Wusthof Classic Ikon 8-Inch Cook's Knife, Black

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$132.31
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Wusthof

General Information

The Cooks knife is the workhorse knife in any kitchen. Designed for a the multiple tasks of chopping, dicing and mincing. Wusthof Classic Ikon is a culmination of all the best features of each of the Wusthof knife lines. The combined riveted handle design is combined with a contoured shape to add comfort and control. The Classic Ikon adds a rear bolster that acts as a counter balance when using the knife. This second bolster adds significant blade control. Classic Ikon has a unique forward bolster as well. The forward partial bolster is designed so you can sharpen the complete length of the blade. This bolster is also curvered inwards to allow your fingers greater control while holding the knife by the blade. Located in The Cutlery Capital of the World, Solingen Germany, the Wusthof factory history goes back as far as 1814 when the company was listed with the Duchy of Berg. To this day, the company remains family owned. Throughout it’s history, WÜSTHOF has focused almost solely on the manufacturing of forged knives for the professional chef and home cooking enthusiast. Wusthof uses a special blend of German steel through out the whole length of the knife. The ingredients of this steel are proudly etched on each blade. Wusthof not only uses the best materials to make a fine knife, but it is also crucial that each blade is precisely tempered. This tempering allows the knife to hold its edge for an extremely long time, yet still be able to be maintained in your home kitchen with out the need to be sent away for maintenance. Our unique compound angle is not seen in many knives. This angle tapers from the spine of the knife to the edge to allow for a sturdy, yet extremely sharp edge while it also tapers from the bolster to the tip to give the knife strength as well as flexibility.

Details

Binding
Kitchen
EAN
4002293159645
Label
Wusthof
List Price
$175.00
Manufacturer
Wusthof
Product Group
Kitchen
Product Type Name
ABIS_KITCHEN
Publisher
Wusthof
Studio
Wusthof
Title
Wusthof Classic Ikon 8-Inch Cook's Knife, Black
Feature
Hand washing recommended; backed by limited lifetime warranty; made in Germany
Brand
Wusthof Classic Ikon
Size
8-Inch
MPN
4596/20
Height
1 inches
Length
12 inches
Width
2 inches
Material Type
Steel
Material Type Set Element
Steel
Model
4596-7/20
Color
Black

Latest reviews

Value
4.00 star(s)
Performance
5.00 star(s)
Handle
5.00 star(s)
Blade
4.00 star(s)
Purchase Date
2010-01-10
Purchase Price
$130.00
Pros: Good weight and good feel
Cons: expensive and German steel
This knife has a great ergonomic feel and moderate weight. I use this 6 days a week for maybe over 2 hours each day. I sharpen it about 2 to 3 times a day and it keeps a great blade. Wusthof knives have the finest German steel on the market - that I'm aware of. I suggest this knife for anyone who doesn't mind sharpening their knives frequently, and wants a good weight and solid feel. If you just want a sharp blade, go Japanese. I bought this knife because I love how it feels in comparison with any Shun, Mac, etc.. As stated in the title, this is my favorite chef knife.
Value
3.00 star(s)
Performance
3.00 star(s)
Handle
3.00 star(s)
Blade
4.00 star(s)
Purchase Date
2009-12-20
Purchase Price
$119.00
Pros: Sharp, Holds Edge, Comfortable Handle
Cons: Small blade, handle heavy
I received this knife as a gift and it came packaged with a ikon classic sharpener.  First high-end knife in my collection, and at first was very pleased with it; I liked the way it looked, felt, and performed for the small amount of work i used it for.  I mostly used it at home and on the line at work for the first few months that I had it.  Since starting a new job in a more upscale restaurant and being responsible for a lot more prep work I have started to find this knife just doesnt do it for me. It seems really small compared to other 8 inch knives i've used and after a few hours of constant dicing or chopping it starts to feel really unbalanced.  I have used an 8 inch Wusthof Classic and like it much better.  The old-fashioned handle and bigger belly on the blade really make a difference to me.  However, the blade does stay very sharp for a good amount of time with regular honing, and i much prefer this type of bolster to the Classic (or non-finger-guard).  This is a very good knife for more minor detail stuff, but for grunt work, it just doesnt stand up.

Comments

Sure. What's your price range? Mac- really good blade and cheap, but is light and not very comfortable. Shun - Amazing blade, durable, beautiful.However, Shuns are expensive and a little light for my personal taste. Wustof - Good blade, Amazing feel and weight, durable. Wusthof uses German steel which usually isn't as sharp and needs to be honed more often. I'm going to write an article that is a knife buying guide. I'll let you know when it's up.
 
I see you say "if you want a sharp blade, go Japanese" do you mean Wusthof does not have a sharp blade?
Have not used a Wusthof for more than a few minutes here and there since I worked in an Italian restaurant when I was in school, and I remember them to be just as you describe, sharp after steeling and needing plenty of it (you did mean steeling or honing and not actual sharpening correct?), heavy blade, great handle etc. but I am a little confused by your comparison to Shun and Mac as it is a little open ended.
Have to admit Shun is not my favorite knife either, and I guess it is a combo of the high price to performance issue as much as the ones I have been able to handle (mostly all ken onions) just have a different feel from the unusual design, but that could just be my way of being very value driven etc.
I guess I am asking just you meant by "I love how it feels in comparison with any Shun, Mac, etc" ?
These are very different knives, but I am seriously curious what comparisons you mean.
I am currently looking for a super deal on a heavier 9"+ chefs as I no longer have one since selling off all of my Henckels Pro S last year and any comparisons would be helpful.
 

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