The German Dream Knives and Knife Sets Every Level of Chef Needs

The German Dream Knives and Knife Sets Every Level of Chef Needs

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May 30th, 2019

The German Dream Knives and Knife Sets Every Level of Chef Needs

For centuries, there were three centers of bladesmithing in the Western world from which the finest knives, swords, scissors, and razors outside of Asia were made. They were Sheffield, England; Toledo, Spain; and Solingen, Germany. While the steel from Toledo was considered the best, it was widely agreed that the finest workmanship, best bladesmiths, and most skillfully-crafted knives and swords could be found in “The City of Blades,” Solingen.

In fact, Solingen blades were so finely made and so sought out that of those three blade-making capitals, it is the only one that remains the center of a thriving knife-making industry from which many of the world’s finest blades are still produced. Two of the most famous Solingen cutlers are Zwilling J.A. Henckels and Wusthof. Much of the culinary world considers knife sets from Henckels and Wusthof the standard against which all other knife sets are judged.

A Zwilling J.A. Henckels Set
Zwilling J.A. Henckels could be considered the leader of the Solingen knife-making industry. They are the largest knife-maker in Solingen and one of the largest in the world. The brand is renowned for its quality and has a historical pedigree that just can’t be beat. They’ve been making knives for centuries and making them with the same Guild-registered trademark since the early 1700s. Which, incidentally, makes their trademark one of the oldest in the world. Zwilling J.A. Henckels’ knives are well-known for their heft. They’re not overly heavy, but substantial enough to provide a solid cutting tool aided by gravity. That quality, history, and their experience means that a Henckels knife set can’t miss.

A Wusthof Set
Wusthof is the second of the “Big Two” cutlery firms in Solingen, after Henckels. They are smaller than Henckels but, importantly, have been family-run since 1814 and are to this day. Due to their unbroken commitment to quality and smaller, family-managed oversight, there is a sizable camp within the culinary community that swear by chef knives from Wusthof, even over Henckels. Wusthof knives tend to be a touch lighter and slimmer-profiled than Henckels’ blades, which is either a benefit or detriment, depending on the chef’s preference. The debate over which of the big two is superior may never be solved, but that the debate is even taking place means that a set of Wusthof knives is an investment no level of chef will regret.

A Messermeister Royale Elité8-Inch Stealth Chef’s Knife
With a name like “Messermeister,” it is likely no surprise that their incredibly sleek, ergonomic, efficient, sturdy, and endlessly useful Royale Elité 8-Inch Stealth Chef’s Knife is produced at their factory in Solingen, Germany. Competing with the Big Two in Solingen means that for any cutlery brand to succeed, thrive, or even stay in business, they need to produce a pretty spectacular collection of blades. Messermeister has certainly done that. The Royale Elité Stealth Chef’s Knife has been hand-forged to make the blade 25% thinner and 10% lighter than the average chef’s knife. The use of German 1.4116 stainless carbon alloy steel ensures that the width and weight of the blade can be decreased for lighter, less fatiguing use while retaining terrific strength and holding a razor edge.

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