Technically a serrated edge knife, the Wusthof Gourmet 6-Inch Utility Knife actually cuts with a scalloped edge. The slight curves of the rounded teeth offer the same long lasting edge protection as a standard sawtooth edge but cut more smoothly.
Wusthof’s scalloped edge serves more versatile purposes than the coarser serrated version, slicing neatly through tender pastries as well as hard crusted baked breads and rolls. This small utility knife can handle many regular kitchen chores with very little maintenance. Slice vegetable and fruit with the six-inch high carbon X50CrMoV15 stainless steel utility blade and, after a little clean-up, go directly to the cake. Use wooden or plastic cutting boards — never glass or ceramic — and the edge will last for years of normal use.
This Wusthof knife is laser cut, not stamped. With synthetic handle slabs fitted precisely to the full tang, the utility blade has the gap-free virtues of Wusthof’s older patterns of forged steel. A simple bolster formed from the handle material provides extra safety. The blade of this light knife is tempered for both toughness and good edge-holding ability. Expect it to flex under stress, not break. Many of the weaknesses built into ordinary stamped steel have been filtered out by the laser cutting process.
Sharpening the scalloped edge is beyond the ability of home chefs, but the Wusthof utility knife can be refurbished by a professional. If you’d prefer a plain edge and the ability to maintain razor sharpness on your own, Wusthof offers a similar Gourmet utility knife without the scalloped cutting edge.
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