Today, we will be discussing the Wusthof Gourmet vs Ikon Wusthof collection series. The Wusthof Gourmet and Ikon are kitchen knives of German origin, they are loved by many chefs and used in many homes, all Wusthof knives including Gourmet and Ikon are made of high-carbon rust-resistant steel.
The process of making these blades has made them resistant to corrosion and staining. These blades have proven to last for a very long time. I have said before and I will say it again, you cannot go wrong with a Wusthof Knife.
WUSTHOF CLASSIC IKON
The Wusthof Classic Ikon German Premium Knife is one of the many numerous collections or models of the Wusthof Knife Brand family made in Solingen, Germany.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon knife is unique and the handle is hand-crafted from natural and water-repellent African Blackwood which is a sustainable wood.
The Manufacturing method of the Wusthof Classic Ikon knife is forged.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon’s blade has a double-bolster design, the ergonomic handles will perfectly rest in your hands for comfort and optimum performance.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon knife has a half bolster making the knife weigh less because of its slim design, making it require less energy. The Wusthof Classic Ikon blade easily is used and resharpened.
The Classic Ikon Wusthof knife has hollow edges that make it for food items to be removed from the blade more easily.
The Classic Ikon Wusthof knife is designed with a double bolster geometry that ensures balanced handling of the knife and guarantees effortless cutting.
The Blade width of the Wusthof Ikon knife includes; 20mm, 25mm, 28mm, 31mm, 40mm, 46mm, 47mm, and 78mm. The Blade length of the Wusthof Ikon Knife includes; 7cm, 8cm, 9cm, 12cm, 14cm, 16cm, 17cm, 18cm, 20cm and 23cm.
The Handle length of the Wusthof Ikon Classic knife includes; 95mm, 106mm, 109mm, 114mm, and 130mm.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon Knife product types include; Bread knives, Boning Knives, Carving knives, Chinese chef’s Knives, Cook’s knives, Knife Block sets, Paring Knives, Peeling Knives, Santo Knives, Sausage Knives, Sharpening steels, Steak knives, and Utility knives.
Finally, the Wusthof Classic Ikon knife can be used for carving, chopping, cutting, deboning, honing, mincing, and peeling. Which includes; bones, bread, cabbage, fillet, fish, fruits, herbs, meat, pizza, roast, vegetables, steak, round vegetables, dry or semi-dry sausage, ham, and head of lettuce.
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WUSTHOF GOURMET VS IKON
In my last article, on the Wusthof knife set classic vs Gourmet, I explained extensively the similarities and differences between the Wusthof Gourmet and the Wusthof knife set classic.
Today, I am going to highlight the Wusthof Gourmet vs Ikon Wusthof knife. Let’s see if there are any major similarities and differences that make them unique.
Let’s start from their place of Origin, the Wusthof Gourmet and Ikon are both manufactured in Solingen, Germany.
The Wusthof Gourmet knife has a stamped blade and a triple-riveted design while the Ikon Classic Wusthof knife has a triple-riveted design with a fully exposed tang and ergonomic handle.
The Wusthof Gourmet and Wusthof Ikon knife blades both are made up of High-carbon, rust-resistant stainless steel.
The Wusthof Gourmet knife has a traditional sharp edge with an 18.5 in angle per side while the Ikon Wusthof knife has a PEtec (Precision Edge Technology) edge with 14 in angle per side.
The Rockwell hardness of the Wusthof Gourmet knife and Ikon Wusthof knife collection are both 58 HRC.
The Wusthof Gourmet knife product line includes knives with wavy edges and decorative ability but the Ikon Wusthof Knife doesn’t include such product designs.
One striking difference between the Wusthof Gourmet vs Ikon is that the Ikon Wusthof knife is forged while the Wusthof Gourmet knife is stamped.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WUSTHOF GOURMET VS IKON
For the record the Wusthof gourmet and Ikon are both good kitchen knives however they differ in their model, the Wusthof gourmet is in the stamped series while the Wusthof Ikon is of the forged series. You can read my previous articles to know more about forged and stamped blades
WUSTHOF CLASSIC VS GOURMET VS IKON
When placed side by side these kitchen knives differ in ways
Wusthof – Synthetic Handle
The Wusthof and Ikon knife has a much more durable and thicker blade than the Gourmet blades because of the difference in the manufacturing process.
