Have you ever watched chefs on TV slice, dice, mince, and chop veggies at ninja rapid speeds? Does it make you jealous? It makes me jealous – Like I want to steal their knife cutting super powers jealous. I have no real knife skills. I mean, I can dice. I can chop. I can mince the crap out of a garlic clove. But the way those seasoned chefs on TV do it? Nah. That’s an accident waiting to happen. I could lose a digit. Or end up with a hook for a hand. And when I really think about it, rolling with a hook hand isn’t very chic or attractive. I need all 10 fingers, thank you very much.
Still, though – There is no feeling like holding a brand new blade. You feel as if some magical super power transfers from blade to hand and you will be chopping like a Star Chef maniac. And I’m going to be real with you guys, that is exactly how I feel when I hold a Wüsthof knife. I am no stranger to Wüsthof. It has been my knife of choice since 2006. From chefs to pairing knives I own at least 10 Wusthof blades and have yet to be disappointed. Last month I was offered the chance to review the Wüsthof Gourmet 8″ chef’s Vegetable Knife and the Wüsthof IKON sharpener.
Allow me to school you on WÜSTHOF for a second. Flow with me.
Gourmet knives are crafted in Solingen, Germany — Wüsthof-Trident’s manufacturing and headquarters base since the company’s founding nearly 200 years ago. A family-owned and managed company with a rich heritage, the first Wüsthof factory was listed as early as 1814 in official documents of the Duchy of Berg. Additionally, the famous “Trident” logo was first registered in 1895. With a proud tradition that spans 7 generations, Wüsthof continues to uphold its simple mission to create the finest cutlery in the world.
About the Wüsthof Gourmet 8” Chef’s Vegetable knife:
Similar in appearance to the traditional cook’s knife, the Wüsthof Gourmet 8-inch Vegetable Knife has a wide and rounded blade, which provides the ideal shape for cutting with a “rocking” motion – a method preferred by culinary professionals for fast and precise prepping of large and small vegetables. In contrast to the solid and flat blade design of the cook’s knife, Wüsthof’s Gourmet 8-inch Vegetable Knife is uniquely crafted with a row of precisely formed holes near the blade’s edge, and a distinctive ridge above it. This combined design of holes and a raised, narrow line works in tandem to significantly reduce friction and allow even the stickiest ingredients to easily slide off the blade. The Gourmet 8-inch Vegetable Knife effortlessly cuts slices and dices a wide array of fresh produce, and works especially well with starchy vegetables like potatoes that tend to stick to a knife’s blade.
Let’s kick some Wüsthof IKON 2-Stage Knife Sharpener knowledge:
Innovative knife sharpener for left and right-handed use. Two levels are available for sharpening knives, depending on how much cutting performance has been lost. The first level, “Coarse”, is recommended for when the knife is blunt. The second level, “Fine”, is suitable both for fine sharpening following on from the first level or for regular re-sharpening of the blade. The ceramic slats grind the blade and the knife regains its original sharpness. Knives with a serrated edge should only be sharpened using the second level in order to remove any burrs that have developed.
The traditional company based in Solingen, Germany, has designed the knife sharpener to make it easy for anyone, even without experience, to sharpen knives. As the device produces a cutting angle of approximately 30 degrees, it is suitable for sharpening all sorts of different knives. The blade of the knife is inserted vertically into the slot with the grinding slats. The rear end of the blade is placed between the slats and pulled gently through to the tip, keeping the blade straight. Meanwhile, the handle of the device should be held with the other hand. The ergonomic handle and the non-slip base of the knife sharpener ensure safe handling. The process is repeated depending on the bluntness of the blade. In order to achieve the best possible result, the knife blades should be cleaned before and after every grinding process.
I found myself loving the Wüsthof Gourmet 8″ Chef’s Vegetable Knife. It is meant to reduce friction and make it easier to cut tougher produce like sweet potatoes and carrots. . The blade features 8 friction reducing holes which prevent sticking. And man alive, does it ever! If you’ve ever cut into a sweet potato or a squash, it feels like you need a machete to penetrate the toughness of said produce. Not so with this blade.
I found I could easily cut into my sweet potatoes, giving me the feel of one of those chef ninjas. I cut tomatoes and apples and neither one stuck to the blade. I even used it to trim pork fat for my pernil, in case you’re wondering whether this knife is just meant for produce.
Hands down, the Wustoff Gourmet 8inch vegetable knife has become my go to situation of choice. So now I have these pretty knifes and some of them have dulled. Enter the Wüsthof IKON 2-Stage Knife Sharpener I’ve been considering a knife sharpener for some time, so I was doing backflips when I received this jammy in the mail.
This is a 2-Stage sharpener, meaning you sharpen in 2 stages – 1 coarse and 1 fine. I pulled out my knives and went to town. Just a couple passes restored my knives to that new sharp situation. I’ve been chopping like a ninja, yo. AND I was able to sharpen my serrated knife! YES, you can sharpen serrated knives. That in itself is worth the purchase.
The Nitty Gritty on both the Wüsthof Chef’s Vegetable Knife and the IKON Sharpener:
They are both VERY high quality instruments and a welcome addition to any home cook knife repertoire. And I’m not surprised, Wüsthof is, indeed a quality brand. My very Chef’s first knife is almost a decade old and it’s still going strong. And judging by the Wüsthof mission – To create the finest cutlery in the world – my 6 year old daughter will take at least one of these knives with her to college.
Disclosure Situations: I was provided a Wüsthof Chef’s Vegetable Knife and the IKON Sharpener for review. As always, all opinions are my own.Add to Favourites