Six steak knives from Wusthof’s Gourmet line — their least expensive — come with their own handsome oak storage block in this seven-piece block set. Convenient for out-of-the-way countertop storage, the dedicated steak knife block is a great idea. The knives themselves are good but definitely at the bottom end of Wusthof’s offerings.
Good features include laser-cut stain-free blades of chrome-molybdenum-vanadium steel alloy. Manufactured with plain edges, these steak knives can actually be honed with a sharpening steel. With only a little extra care, you’ll have no more dull steak knives at the table. Like the other smaller knives in Wusthof’s Gourmet series, these steak knives do not have full tang handles, but they come close. The narrower flat tang of these knives is completely encased in the polymer handle and triple-riveted in place, giving the knives the same general appearance as Wusthof’s full tang prep knives.
The shape of the knife blank is laser cut, not stamped, from a sheet of high carbon steel. Laser cutting reduces stress on the knife blank, eliminating distortion. Since there’s no forging involved, the steel retains all of its original characteristics. On the down side, there’s less steel in these thinner blades, making them more vulnerable to bending stress — especially at the junction with the handle.
This stain-free steel is rated dishwasher safe but does discolor if food dries on the blade and may spot with rust if improperly dried. A quick hand wash-and-dry after use — with a mild detergent and no citrus scents (the acid may etch the metal) — is the best way to care for these knives. High temperatures and harsh cleaners in an automatic dishwasher could shorten their lifetimes.