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Gunter Wilhelm Knives on Sale at Costco - B&M - High Quality German Knives

xiaobao12 84 October 4, 2009 at 02:21 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (3)
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My first post so please go easy! YMMV depending on which Costco.

Just got home from Costco in Everett, MA. I purchased a 8 inch Gunter Wilhelm Chef's knife for $35 ($70 - $35 instant coupon) which you get from a temporary merchant booth. The Costco return policy still applies, in addition to GW's full lifetime warranty.

You typically do not find these knives in stores because GW does not sell to retailers - therefore, the price is relatively low.

As for the knife, it feels and cuts great - they use 440 high carbon stainless steel which is the same metal that Wusthof and Henckels uses.

I also own a Shun Classic 10 inch Chef's which I got for +$100 and this GW knife is definitely in the same class, I would say. A Wusthof or an Henckels would cost also ~$100 for the same knife.

A very decent quality knife for $35 is a pretty good deal, IMHO.

Oh, and they had other types of knives and knife sets also at the booth.

Click here [gunterwilhelm.com] for details about GW knives.
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Thanks for the link, they look like good knives. According to the site Gunter Wilhelm is a pseudonym for an American named Paul Hellman and the knives are made in China out of german steel, so they are not quite German knives.
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and the knives are made in China out of german steel, so they are not quite German knives.
EEK!

oh no!! Didn't notice that...

"Paul found a German steel manufacturer in Solingen, Germany and contracted with a the best cutlery factory in Asia to produce these knives. Paul actually inspects each one for defects and often rejects up to 30% ensuring the ultimate in customer satisfaction. In fact, Paul insists on dealing with each phone customer himself to ensure complete buyer satisfaction."

I guess you can interpret Asia as China...
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Thanks for the link, they look like good knives. According to the site Gunter Wilhelm is a pseudonym for an American named Paul Hellman and the knives are made in China out of german steel, so they are not quite German knives.
WOW!!!!!! Thanks for the mad info!!! I almost ran to my 3 Costco around me...but not after reading this. If it's from CHINA, I only stick to CCK! Thanks and repped!
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I guess you can interpret Asia as China...
Asia can be China, Japan or any other Asia countries. But it is easy to check since you have bought the knife. You can check your knife or the packaging see where it is made. If it is made in Japan, then I am sure they will print it on the box/packaging or on the knife. If it is made in China, then maybe it is not mention anywhere.
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If it is made in Japan, then I am sure they will print it on the box/packaging or on the knife.
Your right, but if it was made in Japan (ie Shun) then the website would mention it, not say "Asia"...and their would also not be the 30% defect/rejection rate that Paul "Gunther Wilhelm" Hellman finds in his U.S. quality controls.
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German or nothing...
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German or nothing...
Uhh .... is there somethign you know about Japanese knives that the rest of us do not?

Or is it the other way around? Wink
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German or nothing...
Wow - I hope that's a troll. I love my Japanese Shun knives. But I might go to the Costco and see if I can't pick up a filet knife. I don't need one often, but it would be nice to have one around.
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Uhh .... is there somethign you know about Japanese knives that the rest of us do not?

Or is it the other way around? Wink
Shun is a brand of Japanese knives that use Damascus steel that's heated, rolled, pounded, multiple times (creates a truer sharper edge and extremely durable). It's kind of like how the Samurai swords/steel were made. Check out William-Sonoma's website for a video of Shun (the owner may remind you of that same guy- Hittori Hanzo, the character in Kill Bill II, who played an artisan sword maker moonlighting as a sushi chef & gave one of his swords to Uma Thurman, who ultimately kills Bill in the movie- the guy (actor) found dead in Thailand, hanging around by his neck and another body part, but I digress).
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And folks wonder why the US economy is faltering as Asia becomes more wealthy?
Yes of course things that were previously made in the US and Europe, are now made in Asia. Cost of production is wayyyy down. That is why you find deals like this. Is the quality the same? maybe/maybe not.
Can anyone who has a set of these comment?
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And folks wonder why the US economy is faltering as Asia becomes more wealthy?
Yes of course things that were previously made in the US and Europe, are now made in Asia. Cost of production is wayyyy down. That is why you find deals like this. Is the quality the same? maybe/maybe not.
Can anyone who has a set of these comment?
I still have the GW 8 Inch Chef's Knife in my kitchen. Haven't used it much because I always pick up my 8 Inch Shun instead.

It's a decent knife for $35 though. The Shun is just in another class...
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