Wusthof Gourmet Bread Knife Review (4145)8 min readNovember 28, 2020
Wusthof Gourmet 4145 is a 9-inch bread knife with a serrated blade. Developed by a famous German cutlery manufacturer with a more than 200-year history, Gourmet belongs to middle-class knives that are suitable for both small professional and home kitchens. Wusthof positions its products as a starter set of basic cutting tools with an excellent price-performance ratio. In this Wusthof Gourmet bread knife review, we will sort out whether this blade is as good as the company claims.
“The GOURMET series impresses with an excellent price-performance ratio and, with more than 40 different items, is just as useful for domestic households as a starter set or as basic equipment for a professional kitchen.”Official Wusthof catalog
- Series – Gourmet
- Blade material – chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Steel grade – X50CrMoV15
- Type – stamped
- Blade length – 9” (23 cm)
- Handle material – polyoxymethylene
EDITOR’S RATING: 4/5
Gourmet is the knife series you shouldn’t expect to be an elegant interior element for your kitchen. It looks like thousands of other knives on the market. From the first look, the 4151 model seems to be a cheap cutting tool for those unfamiliar with German cutlery history and Wusthof in particular. As soon as you pay attention to the logo engraved on its blade, you will see that this knife was proudly developed by the brand born two centuries ago in Solingen, Germany. I can’t remember any other bread knife with such detailed information engraved on a blade. Affordable knives usually have only a company logo and steel grade in some cases.
This engraving is the only thing that makes you realize that you’re holding much more than just a kitchen knife in your hand. In fact, Gourmet is the implementation of German cutlery traditions, verified ergonomics, and reliability for a low price. It looks ordinary and nothing can make your heart beat faster when you take Wusthof Gourmet in your hand. Its design may seem boring. Its real beauty, however, is in its practicality. Have you ever seen a nice hammer? Like a hammer, Gourmet just does its job exactly in the way it has to. You shouldn’t mind it has no color options since black is always suitable.
A design isn’t its strong suit. Wusthof Gourmet 4145 doesn’t try to look fashionable, shiny, or colorful. It reminds my old friend who can’t surprise me with his deeds but this is exactly why I appreciate him. Gourmet will also never let you down. You may not even notice it among tens of other knives of the same class in the cutlery store. They attract your eyes, blind you with its shiny metal handles, as well as impress you with their thick blades and large weight. Cheap knives may shadow Gourmet with its pomposity. This is, however, only marketing tricks while the Wusthof Gourmet bread knife hides benefits, which really matter, in its simplicity and blade.
Wusthof Gourmet 4145 has a serrated blade with a length of 9 inches. Compared to an 8-inch blade, the 4145 model is more useful in a home kitchen. The thing is 8-inch blades are best suitable for cutting bread, cakes, and other types of a bakery. Wavy blades, however, provide much more capabilities than getting small baguette pieces for morning sandwiches. Personally, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin dishes: pies, casseroles, and porridges. To properly cook a pumpkin grown in my vegetable garden, I need to cut it into pieces first. This is where a 9-inch Gourmet serrated blade comes in useful.
An 8-inch blade is too short for large vegetables while 10 inches feel like a wood saw in your hand – too long. 9 inches are perfect for cutting various products that include: pineapples, melons, and watermelons. In my mind, having a knife for bread in your kitchen is as important as a cook’s knife. A chef’s knife, either French or santoku one, can replace a few other knives like utility and carving, it can be even dangerous to use it for cutting a whole pumpkin. The cook’s knife can slip off the solid vegetable surface and significantly injure your hand. That’s why a wavy bread blade is a must for your home knife set.
The Wusthof Gourmet bread knife has a blade made from chrome molybdenum vanadium steel. Compared to a typical martensitic stainless steel with chrome as a means of a single alloying chemical element, German X50CrMoV15 offers an optimal balance between cutting edge reliability and corrosion resistance. Hardened to 56 HRC, this blade can’t impress you with its durability but it’s totally enough for home use. This value also ensures an easy honing and sharpening but I don’t believe you will ever try to manually sharpen a serrated cutting edge at home.
Wusthof Gourmet 4145 has a 4.5-inch handle made from polyoxymethylene, also known as POM. This plastic has a melting temperature equal to 356 °F (180 °C). This could mean there’s a possibility to take your knife undamaged out of the oven if you suddenly forget it there, but I can’t remember any dish I would cook with a temperature lower than 356 °F. I bake my favorite pumpkin with cinnamon at 392 °F (200 °C). Anyway, you have a bit more time until you recollect your fail in comparison with polypropylene handles. POM is also resistant to shock loads, organic solvents, and oils. Therefore, the handle will remain good-looking for a longer time. The killer feature of polyoxymethylene is that it prevents slipping, thus guaranteeing a reliable grip even if your hand is wet.
The handle has a classical time-tested shape which is suitable for any hand due to its simplicity. I felt no inconveniences while dicing a 12-inch pumpkin even though the overall knife weight of 0.3 lbs (140 g) seemed too little for such a tough task. A flat shape with a special thickening for fingers on the bottom makes it comfortable to manipulate the blade. However, I prefer handles that have a curve on the top because they provide a better grip when you need to apply some effort when cutting a melon. Although, Wusthof Gourmet has a hand stop at the butt of the handle that compensates for this disadvantage in some manner.
Besides a black color, a Wusthof, unfortunately, does offer any other alternative for its Gourmet bread knife as well as for the whole Gourmet series. Black, nevertheless, is always a safe bet for any kitchen. Fastened to the full-tang blade with 3 steel rivets, the Gourmet shell surface is flat and absolutely smooth which ensures tactile comfort when holding the knife in a hand. While the right handle shell is blank with no branding, the left one has a red Wusthof logo sticker. The handle assembly is sturdy and feels reliable with no creaks and backlashes.
My Wusthof Gourmet bread knife review wouldn’t be in-depth without a few words about its price. The 4145 model costs about $70 on Amazon. This amount excludes a delivery cost. For this money, you get a long blade from the well-known German steel appreciated by cooks from all over the world. Even though it’s stamped and has no bolster, the knife provides an accurate cut which allows you to get thin and straight bread pieces with a minimum quantity of breadcrumbs. It’s also lightweight and ergonomic which can be extremely important for many home cooking enthusiasts.
Wusthof Gourmet 4145 has a simple design that may frustrate you once you take this knife in your hand. But when you start using it and realize how efficient it is when it comes to large solid vegetables or, vice versa, soft and porous dishes with a hard covering like a French baguette, you will be able to accept its mediocre appearance taking its affordable cost into account. Design is a wise sacrifice in favor of effectiveness and accuracy. In my kitchen, I use almost the same 8-inch blade sold within the 5-item set and must admit that Gourmet is one of the best Wusthof bread knives and it’s worth it.
Pros and Cons
- Reliable chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Made in Germany
- Anto-swiping handle materials
- Reliable assembly
- High price for this class
- Stamped blade
- Unable to be sharpened manually
- Mediocre design
- Simple packing