Among the premium-quality kitchen knives sold at Nordstrom, you'll always find a great selection of Wüsthof knives, renowned for their extraordinary sharpness and perfect balance. The family-owned German company (pronounced VOOST-hoaf) has specialized in high-carbon stainless steel knives since 1814. In addition to the Wüsthof Epicure line, Nordstrom offers the Wüsthof Classic and Wüsthof Classic Ikon lines. While both are made for professional chefs and experienced home cooks, the primary difference is in the shape of their handles: the Classic Ikon features an ergonomic handle designed for extra comfort and control. All Classic and Classic Ikon knives feature triple-riveted, full-tang handles. (An indicator of quality and durability, full tang means that a single, solid piece of metal runs the full length of the knife, including the handle.) Nordstrom also offers Wüsthof santoku knives—the santoku is a lighter-weight, Japanese version of the chef's knife that in recent years has gained in popularity among professional chefs and home cooks alike. And in addition to individual knives, Nordstrom also sells a popular eight-piece Wüsthof knife set that includes a paring knife, utility knife, bread knife, cook's knife, honing steel, kitchen shears and a 15-slot countertop knife block.