When it comes to getting good cutlery for your kitchen, it’s not a cut and dried case. Not all cutlery is made the same, especially when it comes to knives. And no, there is no one knife that does it all either. You need a proper knife set that will make your work in the kitchen fun and easy.
Who Is J.A. Henckel And Why Should You Trust Him With Your Kitchen?
Born as Zwilling (meaning twins in German) in 1731, the J.A. Henckels brand of cutlery is one of the oldest manufacturers and distributors of cutlery in the world. The company was registered by Peter Henckel in Solingen, Germany, and was later renamed by his son Johann Abraham Henckel who chose to name it after himself. And in their close to 3 centuries of existence, I think they have learned a thing or two about making the best cutlery to meet any need in your kitchen. If ever there’s a company that knows more about knives than others, it’s J.A. Henckels.
One of the company’s signatures is quality, and that at an affordable price. And that is why you need to trust them to be a complementary part of your kitchen, every serious chef should, and many do. In short, J.A. Henckels is a brand you definitely should trust for any and all your cutting needs.
So what kind of knives do they produce and what’s so special about J.A. Henckels knives? Well, let’s review some of their award-winning knives and see, shall we?
J.A. Henckels Knife Review – A Cut Above The Rest
When it comes to equipping your kitchen with knives, the worst thing you can do is buy them in ones - from different manufacturers. Not only is it time-consuming, but it’s unprofessional and it makes your kitchen look like a joke. Besides, the quality of your knives won’t be the same.
What you need to do when looking to buy knives is to buy a knife set, a good one, such as one of the sets J.A. Henckels make. When you buy a set, you get everything from paring knives to meat cleavers to bread knives and everything else in between.
If you do buy them in single units though, then it’s best for you to buy from the same manufacturer for the sake of uniformity in looks and quality. And remember, quality is what J.A Henckels promises. But whatever J.A Henckels knife you pick, they all have some similar qualities that are worth looking at.
Excellent Quality – Both Forged And Stamped
J.A. Henckels International CLASSIC 16-pc Knife Block Set
- Set includes 4" Parer/Utility Knife, 5" Serrated Utility Knife, 7" Fork, 8" Carving Knife, 8" Chef's Knife, 8 x 4" Steak...
- Kitchen knives made in Spain; sharpening steel, shears,and block made in China; steak knives made in Thailand
- Fabricated from high-quality German stainless steel
Most J.A. Henckels knives are forged, except the steak knives which are stamped. What’s the difference? A forged knife is made from a single block of steel that is heated and then pounded into shape and then cooled.
A stamped knife is just that, a knife that is cut out of a large sheet of steel using a stencil. Because of the way forged knives are made, they are firmer and stronger than stamped knives. But J.A. Henckels’ forged knives are not like any other forged knives. Because they use ice instead of water to cool the hot blades, they cool faster and are thus stronger and firmer than other forged blades.
Not all J.A. Henckels knives are forged though, for example, their steak knives are stamped. But again, J.A. Henckels knives are a cut above other knives in the quality department here – they are thicker than other stamped knives of the same length, making them stronger and easier to sharpen.
Few knives can beat J.A. Henckels knives when it comes to quality, whether forged or stamped.
Strength And Durability
Because of the superior design and construction that is put into producing a J.A. Henckels knife, you are guaranteed a knife that will last you for a long time. And because the primary material used to make these blades is high carbon steel, you know their durability is unquestionable.
If you are looking for a knife or a knife set that you can use and even leave as an heirloom, then J.A. Henckels is the brand to get. No matter how many times you sharpen a J.A. Henckel, it will still outlive other knife brands
As for rust, you just keep your knives clean and dry and you will never see a spot on any blade.
Tang Size? Full Tang – Of Course When it comes to knives, there are two things that make an exceptional blade – the tang and the edge.
