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).
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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 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.