What every best Kitchen Knives has:
- A sharp edge.
- Solid construction.
- A comfortable handle.
Excels at a variety of jobs. Most experts say you only need three knives -- a chef's knife, paring knife and bread knife. The Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Cutlery Set with Storage Block has all three of those, plus a couple of nice extras that many cooks love, like a utility knife (which many knife-shy folks like to use in place of a larger chef's knife), a pair of shears and a honing steel. The one quibble we saw was with the 8-inch bread knife -- most expert and amateur cooks prefer a 10-inch bread knife. Reviewers say these knives are well-balanced and comfortable to hold, with grippy handles that feel extra secure. The walnut knife block is praised for its very attractive appearance as well as its usefulness as a storage system.
Last a lifetime. Like all of the knives in Wusthof's classic collection, the 7-Piece Ikon knife set is forged from a single piece of high carbon steel with a triple-riveted, full tang handle (full tang extends the length of the knife through the grip portion of the handle). It's pricey, but with proper care, say experts, this set will last a lifetime. Most reviewers say the knives hold their edge nicely, and like that it includes a honing tool for keeping that edge. They also say that the knives sharpen up nicely when the need arises; you can either purchase a knife sharpener and do it yourself at home, or send it out to be professionally sharpened. Hand washing is recommended and the shears come apart for ease of cleaning. The set comes with a lifetime warranty.
ConsumerReports.org tests nearly 30 kitchen knife sets, including the Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-piece set, for cutting performance, handle comfort and handle balance. Six are recommended, and one set is also designated as a Best Buy.
Michael Sullivan and Christine Cyr Clisset choose the Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set, saying it's a "classic-looking" set and includes the knives most people find useful. They note that the set should last for years.
The Wusthof Ikon Classic 7-piece Knife Set earns a rare perfect rating of 5-stars, although that's based on just fewer than 20 reviews. Still, owners say they love the selection of knives, saying it includes every type of knife they need to use. They also note that the set is simply beautiful and they love how it looks on their counter.