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Wusthof Knives Part 1: Steel and Production

WÜSTHOF are one of the few knife manufacturer’s who, to this day, still follow the steps of the forging process from start to finish. This makes their knives incredibly durable and gives them an effortless cut.

For the next twelve weeks, we’ll be covering WÜSTHOF and their knives and tools. I found this video very interesting as it takes you through the process of producing WÜSTHOF knives. WÜSTHOF uses everything from the latest computer skills to robots and skilled professionals in making each knife.

And for what it’s worth… I thought it would be fun to include their formula for their knives.

WÜSTHOF knives are all made of a special steel alloy.  X50 Cr MoV 15–a special alloy for superb knives.

  • X: Stainless Steel
  • 50: 0.5% carbon–the carbon content is significant for sharpness
  • Cr: Chromium for stain-resistant properties
  • Mo: Molybdenum enhances the stain-resistant properties
  • V: Vanadium for hardness and edge retention
  • 15: Contents of chromium % (15%)

Important features of a high value forged WÜSTHOF knife:

  • -Exceptionally sharp.
  • -Long lasting cutting edge.
  • -High stain resistance.
  • -Easily restorable edge.

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More on Wusthof Knives:

Part 2: The Evolution of a Forged Knife
Part 3: Details of a Forged Knife
Part 4: Precision Edge Technology
Part 5: The 3 Blade Types
Part 6: The Cook’s Knife
Part 7: How to Use a Cook’s Knife
Part 8: Save Your Fingers! Tips on Cutting Correctly
Part 9: A Guide to Keeping Knives Sharp
Part 10: Proper Care for Long-Lasting Knives
Part 11: Storing Knives
Part 12: Coming Soon

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