Two beautiful cheese knives, by Wusthof, that really cut cheese.
The Little Woman has been resisting this purchase for years, since we have
a drawer full of cheese knives, all with flimsy blades stuck into fragile
porcelain or soft wood handles cast or carved to look like Santa Claus
or Bugs Bunny. I finally came up with a work-around by suggesting
I cash in my crock of pennies and nickels to pay for them. OK.
Having placed the order for the knives with knifemerchant.com, I rushed
to the bank with a poke of coins that weighed at least ten pounds.
It took all of five minutes to pour them into the counting machine: 1800
pennies, 450 nickels, and an assortment of dimes and quarters. The
grand total was impressive but a little short of the target. The
coins almost paid for one of them, though! I mean, after all, I've been
waiting a long time for these knives. Watching the mail box . . .
Update: Well, here they are. As you can see in the
photo, these are real knives. Each is hand forged from 1/8 inch stock
with a blade thickness of 1/16 inch and a length of 5 inches. Overall
length is nearly 10 inches and they weigh about 4 ounces each.
Both knives are well designed to the task. The one on the left is for
hard cheeses and has been in the Wusthof inventory for a long time. The
knife on the right, for soft cheeses, is new. The holes in the blade greatly
reduce the friction and stickiness of soft cheeses. No other knife in my
inventory can cut thin slices of soft cheeses cleanly. We found that it
works as well on gooey cakes, too. So the holes work and in the bargain
make this knife quite distinctive and attractive (it certainly caught my
Are these knives too large and industrial to fit on a cheese board and
place on the coffee table for guests to use? So far, no problem.
We find they are very attractive, very comfortable in the hand and a pleasure
The Little Woman approves.