Comfortable and highly-durable polyoxymethylene

handle with a traditional look and feel

which prevent extra thin or soft slices from sticking to the blade

  • Color: Black, metallic
  • Weight: 6.5 oz
  • Made In: Germany
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Dimensions: 12" x 1-3/4" x 3/4"; blade length 6-5/8"
  • Composition: High-carbon stainless steel, synthetic resin handle
  • Manufacturer: Wüsthof
  • Other versions: 5" blade
  • Product number: 4176


Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ


Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket


Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive


Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop knife block


Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: Why beat around the bush? Fabulous knife. Incredibly sharp; cuts through meat, vegetables, everything we tried, like butter.

Here’s what Wüsthof says about its Classic Ikon line:

And about the Classic Ikon Santoku:

We couldn’t agree more.