The Wusthof Gourmet series of knives appeals to a more budget-friendly market. These knives are precision laser cut instead of the classic hand-forged style most customers are used to. Using this process, Wusthof can save time and money in manufacturing to bring their customers an inexpensive product while still maintaining the same great quality that Wusthof strives for. GOURMET laser-cut knives are crafted in the company’s factory in Germany. Well-balanced and durable, GOURMET knives are made of high-carbon stainless steel. GOURMET knives feature a new handle design made of a highly durable synthetic material Polyoxymethylene (POM), with a tighter molecular structure to resist fading and discoloration.