Gunter Wilhelm founded 15 years ago! Quality Matters!
The quality of our products starts with the quality of its components and engineering. We select the finest materials for our cutlery and cookware. And for us ‘Quality Matters’ is more than just a slogan. It's the mastery of techniques passed through, ensuring each product is made to the same exacting standards. It may take more time and it may take more effort but it’s the commitment to meticulous detailing that makes for knives and cookware of real quality and character.
Peek into any professional kitchen of note, and odds are, you will see someone chopping a julienne with a Gunter Wilhelm blade.
Gunter Wilhelm Knives—How They’re Made
All GW knives use the same X50CrMoV15 stainless steel controlled multi stage heat treatment and ice hardening process. This is used to optimize the steel characteristics for hardness, durability and flexibility. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this steel, but it’s tough and definitely won’t rust. Each knife is drop forged from a single billet of steel, the blade and handle are one solid piece, thus they are all triple, double and full-tang (one piece of steel from the tip to the heel). The knives are heat-treated to a Rockwell hardness of 58 which is the norm for German-style knives and cookware. Finally, they are all sharpened (with a few notable exceptions) to an angle of 14 degrees per side. This is much sharper than what German-style knives and shows the influence of the Japanese invasion.
The knife-making creates a durable blade that can withstand a lot of stress and still not chip and will retain a sharp edge for a respectable amount of time. It can’t quite match the blistering turpitude of many Japanese knives which are usually made of steels with higher carbon content. But for a home kitchen (and most professionals as well), it’s more than sharp enough. Plus, it won’t require the maintenance and vigilance demanded by many Japanese blades.
FORGED VS. STAMPED: A forged knife is made from steel that has been heated and hammered and heated and hammered some more, so as to realign its molecular structure and make it stronger and more resilient. While a stamped knife is literally stamped out of a roll of steel and thus lacks this strengthening process. With modern manufacturing techniques the lines have blurred. But in the case of Gunter Wilhelm, their forged knives are higher quality and will stay sharp longer.
BOLSTER: In a traditional forged knife, the bolster is that narrow wedge of steel that separates the handle from the blade. It’s also supposed to protect the cook’s fingers from slipping on to the cutting edge. Many modern forged knives have minimal bolsters or none at all.
Important To Remember
All Gunter Wilhelm various knives (forged, that is), share the same manufacturing process, and the same forged blade at their core. But they are customized into a spread of styles that distinguish themselves from each other by their handles, balance, and feel. So if you’re in the mood to a chef knife with a Black or Brown Pakkawood handle, Executive Series I – II or most gorgeous THUNDER ProCut are your best options. Please understand that the extra money you’re spending is going to the handle, the feel, and the German make. Also understand that a GW Executive (which costs around $70 less) should slice through a carrot just as effortlessly as the THUNDER, as well as hold its edge and have as long of a life cycle. The same is true for the PREMIER and LIGHTNING ProCut. The blades should all perform similarly.
Two Excellent Cookware Lines:
It is important to select a high quality product that will perform well, and support the challenging requirement of the cook. No matter if you are an executive chef, or an enthusiastic home cook, high quality cookware will last longer, make your food preparation both easier and safer in the long run. Gunter Wilhelm® has become a successful and recognized manufacturer of innovative cookware. When we decided to take on the challenges of creating new cookware systems, we put you in mind. We specifically look for creative and innovative solutions to create an outstanding cookware system that will honor our legacy, and will make us proud to be a part of your kitchen. Our design parameters include the following: