My mom, browsing my Amazon wishlist one day, saw this listed there. She emailed me immediately to ask why I would ever want a knife that is that expensive. Aren’t the knives that she gave me as a housewarming gift good enough? They are dishwasher-safe and have a lifetime warranty, she reminded me.
I had to explain that while the knives she gave me were nice, they don’t even compare to my Wusthofs. My Wusthof knives retain an amazing sharpness (even when I’m a little lazy about sharpening them). Their balance is unparalleled. The handle fits my hand perfectly. The knives that she sent me always feel dull in comparison, and the handle is simply uncomfortable.
I consider a good cook’s knife to be essential for anyone who cooks. The question of which cook’s knife to buy depends on the person who will be using it. There are two different questions: which model to purchase, and which length to purchase.
There are two main knife manufacturers: Wusthof and Henckels. I think that Wusthof knives are better made. However, some people prefer the handles on the Henckels. The Henckels handle is extremely uncomfortable for me, so I don’t even consider them.
The second question is that of length. If you are taller, you will want a longer knife. Shorter people will want a shorter knife. I stand at 5’7″ (170cm), and find that the 8″ knife is most comfortable for slicing and chopping. My best friend is about an inch taller than me and also prefers this knife. A friend who is a couple of inches shorter than me prefers the 6″ cook’s knife.
If you have never purchased high-quality knives before, I would recommend that you go to a traditional store and try them out first. You want to see if the handle is comfortable and if the balance is right for you. Then come back here and order it — the Amazon price is much better than that found in any kitchen speciality or upscale department store.
Also, if you have never purchased high-quality knives before, I would recommend two other purchases: a knife holder of some sort and a sharpening steel. The former, which doesn’t need to be very expensive at all (my best friend has one that cost him less a dollar; it is simply a plastic tray with slits for holding the blades), keeps the blade from getting nicked while it’s sitting in your drawer. The latter keeps the blade nice and sharp. You should sharpen your knives every time you use them. This isn’t very difficult, nor is it very time-consuming, but it keeps your knives in perfect condition.
I am extremely happy with my Wusthof knife. I am slowly growing my knife collection. You will always find one of these knives on my wishlist. Even my mother has come around — after experiencing these Wusthof knives herself, she bought one for herself, and sent me the 6″ cleaver as a birthday gift!