Simply put, I awarded the Wusthof Classic Utility Knife the title of Best in Class because I could not find another utility knife which checked off more boxes on my great utility knife checklist. This knife’s combination of length, strength, durability, materials, and incredible balance are what bumped it up into this top position. Of course, its aesthetic appeal didn’t hurt, but I am not the type of person who worries about looks. Making it into the Top Three section of any knife category is all about function – something that this Wusthof knife has in droves.
The main Utility Knives page features a short synopsis of the information contained in this article. If you have already visited that page, you should know a little bit about what we will explore here. Unlike the main page, however, this article will explore details about the Wusthof Classic and, hopefully, help you come to a solid understanding of why I felt it deserved the title “Best in Class”. In this article, I also hope to help you decide if this may be the right utility knife to meet your particular needs.
Small to Mid-Sized Blade
The 4.5-inch blade on this knife is slightly shorter than many of the other utility knives I came across in my journeys. Of course, that does minimize its usability, but not completely. This knife isn’t quite as small as your typical paring knife, which usually features a 3 or 3.5-inch blade. This knife’s 4.5-inch blade length makes it perfect for slicing through fruits, vegetables, and sandwiches.
Though they are not often advertised together, Wusthof also sells a 6-inch version of this knife. The larger version opens you up to more dicing possibilities and the ability to slice larger foods. It does, however, limit your peeling abilities.
Strong and Sturdy
Like every Wusthof knife I have encountered in all of my research for this website, this utility knife has been built with longevity in mind. Its high-carbon stainless steel blade will hold a sharp edge for an extremely long time without requiring the attention of a sharpener. The forging process used to shape this blade made it even stronger – a steel which is nearly impossible to bend or snap. The rust-resistance of the stainless steel alloys in the blade help increase its lifespan as well as your own versatility in terms of cleaning options.