OK, I'm a home user but have very good knife knowledge as my father was a butcher. So I know how to not to mistreat knives, how to sharpen, hone, etc.
Here's what has happened - I purchased a new set of Wusthof Classic Ikon knives to replace a mishmash of F. Dick and other 30 year old german knives (which are still good and which I kept). 15 of the 16 edge Ikons seem to have burrs on the blade edge. I can run my thumb nail up one side and it hangs up near the edge. Then with a little more pressure it will "click" or "snap" over the blade edge. This only occurs on one side. I think this is a burr but I've never seen this condition on new out of the box knives. I can also see these edge areas under a bright light as they shine differently, that's where I think the burrs are and that is where I can click my fingernail over them.
Question 1 - Do you think this is "normal" or "typical" of new PETec Wusthof knives fresh from the factory? Or do I have a defective set?
Here is the second thing that happened - I used the chefs knife for the first time and cut one onion and 6 carrots, then cleaned the knife within 20 minutes using standard Dawn dish soap and a soft (non-scrub) sponge and dried with a clean cotton towel. The side of the blade became foggy. I rewashed 4 more times with no change. The fogginess is like a light smoke haze or blurred finger prints. These are sort of large random blotches, not a single smear that an abrasive sponge would create.
Question 2 - What are these hazy areas? Do these new german stain-resistant steels react with food? I have good german knives I've used for over 30 years that never had this problem. What happened? Is the steel defective or is this "typical" of the steel that Wusthof uses?
Question 3 - The two serrated blades in the Classic Ikon set have tines/serrated points that are angled off to one side and not aligned with the other serrations. This can be seen under light and felt, sort of like burrs on the tips of the serrations and can be felt with a finger or fingernail. Is this normal for a brand new out-of-the factory box Ikon knife?
Any advice (besides buying something else) would be appreciated. Wusthof Customer service has agreed to replace the four worst knives I asked them about, but I have not told them about the other 11 knives in the set lest they think I am a crazy person. Oh yes, one knife is perfect - the boning knife. Seems odd.