What's this? Based mainly on cutting performance and handle comfort and balance, it also factors in corrosion resistance, sharpness as received, and other attributes of the four basic knives in the set-chef's, paring, slicing, and utility-and a matching santoku (when available).
Approximate retail price:
Summary:This model has been tested by our experts.
The J.A. Henckels International Classic is part of the kitchen knife
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, kitchen knives
models like the Classic are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Based on food-cutting tests using the chef's, slicing, utility, paring, and santoku (when available) knives.
Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how comfortable that knife felt in their hands.
Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how well balanced that knife felt in their hands.
Features & Specs - J.A. Henckels International Classic
Manufacturing process used to make the blade.
Stamped or forged: Forged knives are created by a process in which a single piece of molten steel is cut and beaten into the desired shape. Stamped knives are created by a cookie-cutter-type machine and are usually the same thickness throughout, except at the cutting edge.
Prone to corrosion The knife is more susceptible to rust if knife is left soiled and/or wet for prolonged periods.
Prone to corrosion
Heavy Knives are weighed and judged to be heavy or not.
Bulky Panelists judge how bulky the handle is.
Set size (pieces) Smallest set available with the four or five knives we tested. In some cases, sets held less than five pieces. For these sets, we bought the missing knives as open stock.
Set size (pieces)
Knives missing from set Indicates which of the mainstay knives (chef, paring, slicer, utility, santoku) aren't in the set tested. Usually, these knives are available separately.
Knives missing from set
Warranty The type and term of the warranty under which the knives are covered.
I purchased a basic set of these knives over 20 years ago while my husband was stationed in Germany. The inscribed country of manufacture (on the blade) is Spain. They were offered through the base PX at good prices. I purchased additional knives as I needed them. I always used them carefully & hand washed them. My only, and very important complaint is that they dull easily. Fortunately they can be sharpened with good results. I even splurged & bought a highly rated electric knife sharpener but I think I may upgrade to the higher end model. I'm becoming more & more impatient with them since I remember the original literature they came with warning against washing them in the dishwasher. All in all, I think I got my money's worth considering how long I've owned them. The main point is that one should buy the best you can afford even if that means buying 1 knife at a time.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Oles friend
from Soldotna, Alaska
Easy To Clean
Not Dishwasher Safe
I could give these 5 stars, but not sure if anything is that perfect. I use these for everything except slicing bread. I have another serrated knife for that. Well-built, nice balance and comfortable to use. The shears are nice, too. They may be dishwasher safe but I never put a good knife in a dishwasher. I clean them right after use as I do with all good knives- kitchen, hunting, fillet, etc. and they keep an edge. Sharpen once or twice a year and an occasional light honing before use keeps them that way. I got the set with a wood block for about $60-$80 a few years ago and don't anticipate having to replace them for a LONG time, if ever. You can pay hundreds more for a set and some are great knives but they're no better than a cheap set if you don't take care of them. These are a pleasure to use.