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    Published on January 11th, 2011 | by Heather


    Wenger & Wusthof: Knives That Strut Their Stuff

    Though stock­ing stuffers have of­fi­cial­ly passed us for an­oth­er year, we feel the need to name a cou­ple gifts that might come in handy next year or can al­so be con­sid­ered an ide­al pre­sent for those who have up­com­ing birth­days or spe­cial oc­ca­sions and ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­rade of us­es.

    Wenger is known for their swiss-made knives as they made Swiss Army back in 1893. They have branched out and re­cent­ly we had the plea­sure of uti­liz­ing the No­mad Com­pass watch. It had a muli­tude of en­deav­ors and was an­oth­er tri­umph for Wenger. Though knives are their first love, they have al­ready tak­en a thought­ful and clever ap­proach to their “Evo­lu­tion Se­ries” knives which we were first in­tro­duced to in 2005. Their nat­u­ral out­look ap­pre­ci­ates the en­vi­ron­ment with an ef­fort in con­ser­va­tion. Waste ma­te­ri­al, in this case; wal­nut, that oth­er­wise would have been dis­posed of has found a sec­ond life as a pock­etknife. In this case, the EvoWood 11.

    The EvoWood 11 boosts in­nu­mer­able us­es start­ing with a 2.5” Blade that dou­bles as a Phillips screw­driv­er, cap lifter, wire strip­per, nail file and clean­er, keyring, and awl. The nat­u­ral wal­nut is stained to a dark fin­ish and is a mul­ti-pur­pose knife that can help with all sorts of trick­ery. As of press time, the “EvoWood 11” is out of stock from Wenger, but you can pur­chase from the Swiss Knife Shop for around $52. And Wenger al­so makes sev­er­al oth­er mod­els in the line with ad­di­tion­al fea­tures and im­ple­ments- 16, 18, and the full S557.

    Switch­ing to a Ger­man-made prod­uct, Wusthof has brought the best to the table with their kitchen knives that please use ev­ery­time we use. The “Clas­sic 6-inch Util­i­ty Knife” is the ide­al part­ner for slic­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles.

    Some back­ground might help you un­der­stand Wusthof’s prepa­ra­tion in knife­mak­ing. The Wave knife is forged from one sheet of high-car­bon, no-stain steel, and though the han­dle is made from polypropy­lene, the con­struc­tion is lit­er­al­ly seam­less. And the look is there­fore fair­ly clas­sic- a knife that wouldn’t be out of place in any tra­di­tion­al black-and-sil­ver kitchen, but with a very mod­ern ap­pear­ance of the blade it­self.

    While mak­ing a chick­en stew, I was pleased to ig­nore my mediocre knife col­lec­tion that can bare­ly cut in­to a sweet pota­to. Prepa­ra­tion was quick and pain­less as the clas­sic util­i­ty knife eas­i­ly peeled and chopped my veg­eta­bles. The fruit sal­ad had the same, ex­pect­ed re­sults we’ve come to wel­come from Wusthof. In the past we have uti­lized the 7-inch Clas­sic Wave Knife and was adept at cut­ting bread in­to well…pieces.

    We were able to pur­chase the Clas­sic 6-inch Util­i­ty Knife from Ama­zon for un­der $80.


    About the Author

    Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.

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