The Best German Kitchen Knives

Steel blades are commonly shaped by forging. German blades are created by heating single pieces of steel. The steel is then shaped while still hot using a hammer or press. Stock removal blades are shaped by grinding and removing metal. With both methods, after shaping, the steel must be heat treated. This involves heating the steel above its critical point, then quenching the blade to harden it. After hardening, the blade is tempered to remove stress resulting in a tougher blade.

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Wusthof Classic
58 Rockwell rating in hardness; fully forged; full tang
• High carbon stainless steel blade and bolster
• Triple-riveted, full tang handle construction
• Made in Solingen, Germany with a lifetime warranty

Wusthof Classic Ikon
• 58 Rockwell rating in hardness; fully forged; full tang
• High carbon stainless steel blade and bolster
• Triple riveted contoured synthetic handle
• Made in Solingen, Germany with a lifetime warranty

Wusthof Culinar
58 Rockwell rating in hardness; fully forged; full tang
• High carbon stainless steel blade and bolster
• Sophisticated satin finish 18/10 stainless steel handles
• Made in Solingen, Germany with a lifetime warranty

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star
57 Rockwell rating in hardness; fully forged
• High carbon stainless steel blade and bolster
• Full tang, high-impact polypropylene handle
• Made in Germany with a lifetime warranty

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II
57 Rockwell rating in hardness; fully forged
• High carbon stainless steel blade and bolster
• Full tang poly polypropylene handle with end cap
• Made in Germany with a lifetime warranty

Messermeister Meridian Elite
56-57 Rockwell rating in hardness; fully forged
• High carbon molybdenum chromium stainless blade
• Triple riveted full tang polyoxymethaline handle
• Made in Germany with a lifetime warranty

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