Wusthof Classic Ikon & Ikon Blackwood Features and Specifications
Deciphering between the different knife series available from Wusthof can be a bit confusing if you are new to the brand. This article is geared towards explaining the features and benefits of the Wusthof Ikon line, Wusthof premier series.
The Ikon series is includes knives with three different handle finishes. Shoppers can choose between a classic, black finish, a chic ivory finish or a distinctive rare Grenadil African blackwood handle. Wusthof uses a different nomenclature for each handle series; the black handle line is referred to as Classic Ikon, the ivory handles are referred to Classic Ikon Creme or Classic Ikon Ivory, and the Grenadil wood handles are simply referred to as Ikon. While the names are slightly different, the blades and overall construction are identical.
The handles of the Classic Ikon knives are one of the major differences between these and other Wusthof knives. The innovative handles are designed for comfort and control. The shells of the handles are triple-riveted to the full tang running the length of the handle. The handles are also seamless. The double bolster (area between the handle and the blade) is specially designed on the Ikon knives to be thick where the blade joins the handle and is what gives the Ikon series perfect balance and control while cutting. The bolster is one indication that the knife was forged, rather than stamped, from a single piece of steel. The thickness of the bolster shows how thick the original piece of steel was and in this case, size matters. A thicker bolster indicates a better knife.
The Classic Ikon knives are precision forged (not stamped) from one piece of specially tempered high carbon stainless steel that is made just for Wusthof. This special alloy steel ensures outstanding strength, is highly stain resistant and offers extraordinary sharpness that is easy to maintain. The tang of the knife is also important because the tang provides additional strength to the knife and offers better balance. A knife with a full tang is one that has a section of steel running all the way down the handle, as is the case with all of the Wusthof Classic Ikon knives. There are over forty different manufacturing steps that are used to forge the Wusthof knives from the solid piece of special alloy stainless steel. Here is a breakdown of this anatomy on the Wusthof Classic Ikon blade:
The blade of the Classic Ikon and Ikon Blackwood series are also special because they utilize a unique, new Wusthof technology named PEtec, or precision edge technology. This technology offers superior sharpness for several reasons: (1) the blades are measured by a laser before sharpening, (2) a computer program calculates the precise sharpening angle for each blade, (3) the knives are then sharpened on a whetstone using precision robots, (4) the knives are given a final polish using a special disc. The result is an amazing cutting performance, and exceptionally long edge retention and optimum cutting edges along the entire length of the blade.
For a visual reference of the features discussed here, view our video about the Ikon series. If you have any further questions please feel free to leave these in the comments section and we will be happy to answer them.