5-Piece Wusthof Classic Knife Set Review8 min readNovember 29, 2020
Wusthof Classic 5-piece knife set belongs to premium-quality cutlery products created by one of the most respectful Solingen-based manufacturers established more than two hundred years ago. Classic is the largest Wusthof series that includes more than 70 different knives of various sizes and destinations. They are suitable for both home and professional kitchens because of their high-class blades. I admire Wusthof Classic knives because they offer nothing except reliability. It seems that the Wusthof marketing department didn’t participate in the development process at all in this case. In my Wusthof Classic knife set review, I will explain why this is actually good news and how you will save your money by purchasing this set.
- Content: 5 pieces
- Block material: beechwood
- Blade material: chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Steel grade: X50CrMoV15
- Type: forged
- Handle material: polyoxymethylene
EDITOR’S RATING: 5/5
This Wusthof Classic knife set is one best Wusthof knife sets under $200. It includes 5 items and only 3 of them are knives. That’s why this set is best suitable for home use since professional kitchens require a list of other blades. 3 knives may seem few but don’t rush to refuse this particular set. One of its main benefits is that it comes with the most important kitchen knives. A cook’s, paring, and bread knives are 3 pillars of cutting in any kitchen. These blades can replace all the other kitchen knives focused on small certain tasks.
The knife set includes:
- 4066/09 paring knife 3.5 inches (9 cm)
- 4149 bread knife 8 inches (20 cm)
- 4584/20 cook‘s knife 8 inches (20 cm)
- 4465/23 sharpening steel 9 inches (23 cm)
- 5558 kitchen shears 8 inches (20.2 cm)
A chef’s knife is the most frequently used cutting tool in any kitchen. No set can be full without it. I prefer European cook’s knives instead of a santoku. This set includes a traditional chef’s knife with an 8-inch forged blade. The 4584/20 model coming in the wooden block has a full bolster that protects your fingers from accidental cuts. The knife weighs 0.6 lbs (268 g) which may seem heavy for those home cooks used to affordable lightweight kitchen knives.
Due to a well-balanced design with a center of gravity in the bolster, the knife is comfortable to hold and easy-to-manipulate. It’s suitable for cutting, dicing, chopping, and slicing meat, vegetables, fruits, and greens. Thus, it can replace utility, santoku, and carving knives. It’s an inefficient replacement for professional kitchens where every minute is precious while the same approach can satisfy many unsophisticated home cooks.
In my opinion, the second most important knife in a home kitchen is a bread knife. In fact, this is a multi-purpose tool that neutralizes the cons of a cook’s knife when it comes to cutting large solid fruits, vegetables, and berries as well as slicing such soft dishes as bread and cakes. For instance, using a chef’s knife for dicing a pineapple or pumpkin can be even dangerous because a slippery product surface will make you apply more effort which increases the risk of an injury. The Wusthof Classic knife set includes a forged 8-inch bread knife with a serrated blade. It has a reliable cutting edge that will eliminate the need for sharpening it for decades if you use it properly. Taking into account that manual sharpening is impossible for a serrated blade, the 4140 model coming in this set is a great option for home use.
Big 8-inch kitchen knives are good for big tasks. During cooking, we often face the need for cutting small products that may include peeling fruits or vegetables as well as cutting them into tiny pieces. Long and wide blades are unsuitable for such small tasks that’s why a good knife set should include at least one short and narrow blade. The Wusthof Classic set in our review includes a 3.5-inch paring knife that takes the lead in cutting small products, for example, berries where the cook’s and bread knife are worthless or even dangerous. It has a spear point blade that comes in useful when you need, for example, to replace an apple core. The paring knife with the model index of 4066/09 is a finishing touch of the minimum required knife set when it comes to its content.
The Wusthof Classic knife set includes 9-inch honing steel with a black polyoxymethylene handle. It’s an extremely helpful tool in experienced hands. It plays the role of a serving tool to keep the sharpness of knives in a proper condition rather than a sharpener. It’s enough when you know to take care of kitchen knives to prolong their effectiveness. Otherwise, you will need whetstones of different hardness in order to correct your mistakes. The sharpening steel coming in this set is a useful addition to the high-quality knives.
