Let’s begin with the multitude of sizes in which this particular knife is available. I want to begin here, because the variety of sizes is the biggest reason I chose this knife for the “Best Big and Small” spot. Of course, many other factors came into play, as there are other chef’s knives available in many sizes which were not chosen for this spot, but we will come back to those factors a little later on.
This Wusthof knife is available in a total of seven sizes, including blade lengths of 4.5 inches, 6 inches, 7 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 10 inches and 12 inches. Why are different sizes so important? First of all, different people have different-sized hands. Some people have small, dainty hands with long fingers. Some people have tiny hands with stubby fingers. Some people have large hands with long fingers. I could honestly list different types of hands all day long; the point is that different palm sizes, finger lengths, and finger circumferences will impact the ease with which a person can control a specific knife.
Secondly, depending upon the job you are completing, you may find it easier to control one size of a knife over another size. Personally, I find it much easier to chop small onions with a smaller knife and cabbage with a larger knife. Therefore, while a person may select only one of these sizes based on his or her hand size, another person may find it best to purchase multiple sizes and switch the size he or she is using depending upon the task that he or she is completing.
Why not just use a different kind of a knife for a different size of a task? Different knives are created for different tasks and each performs different tasks better than others. A paring knife is excellent for peeling. A boning knife is perfectly shaped for filleting and removing small, delicate bones from fish. A chef’s knife is best used for slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing. It would only make sense, then, to use a chef’s knife for all your slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing needs, no matter how large or small the food you are working with may be. So you may find yourself requiring a larger or smaller chef’s knife to slice, dice, chop, or mince specific sizes of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Sturdy, Strong, and Easy to Control
You know that this Wusthof is available in an array of seven sizes which definitely made it a contender for the “Best Big and Small” title. You may now be asking yourself what prompted me to award that position to this particular knife over the other contenders. The answer is that its quality, when compared with other knives available in a large array of sizes, simply could not be beat.
Its full-tang blade helps lend stability and strength to this knife. It is better balanced and easier to control than half and quarter-tang options. Half and quarter-tang knives also come apart much easier, since they are usually held together with a single rivet. The triple rivet, full-tang design of this knife will hold strongly together for years to come.
Furthermore, the thick bolster between the blade and the handle allows you to easily pinch this knife for optimal control over small, delicate tasks such as mincing herbs.
Positive Consumer Feedback
If I am to be completely honest here, I must tell you that a big reason I selected this particular knife as the “Best Big and Small” was that it has received the most positive consumer reviews among any of the other big and small chef’s knives I have researched. I have seen better reviews for other chef’s knives – I will not lie to you about that. However, those knives were mostly 8-inch and 10-inch knives. Despite searching long and hard, I was unable to find 4.5-inch, 6-inch, 7-inch, 9-inch or 12-inch options with the kind of positive reviews the Wusthof has received, much less such reviews for a knife available in all of these sizes.