J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 19-Piece Set

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6

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Overall Take

The J.A. Henckels knife set has everything a chef could possibly need, including kitchen shears and a honing steel. Superb quality at an affordable price makes this set a true standout. We found that the handles are large and easy to grip, and that there's a good weight balance between the blade and the handles. In our analysis of 28 expert reviews, the J.A. Henckels Forged 18-Piece Set placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.7
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
413 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Superb quality – nearly professional-grade, well-rounded set of knives.
- BestReviews
Their handles have easy grip so you can easily slice and cut ingredients the most convenient way.
- Kitchen Gadget Reviews
What experts didn't like
Too sharp that can possibly cause cuts and wound
- Kitchen Gadget Reviews

From The Manufacturer

The Henckels International Forged Knife Block Set has a knife to handle every kitchen task. Fabricated from high-quality German stainless steel, the fine-edge blades are perfect for precision cuts.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wusthof 7-Piece Set
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 3
2. J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 19-Piece Set
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Victorinox 4-Piece Set with Fibrox Handles
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Cuisinart 15-Piece Set C77SS
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Ginsu Gourmet 19-Piece Set
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Chicago Cutlery 18-Piece Knife Set
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Shun 3-Piece Knife Set
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Mercer Culinary Renaissance 6-Piece Set
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Stone Boomer Stainless Steel 14-Piece
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 3
10. J.A. Henckels Forged 18-Piece Set
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Knife Sets

A good set of knives can last a while. In fact, you may buy a set when you move into your first apartment and find that you still have it when you’re ready to upgrade to your first home. But every knife has a shelf life, which means you’ll eventually have to trade that old set in for a new one.

There are many factors to consider when you’re shopping for knives. Many knife sets come in wood blocks fitted with slots perfectly shaped to fit each knife. Do you need a block? That depends. Some homeowners prefer to have their knives neatly tucked away in a drawer when not in use. Others prefer those magnetic strips that hang on a wall to hold the knives in place.

The benefit of a knife block is it turns your cutlery into an attractive part of your kitchen décor. You can find a wood type and color that perfectly matches your own kitchen, making it an enhancement. But beyond storing your knives, you’ll also need to consider the type and quality of the set you’re buying.

At the very least, you’ll likely need steak knives and perhaps a utility knife for your kitchen. But if you’re a true chef, there’s a wide range of knives you’ll need, including those that can help with peeling fruits and vegetables or cutting bread without tearing it. One nice upgrade is sharpening steel to keep your knives in peak condition for many years. Many knife sets also come with kitchen shears for the many times you’ll need them.

Of course, the quality of knives is also important. Look for well-known brands like J.A. Henckels and Wusthof, which have established themselves as leaders in their industry. When a manufacturer develops a reputation as having a commitment to excellence, you’ll know you’re getting a product that’s built to last.

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DYWM Fun Fact

If you’re planning to give a knife set as a gift, you may want to attach a penny to it. An old superstition says that knives as gifts are bad luck, as they sever the bonds of friendship. A common workaround is to attach a penny, which the recipient then gives back as payment, in essence saying that it was a purchase, not a gift. Whether you believe this superstition or not, your recipient may, so it’s likely best to attach a penny just in case. At the very least, you’ll be able to share the superstition and have a laugh about it.

The Knife Set Buying Guide

  • Chances are one of the top factors in choosing a knife set for your kitchen is appearance. If you’re looking for a light-colored wood block, the J.A. Henckels Premio 18-piece block set and the Chicago Cutlery 18-piece Insignia steel knife set are both worth considering. If a walnut-colored storage block is better suited to your décor, take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-piece knife set. The Victorinox 4-piece knife set doesn’t come with a knife block, making it a better pick for families that prefer to keep their knives in drawers.
  • You can’t go wrong with a classic, and the Wusthof has a look that blends with every type of décor. But the Chicago Cutlery set is popular as well, perhaps in part due to its versatility.
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  • Once you’ve gotten past the aesthetics, it’s time to look at the actual cutlery each set offers. The fullest range of knives comes with the J.A. Heckels and Chicago Cutlery sets. In each set, you’ll get a parer, utility knife, serrated bread knife, Santoku, chef’s knife, steak knives, shears and a sharpener. But if you only need the basics, the Wusthof Classic set includes a parer, utility knife, bread knife, shears and honing steel. However, you can buy additional items, like steak knives, to slide into the empty slots in the block.
  • The Victorinox set is fairly basic, with no shears, honing steel or storage block. But you can buy plenty of other items to go with the set, so this may be just the start of your collection.
  • Before you invest in a knife set, you likely want to make sure it will last. The J.A. Henckels set offers superb quality, but the Wusthof set is also durable, thanks to its tough handle and laser-tested edge.
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  • The lowest-priced set in the bunch is the Chicago Cutlery set, which is a great deal with 18 knives and a block included for just over $100. The Victorinox four-piece set is slightly more expensive than that, with the J.A. Henckels 18-piece set retailing for more than $200. The Wusthof set is the most expensive, in the $300-$400 range and only includes seven knives.