This is because the Wusthof is forged while the gourmet is stamped.
The Ikon is placed at a higher price than the gourmet and Wusthof because they are made differently.
Wusthof classic– full-sized bolster for protection
Gourmet- No Bolster
Ikon– Double bolster
WUSTHOF IKON BLACKWOOD
Blackwood is an African wood that is very rare and sustainable, mainly used in the manufacturing of the handles of the Wusthof Ikon knife line or model.
The African Blackwood is also known as Grenadilla wood.
The Wusthof Ikon Blackwood makes the Ikon Classic Knife model very attractive and well-balanced.
The African Blackwood is one of the hardest and heaviest woods in the world making the Wusthof Ikon Blackwood knife a full–tang precision-forged knife that features a double bolster.
Wusthof knives are carefully designed German forged knives that can perform both small and big kitchen tasks. During the manufacturing of the Wusthof knives, chef and Professional cooks were consulted in order to give consumers the very best in kitchen cutlery.
Wusthof knives are super sharp, have a balanced handle that won’t slip when handled with the arms. Wusthof knives have come a long way and have been in the industry for over 200 years, nothing can go wrong with this Premium German Knife set.
Finally, the Wusthof knives have so many collections or models each having various features that make them unique or stand out. Examples of the Wusthof knives series or collections includes the Wusthof Performer, Wusthof classic knives, Wusthof classic Ikon, Wusthof Gourmet, Wusthof Aeon, Wsuthof classic White, Wusthof Classic Ikon crème, Wusthof Crafter, Wusthof Ikon, Wusthof Epicure, Wusthof Urban Farmer, Wusthof Silver Point and Wsuthof Grand Prix II.
Below are some recommendations of the Wusthof collections;
WUSTHOF CLASSIC STEAK KNIVES
Our first example of the Wusthof knife set collection will be the Wusthof classic 4 Piece steak set made up of stainless steel.
This Wusthof classic steak knife set was hand-forged in 38 manufacturing steps by skilled craftsmen to give you the very best.
The high-carbon stainless steel blades are hardened to maintain a sharp edge, while the full tang provides perfect balance with riveted, high-impact composition handles.
You can easily cut meat and entertain in style with this set of four Wusthof Classic steak knives.
The Wusthof 4 Piece steak knife set also comes with a hollow edge that prevents food from sticking to the blades and making them easy to use.
The Wusthof classic steak knives are designed with a new precision technology that makes the knife sharper to 14 degrees per side for a total of 28 degrees thereby increasing the sharpness retention.
If you are looking for great premium quality steak knives, then I highly recommend them. This classic Wusthof steak knife set can slice meat like butter with a little effort.
The Wusthof classic steak knife collection is well balanced and sharpened to perfection.
The Wusthof steak knife set Includes four 4 1/2″ Hallow Edge Steak Knives. This knife allows cooks to effortlessly prep a wide array of fresh produce, including starchy vegetables like potatoes, which tend to stick to a knife’s blade.
The durable Wusthof Cutlery is crafted to resist corrosion and dulling.
To keep them in great shape and lasting a lifetime, always wash by hand only!! (Watch out they are sharp!) and never, ever put them in the dishwasher.
WUSTHOF GOURMET 7-PIECE STEAK-KNIFE SET WITH WOODEN BLOCK
With the Wusthof Gourmet 7 Piece knife set, you can easily perform all your cutting, slicing, dicing, and mincing tasks in the kitchen.
This Wusthof Gourmet set includes six steak knives and one beechwood knife block. This unique knife set features high carbon stainless steel blades for long-lasting durability.
The blades are forged from a single piece of tempered high carbon steel to ensure outstanding strength. The blade of each knife features Wusthof etching and the trident symbol, the steel formula, and the city of origin.
