Knife block has extra spaces
Serrated knife included
Block is a bit bulky
No guide on honing steel
Our tester was sent a free sample of the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set so she could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Knives play a major role in all of my day-to-day cooking, from simple apple slicing for midday snacks to prepping steak and potatoes for dinner. I enjoy trying different knives, and my cooking always requires slicing, dicing, or chopping something, so I was more than ready when the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set landed with a thunk at my door.
I lined up hard vegetables, soft vegetables, meat, bread, and a selection of cutting boards to test the knives’ prowess. Read on to see whether you should put this knife set on the chopping block.
Design: Attractive but purposeful
Overall, this is an attractive set. The knife block is a rich, medium-dark color that looks expensive. The knives themselves are good-looking but not flashy or decorative. They’re there to do a job with pure, basic efficiency, and their appearance shows just that.
The handles were comfortable to hold, and while the knives were a bit heavy, they felt well-balanced. Three rivets on the knives' anatomy keep the handles secure; if you've ever run into other knives in collections that slipped when used in more arduous cutting tasks (say, chopping tubers), you'll find much more safety here. The Wolf Gourmet name is on the blade, and the logo is on both sides of the bolster.
Accessories and Features: Extremely helpful
While knife blocks are pretty common and pretty generic, the one in the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set has an extra feature that might come in handy. The back of the block has a rest for a tablet, recipe cards, or perhaps a small book. The ledge is a tad small, so it’s not going to hold a large book, and it has no way to hold a book open. But still, it’s a secure place to put a phone or tablet without needing to take up any extra space on the counter. It’s an unexpected bonus that I can’t help but love.
The back of the block has a rest for a tablet, recipe cards, or perhaps a small book.
The block includes extra slots for more knives, which is excellent if you are quite a kitchen connoisseur who already has a few knives you like or plan on adding specialty knives to your collection. However, for those happy with just the basics, the extra slots mean the block is larger than it really needs to be.
For those of you who are newcomers in the kitchen or have always struggled a bit with knives, an included booklet hosts some recipes. But more importantly, there are handling techniques to show you how to hold and maneuver the cutlery.
There is also a use and care guide about how to operate and tend to the knives so that you maximize their lifespan. Though neither material might be the most compelling read, they're very nice for anyone who isn’t totally comfortable with operating their kitchen knives.
Material: High-end and long-lasting
With blades made from forged, high-carbon stainless steel, as well as strong, dense, and water-resistant pakkawood handles, the knives in the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set are built for performance and long life.
The knives also have a full tang for good balance and durability, as well as a rounded spine and bolster.
Performance: A perfect selection of cutlery
Every piece in the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set serves a purpose. Let's start with the 10-inch serrated bread knife: While it’s supposed to be for bread, I thought the long length would work well for slicing. So, I tested it on a roast, and it worked well, creating clean slices. It also worked perfectly for slicing a fresh loaf of bread, as well as a stale baguette I used to make garlic toast.
The 8-inch chef's knife felt good in my hand and cut with a comfortable rocking motion. I was able to use the 6.5-inch santoku equally well for the same foods, but the cutting style was a bit different because of its flatter bottom. The handles on the three largest knives are large and provide a good grip, but if you have smaller hands, you might not be as comfortable with the size of the handles.
The 3-inch paring knife took care of a pile of strawberries, removing the cores and slicing them neatly. Like most paring knives, it had a more petite handle and a small, sharp blade that makes it ideal for peeling, slicing, and other precise food preparation tasks. You might find that cutting produce works best here for fruit dishes or garnishes if you are in a fancy mood.
The honing steel worked well, but it had no guide for determining the correct angle. However, the included booklet has instructions for how to use the steel, which is a plus.
The 8-inch chef’s knife felt good in my hand and cut with a comfortable rocking motion.
While I wasn't in love with the handles on the kitchen shears, they did have features I liked. They’re built for left- or right-hand use, and they disassemble for cleaning—which, for me, is a must for shears. They have a small cutout that you'll find is perfect for snipping kitchen string neatly.
You can use a large cutout for holding and cutting large herb stalks or perhaps asparagus spears. Grippers on the inner handles can be used for cracking crab legs or nuts, and I'd be tempted to use them for grabbing the caps on small bottles for easy opening. However, although I'd be happy to use the shears for quick snips, if I needed to cut out the backbone of a chicken or perform a lot of scissor-heavy work, I would likely pick another pair from the drawer.
Cleaning: By hand, please
Like all fine knives, these should be washed (carefully!) by hand and dried before putting them back in the knife block.
Price: Expensive, yet worthy
While there are many super-high-end knife sets in the market that cost more and/or provide less, this one is certainly on the expensive side of the price continuum, but still gives quality. Good knives can last a lifetime, and this set even has room to grow, with empty spaces in the knife block that you can fill with specialty knives or with spare blades for multiple cooks in the kitchen.
Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set vs. Farberware Edgekeeper 21-Piece Forged Triple-Riveted Block Set
The Farberware Edgekeeper 21-Piece Forged Triple-Riveted Block Set (view at Amazon) is great for new cooks who want many knives to try out and learn which ones they like best. However, for cooks who want to start with the most useful knives with adept functionality, or for those who are upgrading to better knives, the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set would be more valuable.
Two paring knives up.
Though a bit expensive and possibly outside the budget for some buyers, the Wolf Gourmet 7-Piece Cutlery Set is a great collection of knives, with pieces that people will actually use and no extra oddities that will be ignored. For those with smaller hands, you just may want to meet the knives in person and get your paws on them to be completely confident in the grip.
- Product Name 7-Piece Cutlery Set
- Product Brand Wolf Gourmet
- Price $799.95
- Weight 15.1 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 6.3 x 14.3 x 12.9 in.
- Material Forged high carbon stainless steel blades, pakkawood handles, hardwood knife block
- Warranty Limited lifetime
- What's Included 10-inch serrated bread knife, 8-inch chef’s knife, 6 1/2-inch santoku, 3-inch paring knife, 10-inch honing steel, kitchen shears, knife block, recipe and technique booklet, use and care guide