Examining the Wusthof Catalog

Wusthof has been one of the biggest names in knives since 1814. Operating from Solingen, Germany, the “Cutlery Capital” of the world, they continue to produce knives that are used by top chefs and four-star kitchens the world over. These knives are the favorites of many prominent chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, and James Martin. This high quality is the result of a rigorous system of forty separate processes that go into the forging of each and every blade.

Wusthof offers many different series of knives, from those aimed at culinary aficionados looking to improve their kitchen to those tailored for top restaurants. Read on for an overview of the current product catalog, set by set. You’re sure to find a knife or knife set that is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Emerilware collection of knives bears the mark of star chef Emeril Legassi, who has used Wusthof knives throughout his career and on his popular show, Emeril Live! Emeril himself handpicked the knives in this set. These blades are designed with ergonomic handles for comfortable cutting. The handles have a pebble grain, slip-resistant finish to reduce kitchen accidents. The blades are made of a stain resistant steel alloy that should last a long time. Easily sharpened, these knives are super sharp and hold their edge well.

Emerilware knives are some of the most modestly priced in the catalog. Priced at prices that all of his fans can afford, these knives still live up the standards of Wusthof quality. A full 18-piece Emerilware set goes for around $150, while individual knives are generally around $20 each. Other knives in this price range include the Silverpoint collection, the design on which many Emerilware knives are based.

For someone looking for a mid-range option, the Le Cordon Bleu collection is an excellent choice. These lightweight knives feature a seamless triple-riveted handle, with the Wusthof logo prominently displayed. With their reduced weight and superior balance, these knives are great for reducing fatigue from lengthy cutting jobs. Precision forged, the blades are some of the sharpest in the catalog.

Knives in the Wustof Le Cordon Bleu collection run about $50 each individually, while you can acquire a 14 piece set for $400. These knives are a great investment – they are all full tang knives, meaning that the metal that anchors the blade to the handle goes all the way into the handle, which makes the blade very stable and sturdy. Other knives in this price range include the Gourmet and Grand Prix collections, which features a different type of handle.

If price is no object, a high-end option from Wusthof is the Ikon set. Ikon knives feature a unique new triple-riveted handle design optimized for the perfect feel in your hand. The handle is constructed of Grenadill, or Mozambique Ebony, one of the toughest woods available. These knives are precision forged, giving them incredible sharpness and durability. The edges of these blades are laser tested to ensure maximum sharpness. Most …

Preparing for Times of Disaster

Whether you live in the western united states and have suffered fires and drought, or the eastern coast and endured hurricanes and flooding, chances are you may experience one or more natural disasters in your lifetime. Being prepared won’t take away the trial, but it will help you to recover as well as sustain you until damage can be restored again. There are three basic ways you can prepare for a disaster.

1. SECURE YOUR HOME. You may not necessarily notice the heavy vases stored above the kitchen cabinets, bookshelves packed with books in the den, or the glass mirror in the hallway as being potential hazards in your home, but during flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, these items could cause injury. Securing heavy furniture to the walls could prevent them from tipping over onto someone. Strapping your water heater to the foundation of the house will keep it from falling and the pipes from breaking. If the water heater is damaged, gas could leak and valuable water could empty out. You can take inventory of every room in your home to see how to storm-proof and keep your family safe. Remove heavy items from upper shelves and place them on lower shelves. Install latches on cabinets containing glassware, and secure pictures, mirrors, and other wall hangings with earthquake-proof hooks. Keep shoes or slippers near your bed. If a disaster were to occur during the night, you may need to access them immediately to protect your feet from possible broken glass or sharp metal. Also, keep a flashlight in an accessible place in every room to utilize as a light source.

2. STORE FOOD, WATER, AND EMERGENCY SUPPLIES. If a disaster happens, it is likely that grocery stores will be out of commission for a while. You may have to rely, for a time, on the food you have within your home. Store the food your family likes and keep a few extra treats on hand to help bring comfort during a time of chaos or uncertainty. Store water in case your water supply becomes contaminated. Store enough for drinking as well as hygiene and cooking needs. Additionally, have first-aid supplies on hand as well as flashlights and batteries, extra blankets, cash, extra toiletries and feminine supplies, a manual can-opener, and any other basic needs you may have as you shelter-in-place. It would be a good idea to have a wrench to turn off any utilities such as power and gas.

3. HAVE A FAMILY PLAN. Whether you draw up a fire escape plan, or write out a strategy for evacuating, create a family plan for any type of disasters. Review with your family the possible scenarios in each case of an emergency. Establish well-thought-out solutions that will keep your family safe and help each other to make contact with one another in case you are ever to be separated. Have a meeting place to go, or a main contact person, such as grandparents or out-of-state family members to connect …