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Old 06-11-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried the Wolfgang Puck Knives?

I own a selection of six Henckels "Professional S" series knives, and am quite happy with them. However, as my budget is not unlimited, when I went to buy cookware, I did the reasearch, and decided to buy the Wolfgang Puck brand, which I have also been quite happy with for several years.

Due to assorted computer problems, I have been offline for several months, and only have gotten back online within the last couple of days. Last night I went to the HSN site, which is the official home to the Wolgang Puck cookware, just to see what was new, and was astonished at seeing a new line of Wolfgang Puck knives.

They are high-carbon stainless, just like my beloved Henckels, the sets actually contain only knives I would use, and they seem absurdly inexpensive for what they apparently are.

It almost makes me wish I were shopping for knives again. I'm not, but I'm curious. Does anyone have any experience with these?


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Old 06-11-2006, 02:02 PM   #2
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I also have the Henckels Professional S and am very happy with them. I cannot tell you anything about the WP knives., sorry.
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Old 06-12-2006, 12:22 PM   #3
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$69.98 for a 14 piece set??? I know that you can't always judge by price, but that seems almost too good to be true for any sort of real quality. I couldn't possibly buy them sight unseen... without handling them that is.
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Old 06-12-2006, 04:16 PM   #4
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I agree that price seems like a red flag. It is very true that price is not always an indication as to quality so I am not saying that these knives are junk, but I am skeptical. Do we know if they are stamped or forged?
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Old 06-12-2006, 04:40 PM   #5
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I agree that price seems like a red flag. It is very true that price is not always an indication as to quality so I am not saying that these knives are junk, but I am skeptical. Do we know if they are stamped or forged?
From the photo on the HSN site, they look exactly like Henckels Professional S which are forged knives.
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It is possible that you stumbled upon something great here Kelly.
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:04 PM   #7
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Since they do not say that these knives are forged ... and looking at the comparable list price of $199 - I would have to guess that these are "stamped". WP has two sets of steak knives - one doesn't specify how made for $29.90 - the other explicitly states "forged" and is $39.90. That might be a clue.

Stamped are cheaper to make than forged ... and we have had some debates in here in the past about are forged really worth the extra expense for basic kitchen cutlery. I don't know ...

The folks at HSN customer support don't know any more than what is written on their website about these knives. If anyone would like to pursue it more ... the number for Wolfgang Puck's customer service department is 1-800-275-8273 (9-4:30 EST).

Of course, you can read the reviews, and we all know how gushy everyone gets when they have a sharp set of knives to work with. I get the same way 3-4 times a year when I sit down and give mine a good sharpening with an oil stone - like having a new set of knives!
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Old 06-12-2006, 07:31 PM   #8
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I have one Henckels 8-inch French knife that I've had for years.

Didn't follow that up with the same brand though.


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Yes, could be a good thing.

Stamped blades don't usually have bolsters. I suspect these are of the SCT variety. However, the description for the steak knife set specifically says it is forged. I'm tempted to buy the Chef/ Paring/ Cutting board set for $19.98 just to see what they're like.

At least this way I'd have a chef's knife I wouldn't have to respect and baby as much; I'd just chuck it in the dishwasher, and who cares if the handle greys? I've thought about this in the past anyway. You know, like when you are making a sandwich and all you have to do is take one slice off of an onion or something? Takes much longer to wash and dry the the knife than to make the cut. It would be nice just to make the one slice and then into the dishwasher it goes.

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Yes, could be a good thing.

Stamped blades don't usually have bolsters. I suspect these are of the SCT variety. However, the description for the steak knife set specifically says it is forged. I'm tempted to buy the Chef/ Paring/ Cutting board set for $19.98 just to see what they're like.

At least this way I'd have a chef's knife I wouldn't have to respect and baby as much; I'd just chuck it in the dishwasher, and who cares if the handle greys? I've thought about this in the past anyway. You know, like when you are making a sandwich and all you have to do is take one slice off of an onion or something? Takes much longer to wash and dry the the knife than to make the cut. It would be nice just to make the one slice and then into the dishwasher it goes.

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There's more to it than discoloration of the handle, Kelly. The force of the water jets in the DW can cause the knife blade to be struct by other metal objects, nicking the edge, etc.

However, it might be worth the small investment to find out just how good the are.
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