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J.A. Henckels International Classic
 
Approximate retail price:
$166.46
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Type: Fine-edge blade kitchen knives
About - J.A. Henckels International Classic

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.


Cutting performance:
Based on food-cutting tests using the chef's, slicing, utility, paring, and santoku (when available) knives.

Handle comfort:
Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how comfortable that knife felt in their hands.

Handle balance:
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
info Blade type Forged
info Prone to corrosion No
info Heavy No
info Bulky No
info Set size (pieces) 7
info Knives missing from set Slicer
info Warranty Limited lifetime
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User Reviews - J.A. Henckels International Classic
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4.0
Henkel International Classic
10/2/2014
Pros
Comfortable Grip
Easy To Clean
Quality Construction
Cons
Dulls Quickly
Best Uses
Bread
Veggies
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
great knives
10/19/2011
Pros
Comfortable Grip
Easy To Clean
Quality Construction
Stays Sharp
Cons
Not Dishwasher Safe
Best Uses
Meat
Veggies
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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