The anatomy of a Wüsthof knife

For over 200 years, the Wüsthof brand has been synonymous with exceptional quality. What makes Wüsthof knives so long-lasting and unique? Here we take a look at the craftsmanship and knife design that ensures Wüsthof is a firm favourite with top chefs and home cooks all over the world.

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1. The blade surface

A forged Wüsthof knife is made from a single piece of chromium-molybdenum-vanadium steel – for maximum strength, balance and heft – and is hardened to 58° Rockwell during the production process. This specialised high carbon, stain-resistant alloy ensures that the cutting edge of the knife is razor-sharp and easy to sharpen.

2. The blade spine

The spine of the blade, opposite from the cutting edge, is carefully ground and beautifully smooth. This is known by the technical term ‘deburring’, which means no sharp edges are left behind to press uncomfortably into the ball of the thumb.

3. The bolster

The thicker integral section between the blade and the handle is a typical feature of a forged knife. A full bolster protects fingers when sharpening and, thanks to its weight, the knife is perfectly balanced in the hand. Knives can also have a half bolster, this reduces the weight of the knife by 30% and enables you to use and sharpen the entire blade.

4. The rivets

The rivets are stainless steel pins that are used to permanently secure the handle to the tang. A Wüsthof knife is triple riveted for durability.

5. The cutting edge

The outstanding sharpness and edge retention of a Wüsthof knife is thanks to the special laser-controlled PEtec sharpening process. Each blade is measured by laser before sharpening so that it can be given the optimum cutting angle. This guarantees a unique, consistently high quality. Finally, using robot-assisted techniques, the blade is sharpened on a whetstone and a polishing disc then gives the blade its ultimate sharpness and ensures there is perfect tapering from bolster to tip.

6. The etching

This marking on the blade surface provides proof of the knife’s origin and includes the product number and name of the range, as well as the place of origin – ‘Made in Germany/Solingen’ – and the Wüsthof Trident. The Trident symbolises three values, to which Wüsthof is particularly committed: passion, diligence and perfection. These values form the guiding principle for the manufacture of all Wüsthof products.

7. The finger guard

The finger guard – a feature of a fully bolstered knife – is designed to strengthen the heel of the knife and prevent the fingers from sliding down the blade.

8. The tang

The tang is the extension of the blade that is sandwiched between the handle of the knife. A full tang means that this metal extension goes all the way to the butt, providing extra strength and balance.

9. The butt

This is the end of the knife handle. It is shaped so that the knife can always be handled safely and comfortably.

Wüsthof knives guarantee the perfect cutting experience every single day. Keen to learn more about knife care and techniques? Find a great selection of how-to guides or head this way to browse the full range.

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