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Wüsthof CLASSIC IKON Santoku - 4176 / 17 cm

4.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • The Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife with 17 cm forged steel blade is the perfect mix of east and west. Taking influence from the beautiful Japanese Santoku style but combined with German precision and quality,this knife posses a razor sharp cutting edge and retains its sharpness for longer than many of its peers with a 58 Rockwell rating.
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  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm ; 186 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
  • Item model number: WU4176
  • ASIN: B000WW45NY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Jan. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,639 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Created with the oriental influence of Japanese Santoku knives,but with German precision and attention to detail,the Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife with 17cm blade successfully mixes elements of east and west into one of the most impressive knives of its kind. The Santoku derives its name from the Japanese word 'san' meaning 'three'; this name was given to this particular type of blade because it is suited to three tasks - chopping,slicing and mincing. The Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife has an extra sharp edge that makes it ideal for finely slicing meat,fish and vegetables. ,With its hollow edged blade,this knife allows for an extremely fine cut as the air pockets prevent food from becoming stuck on the blade. With this design feature added by Wüsthof the German influence shines through. However it is important to acknowledge what the Germans refer to as gestalt; meaning 'to look at the whole over the sum of its parts',this knife has a collection of impressive features that collectively creates a truly beautiful knife. ,Its blade it forged from one piece of solid steel giving the Wusthof Classic Santoku a sturdy and carefully weighted feel. The handle is moulded to match the contours of your knife making it extremely easy to handle and with its blade slightly shorter than that of a chef's knife,the Santoku is a more suitable for multi purpose use especially in a smaller kitchen. ,With a 58 Rockwell blade,the Wusthof Classic Ikon Santoku knife with 17cm blade will retain its sharpness for longer than many of its peers,thereby making it safer to use and more efficient.

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You could buy a whole set of knives in a block for less than the price of this single knife , DONT, quality comes at a price , Wusthof are the finest knives you can buy , buy them one at a time until you have the exact knife set that suits you ,,,,,,,ps your family ,partner etc will think you are mad but we know differently, buy the best ALWAYS !!!!
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Having recently caught the cooking bug I decided to invest in a good quality knife, I did not expect the difference to be so apparent, this knife will cut vegetables like butter.

Previously I had thought it necessary to use a serrated knife to cut tomatoes, with this knife gravity will do all the work no back and forth motion required. Definitely recommended !
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Having made do for the first 11 years of married life with standard 7 knife block for £40, our 11th anniversary loomed and the traditional gift being steel, I researched into good knives. My wife had wanted a Santoku knife for some time, and every article said that if you can afford a Wusthof then buy one - "There are other good brands but stretch for this and you won't be disappointed". I cannot provide a comparison test, but this knife is fantastic. It cuts through vegetables as if they were butter. And tomatoes - for which I had always thought a serrated knife was obligatory - not with this Santoku knife. I would therefore fully recommend this knife - and I certainly will aim to buy Wusthof for future "good knife" purchases.
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If you want quality knives and have a use for them buy them they will last a life time if you take care of them. there are more expensive knives on the market but it doesn't mean they are better For the quality and price I find Wusthof hard to beat
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This is already going to be a short review; it's a great knife.

In a little more detail, when I decided I was going to join the ranks of "people who own a good knife" I started asking around on the internet; forums, blogs, and the like. The advise was generally "You need to try a knife, feel it in your own hands, and decide which one feels best". Fair enough advise, but then the other advise more often than not was "Buy a Wusthof!". I went with the latter.

Almost a year later and I'm still happy; the Wusthof Santoku is *sharp*; I can cut through tomatoes without a serrated blade, and onions in a matter of seconds - and I'm not exactly fast with a knife (I'm not a chef, just a food blogger).

Again - a great knife, well worth the purchase. It will make you enjoy the preperation of vegetables etc even more, which will only encourage you to cook more - and that is a good thing.
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This is a beautifully balanced Santoku knife. The blade is insanely sharp and the handle gives good grip and a lovely natural ease of use. Notice how the handle rises slightly making sure you won't catch your knuckles on the chopping board. It is a thing of beauty. It's so sharp it'll cut into the chopping board. I had to think long and hard before purchasing this knife due to the price tag, but it emanates quality and should give a lifetime of service and perhaps even become an heirloom. This is no knife for putting in the cutlery drawer or chucking it into a dishwasher, it demands to be cared for and cherished, just a swill under the tap and drying immediately, and back onto the knife rack. The high carbon steel gives a really satisfying and reassuring ring when the knife is pulled from a magnetic knife rack. It cuts like a dream. I completely love it!
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Forget what you thought you might know of sharp knives. As a woodworker I am used to honing blades to precision sharpness. This knife comes straight out of the box razor (literally!), sharp. It's important that you are careful with this knife. Great for the easy, fine chopping of vegetables and general cooking needs. Balance is just right and easy to clean (preferably by hand. Very expensive, but if you do a lot of food preparation worth it. Besides, it looks cool!
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I love my Ikon knives but I have always avoided buying the Santoku as it a specialised tool and find that my normal ''French style'' Chef's knife is more practical. The Santoku is a very desirable knife and does have its uses but be warned it is not for everyone as it has a different action (you can't rock the blade as it has a flat profile!) to the traditional cooks knife and really takes some getting used too! The santoku has a shorter blade and so you cannot use it, to , lets say, slice a joint of beef, whereas a cooks knife will double as a carving knife. I know by looking at other items that reviewers have bought that some have bought this knife on the back of seeing Gordon Ramsay using one in his TV shows and thought ''Wow,I want one of those''. Well don't forget that Gordon can Afford to buy as many knives as he wants and probably has umteen Traditional Chef's knives in his kitchen as well as his santoku so he can use whatever he pleases!
If you really want a practical kitchen knife then spend your money on the 8 or 10 inch Chef's (cook's) knife and leave the Santoku to the experts.
The only other knives you need in a domestic Kitchen are a paring knife and a bread knife (you will be quite surprised what you can slice with the serrated blade of a good bread knife, brilliant for cutting up a pineapple, yes, really!

Please choose wisely and think about what you want or need from a knife before spending this kind of money, buy the wrong one and you will regret it.

Hope my review helps with your choice!

Update:
I recently treated myself to this knife as I wanted to try a knife with a scalloped (Gratton) edge for preparing Asian cuisine and I must say, for its intended use it is a real gem.
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