New and need help with a decision

Joined Apr 13, 2017
Greetings all!

I need help making a decision on which knife brand to start my collection with. I've recently come into possession of a Henckels Zwilling Pro 8" Stainless Steel Chef's Knife and a Wusthof Classic 8" Stainless Steel Cook's Knife through the passing of a family member. Like I stated I want to use one of these as foundation of my collection. Both are practically brand new and only used a half a dozen times. They both feel great in my hand and everything I've read puts them on a very level playing field quality wise. Whichever knife I do not choose goes to my brother hence the need for a decision (I'm the oldest so I get first choice lol). Any input would be greatly appreciated!


PS: I apologize if this is in the wrong board please redirect as necessary.
Joined Apr 25, 2014
I would take the Henckels just because the wusthof has that bolster which makes sharpening the last inch of the heel impossible.
Joined Aug 21, 2004
Depending upon when the Henckels was manufactured, it could easily have a bolster as well. If it is a Henckels Zwilling, odds are it has a bolster. If it is a Zwilling Henckels, could go either way.
Joined Aug 15, 2003
Those are pretty comparable knives, I would just go with whichever one "felt" better and I liked the look of better. Quality wise there won't be too much of a difference I don't think. 
Joined Apr 2, 2017
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Joined Aug 6, 2015
Go with whichever one you like better. 

Personally, all other things being equal, I'd take the one which doesn't have a full fingerguard bolster. Especially on stainless knives, it's slow work grinding those down so that you can sharpen without messing up the profile over time

Whichever one you get, treat it right and make sure you're prepared to keep it sharp. 
Joined Nov 15, 2012
If the Wusy is a "Classic Ikon" then that would be the one to keep.  They do not have a full finger guard, their grind is better ( thinner) and the hardness higher than the Henkles.
Joined Apr 13, 2017
Thanks everyone for the great advice. I decided to go with the Zwilling due it not having a bolster to impede sharpening.

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