JA Henckels, a knife manufacturer based out of Solingen, Germany makes many different lines of cutlery, but is popular for their excellent quality JA Henckels knives. They are one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of chefs knives and have a strong reputation for durable, quality knives.
J.A. Henckels makes a variety of kitchen knives that spans all price ranges. We, at Best Kitchen Knives Reviewed, obviously only want to review the best of the best. So that’s why we’ll only be reviewing, in our humble opinion, the top three JA Henckels knives: the Henckels Pro S, the Henckels Twin Cermax, and the Henckels Twin Select. Onward!
JA Henckels Knives Reviews
Henckels Pro S
The Henckels Pro S is Henckels best selling line and ranks very highly with us as well. These knives were designed with professional chefs in mind with a forged blade, a bolster for balance and durable Novodur handles bonded to the full tang. As with most traditional German knives, the blade won’t be as sharp as you may want out of the box. Give it some love and the edge will last for a very long time.
The Henckels Professional S line uses several grades of steel when making their knives, opposing the idea that a single blank of steel makes a stronger knife. The blade is made from a steel that has a higher carbon and chromium content which allows the blade to hold an edge longer. The bolster is made from a steel that has less carbon, so it resists corrosion. Pretty cool stuff.
The knife features Henckels famous three rivet, ergonomic handle. This is one handle that I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone complain about. The handle gives you a lot of control while the bolster gives you the balance you need. Both of which are a must in the kitchen when doing a lot of prep work.
Verdict? Can’t you tell we’re practically drooling over this one?
Henckels Twin Cermax
Here again, Henckels produces an excellent knife. JA Henckels introduced the Henckels Twin Cermax a few years ago when popularity surged for Japanese kitchen knives. These knives are noted as combining “German steel with Japaneses manufacturing.” Henckels is sometimes thought of as having humdrum, average looking knives, but this knife is different. It’s a beaut!
The blade is incredibly sharp and is the sharpest we’ve seen right out of the box. It is crafted from microcarbide steel which makes the blade crazy hard and razor sharp. The knives possess great balance with full-tang, triple riveted construction.
The handle is made from black Micarta and is quite heavy. It is rumored that Henckels did this intentionally. These knives were made for the consumer and not commercial chefs and apparently most consumers want heavier handles. The shape of the handle does fit well in the hand.
Verdict? Once we got past the heavy handle, this knife was a dream to use. Bravo!
Henckels Twin Select
The Henckels Twin Select kitchen knife is made from high-carbon stainless steel with a broad blade and curved edge. The weight of the knife is perfect for chopping, slicing, and dicing.
These knives feature a large bolster which gives great balance and stability. Their stainless steel handles are ergonomic and comfortable, but can be somewhat hard to grip with wet hands.
This knife is almost identical to the Henckels Pro S, but with a different handle. We obviously prefer the handle on the Henckels Pro S. The Pro S is also a little less ‘delicate’ and easier to care for than the Twin Select, but you may think otherwise.
Verdict? Great knife. Beautiful, yet slippery handle.
Although some knife knuts may turn their noses up at the JA Henckels brand, it is mainly due to their very low quality, dare I say it, cheap lines of knives that are found in Walmarts everywhere. However, JA Henckels knives, like the ones listed above, are very good quality and will be able to handle any job that you throw at it, whether you be a casual cook or a professional chef.
The ‘perfect’ knife is all about personal preference, but we believe JA Henckels knives should be given a fair shot along with the rest. For more information on this exceptional knives.