The Wusthof Classic Ikon Cook's knife with 20 cm blade is a contemporary fusion of the classic European knife with Japanese influences.
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The Wusthof Classic Ikon Cook's knife with 20 cm blade is rests in your hand perfectly. Its is slightly heavier than many knives of this size so will suit those who prefer the heft of the knife to help when cutting. ,,The forged blade is slightly curved giving you the benefit of being able to chop with a minimum of effort in a rocking motion whilst protecting the knuckles. Manufactured from one piece of steel,this forged blade will give you a real sense of quality and professionalism. ,,With a 58 Rockwell blade,the Wusthof Classic Ikon Cook's 20 cm knife will retain its sharpness for longer than many of its peers,thereby making it safer to use and more efficient. Whether chopping through those tough vegetables or preparing a roast beef joint,the Wusthof Classic Ikon Cook's knife is an indispensable tool. ,,The shape of the handle is contoured to fit comfortably into your hand and the precision bolster compliments this design feature by giving this knife a centre of balance and strength. The extra thin blade reduces resistance and will allow you to efficiently chop through meat,vegetables,fruits and herbs. ,This razor sharp blade with 58 ,Rockwell rating will not only remain sharper for longer but will also ,allow you to cut,chop and slice through larger foodstuffs.
I wanted a replacement for a Henckel 5 star 20cm chef but since it is out of production had to look for something else. My priorities were a sharp blade and ergonomic handle. I also focused on European-style knives out of personal preference. After going to the shop and holding a lot of different knives, I plumped for the Classic Ikon 20cm Chef's knife and have had it for almost a year so feel it's a good time to give my impressions on it.
Blade: I can't claim to be a pro chef with experience using lots of different knives but this is an extremely sharp knife, easy to sharpen and stays sharp.
Weight: it is one of the heaviest knives and much heavier than the 5 star, but not as heavy as, say, the Henckel TWIN Cuisine which felt like it weighed a ton. I held the Grand Prix II as well but, if I remember correctly, found it a little bit too blade-heavy for my liking. The Classic Ikon on the other hand, is handle-heavy: the centre of mass (CoM) is just in front of the first rivet about 2.5cm behind the bolster. The weight distribution may not be to everyone's liking but when I use a pinch-grip, I find my middle and ring fingers are wrapped around the handle exactly where the CoM is, giving the knife great support whilst my thumb and index finger control the blade. Since this is now my go-to knife in the kitchen, I like the fact it has a bit of heft behind it and can cope with pretty much everything.
Bolster: the semi-bolster not only looks good but also makes it easy to sharpen. It provides some protection from the back of the blade, making it comfortable to use with a pinch-grip. I was slightly worried with the Shun for instance, that after prolonged use, my finger would start to rub against the back of the blade and hurt.
Handle: it is very comfortable to hold and I absolutely love it. It also looks great! It can be a little slippery when washing up so I always make sure I wear washing-up gloves whilst handling it, but I've never had any issues with it whilst actually preparing food.
In conclusion, it is a quality knife. As with anything like this, it's always best to go into a shop and hold as many different knives as you can. There are lighter knives on the market such as Globals, Shuns, etc, but for me, this chef's knife is great and very comfortable to hold.Read more ›
It is a heaviest knife that i ever had. A bit pricey but worth it. Well built, perfect design and finish. Extremely sharp, easy to sharp and stay sharp. Does everything wharever it says.Best knife in the market so far. Very pleased.
It;s a great knife well balanced, nice to look at, strong, sharp, well made, but i found it hard to move around and use when using "the circular motion" basically one of the most used cuts in any kitchen. maybe it's not for me or maybe i have to get use to it more. but knives are like shoes if it doesn't fit you, it just doesn't. Extremely sharp, Great Knife, Hope I get used to it.