Faraday’s Kitchen Store : Wusthof Hands on Knife Skills Class


By Rick and Karla Harmer

This was the first time either of us have ever attended a knife skills class, so this was a treat for us. 

We went to attend a knife skills class at Faraday’s Kitchen Store. We both wondered about the name. You guessed it. Faraday is a family name and they are descendants of Michael Faraday. 

The event started with us testing the knives, choosing a knife, learning to use the knife and hold the knife. After that we diced up some onions, carrots, and celery for good practice and to go into the food that we would be eating later. The food was prepared by Chef Scarleth. 

Rick: The owners of Faraday’s Kitchen Store (where our class was hosted) are part of the Faraday family, which you may know of Michael Faraday, an English Scientist who developed theories regarding induction and electromagnetism. Some of his notable legacies are induction cooking principles, and the Faraday Cage.

Are Wusthof knives good?

Yes! Wusthof knives are good. They are a company who only makes knives so they have perfected the process and stand by their product 100% with a lifetime guarantee. They only make one thing, and they only plan on making one thing. The brand is bigger than the company. 

The classic knife, which is my favorite to use, has been made for 200 years by Wusthof. It’s 80% of their sales in the world. 

Are Wusthof knives worth it?

Absolutely! One of the things that I love about the Wusthof knives, is that they are a family owned company that is moving into their 8th generation of family ownership. 

They don’t try to be everything to everyone. They focus on being important to less people. 

You won’t find Wusthof in every store in your town. You will only find it in a few. Each store will have a Wusthof representative there to assist you as well. 

They don’t do discount sales. So if you see something online at a discounted price, they are not an authorized seller. 

The knives are made in Solingen, Germany. The city of Solingen made a decree to come up with cutlery standards for the city in 1938. They are 100% made in Solingen, Germany, meet all their cutlery standards. Plus Wusthof makes additional standards on top of those of Solingen. 

Only 10% of knife makers in Solingen get stamped with Solingen. Wusthof is one of maybe two companies in the US that get stamped. 

So whether the knife is $5 or $2000 Wusthof makes the knives with the sames standards and quality. 

They are also 100% green. They recycle all the steel. Filter the air out of the factory before it goes back into the environment. In a 100,000 square foot factory, there is not a speck of dirt. 

Photo Credit: Karla

Testing the knives 

Photo Credit:  Rick

Photo Credit: Karla

Rick: The only thing better than eating fresh tomatoes is slicing them with a great knife! The Wusthof knives provided a great cut every time.

Photo Credit: Karla

Photo Credit: Karla

Photo Credit: Karla

Rick: This was the first time I cut an onion and didn’t look like I had been watching a sad movie. I don’t know if it was the knife making a good clean cut or not but I did not get the onion-watery-eyes effect when I cut this onion.

Can I put Wusthof knives in the dishwasher?

No. Never. These works of art should be hand washed only. 

How often should you sharpen a Wusthof knife?

You can sharpen them monthly at home. But they should be sharpened once a year professionally. 

How do you take care of a Wusthof knife?

Hand wash and sharpen it. 

Photo Credit: Karla

Rick: Part of our experience was a knife skills class. Notice I am holding the blade between my thumb and forefinger. It feels kind of awkward at first but definitely gives a better control of the knife and cutting action.

Photo Credit: Karla 

Rick: Ok, I must confess; one of my favorite things from the class was getting to work/learn alongside Karla. And look at the awesome apron I got! I love it.

Karla: After our knife skills class we had a cooking demonstration by Scarleth. 

She attended the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in New York 

5 working years in Italy at a cooking school

She looks and cooks and then writes the recipe 

Writes and imagines how much in her head 

Photo Credit: Rick

Karla: One of my favorite takeaways from the class was that you should blanch and shock the basil – it will last longer and you can freeze it. I didn’t know this. Now I can make pesto and freeze for later and have it still be its gorgeous green color. 

Photo Credit: Karla

Photo Credit: Karla

Rick: The snacks spread was pretty awesome. Bread, fruits, jelly, cheese, nuts. Yum!

Chef Sarleth hard at work.   Photo credit: Karla

Chef Scarleth adding freshly grated parmesan to our stuffed peppers  Photo Credit: Karla

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Chef Scarleth prepping our halibut and asparagus   Photo credit: Rick

Photo Credit: Karla 

Karla: The halibut and asparagus goes in the oven along with the stuffed peppers. It smells so amazing right now. 

Photo Credit: Karla 

Photo Credit: Karla

Karla: This bean dip was absolutely amazing. And the chips we had to hide from the kiddos for our next road trip. 

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Rick: These were actually edible flowers. I’ve never had them before, but gave them a try.

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Photo Credit: Rick – Scarleth, Chef at Sietefoods making our salads

Photo Credit: Rick

Photo Credit: Rick

Rick: We each got to select our favorite knife to take home. Both knives were a great choice. 

Karla: It was a hard choice for me. But, I don’t think we could have made a wrong choice at all. I chose a chef knife, because I cook a lot and it is my go to knife to use in the kitchen. 

Karla: After we finished the knife skills class and cooking demonstration we got to browse the store. 

So many good things to shop. Such good pricing as well. Faraday’s takes pride in making sure their pricing is fair and can provide value. Without undercutting pricing. 

Photo Credit: Karla

Photo Credit: Karla

Faraday’s Kitchen Store

Cooking classes and more. 

Purchase your Wusthof knife directly from Faraday’s. They are the only store with a representative. They are a legitimate distributor.

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