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Oct 1, 2013 10:03 AM

How to repair bent knife point

I have a 12-inch WÜSTHOF Chef's Knife. I just discovered that the point of the knife is bent. I called a couple of kitchen supply stores in the area. They suggested that I call the manufacturer. I just got off the phone with WÜSTHOF. They suggest I send the knife in so they can evaluate it, and possibly replace it- though, I don't believe it will qualify for replacement given that it's over ten years old. I was wondering: do any of you know of a different alternative? It may sound stupid but I feel saddened. I am quite attached to my kitchen knives. LOL.

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    1. had a special that if you bought over $100 in Wusthof knives, Wusthof would sharpen your W knives for free. Shipping back to you was also free. So after my new cleaver and knives for Dear Daughters' birthday arrived, I shipped mine off. Was pleasantly surprised at the replacement of 2 with the tips broken off.

      Did not replace the one with the handle partially melted from the hot grill. Not that I expected them to. My knives were quickly approaching age 30 at the time.

      Actual result may vary.

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        Thank you, INDIANRIVERFL. sherrib and you have convinced me that my best course of action is to send the knife back to Wüsthof, in the hope that they'll replace it.

      2. Are you attached enough that you wouldn't want them to replace it even they are willing? Ten years old is not very old in the realm of kitchen knives. Maybe they'll replace it with the exact same thing. If you don't want to go that route, try posting a picture of it here. There are knife sharpeners that frequent these boards and they will be able to tell you if it could be salvaged or not.

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        1. re: sherrib

          sherrib, hehe. No, I am not so attached to this particular knife that I would refuse a replacement. You make a good point: if the likelihood of a replacement is remotely there, it would be well worth sending it back to Wüsthof, which is what I think I will do. Thank you for helping me to make up my mind.

        2. Hi, drishtipat:

          I second the advice to try to get Wustoff to replace it. They might do so even if technically they aren't obligated.

          If they won't, a qualified bladesmith can regrind your blade to shorten and reprofile it for less than the cost of a new blade. Starting with 12 inches, you have a lot more "room" to go before the blade would be unusably short.

          Wahine broke the tip off of my 8" Henkels a few years ago, so I shortened and changed it to a little more than 6". It's now *her* knife.

          I would not attempt to bend it back into shape.


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          1. re: kaleokahu

            Hi kaleokahu,

            Yes, I agree with you and the others. With your help, I have concluded that my best first option is to have it sent back to Wüsthof. I'll ship it off to them first thing tomorrow. Thank you all for your feedback.

            A very kind and helpful blog! :)