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I need to buy a knife block and was wondering if it worth buying the $299 Wusthof Classic or if the $129 Wusthof Gourmet is fine? both from Crate and Barrel.

Any opinions out there?

Date: 2007-10-18 12:58 am (UTC)
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I'd go with this one.

Date: 2007-10-18 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweh.livejournal.com
I hate Crate and Barrel; a friend had their wedding list there so I bought stuff and that gave them the excuse to spam me. Grrr

Date: 2007-10-18 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemisha.livejournal.com
Hmm I forgot to mention that the reason we are looking at Crate & Barrel because we have a gift card and haven't been able to find anything else we want to buy from Crate & Barrel.

Date: 2007-10-18 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akkasha.livejournal.com

I think this is the knife block I got:
http://www.amazon.com/W%C3%BCsthof-25-Slot-Knife-Storage-Block/dp/B0001FATNC/ref=pd_bbs_11/102-3150224-6240124?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1192716123&sr=8-11

Or something very similar (can't recall if it is Wusthof or Henkel). Paul & I put it on our wedding registry.

I have to admit, I never purchase the sets. They aren't always the best quality. Though Wusthof is a good company. Often there are knives in the sets I don't use. So you are paying for things you don't want/need. I have bought my knives as needed. I like the larger block as it can also hold things like a cleaver and such (which I bought in Chinatown for a great price).

Date: 2007-10-18 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tactisle.livejournal.com
Cook's Illustrated did a knife test last summer, and the Forschner Fibrox line was their favorite, hands down. It's what they use in their test kitchens now.

They liked 'em better than the Wüsthof Grand Prix II, which is the next line up from the Classic. Plus, the Forstner Fibrox knives cost closer to the Gourmet. With Wüsthof, you're paying a fair bit extra for the name.

If I was buying knives and price were no object, I'd have to say the Henckels 5-Star series have consistently done an incredible job, kept a magnificent edge, and felt like magic in my hands every time.

All that said, I wouldn't pay $100-plus for a set of knives that I hadn't put in my hand and checked the feel of first. But I'm a snob.

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