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    When is a knife not worth rehandling?

    Last weekend I was talking with a bartender/chef in Minneapolis, and he mentioned that his handle had fallen off of his Wusthof and was wondering what to do with it. The knife knut in me says get a new knife, but it seems as if he likes the knife and would like to get a new handle put on -- but then rehandling knives is no cheap endeavor either.

    I've thought of donating a block of wood for the project and seeing if a hobbyist would like to take take a crack at rehandling it for him as a learning project. Since he now tends bar more than cooks, I don't exactly want to send him down the road of new knife, sharpening stones, diamond plate etc...that comes later

    Is a Wusthof worth rehandling? For me, any knife is worth rehandling if it is used.

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    Is there some sentimental value attached to the knife? If not, I would just buy a new one if it were me (same knife, if that is what he likes and has no desire to try something different).

    I have no problem with people spending more money on a handle than a knife is worth, but not if cost is an issue.

    How does the handle of a Wusthof "fall off," anyway? If the knife is going to be abused, may as well abuse a Wusthof handle rather than some nice scales shaped by hand.

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    I would send it to Wüsthof. I guess they will just replace the whole knife, without any discussion.

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    would it be cheaper to just buy the same wusthof new instead of rehandling it? maybe that should be an option.

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    I agree sending it to Wusthof. I had the scales come loose on a paring a few years ago, called them, sent it back, and had a brand new one in about three days. No questions asked. It was actually a better knife that I got, because the one that I sent back wasn't made anymore (it was really really old).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmadams13 View Post
    I agree sending it to Wusthof. I had the scales come loose on a paring a few years ago, called them, sent it back, and had a brand new one in about three days. No questions asked. It was actually a better knife that I got, because the one that I sent back wasn't made anymore (it was really really old).
    Glad to hear their American distributor is just as accommodating as its European counterpart.

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    Slightly OT, but I just received a Wusthof chef's as a gift and the handle seems to have already shrunk. It is something made for Sur la Table and the handle is made of something other than wood (recycled wood fibre). Curious as to their quality control nowadays: though I will just replace it with some of Mark's stuff. Interesting knife and one that will actually get used; it is the only knife that I have with that much belly (more than my old Henckels) and will be perfect for rocking herbs.

    Evidently the blade is coated in some type of ceramic but that will be gone after first thinning. The steel is somewhat soft, but overall it seems nice for what it is.
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    Any Wustie retailer will either replace the knife of provide phone/shipping info for replacement. If he can get to where knife was originally purchased so much the better - if not "I received it as a gift - don't know where they bought it".

    If for whatever reason he wants to go new then try and upgrade him to the Ikon or Messermeister. With a semi bolster, either is a much better candidate for sharpening than the full bolster Wustie Classic. And since you're now talking $150ish why don't you look at these...
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    I just wrote him and offered the suggestion of sending it back to the manufacturer unless he had some sentimental value to it. I'm not sure how the scales came off. He used to work at Alinea in Chicago and doesn't strike me as a knife abuser. Maybe it got dropped.

    I may also loan him a knife and see where that takes things.

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