Review: WÜSTHOF Classic 2-Piece Prep Set

Published on 02/08/2024 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Melissa Brunetti, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Melissa Brunetti, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Melissa Brunetti
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The Curated Take

4.7/5

The WÜSTHOF Classic 2-Piece Prep Set, comprising a chef's knife and a paring knife, is an excellent starting point for any knife collection, ideal for both professional settings and home use. These knives are praised for their versatility, and they can handle most kitchen tasks with ease, from intricate cuts to peeling. Despite their lack of flexibility, the knives are durable, maintaining sharpness over extended periods with minimal maintenance. Their balanced weight and high-quality German steel construction ensure longevity and ease of use, making the set a valuable investment for those seeking reliable, multi-functional kitchen tools.

Ideal for
  • Great purchase to start any knife collection
  • Chef's knife can be used in most applications
  • Pairing knife is a great peeler
Not ideal for
  • Neither knife is flexible
Storage
Melissa Brunetti, Curated Expert
I mostly used this set in a professional setting in the beginning, and it was very easy to store in my knife roll. Once I brought them home, I bought...Read more
Blade Sharpness
Melissa Brunetti, Curated Expert
While these knives cannot get as sharp as a Japanese knife, they can hold their edge for a long time. This makes them the ideal type of knives to use...Read more
Variety
Melissa Brunetti, Curated Expert
If I were to get just two knives in a set, it would be these two. The chef's knife is good to use in most applications, from prepping vegetables to...Read more
Balance
Melissa Brunetti, Curated Expert
German knives have a reputation for being heavy and clunky. I find these knives to be the opposite. The construction is finessed in a way that makes using them very...Read more
Handle Quality
Melissa Brunetti, Curated Expert
This set has stood the test of time. In the 16 years I have owned them, they have not dented, rusted, or chipped. The handles are very easy to clean...Read more
Blade Quality
Melissa Brunetti, Curated Expert
This is the highest quality German steel that I can ask for. Both knives have kept their integrity throughout my use and have never rusted or dented. They can get...Read more

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About the cutlery
  • Model: WÜSTHOF Classic 2-Piece Prep Set
Test conditions
  • When I was gifted this set: 2008
  • Where I’ve used it: In professional settings and at home
  • How many times I've used it: 500

Expert Reviews of the WÜSTHOF Classic 2-Piece Prep Set

Melissa Brunetti I purchased this set as a starter set fresh out of culinary school, and it has served me well for the last 15 years. These specific knives cover most scenarios I find myself in, except when I need some flexibility in the blade. I personally love to use the pairing knife for intricate knife cuts or as a peeler. I have found them to be of great value. They have really held up nicely over time, and I love that the blade is very low maintenance. It really keeps an edge nicely for a long time between sharpenings.

Product Specs

TangFull
Production methodForged
Blade materialWÜSTHOF Steel
Handle materialStainless Steel
CollectionClassic
Set includesThe Two Piece Chef Set includes 3 1/2" Paring Knife and 6" Cook's Knife

Review Ratings

Storage

5/5
Melissa Brunetti gave 5 of 5 stars. I mostly used this set in a professional setting in the beginning, and it was very easy to store in my knife roll. Once I brought them home, I bought small and large sleeves and stored them in a drawer away from my other utensils. They are very easy to take care of and store.

Blade Sharpness

4/5
Melissa Brunetti gave 4 of 5 stars. While these knives cannot get as sharp as a Japanese knife, they can hold their edge for a long time. This makes them the ideal type of knives to use if someone is busy and will be using them often. Maintaining the knives' sharpness is very easy by simply running them over diamond steel between uses.

Variety

4/5
Melissa Brunetti gave 4 of 5 stars. If I were to get just two knives in a set, it would be these two. The chef's knife is good to use in most applications, from prepping vegetables to slicing steaks to butchering meat. The pairing knife comes in handy for intricate situations like brunoising garlic or tourneing potatoes.

Balance

5/5
Melissa Brunetti gave 5 of 5 stars. German knives have a reputation for being heavy and clunky. I find these knives to be the opposite. The construction is finessed in a way that makes using them very elegant and well-balanced. They have a nice weight in my hand but are lighter than most other German knives I have used.

Handle Quality

5/5
Melissa Brunetti gave 5 of 5 stars. This set has stood the test of time. In the 16 years I have owned them, they have not dented, rusted, or chipped. The handles are very easy to clean and maintain. The set has held its integrity and still looks as great as the day I was gifted it.

Blade Quality

5/5
Melissa Brunetti gave 5 of 5 stars. This is the highest quality German steel that I can ask for. Both knives have kept their integrity throughout my use and have never rusted or dented. They can get fairly sharp and stay sharp for long periods of time with just the use of diamond steel.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

Melissa Brunetti I love how simple and classic these knives are. They are versatile and multi-functional and will complete almost any task I have in the kitchen.

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

Melissa Brunetti My favorite moment with this set was when my parents gifted it to me for graduating with my culinary bachelor's degree.

Why did you choose this product?

Melissa Brunetti I wanted this set because I knew it would be durable enough to use in a professional setting.

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