There are two types of tangs – full tang and partial tang. Full tanged knives have the metal that makes the blade going all the way to the end of the handle while partial tanged knives don’t have the metal going to the end of the handle.
Obviously, because of the metal going all the way to the end of the handle, full tanged knives have a number of advantages over their partial tanged counterparts.
This means when you are looking for a knife, look for a full tanged knife if you want a knife that’s comfortable to cut with and one that will not break on you. With J.A. Henckels knives, you won’t go wrong as they are full
Sharp Enough For Surgery
When it comes to sharpness, J.A. Henckels knives are extremely sharp. This means you have to be extra careful when it comes to using them. But it also means you use less effort, making it easier for you to cut anything without your hands getting tired or uncomfortable.
Not only are the blades on J.A. Henckels knives extremely sharp, but they are also easy to keep sharp as well. Because of their high carbon stainless steel materials and J.A. Henckels’ cutting edge production process, the blades on their knives don’t dull as quickly as other knives. If you are looking for a sharp knife that has a low maintenance blade, then cut out all your other options and go straight for J.A. Henckels.
Now that you have a clear understanding of what you should expect from all J.A. Henckels knives, let us do a couple of specific J.A. Henckels knife reviews
J.A. Henckels Knife Review – Best Single Knives And Knife Sets
Whether you are looking for a single knife or a block set, J.A. Henckels has the perfect knife for you. Let’s look at some of them, shall we?
This is one of the best sellers in the stable. This 4-piece steak knife set comes with the J.A. Henckels quality promise and full tangs that are triple riveted for durability and balance. The micro-serrated blade edges make for slip-proof, smooth, and easy cutting.
For these exceptional blades with a lifetime limited manufacturer warranty, you will only have to spend $19.95. A real bargain you will be hard pressed anywhere else.
This is a multi-purpose you definitely need to have in your kitchen. Trust me, you will be glad you have it when you are working against the clock and don’t have time to switch knives. The blade can easily slice, cut, chop, and peel anything you throw at it.
Featuring a high-tech welded, high-carbon stainless-steel blade with a black synthetic, 3-rivet full-tang handle, the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Professional "S"6" Utility Knife is a well-balanced German-made knife that comes with a lifetime warranty. As for price, it comes at an affordable price of $79.96. Well worth it for a knife that you can use for most anything. For a general purpose knife, this is the one you need.
J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-piece Knife Set with...
- Knife Set includes 3" Paring Knife, 3" Hollow Edge Paring Knife, 5" Serrated Utility Knife, 5.5" Boning Knife, 6"...
- This set comes complete with a wood knife block with an elegant Cherry finish. The block holds all 18 pieces, so there...
- All knives, except the steak knives which are stamped, feature a fully forged blade with a full tang, triple riveted...
If you’re considering getting a complete set, this is the knife set to get. Really, knife sets don’t get any better than this.
This set comes with an elegant looking wood knife block with a Cherry finish – the 19 th piece in the set. All knives in this beautiful set are full tanged and forged, bar the steak knives which are stamped. True to J.A. Henckels’ standards, these knives are comfortable and gentle on your hands and offer an unparalleled user
For such an exquisite knife set that not only is practical but enhances the look of your kitchen, you will have to be prepared to cut out $229.95 out of your bank account.
This set of knives is forged from a high carbon stainless steel and ice hardened for extra strength and maximum no-stain properties. Featuring full tangs and unique handles exposing the tang between 2 ergonomic polypropylene handle pieces and a super bolster for weight and balance enhancement.
The Zwilling J.A Henckels Twin Super Block 18 Piece Set includes:
This is the crème de la crème of knife sets that will cost you $419.99 for lifetime value.
J.A. Henckels Knife Review – Nothing Else Cuts It
If you are looking to improve your cutlery, nothing quite cuts it like J.A. Henckels knives. These knives will serve you well for a long time to come and are also designed in such a way that they are timeless – they will never look out of place on any table, even in the space age.