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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2007
As far as the premium henckels knife sets go, this one is one of the cheaper ones. They were a gift for my mother and a extreme upgrade over the old dull knives she had been beating on for years. Its hard to find a good henckels set (not those henckels international ones) for $200 or less. These knives were about $200 which compared to the top of the line sets from other brands. As a general rule, if I can find what I need from a respected brand, even if its not that brands best product, I will always choose that over something from an inferior brand, at the same price.

Out of the box the high quality of the knives is evident. I was looking for sets with all the knives you could want without wasting money on steak knives. This set is perfect. If your like my mom, and are transitioning from a dull set, be careful! After a few nicks, you will stop underestimating their sharpness.

Unfortunately they tell you not to put them in the dishwasher. I cant blame them for trying to protect their product but I cant say they are going to be washed by hand all the time either.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2008
We bought this set as a Christmas gift to ourselves, because the $10 knife set I bought from Wal-Mart years ago was never very good in the first place and we wanted to stop fighting to cut through food.

These knives are fabulous. There is a large variety to choose from, and they all cut through vegetables and meat like butter. I am in love with the knives.

I would have given 5 stars, but the one thing I hate about the set is the pre-fab "one size fits all" knife block. I can't stand it. I would much prefer a block where the slots are cut to the size of the blades. I would suggest if that is a pet peeve of yours as well, to go out and find a new block that you like. We are in the process of doing so ourselves.

Otherwise the set is great. I have always heard great things about Henckels, and knew that they were the knife set I wanted. Upon use, I am glad to find out that they are just as great as I had heard.
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2007
I was always awed by the quality of the Henckels's brand knife and decided to finally take the plunge and shell out the $300 for the block and steak knives. While there is absolutely no comparison to the crappy knives I got at Target 2 years ago, I was a little dissapointed overall. The knives, while extremely sharp, actually feel a bit flimsy in the hand. I'm not suggesting one try to cut a can of beans in half with one of these, but the feel of the knives, especially the smaller, ones was a bit underwhelming. I did research after this purchase and discovered that this particular set is essentially a starter set and that there are several higher quality Henckel models whose cost is into the thousands.

So I suppose for the money the knives were a decent deal but don't expect top-of-the line performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2011
Knifes are excellent good quality and Germans but wood block really does not fit the knifes set, and is low finishing (made in China)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2014
I purchased the 11-piece set (I didn't think I would have use for the 8 steak knives in the 19 piece set). Excellent quality set, and the knives are quite sharp! The variety of knives that the set comes with is fantastic. They are easy to cut with and aren't too heavy or too light. Definitely a good set to invest in that will last a long time, but you have to take care of it and hand wash the knives! No quality knives should ever be put in the dishwasher. The block is also good quality and holds the set well. Some of the knife slots are bigger than the actual knives, but this is probably so that you can organize them however you like in the block, and also allows it to accommodate other knives that aren't in this set. Great set overall, I plan to use them for many, many years.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2007
Excellent quality knives--very sharp--don't cut yourself. Amazon had lowest price around. Delivery was on schedule.

Minor annoyance--advertising claims knives are dishwasher safe, but Henckels does not recommend putting in dishwasher. We are following the manufacturer's advice.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2006
I bought these for my step-dad as a gift. He absolutely loves them! They are superb knives. He cannot stop talking about how wonderfully sharp they are and how they can cut with ease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2012
As others have written, the butcher block is beautiful and well made, but the knife slots are arbitrary and capricious (as lawyers would say), and do not fit these knives. For such a well made German item, which is expensive, you'd think they would take the time to make each slot match the size and shape of the various knives. I didn't think the Germans were so sloppy. On the other hand, the knives are great, well balanced, and so sharp you could shave with them. I would leave out the sharpening tool, which only experienced butchers are able to use properly, and provide another knife instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2013
Great knife set! Got it for my boyfriend for Christmas & he & I both love using the set. The shears are especially sharp (for kitchen shears) & we've even had success in cutting thick plastic on pkgs with them w/ no issue. The only reason I didn't give them a full 5-star rating was b/c of the ill-fitted block that the set comes with; not all the slots match up in size to the knives as some are quite larger than the knives.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2008
This is a great set of knives! I got this for my wife, she loves to cook and we didn't have a good knives set, so this was an awesome Christmas present for her. She loves them and she's very happy with the quality and the ease which she now cuts the stuff when she cooks.

NOTE: They are VERY sharp so be very careful on handeling them as they WILL cut you if you don't handle correctly.
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