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Industry Kitchenware
Founded 1814 (1814)
Headquarters Solingen, Germany
Area served
Key people
Harald Wüsthof, Viola Wüsthof
Products Kitchen knives, accessories
Number of employees
Website wusthof.com

Wüsthof (also known as Wüsthof Dreizackwerk (German) and Wüsthof Trident (English)) is a knife-maker based in Solingen, Germany, noted for its high quality products. Family owned for seven generations,[1] the company also sells kitchen shears, pocket knives and other cooking accessories, although on a smaller scale than its main competitor, Henckels.

Wusthof's Classic and Grand Prix series have been recognized as top-rated knife lines by Consumer Reports.


Wüsthof knives have been made in Solingen by the family-owned operation since 1814, currently headed by Harald Wüsthof and Viola Wüsthof.[1]


Classic series tomato knife with tomatoes

All Wüsthof knives are made in Solingen.[1] The company's products compete against high-quality household and professional knife manufacturers, including Messermeister, J.A. Henckels, MAC, MCUSTA Zanmai, CHROMA Cnife, Global, and Friedrich Dick.

All Wüsthof knives are precision forged except for the stamped Emeril and Gourmet and laser cut Silverpoint series. Quality of Wusthof knives is assured by a system of forty manufacturing processes per item.[citation needed] Wüsthof's trademark is a trident in a circle.

Product line[edit]

Wusthof's main series include:

  • Classic - forged with traditional triple riveted polypropylene handle and full-length tang
  • Ikon - contemporary update of the Classic series with wooden handles
  • Classic Ikon - same as Ikon but with an ergonomic handle[2]
  • Ikon Creme - same as Ikon but with white handles
  • Le Cordon Bleu - almost identical to Classic range but with smaller bolster to lessen weight, endorsed by Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, Paris[citation needed]
  • Culinar - contemporary design, with rivetless stainless steel handles and concealed tang
  • Grand Prix - upscale line with rivetless stainless steel handles and concealed tang[citation needed]
  • Grand Prix II - updated version of the Grand Prix with ergonomic handle, also available as Grand Prix II Colour in a variety of coloured handles
  • +Pro - a line designed for use as "house knives" for professional kitchens.
  • Gourmet - lower end line, similar to Classic in looks but without bolster and stamped rather than forged blades
  • Emeril - consumer grade knives with stamped blades[citation needed]
  • Silverpoint - budget knives, laser cut blades and moulded handles
  • XLine - The new range of knives from Wüsthof takes its name from the "X" design on the bolster of the knife, achieved using an innovative forging technique. Dynamic lines, crossing over at the centre of the bolster forming an X, link the handle to the blade in an intelligent and ergonomic way. Edges, corners and straight lines are continued from the blade into the bolster and handle. The X shaped transition between blade and handle ensures that the correct handling of the knife is intuitive, as well as optimum guidance for the blade. The kinetic design of the Xline range sets new standards in shape and function.[citation needed]
Classic series chef's knife (15cm)

Top rated series[edit]

Both the Classic and Grand Prix lines were the top rated knives in a test of knives by Consumer Reports in November 2005, and are consistently given high ratings by Cook's Illustrated magazine.

Professional users[edit]

Wüsthof knives are used by famous chefs worldwide, including Martha Stewart (Classic range), Gordon Ramsay (Classic Ikon range), Jamie Oliver (both Classic and Ikon), James Martin (Culinar), Michael Cox, and Emeril Lagasse (Emeril).


All Wüsthof knives, except Gourmet and Silverpoint series, have the formula "X 50 Cr Mo V 15" etched into their blade, signifying that each is made with 0.5% carbon, 15% chromium and unspecified but smaller amounts of molybdenum and vanadium. X50CrMoV15 is the German DIN standard name of the alloy, with material number (W-Nr standard) 1.4116.



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