The blade also features Wusthof’s signature Precision Edge Technology which provides extraordinary sharpness and ensures that blades retain their edge 30 percent longer.
These knives are resistant to odor absorption and staining and feature handles that is made from a durable synthetic material and extend all the way to the end of the full tang.
The bolsters/finger guards are Wusthof’s “signature” feature; it accounts for the heft, or solid balanced feel that one gets from the Wusthof knife. This set is ideal for all of your kitchen cutting tasks.
This is a really amazing knife- top-notch awesome knife, very light and very impressive cut. Looks great too on the kitchen counter.
WUSTHOF IKON COOK’S KNIFE, 8 INCH
The Wusthof Ikon cook’s knife is one of the most important knives in the Kitchen. The Wusthof Ikon cook’s knife can handle any cutting task from chopping, dicing, mincing, and slicing of meat and vegetables.
The weight of the Wusthof cook’s knife is pristine, feels great in the hand, and excellent blade with superb workmanship.
I highly recommend this knife for everyday use as the handle is made up of African Blackwood and Blade forged from one piece of high carbon stainless steel.
WUSTHOF IKON PARING KNIFE, 3.5″ INCH
The Wusthof Ikon Paring Knife is by far one of the best knife set lines out there. Extremely comfortable and sharp. Honing and sharpening are extremely easy.
Easily perform all of your cutting, slicing, dicing, and mincing tasks in the kitchen with this Classic Ikon paring knife from Wusthof.
The blade of the Wusthof Ikon Paring Knife also features Wusthof’s signature Precision Edge Technology which provides extraordinary sharpness and ensures that blades retain their edge 30 percent longer.
This knife is resistant to odor absorption and staining and has a triple-riveted African Blackwood handle, one of the hardest types of wood, which expands and contracts less than most traditional woods.
It also has a full tang and an ergonomic fit for a secure grip. It features a rear bolster that acts as a counterbalance during use for added control, as well as a forward bolster that makes it possible to sharpen the complete length of the blade.
This paring knife is ideal for mincing shallots, onions, and fresh herbs and cleaning and cutting vegetables. It includes a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty and is the perfect addition to any kitchen.
The Blackwood series knives are really nice looking and function great; they are hard to beat. You will not be disappointed with the overall looks of any of them. Wusthof the IKON series with African Hardwood handles are incredibly good knives.
WUSTHOF CLASSIC IKON SANTOKU, 7-INCH, HOLLOW EDGE
The Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife with Hollow edge can be used daily at home and in a busy restaurant. The Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife is very light and comfortable to handle.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon knives feature a distinctive, double bolster design for professional-style heft, exceptional balance, and beauty.
The handle is made of a highly durable synthetic material – Polyoxymethylene (POM) – which has a tighter molecular structure to resist fading and discoloration. The elegant shape of the handle is designed for a comfortable grip.
I use this knife every day in a busy restaurant. Very light and comfortable handle.
WUSTHOF EPICURE COOK’S KNIFE, 8 INCH
The Wusthof Epicure cook’s knife is made in Solingen, Germany, and its Precision-forged.
The Epicure cook’s knife is designed for slicing, dicing, and chopping all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and more.
The Handle of the Wusthof Epicure cook’s knife is made of the same wood composite found in Epicurean cutting boards.
The balance of the Wusthof Epicure cook’s knife is phenomenal. The edge is more pronounced in its curve allowing you to get a better motion while cutting and you can still work the herbs. The air pockets add versatility you don’t get from a traditional cleaver and keep food from sticking. The cutting edge is 10 degrees so it is incredibly sharp.
This is a knife that should be in any active cook’s kitchen. If you are looking for a nimble, solid, sharp, and envy-inducing knife, this is a great buy!
This knife is perfect for professional uses but also offers a great look that will avail you of pride and compliments as you use it at home.
You will definitely love the weight distribution and the ease of use of this knife. The handle is so wonderfully smooth, feels great in the hand.
The Wusthof Epicure series is outstanding and will make a great gift. Excellent balance, shape, and performance.
