2-Piece Wusthof Epicure Knife Set Review (9682)6 min readNovember 29, 2020
Wusthof Epicure 9682 is a knife set offered by one of the largest cutlery brands both in Germany and the entire world. Epicure is a premium-class knife series that includes only 12 different items: mostly paring and cook’s blades. On the other hand, this is one of the most expensive Wusthof series remaining a flagman before the end of 2020 when new Performer and Aeon series have appeared. Why do Wusthof Epicure knives cost much more than other blades created by the same manufacturer? Are they worth their high price? In this Wusthof Epicure knife set review, I will sort the things out and help you decide whether you should buy it.
- Content: 2 pieces
- Blade material: chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Steel grade: X50CrMoV15
- Type: forged
- Handle material: natural fibre
EDITOR’S RATING: 4/5
Wusthof Epicure 9682 is one of the best Wusthof knife sets under $200. It originally includes a 8-inch chef’s knife and 3.5-inch paring knife. The knife set in this review includes a 6-inch cook’s knife instead of the 8-inch blade. The main disadvantage, however, is that both knives come without a block or case. That’s why you will need to store them either in a cheap third-party block or on a magnetic holder installed on your kitchen wall. You can also purchase an original Wusthof wooden block but this will make sense only if you plan to buy another Epicure knives in the future.
The knife set includes:
- 3966/09 paring knife 3.5 inches (9 cm)
- 3982/16 cook‘s knife 6 inches (16 cm)
Let’s start our Wusthof Epicure 2-piece knife set review from the main cutting tool. It is Wusthof Epicure cook’s knife that has a 6-inch blade of the traditional European shape. Its length seems too short for me since I prefer 8-inch blades. However, I know some cooks who use only 7-inch chef’s knives. This 6-inch blade weighs about 0.5 lbs (215 g) greatly compensated with an excellent blade balance. Epicure also has other distinctive features in comparison with other Wusthof chef’s knives. For instance, it has a more rounded cutting edge which confirms that this knife is a chopper by design rather than a slicer.
Indeed, a cook’s knife is the most frequently used multi-purpose cutting tool that can be used for slicing, chopping, cutting, and dicing. Nevertheless, the 3982 model allows you to raise its handle higher without lifting the blade tip off the cutting board. Thus, you will be able to easily chop medium-sized vegetables, for example, aubergine or marrow. Although, I can’t claim such an extraordinary form is better than typical spear-point chef’s blades. It just provides its benefit which, on the other hand, makes it less suitable for slicing. You should decide which of these techniques you use the most.
Despite its short blade, a paring knife is a useful assistant in any kitchen. I would say that this is the third most important cutting tool after a cook’s and bread knife. While a chef’s knife can replace a bread knife in some way, small cutting tasks require applying a small blade. The Wusthof Epicure 2-piece knife set includes a 3.5-inch paring knife with the model index of 3966/09. It has a so-called sheep’s foot blade with a rounded back near its tip. Such a shape is best suitable for chopping fruits and vegetables into long and thin strips.
On the other hand, it provides limited capabilities for those tasks requiring active work with a knife tip, for example, coring an apple. Taking into account that you always can use a simple and cheap corer, the 3966/09 paring knife is a convenient and compact cutting tool you will appreciate. It has an optimal length that can replace a short peeling and longer Wusthof utility knife.
Epicure is the most beautiful Wusthof series. Based on traditional German knifemaking technologies, Epicure knives combine a 200-year cutlery manufacturing experience, high-class materials, and magnificent design. Both blades and handles have distinctive features that will allow any buyer to recognize this series among other Wusthof knives as well as among kitchen knives of any other vendor.
Epicure blades have a more rounded cutting edge rising up to a tip compared to Classic, Classic Ikon, Gourmet, and other Wusthof series. Handles have a unique curved shape that enables your fingers to comfortably lay on a special groove right before the bolster, thus ensuring a convenient and reliable grip. Working with Epicure knives is always a pleasure. I feel no tiredness in my hand even though I cook for hours.
Each knife in the set I review has a full bolster that protects your fingers from accident cuts and ensures the right balance of the whole knife. As a result, you can safely dice and slice vegetables with no extra effort. On the other hand, such a long bolster limits the useful cutting edge length you can use for cutting products. Epicure bolsters also have a groove that forms a single line along with a handle, thus improving your comfort while working these knives even more. This knife series has an elegant and magnificent styling enhanced with excellent functional characteristics that will make you want this small set for your home kitchen as soon as you take it in your hands.
The Wusthof Epicure 2-piece knife set includes forged blades made of high-carbon martensitic stainless steel with a grade of X50CrMoV15. This index refers to chrome-molybdenum vanadium steel used by the most famous Solingen-based knife brands. During the manufacturing process, this metal comes through 55 manual and automated manufacturing stages that result in high-quality forged blades with a Rockwell hardness scale value of 58 HRC. Thanks to such a hard forged alloy, Wusthof Epicure full-tang blades can remain sharp for many months depending on your usage style. Furthermore, they are easy to sharpen manually with a whetstone you should purchase separately.
Wusthof Epicure handles are made from the natural fiber. Rarely used for typical kitchen knives, this material is as warm and luxurious as expensive wood species and as practical and durable as plastic. Ergonomically shaped, the handles have a perfect texture that ensures a reliable grip even in wet hands. The handle shells are securely attached with 2 steel rivets which feel comfortable and smooth along with a shell surface. When I first took a Wusthof Epicure knife in hand, I felt how pleasant and convenient the handle is. These natural shells assure you that you’re holding a premium knife.
The 2-piece Wusthof Epicure knife set costs a bit more than $190. For this amount, you get only two knives without a block or even a case. Moreover, the length of the cook’s knife in the set is only 6 inches which is more typical for utility knives than for a chef’s knife. On the other hand, those two blades in the set are superior cutting tools for professional cooks. Natural fiber handles, forged full-tang blades with full bolsters, high carbon molybdenum vanadium steel, ergonomic and exceptional design are features that are worth their cost. However, you can consider this set only if you understand that you will need to buy another couple of Epicure knives to make your home set complete.
Pros and Cons
- Reliable chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Easy to sharpen manually
- Ergonomic design
- Forged blades
- Made in Germany
- Elegant styling
- Full bolsters
- Natural handle materials
- Reliable assembly
- Few knives
- No block