What a difference a sharp edge and the correct size-cutting implement make in kitchen efficiency. We recently wrote about the WÜSTHOF Poultry and Kitchen Shears. . . and now we are taking a sharp turn and are on to knives.
After 18 years of using mostly the same meat knives, all stored in the same knife block, we knew that it was time to upgrade. Yes, as in most kosher kitchens, we have three sets of knives. In ours we have a colorful up-to-date dairy set (How we love our Kai Komachi); odds and ends for Passover; but confession here. . . our meat knife set is antique.
If you are thinking of purchasing a whole new set of knives, we suggest the 7-piece classic WÜSTHOF knife set for consideration. So handy! A knife for every kitchen task. We like the grip, the weight and the ease. We have been testing the 7-piece classic set, and it has made quite a difference in our prep, chopping and slicing time. An amazing difference!
7 Piece Classic Knife Set
When you treat yourself to new cooking tools. It's like a personal "kitchen shower". Yes, changing all of your knives at once, is an investment, but it will save you time, and if cared for, in the long term can be a money saver as well.
We learned that the WÜSTHOF Classic knife set has specially formulated high-carbon stain-free steel blades that hold a sharp edge. And the triple-riveted polyoxymethylene handles ensure a comfortable and steady grip. Each knife is precision forged from a single piece of sturdy high-carbon stain-free steel that resists stains and corrosion. Classic WÜSTHOF is formulated to last for years! And, by the way the kitchen shears are included in this set, as is the sharpening, honing steel. We like that!
• WÜSTHOF 's Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) is 20% sharper with twice the edge retention..
• Full tangs are triple riveted to the handles for exceptional durability and control.
• Durable polymer handles are contoured for a comfortable grip.
• High-carbon stain-free steel blades
• Hardwood block safely stores 13 items and is gentle on knives' edges.
• Includes: 3 1/2" paring knife, 6" utility knife, 8" chef's knife, 8" bread knife, 9" honing steel, Stainless-steel pull-apart shears, 13-slot hardwood storage block
NEW from WÜSTHOF
CLASSIC 7-inch Hollow Edge Chai Dao
If you just want to treat yourself (or a lucky cooking pal) to one knife, we suggest the new CLASSIC 7-inch Hollow Edge Chai Dao, a knife designed primarily for prepping vegetables.
Inspired by the traditional design of a Chinese Cleaver, WÜSTHOF's CLASSIC 7-inch Hollow Edge Chai Dao features a wide blade with a razor-sharp fine edge that curves upwards as it nears the knife's squared-off tip. The blade's curvy profile allows chefs and home cooks to quickly mince, chop, dice, and slice a myriad of ingredients by employing an effortless "rocking" motion on cutting boards. The knife's bevel-style hollow edge prevents potatoes, onions, and other sticky ingredients from adhering to the blade. (This is one of our favorite features!) We are often attempting to remove food stuck to our knives.
Also, the generous blade surface makes it easy to scrape and carry prepped ingredients from the chopping block to cook pans and bowls, and to smash and crush garlic, ginger and other aromatics. The ease of doing this made us feels like those TV chefs. And, yes, Dao has the power and heft to be able to easily transition from slicing vegetables to cubing tough cuts of beef.
$119.99 suggested retail.
The CLASSIC collection has been WÜSTHOF's best selling collection for generations, All WÜSTHOF knives are crafted in Solingen, Germany and are fully guaranteed against defects in craftsmanship.. They are sold in specialty and department stores in 90 countries around the world. The U.S. subsidiary, WÜSTHOF-TRIDENT OF AMERICA, INC. is located in Norwalk, Connecticut.
5 Rules for Knife Safety:
1 – Full Attention to the Blade!
When working with a knife, give the job and knife 100% of your attention. Don't allow distractions! Eyes on the knife and the food!
2 – Sharp Knives are Safe Knives
Always keep your knives sharp — dull knives require more force to cut and are more likely to slip. (OUCH!)
3 – Anatomy Off Limits!
Don't check the sharpness of a knife with any of your body parts.
4 – Cut Away, Never Toward
Always cut away from yourself whether using, sharpening or cleaning your knives.
5-No, No, No multi-tasking when using a knife
Buy the WÜSTHOF 7 Piece Classic Knife Set, the WÜSTHOF 7-inch Hollow Edge Chai Dao, and other fine WÜSTHOF Knives at Williams-Sonoma.