6-Piece Wusthof Gourmet Knife Set Review (9867)7 min readNovember 29, 2020
Wusthof Gourmet 9867 is a knife set developed by the famous German cutlery manufacturer established more than two ages ago. Gourmet is one of the widest Wusthof series that includes 43 different knives of various sizes and destinations. It belongs to affordable knives best suitable for home use. 9867 is exactly a set I work with in my kitchen that’s why I have thoughts to share in my Wusthof Gourmet knife set review. Besides materials and technical characteristics, I will cover my own feelings and 10-months experience of using these knives. Thus, you will easily decide whether you should buy it or better consider another set.
- Content: 6 pieces
- Block material: beechwood
- Blade material: chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Steel grade: X50CrMoV15
- Type: stamped
- Handle material: polyoxymethylene
EDITOR’S RATING: 5/5
The Wusthof Gourmet 9867 knife set includes 6 different pieces capable of solving nearly any cutting task in your home kitchen. By default, it doesn’t include shears the same as in my own set but you can find offers supplemented with this useful tool. The original block, nevertheless, providently provides a special port for kitchen shears you can add as soon as you need them.
The knife set includes:
- 4114/16 utility knife 6 inches (16 cm)
- 4060 paring knife 4 inches (10 cm)
- 4143 bread knife 8 inches (20 cm)
- 4562/18 cook‘s knife 7 inches (18 cm)
- 4465/23 sharpening steel 9 inches (23 cm)
- 5558 kitchen shears 8 inches (20.2 cm)
- beechwood block
What I like the most about the content of this set is that it includes the most important knives in every kitchen. I can’t imagine a knife set without a cook’s knife, either a European one or santoku depending on your preferences. Containing both of them is redundant when you need the best Wusthof knife set under $200 with an optimal price-quality ratio. The 9867 model has a 7-inches Wusthof Gourmet chef’s knife that will allow you to quickly chop any kind of product. 7 inches may seem too short but you will appreciate how comfortable, lightweight, and easy-to-manipulate it is.
Another blade you can’t ignore for your kitchen is a bread knife. While a cook’s knife can replace a long utility knife, a bread knife can’t be replaced with any of the blades. Besides bakery, it allows you to cut large fruits, vegetables, and berries that include melons, watermelons, pineapples, and pumpkins. The Wusthof Gourmet 9867 knife set includes an 8-inches bread knife with a serrated blade. Compared to a 9-inches knife, it’s more compact and easier to control. I use this tool every day almost as frequently as a chef’s knife.
The more different knives you have, the more efficient your cooking process can be. However, when your budget is limited, you have to make sure you’ve got a knife set with the most required cutting tools. For instance, the length of paring knives usually varies from 3 to 4 inches. Choosing between these two values, I would pick the latter one. The thing is a 4-inches blade is suitable for more tasks. With such a blade, you can dice vegetables and fruits as well as spread butter on bread or cut small berries while a 3-inches blade is not that multipurpose. The Wusthof Gourmet 9867 set has a 4-inches paring knife with a straight blade. You will love how small it is regardless of its short length.
My most rarely used knife from this set is a utility peeling knife. I’m used to working with a a cook’s knife for chopping vegetables and fruits. The chef’s knife enables me to quickly cut products for any dish. Stamped utility knives are easy to wash. You can use a dishwasher to wash a 6-inch utility knife coming in the 9867 set. Wusthof Gourmet 6-inch utility knife has a spear-point blade which will allow you to quickly core an apple or even bread a plastic package.
The Wusthof Gourmet 9867 knife set includes 9-inch sharpening steel with a black plastic handle. Compared to diamond sharpening steel, the one in the set is softer. It, however, properly plays its role for home needs, Taking into account that Gourmet is a series of laser-cut blades, the sharpening steel of the 9867 knife set is enough. If you can use kitchen knives accurately, then you may not even buy whetstones for honing or sharpening.
I won’t cover the kitchen shears in detail in my Wusthof Gourmet set review because I use them a few times a year: on Christmas, Halloween, other a couple of times when I need to butcher a duck, turkey, or chicken. I rarely cook whole poultry that’s why my set doesn’t include kitchen shears which can still come in some Wusthof Gourmet sets. Nevertheless, kitchen shears are very helpful when you face the need for butchering.
Design is the most criticizable characteristic of Wusthof Gourmet knives. They have a modest appearance developed to play only a functional role rather than be an eye-catcher. Nothing in Gourmet styling will make you think about this set as a great addition to your kitchen interior. The Wusthof logos stuck to handles and engraved on blades are the only things that remind you about their higher league.
These knives look like numerous other knives because of their typical black riveted handle design. Without branding elements, you wouldn’t even recognize the Gourmet series. However, the real beauty of the Wusthof Gourmet knife set in its knife materials and simplicity. They are comfortable to use and easy-to-control. Their handles perfectly fit a palm and provide a secure grip. Designed to be reliable cutting tools rather than interior decorations, the Gourmet knives coming in the 9867 set will charm you with its practicality instead of its styling.
Wusthof Gourmet blades are cut from whole stainless steel plates with a precision laser. This metal has a grade X50CrMoV15 and it’s called chrome molybdenum vanadium martensitic steel. Wusthof laser-cut blades come through 35 different manufacturing stages that include both manual and machine work. Their degree of hardness equals 56° HRC which is only 2 degrees less compared to German forged knives. Stamped blades are thin and lightweight. They are as sharp as expensive forged knives but more secure due to its lower weight, because, besides you, other family members will use the knives in your home kitchen as well. When suddenly falling from the table, they can’t cut a toe off.
Handles are made from polyoxymethylene. Compared to polypropylene, the plastic used to produce Gourmet knives is more durable, anti-slipping, and supports higher temperatures. Unlike wooden handles, which typically have a higher price, polypropylene handles are more practical. They are more resistant to liquids and dishwasher safe. Wusthof Gourmet handle shells are securely attached to a full tang blade with 3 steel rivets.
The Wusthof Gourmet knife set has a block with different hollows for specific knives. Its size is: 9 inches (23 cm) x 8 inches (20,5 cm) x 3 inches (8,5 cm). Made of beechwood, this block feels lightweight but reliably stores all 6 pieces. Its weight is only 2.8 lbs (1.28 kg). The color of the natural wood adds some home warmness and comfort to your kitchen. It also has 4 special small round legs with a rubber base that allows it to securely keep its position on your table and prevent slipping on its surface.
The Wusthof Gourmet knife set with the model index of 9867 costs about $200. Is it expensive or cheap? As for me, $200 is a significant amount. Is it too much for this set? The thing is you get kitchen shears and sharpening steel in addition to the 4 most useful blades made of the high-quality German chrome molybdenum vanadium martensitic stainless steel. All this set comes with a wooden block that requires no installation compared to magnetic storage plates. On the other hand, the Gourmet blades are stamped, hardened to only 56 HRC, and have no bolsters. Taking into account its destination focused on home use, I suppose this is the best knife set for a home kitchen.
Pros and Cons
- Reliable chrome molybdenum vanadium steel
- Easy to sharpen manually
- Affordable price
- Made in Germany
- Anto-swiping handle materials
- Reliable assembly
- Excellent content
- Stamped blade
- Mediocre design
- Middle-class hardness
- No bolsters