In my Wusthof Classic 5-piece knife set review, the kitchen shears, which comes along with other items, stand the end because they are the tools the most rarely used in my kitchen. I cook whole poultry on such holidays as Halloween, Christmas, and sometimes Easter. I guess many ordinary home cooks don’t butcher a chicken, turkey, or a duck much more often than I do. These rare times, though, don’t make kitchen shears useless. When Christmas is coming I’m happy that I do have kitchen shears. Otherwise, butchering poultry with a chef’s knife is a tough process you would refuse if you could. This is just great that they come with the set. These come-apart kitchen shears will significantly simplify your cooking even though you will use them a few times a year.
The design of Wusthof Classic knives hardly differs from the Gourmet series. They both have black handles of the same shape. This is a traditional styling you many other even cheaper knives have. However, there’s some unrecognizable magic that makes Classic knives look more prestigious. I think the reason for it lies in massive full-length bolsters and wider blades. At the same time, metal parts don’t look clumsy like it may be with cheap kitchen knives. There’s something in Wusthof Classic knives that makes you adore their modest design. You can think of the Classic series as the practical beauty in their simplicity.
Certainly, Wusthof Classic knives have a simple appearance that can’t impress you. Created to provide certain tangible functions, their design offers nothing than comfort and effectiveness rather than aesthetic pleasure. Classic is like a hammer that can’t be nice but it has to be hard, convenient, and reliable. And these knives really are. However, they do have some styling elements that enable you to understand how amazing these tools are. They have a branded red-colored sticker on their handles and gravure informing you they’re made in Solinge which means a lot for those who understand what it means.
The Wusthof Classic series in this set has blades forged from whole metal pieces. This metal belongs to high-carbon martensitic stainless steels with a grade of X50CrMoV15. During the manufacturing process, chrome-molybdenum vanadium steel pieces come through 55 manual and automated manufacturing steps that turn metal blanks into magnificent forged blades. Hardened to 58 HRC, Wusthof Classic blades have a perfect reliability-softness ratio, thus making them available for manual sharpening with whetstones or sharpening steel that comes in the set. Such a high hardness value allows the cutting edge to remain sharp for months without the need for honing.
The plastic Classic handles are made from is called polyoxymethylene. It’s one of the most widespread high-quality materials for kitchen knife handle shells. This plastic is durable and ensures a reliable grip. Its most important advantage is its anti-slipping structure that enables you to securely hold a knife even in a wet hand. Polyoxymethylene also supports high temperatures up to 300 ℉ (150 ℃). Plastic handles are attached with 3 steel rivets. They feel smooth, comfortable, and reliably installed.
The Wusthof Classic knife set in this review has a block with much more hollows than the number of items coming in the package. Those 12 extra grooves will allow you to add necessary knives in the future. You will be able to store another different 6 kitchen knives and 6 steak knives in this block. Its size is: 9 inches (23 cm) x 8 inches (20,5 cm) x 3 inches (8,5 cm). Made of beechwood, this block weighs 4.4 lbs (2.09 kg) which allows it to securely keep its position on the table without slipping.
This Wusthof Classic knife set costs $200. For this price, you get only 3 knives along with sharpening steel and kitchen shears. 3 blades may seem few, but these are the most important knives capable of replacing all other blades in a home kitchen. For this amount, you can consider sets with more items. The question is whether they are as cool as Wusthof Classic. In this particular case, you sacrifice the quantity in favor of quality which is a wise approach, I guess. Frankly speaking, it’s hard to find a better knife set with that optimal content and premium-quality knives as well.
Pros and Cons
- Reliable chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Easy to sharpen manually
- Forged blades
- Spacious block
- Affordable price
- Made in Germany
- Anto-swiping handle materials
- Reliable assembly
- Excellent content
- Simple design
- Few knives