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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.

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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, Click Here


Victorinox kitchen knives are known unanimously as the best budget buy. No other knives in this price range can come close to comparing or give the precise cut that Victorinox knives do. Not only that, Victorinox knives hold their own when compared against the higher priced Henckel’s, Wusthof’s and the like, even though they are made through the lower quality process of stamping . The most well known from this maker is the RH Forschner by Victorinox Fibrox and our review will be focusing on this line of knives.

Victorinox Kitchen Knives – Materials

Victorinox Kitchen KnivesR.H. Forschner blades are made from stamped, high-carbon stainless steel produced in Switzerland by expert craftsmen. This type of blade has been stamped out of a sheet of metal, producing a thinner and lighter blade.

Most people are of the opinion that the best kitchen knives are forged, or hammered into shape from a single piece of metal, rather than stamped as this Victorinox is. (Victorinox does offer forged knives for a higher price.) They feel that stamped blades are hard to control and flimsy. While this is true in most cases, the RH Forschner is an exception.

Most experts are amazed at how well this stamped blade knife slices compared to higher end forged knives. Also, some believe that forged knives are heavy and can be awkward to handle. Others, however, miss the heft of the more expensive, forged knives.

The blade is also approved by NSF International, meaning that there is a minimal amount of crevices in the knife that could harbor bacteria. While this is not necessarily important to the average consumer, this is very important to a commercial restaurant or chef.

There is no bolster, or lip between the handle and blade, on these knives. Some seem to miss this lip while almost all enjoy the non-slip handle.

The handles of the Forschner kitchen knives are made of textured, slip resistant Fibrox mineral fiber which is ergonomically designed for balance and to reduce tension in the wrist. The patented handle is even slip resistant when wet. Reviewers report being able to chop like a ‘TV chef’ with the Victorinox Fibrox knives.

Care and Durability

Victorinox kitchen knives are made with a special tempering process that produces a blade that can be resharpened time and time again. However, in many reviews, users mention never sharpening the blade and do not see a reason to. The blade is still as sharp as the day they purchased it.

You would be crazy to place some of Victorinox’s high end, forged blade, competitor’s knives in the dishwasher. Those knives require an extreme amount of care.

While Victorinox recommends hand washing their knives, the RH Forschner and other knives in the line are dishwasher safe. Just take the time to ensure the blade isn’t touching any other objects in the dishwasher or can bounce around throughout the cycle.

Types of Victorinox Kitchen Knives

The most well known Victorinox kitchen knife is the 8-inch multipurpose Victorinox chef’s knife, found on Amazon for around $25-$29 depending on the day. This knife is designed for chopping, dicing, slicing, and mincing and everything in between. It’s a great go-to tool for those who just need one main knife in the house. This knife was selected as the Editor’s Choice knife by Cooks Illustrated. They concluded their review of the knife by saying “This is exactly what a knife is supposed to be.” 400+ reviewers on Amazon give the R.H. Forschner 5 out of 5 stars.

Victorinox offers a set of 3 of these types of knives for around $65.

Also popular is the Victorinox 8-Piece Knife Block Set which includes the 8-inch chef knife, a 6-inch boning knife, 4-inch paring knife, 8-inch bread knife, 10-inch slicing knife, kitchen shears and a 10-inch sharpening steel. This set will run you around $170. A 6 piece set of Victorinox steak knives can be purchased separately for $30.

Victorinox Lifetime Guarantee

Once you purchase one of these knives, unless you lose it, you will never have to purchase another. Victorinox knives come with a lifetime guarantee. If anything at all was to happen to this kitchen knife or go wrong with it, send it back to Victorinox and they will send you a brand new replacement, free of charge.


Victorinox kitchen knives offer the most bang for your buck. Although probably not the choice of a master chef, these knives are a good choice as an everyday kitchen knife in the average home. Choosing a knife of higher quality would cost you double or triple the cost of these good quality knives.

Victorinox has created a great knife with a sharp blade, comfortable to grip and easy to maneuver handle, that’s a breeze to care for in an affordable package. That’s why its included on Best Kitchen Knives Reviewed.