Much lighter than the typical forged Wusthof knife, this Wusthof Gourmet 9-Inch Fish Fillet Knife features a slender blade of razor edged and flexible laser-cut stainless steel. The high carbon blade of Wusthof’s special no-stain X50CrMoV15 alloy steel holds an edge well and is easily re-sharpened with a handheld honing steel.
The dark molded synthetic handle serves as grip, bolster, and fingerguard, seamlessly formed around a concealed rat tail tang that’s secured by one stout rivet near the base of the grip. Everything about it is simple and functional.
Wusthof’s manufacturing process eliminates many of the problems associated with stamped steel blades. Laser-cutting the knife blanks from sheets of stainless steel gives the knife its basic shape without any of the distortions and internal stresses of stamped blades. Computer controlled grinding refines and bevels the blade. Lasers measure the resulting edge and detect any microscopic deviations. The finished blades are consistent in temper and uniform in quality.
This process seems very well suited to the making of a good filet knife, where the ability to fit the shape of the bone structure yields the best fillets with the least waste. Forging a filet knife is much more complicated and expensive than the simplified process Wusthof developed, which puts a knife of better quality in your hands at a lower cost.