In February, House of Knives President Andre Eng travelled to Germany - from Vancouver - to visit the WÜSTHOF factory. Although it wasn't his first time, (it was actually his 12th!) we asked Andre to tell us a bit about his experience this time around to share with all our WÜSTHOF fans on this side of the pond.
The first time I met Wolfgang Wüsthof was over 20 years ago.
It was my first time visiting Solingen, Germany and I can still remember the sound the forging hammers would make in the early morning, waking us up at our hotel just across the street from the factory. Even back then, Wolfgang's commitment to the quality of the product was unparalleled and his vision for the company was clear and strong.
Now, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to Solingen to visit the factory during the past 27 years. However, like every other time, this visit was short of nothing but impressive. There is always something new to talk about. The passion, drive and commitment to simply make the best possible knives in the world has transitioned to both Harold and Viola from Wolfgang over the past 2 decades. I feel privileged and proud to have watched it transpire before my eyes over the years.
Having visited various cutlery factories around the world, there truly are no others that can compare to what WÜSTHOF is doing in terms of quality and performance. They have always been pioneers in their industry.
From being one of the first kitchen manufacturers laser cutting out the avantgarde line of knives in the 90s, to being the first manufacturer to precision forge a knife in the world, it has been spectacular to see the level of innovation that occurs each and every time I visit. The attention to detail is amazing. The knives have slowly been made better and better each and every year.
When I describe my experiences in Solingen, most people think I’m describing BMW or Mercedes as I use the words, “German engineering, excellence and perfection” when describing the WÜSTHOF experience.
This was a very special visit this year with their 200th anniversary and I was humbled and proud to be present for the celebration that took place at Ambiente 2014. I look forward to seeing what other innovations come from them in the coming years, especially with the third factory coming online in the next year.