J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Classic 8-In Chef’s Knife

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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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.

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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

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Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 3
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Expert Reviews: 5
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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
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Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
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Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Wusthof Classic IKON 8-In Cook’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Global 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Cangshan D Series 8-In Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Wusthof Pro Cook´s 8-In Chef Knife
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4

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