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This is a review of the Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Block Set, featuring both PROs and CONs of the product. We have been testing this set for the past 2 weeks in our kitchen. (photo from Williams Sonoma)
Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Block Set Review
The Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Block Set includes:
3 1/2″ paring knife.
6″ utility knife.
8″ chef?s knife.
8″ bread knife.
9″ honing steel.
Stainless-steel pull-apart shears.
13-slot storage block.
PRO: This 7-piece set includes the essentials of any kitchen – it’s a great starter set to build upon. The block has 7 additional slots for more knives.
Classic Ikon vs. Classic Knives
The Wüsthof Ikon line of knives is an upgrade from their signature line, Wüsthof Classic (top knife)
Both knives are made from the same steel, handle material, same precision forging and same hand-sharpened blade. The difference is in ergonomics and modern look.
PRO: The Classic Ikon has an improved handle design, the edges are rounded and it fits the hand very well, whether you have large hands or smaller hands. It just fits so well. No hard, squared off edges, like the Classic (which tends to dig into my hand)
PRO: Shortening the bolster (the thicker metal portion between blade and handle) is a big upgrade:
You can utilize the entire length of the edge, and you can sharpen entire length of the blade’s edge. When cutting through dense foods like butternut squash, I like to use the back corner of the edge to whack and tap the squash in one spot to start the cut.
More comfort. Instead of the pronounced and thick edge of the Classic bolster, the Ikon bolster is tapered gently.
(photo from Williams Sonoma)
CON: The shortened bolster also means you have to be...