The Wusthof Gourmet knife line is the value-priced style of this superb manufacturer of the world's best cutlery. Gourmet knives are lower priced because they're made via a lower cost manufacturing process. Instead of forging, which requires very high heat. Wusthof Gourmet kitchen cutlery are stamped from German stainless steel. The process is similar to how a cookie cutter is used, but with laser cutters.