J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife

Last updated date: June 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Chef's Knives and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Good Housekeeping, The Spruce Eats, Gear Patrol and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Chef Knife you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the J.A. Henckels J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-In Chef's Knife placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Chef’s Knives for a detailed review of all the top chef's knives.

Expert Summarized Score
7.9
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
866 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
High carbon German steel. Drop-forged with triple-rivet, full-tang handle. Great balance in the hand.
- BestReviews
It also has a full-tang, which means that the blade extends through the handle, providing excellent control.
- Good Housekeeping
April 3, 2012 | Full review
The blade is made from a stain-resistant carbon steel with a full tang, and the handle is triple-riveted for security and a classic look.
- The Spruce Eats
It is a stainless steel knife (the exact properties of the steel are proprietary) that’s stain- and corrosion-resistant.
- Gear Patrol
What experts didn't like
Some say it loses sharpness quickly. Others say the spine can break the skin.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

Experience confidence with each cut. The Henckels International CLASSIC 8" Chef's Knife boasts a precision, fine-edge blade that is honed for long-lasting sharpness. Chop potatoes, dice apples, mince shallots and slice salmon effortlessly—this kitchen workhorse is up for almost any task. High-quality German stainless steel strengthens this durable, Spanish-made knife. With a seamless transition from blade to handle, the knife's fully forged construction provides balance as the traditional triple-rivet handle encourages tireless cutting. Henckels International makes essential kitchen tools every home chef needs. From steak knives to spatulas, every product boasts high quality at an exceptional value. Created in 1895 by Zwilling J.A. Henckels, this value-driven brand guarantees the same durability, design and ease of use for which the global company is known. Equip your kitchen with expertise with Henckels International. A good chef's knife becomes your daily kitchen companion. It's used for everything from prepping steaks for the grill to finely mincing onions, and chances are you'll reach for it every time you cook--so it better be good. This lower-priced line from Henckels is a great value: excellent quality knives with their standard lifetime warranty. There's good balance, and the handles are a shade heavier than other lines, which some cooks will prefer. The 8-inch blade length is the most practical for multipurpose use, and regular sharpening will keep the stainless-steel blade razor-sharp. It's only minimally flexible, which makes it a great choice for vegetables such as potatoes and turnips. While it's dishwasher-safe, unless it needs sanitizing after use with raw meat, it's often easier to hand wash. --Jill Lightner

Overall Product Rankings

Mac Knife Hollow Edge 8-In Chef's Knife
1. Mac Knife Hollow Edge 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 3
Shun Classic 8-In Chef's Knife
2. Shun Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Cangshan D Series 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
Tojiro DP Gyutou 8-In Chef's Knife
5. Tojiro DP Gyutou 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Imarku Pro Kitchen 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Wusthof Classic IKON 8-In Cook’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Global 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
Wusthof Pro Cook´s 8-In Chef Knife
9. Wusthof Pro Cook´s 8-In Chef Knife
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Chef's Knives

Whether you make your living as a professional chef, or you simply love spending time in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals for friends and family, you’ll need a good quality set of chef’s knives. These knives are designed to make chopping fruits and veggies a breeze and slicing meats smooth and painless. Before choosing a chef’s knife, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

Start by examining the blade of the knife. You need a knife made of steel, like the Shun Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife. This knife features a specially formulated VG-MAX steel blade that has extra tungsten. The blade is sharper, less susceptible to rust and strong enough to slice through tough cuts of meat.

You may also want to purchase a blade based on the types of food you plan to prepare. The Mac Knife Hollow Edge 8-In Chef’s Knife has dimples across the bottom of the blade that make slicing stickier fruits and vegetables much easier.

While you’re examining the blade, look for how the sharpness of the knife’s blade measures up against industry standards. The Cangshan D Series 8-In Chef’s Knife, for example, has an Initial Cutting Performance (ICP) of 130 (anything above 110 is considered excellent) and a Total Card Cut (TCC) of 601 (anything above 550 is considered excellent).

Of course, you’ll want your chef’s knife to have a solid handle. You may opt for a traditional wood handle, or a uniquely designed plastic handle like that of the Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-In Chef’s Knife. Not only does this thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) handle keep your hands from slipping as you repeatedly cut through produce, but its ergonomic shape also works to reduce hand and wrist fatigue, which is a lifesaver when you’re cooking for a large group.

Finally, hold the knife in your hand and see how it feels. Do you prefer a lightweight and thin model, or one that is more heavy and wide? Are you looking for a classic style, or does a modern style suit you better? Sometimes choosing a chef’s knife comes down to your personal preferences.

DYWM Fun Fact

While some form of cutting has existed since the beginning of time, the Egyptians were among the first to construct a type of chef’s knife with a stone blade and a bone handle. Later, citizens of Southwest Asia began to use copper and tin to make blades for their knives. Today, our chef’s knives are mostly manufactured using steel blades and wooden handles.

As an interesting side note, one of King Louis XIV’s advisers reported that kitchen knives were being used to commit acts of violence in 1669. As a result, the king commissioned an order that required all table knives to have blunted tips.

The Chef Knife Buying Guide

  • Take care when cleaning your chef’s knives. Many brands are not listed as safe to put in a dishwasher. Instead, you’ll need to wash them by hand with traditional dish soap and hot water. Dry them afterward with a lint-free towel to prevent the possibility of rust, which can occur on certain types of steel blades.
  • Store your knives in a knife block, or cover them with a plastic sheath to protect the blades.
  • Keep the chef’s knives out of the reach of small children. As you teach your older children how to safely use knives for food preparation, you’ll want to supervise them at all times. Every knife should be viewed as a dangerous tool that could cause harm when not used carefully, especially when used by pre-teens and teens that may not fully understand how sharp the knives are.
  • Always place a cutting board under the food you’re slicing with your chef’s knife. This reduces the wear and tear on the blade of the knife that happens when you cut on other surfaces, like granite and marble.
  • Check to see whether the knife you’re interested in has any accolades or awards that further reinforce that the utensil is top-quality. For example, if you see “National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) approved” on the packaging label, you can feel confident that the knife was tested and successfully met a set of strict requirements to earn that NSF certification.
  • When shopping for the best chef’s knives, you’ll want to compare prices of knives that are of similar length. When it comes to 8-inch knives, you’ll find the Mac Knife Hollow Edge 8-In Chef’s Knife and the Shun Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife are on the higher end with a price tag of about $150. The Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-In Chef’s Knife and the Cangshan D Series 8-In Chef’s Knife are priced much lower at approximately $35.