J.A. Henckels International Fine Edge Pro 7-Piece Knife Set with Block
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- 3-inch Pairer, 5-inch Serrated Utility, 8-inch Chef's, 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku, Kitchen Shears, 9-inch Steel, Hardwood Block
- Stamped stainless-steel blades
- Knives have black plastic, three-rivet, full-tang handles
- Knives made in China
- Lifetime warranty
- 3-inch Parer, 5-inch Serrated Utility, 8-inch Chef's, 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku, Kitchen Shears, 9-inch Steel, Hardwood Block
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Top Customer Reviews
At a good bargain price, you get 5 knifes for almost any task, the wood block with the Henckels logo, a sharpener, and even a slot to add a pair of Henckels kitchen shears (which I highly recommend).
Of course, if you can afford it, the higher line must be exquisite. But due to their lower cost, I was able to give a set of these to my brother last year with a gift certificate to a gourmet butcher shop & he was ecstatic. This grouping makes a perfect starter set--great for newlyweds, house-warming parties, and holiday gifts--just ask my brother!
pros: They work (sort of), they are relatively cheap, and you get the Henckels name. I have washed mine in a dishwasher for 5 years and they still hold up.
cons: The steel is poor quality (doesn't hold an edge well), the fit and finish is poor, and the set is over priced for their underwhelming performance.
bottom line: You can get an equivalent set of knives for less money that performs better, you just won't have the Henckels name.
I sharpen these knives and they are dull within just a few uses. The stainless steel is soft and unimpressive. The honing steel needs to be used frequently with these knives to keep them cutting well.
I think most people will find much better performance from a high carbon stainless knife set from most other companies (like Chicago Cutlery's Forum line), you just have to put up with a little staining.
I have been slowly building a professional level knife collection. Start with a high quality chef's (or something like a santoku), bread/carving knife, and a paring knife and work up from there. I couldn't tell you how happy I have been moving to "real" knives, the difference is amazing. If you buy Henckels make sure to buy the ones with the 2 stick men as they are higher quality (non international). The Wusthof Classic set is also a good starting point for good knives. My current set contains an Al Mar paring knife, a Fallkniven chef's knife, and a Wusthof Classic Santoku along with all these Henckels that I am replacing.
If you want cheap but very functional knives, I would recommend Forschner knives. They aren't pretty, but they function as well as any of the good Henckel's or Wusthof's.
Henckels 'International' line (Asian made) ARE genuine Henckels, but you only get the name and not the quality that most people expect from this brand; the 'Classic' line of Henkels knives are much better (but I prefer Wusthof Classic knives--German made). In all fairness, Wusthof has a bottom line, too--the 'Gourmet' line--don't buy it either.
1. All knives should be hand washed immediately after use, dried and put in a safe knife drawer or block; Never soak or put knives in a dishwasher. Wash with dishwashing liquid (no abrasives) and dry with a soft cloth.
2. Always use a cutting board and handle the knives properly to preserve their edges and tips.
3. Quality knives should be honed with a steel regularly--but only need sharpening infrequently. If you sharpen often, either your knives aren't high quality or you are inadvertently abusing them.
That being said:
A. My low-end Henkels' handles began to crack after about 2 months.
B. The rivets corroded and the tips bent.
C. They are not heavy enough for a serious cook.
D. They are sharp from the box, but are not able to hold an edge for long.
E. The bolster is part of the handle, not part of the metal of the blade and tang--annoying feel to it--not attractive.
F. Blade and tang are not forged, but stamped--not good.
I honestly don't know why respected cutlery companies make low-end knives. It can't be good for business--it only lessens their reputation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
some knives arrived with the blades discolored - packaging was great, but I returned and bought a better rated Henckel setPublished 1 month ago by ramos135
I should have bought this years ago. I had one knife that I always used and it was sooooo dull. Great product, great price.Published 2 months ago by Lorna
Bought these knifes based mostly on reputation of J.A. Henckles--my parents had a set growing up and use them to this day, they have always seemed like high quality knifes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dylan
Not really J A Henckels...crap imitation overpriced. Don't buy thesePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter just got a new home wanted these for Xmas. We have these knifes. I wash and dry them by hand because I heard if you put them in the dish washer, it dulls them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ruth Garcia
Not as wear-worthy as other Henkel lines, but does the job. I think the steel is of lesser quality than other Henkel products.Published 6 months ago by Rachel
I love these knives. They were affordable and work great. I do not machine wash them!!!!Published 6 months ago by Nicole Kosloski