchen.
Cons
  • Must Hand Wash: It’s usually best to hand wash high-end fillet knives, but it’s still a little bit annoying for me.  I usually don’t have a lot of time after dinner, so having to wash each knife individually instead of throwing them in the dishwasher isn’t ideal.  It’s really only a minor inconvenience, though, and it keeps the knives in top form, so it’s something I’m willing to put up with.
  • Scissors Can Wobble a Bit: Because the shears are designed to be taken apart, they can be a bit wobbly when you use them.  It’s a necessary trade-off that doesn’t affect their effectiveness, so if you can look past it you won’t have any problems.

A good knife set at the right price can be extremely difficult to find. The Wusthof Classic set gives high-quality knives that can tackle just about any kitchen task.  The blades stay sharp (and can be made sharper by the included sharpener), and they feel weighted well in the hand.  The included block and kitchen shears are great bonuses.  If you’re looking for a good quality knife set for use in a home kitchen, you’ll be very happy with this set. You can also have good quality cordless fillet knives for less.

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