Wusthof Gourmet 6″ Utility Knife Review (4114/16)7 min readNovember 27, 2020
Wusthof Gourmet (4114/16) is a 6-inch utility knife developed by a famous German cutlery manufacturer with a more than 200-years history. Since 1814, this brand has conquered respect from numerous cooks and knife makers from all over the world. The company offers kitchen knives of different classes with consistently German quality. Gourmet belongs to an affordable series of knives that, however, provides excellent cutting characteristics combined with a blade material often used for producing much more expensive knives. In this Wusthof Gourmet utility knife review, I will explain whether the 4114/16 model is worth considering.
- Series – Gourmet
- Blade material – molybdenum vanadium steel
- Steel grade – X50CrMoV15
- Type – stamped
- Blade length – 6” (16 cm)
- Handle material – polyoxymethylene
EDITOR’S RATING: 4/5
The Wusthof Gourmet design was never its strong suit. The 4114/16 model has a modest appearance that mostly plays a functional role rather than adds some extraordinary styling. There’s nothing in its exterior that would make you think about this kitchen knife as made by a luxurious brand except a logo engraved on a blade. This knife looks like thousands of other utility knives at the same price or even lower. Gourmet is a cheaper version of the Classic series with a similar design that’s why “classically simple” is how I can describe the appearance of the Wusthof Gourmet utility knife.
This simplicity, nevertheless, results in a lower price. When choosing a Wusthof utility knife under $50, the design is the last aspect you should pay attention to. For this money, build quality matters more than appearance. When it comes to the former characteristic, Gourmet 4114/16 won’t disappoint you as well as any other Wusthof utility knife. It looks mediocre for sure but it won’t let you down when you need to cut and slice products for hours. The Wusthof Gourmet utility knife is ergonomic and practical by design, but it will rather get lost in your kitchen interior than become a relevant design element.
When starting this Wusthof Gourmet 6-inch utility knife review, I couldn’t find proper words to describe the design of this cutting tool. Once I first took it in my hands, the knife failed to make me feel any emotion. It looks ordinary, I would even say boring. Just a blade and just a black handle. Such a discreet design, however, doesn’t make the knife bad. It just was developed to cut and remain sharp as long as possible in your home kitchen rather than look nice.
Wusthof Gourmet 4114/16 has a stamped blade made from chrome molybdenum vanadium steel. This metal is martensitic stainless steel. Its grade is X50CrMoV15 which means that this is a highly alloyed steel with a large amount of carbon. This chemical element makes the steel strong and solid. Alloyed with chrome, molybdenum, and vanadium, the metal resists the negative impact of water and air which prevents rust from appearing on the blade. Such a wise combination of alloying elements also makes the blade soft enough for easy manual honing and sharpening.
Wusthof Gourmet has a 6-inch long blade laser cut from a single metal plate which makes it even stronger. Moreover, the blade is a full tang which ensures a tough assembly. Thus, the design will remain intact even after many years of usage. Both the blade and handle will always keep being fastened as one because they really are the same steel plate. Scaled for 56 HRC, Wusthof Gourmet provides enough blade hardness for regular cooking at home. This rate is a proper balance between the cutting edge reliability and ease of manual sharpening.
This, however, results in faster blade dulling. After two weeks of frequent usage in my home kitchen, I had to apply honing steel to keep this utility knife in a perfect condition. The first thing I noticed when I had taken it in my hand was how lightweight Wusthof Gourmet was. With its only 0.2 lbs (89 g), the knife is extremely easy to manipulate. You will hardly feel it in your hand. The blade width is 0.8 inches (2.6 cm) and the overall knife length is 11 inches (28.5 cm). To my mind, the 6-inch blade is the most suitable length for a utility knife. It’s comfortable to slice meat and сut vegetables while it’s too long for spreading butter on bread.
The Wusthof Gourmet handle is made from polyoxymethylene, also known as POM. It’s a special plastic with a melting temperature of 356 °F (180 °C). Therefore, you have a chance to save your knife if you suddenly forget it in your oven. This material is resistant to shock loads, organic solvents, and oils. It means that it will keep its appearance for the whole usage period. The other important characteristic of polyoxymethylene is that it prevents slipping out your hand over the handle, thus ensuring a reliable grip even if your hand is wet.
The handle has a classical, simple form which makes it suitable for any hand. No matter how small or big your palm is, you will face no inconveniences while working with Wusthof Gourmet. Its flat form with a thickening for fingers on the bottom of the handle allows you to cook for hours without feeling any discomfort in your hand. It, however, lacks a curve on the top of the handle for a better grip which, nevertheless, barely affects the usage experience in a home kitchen. Like polyoxymethylene, the hand stop at the knife butt also ensures a reliable grip by preventing slipping.
Wusthof Gourmet has a black handle with no color alternatives, This is a universal color that will be suitable for any kitchen. Fastened with 3 steel rivets, its handle pads are beveled on the blade which adds more comfort when holding a knife in a hand using various grips. The left pad has a red Wusthof logo sticker while the right one has no branding marks. The handle surface is smooth and flat. The rivets are unremarkable and unfelt. The sturdy handle feels reliable with no creaks and backlashes.
The Wusthof Gourmet series belongs to the economy class kitchen knives. It costs about $50 excluding delivery expenses. For this price, you receive reliable German chrome molybdenum vanadium steel with, however, poor design and only 56 HRC. Nevertheless, 4114/16 is the best Wusthof utility knife under $50. It’s a fair price for the quality you get with this blade. Within such a limited budget, the design is a primary element you should sacrifice if you want to get a decent 6-inch utility knife.
This blade is best suitable for home use rather than for professional kitchens. It’s lightweight, affordable, and easy-to-manipulate. Made from a highly alloyed stainless steel, the knife remains extremely sharp for weeks or even months depending on how often you cook at home. Wusthof Gourmet has a typical European design with modern handle materials which makes it a practical, comfortable, and predictable cutting tool. Outside the famous German brand, Wusthof Gourmet 4114/16 is also one of the best utility knives under $50 which makes it worth considering for your home cooking masterpieces.
Pros and Cons
- Reliable chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Easy to sharpen manually
- Made in Germany
- Anto-swiping handle materials
- Reliable assembly
- High price for this class
- Stamped blade
- Mediocre design
- Simple packing