Originally Posted by otc
Maybe I just hate the bolster that comes down to the bottom of the knife (since it can create sharpening issues). The ikon series blades are otherwise identical, but the bolster is trimmed down to not interfere with the edge (and the handle is different), so those might be another option.
But when I played with pile of carrots, potatos, and onions with a brand new victorinox and brand new classic, I really did prefer the victorinox. I like the way the wusthof looks much more, but the victorinox felt like the better blade.
Part of the reason is probably that it has a bit thinner blade (at least at the spine). This may make it a little less durable, but you can buy 5 of them for the price of a wusthof classic.
I don't own a Wusthof, but I doubt that would cause much of a problem sharpening. Besides, how often are you sharpening? Should only be a few times a year unless you are a butcher hacking apart whole cows all day. Steel between uses, but you really don't need to sharpen much.
Trust me, I have a Victorionox as a beater knife (was actually my first "real" kitchen knife) and many friends that have the Wusthof, and the Wusthof is a superior knife in every way. If you can't afford it, then the Victorionox would definitely be my budget recommendation, but it is absolutely an inferior knife.
All that said, however, a knife is a very personal choice. If you really like the Victorionox better, it fits your grip better, whatever, then by all means, go for it.