WUSTHOF GOURMET VS CLASSIC
The most important difference between the Wusthof Gourmet knife and the Classic Wusthof knife is how they are made. The Wusthof Gourmet knife is stamped while the classic Wusthof knife is forged. Allow me to explain what this means;
They are made of individual steel that is heated at high temperatures and hammered repeatedly; this process makes the blade heavier, harder and durable. It helps to keep its sharper edges longer.
They are stamped out of a sheet of stainless steel, with heat treatment. This lesser manufacturing process makes it cheaper to afford.
With the comparison of the Wusthof knife set classic and Gourmet knife, you already know which one suits your need in your kitchen.
I will make this easy for you by listing the models of the Wusthof forged knife and the Wusthof stamped knife.
Wusthof forged models are; Epicure, Ikon, Classic, Classic Ikon, and Grand Prix II.
Wusthof stamped Models are; Pro and Gourmet.
Another striking difference between the Wusthof Gourmet vs the classic Wusthof knife is that the Wusthof knife set classic is forged with Precision edge technology that has the ability to make the blade 20% sharper twice the edge retention than the Gourmet Wusthof knife set or any other Wusthof series, collection or models.
WUSTHOF CLASSIC VS IKON
The Wusthof classic and Wusthof Ikon knife series have some similarities and are a little different in design and use. Let’s see their comparison below;
The Handle length of the Wusthof Classic Ikon knife includes; 95mm, 106mm, 109mm, and 114mm while the Handle length of the Wusthof Ikon knife includes; 95mm, 106mm, 109mm, 114mm, and 130mm.
Secondly, the Wusthof Classic Ikon knife handle material is made up of a resilient synthetic handle that is riveted while the Ikon Wusthof knife handle material is made up of African Blackwood.
The Wusthof Classic and Wusthof Ikon knives have the same hardness grade which is 58HRC.
The Wusthof classic Ikon knives blade length includes; 7cm, 8cm, 9cm, 12cm, 14cm, 16cm, 17cm, 18cm, 20cm, 23cm, 26cm and 32cm while the Blade length of the Ikon Wusthof knife includes; 7cm, 8cm, 9cm, 12cm, 14cm, 16cm, 17cm, 18cm, 20cm and 23cm.
The Blade width of the Wusthof Classic Ikon knife dimensions includes; 20mm, 23mm, 25mm, 28mm, 31mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 46mm, 47mm, and 78mm, While, the Blade width for the Ikon Wusthof knife includes; 20mm, 25mm, 28mm, 31mm, 40mm, 41mm, 46mm, 47mm and 78mm.
Finally, both the Wusthof Classic Ikon and Ikon Wusthof knife’s set manufacturing method is forged!
WUSTHOF CLASSIC IKON CRÈME DISCONTINUED
The Wusthof Classic Ikon crème knife set series or collection is another premium German cutlery from the Wusthof Family.
Though they are rare to see, at the time of researching about the Wusthof classic Ikon Crème knife set, they haven’t been discontinued yet. If you can’t find them on Amazon, I recommend you check the Wusthof Official website to see the list of distributors and retail centers.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon crème knife is manufactured using the forged method. They are also forged from a single piece of specially tempered high carbon stainless steel with a full tang that ensures outstanding strength.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon crème series knife ensures a Precision Edge technology blade edge as this new technology ensures an exceptional cutting performance and superior long-lasting sharpness.
The Wusthof Classic Ikon crème knife series is made up of a resilient riveted synthetic handle.
The specially designed bolster and triple-riveted handle of the Wusthof Classic Ikon crème knife are very comfortable and perfectly balanced for effortless cutting.
Luxurious and elegant, the Wusthof Ikon Crème will perform all your cutting tasks. Hand washing is recommended. Made in Germany, Lifetime Warranty.
The product type for the Wusthof classic Ikon crème knife includes; Boning knife, Chinese chef knife, Bread knife, Carving knife, Fillet knife, Utility knife, Santoku knife, Peeling knife, and Knife Block Set.
Finally, the Wusthof Classic Ikon crème knife can be used for cutting, chopping, filleting, peeling, serving, deboning, and carving.