I'm looking into buying a set. I tried out the 8" chef's knife and the vegetable knife at Williams-Sonoma. I *love* them. But before I go back in there and throw my money at them like I'm not an adult with bills to pay, anyone have any reviews?
Fabulous. I have used the Ikons (yay, in-store demos), and while I concede that they are a well-made knife, the Classics just feel better in my hand. It was like the first Harry Potter movie, when they placed the correct wand in his hand. Seriously, there was a bright light from the heavens and my clothing rippled in the sudden breeze.
I have a set of the classics (yay generous sister!) and I really really like them. Just the weight and balance helps with cutting and chopping. I had a set of inexpensive Rada knives and they were great when I didn't have a ton of money to spend, but then when I switched to the Wusthoff, chopping became a joy.
The Classics are a nice knife. I'm confident you'll love them. Are you sure you need the vegetable knife? With an 8" chef's knife it's kind of redundant. Consider a 4" paring knife and/or a 10" bread knife.
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