Wusthof Silverpoint Santoku Knife Review (4180/17)7 min readNovember 29, 2020
Wusthof Silverpoint 4180/17 is an affordable santoku knife solely suitable for a home use. Created with convenience in mind, this traditional Japanese knife belongs to economy class blades developed to minimize effort needed to care about them. Containing more than twenty different items, Silverpoint is the combination of the maximum quality for minimum money. The name of its series is reflected in the silver-colored logo embedded in plastic handles of such knives. The 4180/17 model is a typical santoku with a flat blade provided by one of the most respectful cutlery brands in the world. This Wusthof Silverpoint santoku knife review will help you understand why it’s better than cheap “disposable” knives made in China.
- Series – Silverpoint
- Blade material – stainless steel
- Steel grade – X46Cr13
- Type – stamped
- Blade length – 6.7” (17 cm)
- Handle material – polypropylene
When it comes to appearance, Silverpoint is rather about minimalism. It doesn’t feel like a premium-class knife which is really not. Built with cheapness in mind, this series looks like a hammer in your kitchen: just a tool that has nothing in common with forms and surfaces. Its convex silver-colored logo is the only element that hints about design in this santoku. This logo, on the other hand, reminds me of an old grandma’s brooch with a plastic diamond. Remembering about its price, you don’t even expect any exceptional beauty from this knife. An engraving on its blade is a real saver. With accurately engraved information, Wusthof Silverpoint santoku strives to look as if it costs more.
Grand Prix II is another matter. Developed with the same design concept, this series makes you understand at once that you’re holding the knife from another league. Compared to its twin series, Silverpoint feels like a Chinese counterfeit. These unpleasant feelings, however, appear when you compare the 4180/17 model with Wusthof santoku knives from other serieses which is unfair taking into account their price. What if you compare it with its competitors, for example, Victorinox Swiss Modern for similar money? Well, you’ll see that Wusthof can create nice low cost knives.
The German company, indeed, did a great job with this blade. They tried to combine the authentic design with an acceptable quality for as little money as possible. And they succeeded even though the 4180 model won’t become an elegant interior element for your kitchen. Wusthof didn’t design it to be good-looking, instead, the brand focused on providing as much functionality as possible for as low price as possible in this segment. That’s why, in this Wusthof Silverpoint santoku review, I suggest you pay your attention to the knife’s ergonomics and blade durability rather than its appearance.
Wusthof Silverpoint 4180/17 has a 7-inch blade without hollows. Made from a single plate of high-carbon martensitic stainless steel, an ultra lightweight blade with only 0.2 lbs has a razor sharp cutting edge. Its steel grade is X46Cr13 where:
- X indicates that the knife is made from an alloyed steel that contains additional chemical elements improving its characteristics, for instance, chrome.
- 46 means that the alloy contains 0.46% of carbon that turns iron into steel.
- Cr goes for chrome, the additional alloying element
- 13 is the number that shows how much chrome this alloy contains.This chemical element increases corrosion resistance.
Compared to famous German chrome molybdenum vanadium steel, X46Cr13 contains less carbon and fewer alloying elements. It makes the cutting edge softer which simplifies manual honing and sharpening processes. This steel also has a lower cost. On the other side, you will have to sharpen this knife more frequently than Wusthof Gourmet santoku knife made from X50CrMoV15. In my case, I had to apply honing steel once per two weeks to keep it extra sharp.
Wusthof Silverpoint has a full-tang blade that runs through the entire handle. This solution increases the overall blade strength and durability. Due to its lowered tip and absence of bolster, you can use the whole surface of the straight cutting edge while chopping products. This allows you to get thin and neat slices. In my mind, it would be better if this santoku had a more sloping cutting edge. Thus, you would be able to use a larger degree diapason to slice fish, sausages, or vegetables.
The blade width is nearly 1.6 inches which is equal to 4.44 cm by the metric system. It’s a standard value for compact santoku knives that’s why you won’t have to get used to this blade once you buy it. It’s well suitable for getting the thinnest fish fillets slices or making elegant cold cuts for a holiday table. The most effective, honestly saying, this santoku knife is for chopping vegetables and greens since Wusthof Silverpoint feels too lightweight to manage with tough large beef pieces. Forged knives are more convenient for such tasks.
Wusthof Silverpoint 4180 has a black handle with a length of 4.7 inches. Made from polypropylene, the handle is lightweight and solid. It provides a reliable grip in dry hands. If you decide to use right after washing your hands without wiping them, you should be extremely careful since the knife may slip in your palm. The plastic Silverpoint hands are made from keeps its structure well in the short perspective. In other words, you hardly face any issues within a few years. In the case where you need a santoku for five years or even a decade, the handle may lose its initial appearance and the knife will no longer look that good.
Despite its low-budget material, the handle has an ergonomic form with a special convex on top for your palm to lay there once you take the knife in your hand. This curved shape prevents any discomfort in your hand when you use the blade for small home cooking tasks for a short time. For me, the handle seems too complex for slicing for hours since you have to stick to a single grip because of its shape. The Wusthof Silverpoint handle is best suitable for typical everyday cutting tasks in home kitchen since it fits a simple traditional grip most of us are used to. A silver-colored logo, by the way, seems to be made of steel while it’s plastic in fact.
The Wusthof Silverpoint 7-inch santoku review wouldn’t be complete without a few words about its price. The knife costs a bit more than $30 which makes it the cheapest Wusthof santoku. It’s an attractive offer. Is it, however, a fair price for low-cost plastic handle, typical martensitic stainless steel with chrome as a means of a single alloying element, and simple design? You see, those alloys with the same steel grade can significantly differ from each other. The way a manufacturer produces steel can play even a more important role. For example, some Berghoff knives are made from the chrome molybdenum vanadium steel with the same grade Wusthof forged knives have. These two brands, however, belong to different leagues.
My answer is definitely yes, Silverpoint is one the best Wusthof santoku knives under $100 because it’s the most affordable one. Anyway, it’s worth its money even though this series mostly fits home cooking. The vendor also assumes that these knives are developed for inexperienced gastronomy enthusiasts.
“The Silverpoint knife blades are cut from special stainless steel using a precision laser. Using our tried and tested technical know-how gained from over 200 years of Wusthof experience, they are then processed into sturdy starter knives for young cooks.”A description from the official Wusthof catalog.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to sharpen manually
- Made in Germany
- Light weight
- Low price
- Stamped blade
- Simple design
- Cheap handle material
- Simple packing
- Small cutting edge slope degree