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Bought Wusthof Knives in Soligen

post #1 of 12
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Wow was i amazed, not only at the knives they had; but at the price they sold them at.

 

If any of you dont know, Wusthof knives are produced in Germany, Soligen.

 

They have this tiny little shop right in the factory and they sold the knifes there HALF the price you would see if you went online and a 3rd of the price if you went in a store to buy them !

 

As you can guess i went crazy and bought all the essentials and spent like 240euro and got like 4 knives a few steals and a case, which if i had bought online or in store, would have easily cost me 500-700

 

That made me think how cheap must knives actually be for them to make? and why do shops  double or triple the price?

 

Would this be the same for even more expensive Japanese knives that cost £200+

post #2 of 12
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...That made me think how cheap must knives actually be for them to make? and why do shops  double or triple the price?

$hipping and packaging co$t $$'s.  And there's the labor involved with $hipping.  And the mailman has to be paid. 

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Running my own business was a real eye-opener for me.  It involved lots of horse-sense type learning.  8)

 

 

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Best and I'm a foodie.   I know very little but the little that I know I want to know very well.

 

-T

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post #3 of 12

Retailers typically double the wholesale cost----a $100 knife would cost the retailer $50----

 

sometimes shipping is factored into the cost before the mark up is figured.

 

 

So you got yourself a good deal on some fine knives, thanks for letting us know about the factory store----

post #4 of 12
if it fits your hand and it's sterile does what you want to do I don't care if you pay $2 for it, it's a good knife!
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if it fits your hand and it's sterile does what you want to do I don't care if you pay $2 for it, it's a good knife!

 

I want you to care that i paid what i paid for it though !

post #6 of 12
Factory sales are not that uncommon in Solingen. Some makers don't want to interfere with their so-called exclusivity status, others sell both normal stuff and end of series, others sell blades that didn't pass the last QC. Can be interesting if you're prepared to work a little on sharpening or finish -- in most cases all you need is a little fine sandpaper. From our German counter-parts I know that Zwilling has no factory sales, Wüsthof does have one indeed and Burgvogel sells slightly inferior stuff as well. It gives an idea of the huge marketing and distribution costs of the greatest German makers.
post #7 of 12
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Is it possible that i bought some inferior quality knives? They didnt come in a box or anything,  they were just stacked with the tip of the blade pointing upwards, some were behind glass displays, some knives were in boxes and some wasent. this could possibley mean that they were lower quality?

 

But also why would they need to box them if they arent getting shipped, i couldnt see any defects, i looks really closely at the edge of the blade as well and they were all identical to my eye,

 

I dont believe a company like big name like wusthof would sell inferior knives that dont pass QC, wouldnt it be dangerous it its not safe for the consumer to use?

 

I guess no one knows what happens to the knives that dont pass QC apart from the people that work there

post #8 of 12

this site:

http://www.outleter.org/ed-wusthof-fabrikverkauf-solingen-2/

 

implies the best deals are on "possible seconds" - which implies they have both "fully qc passed" and possibly some with defects, as available.

 

I'd be very surprised if 'seconds' were not clearly labeled / marked.

 

manufacturing "seconds" are typically cosmetic "defects" - things that got scratched, etc - not likely defects in the materials or construction.

post #9 of 12
Seconds are to be labeled very clearly as such, and, indeed, expect the 'defects' to be cosmetic.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

 

 

Hey just to give you guys an idea of what its like in the wusthof store at the factory in solingen

post #11 of 12

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Edited by tweakz - 10/27/14 at 10:38am
post #12 of 12
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I seen how they make their knifes and i didnt compare to other stores in the same area, but the knifes in a different city are just as expensive as online

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