“ Brand: Zwilling / Product Type: Cutlery Collection „
As a chef for more than a decade with experience of katsumi, wustof and henckles, henckles are overall a good performance blade. using twin pollux or twin gormet series would be ecnomical as it has a thin blade(which shortens need of sharpening) also on the high carbon compound in the blade which makes it easy to sharpen and maintain. but high cabron makes it easy to break too. so its not recomended to chop bones unless with a thicker blade like a cleaver. also, to main the knife, hone the knife with a honing steel before and after it is used.(p.s hone not more than 10 times a side and make sure the angle and motion is regular(this need practice)) and you could hone a knife in 10 seconds!
the cons of 4 and 5 star, the abs or whatever plastic deforms when it ages(like in 4-5 years) due to being wet amd 'hung' dry on a knife block.
i would strongly advice not to use knives like giessar messer as its using some alien type of metal which would never be sharp.
Bought these on the previous recommendation, I also got a 4-star set on a sale. It cost £145 + 6 del for the 8-piece set in a block.
They arrived very quickly from Armorica (www.armorica.co.uk - Product Code: 35140) just 4 weeks ago.
The set consists of wooden block, 10cm Paring Knife, 13cm sandwich knife, 20cm Cooks Knife, 16cm slicing knife, 20cm Bread Knife, 23cm Steel & 20cm Kitchen Shears.
They feel very good to use, cutting through a swede has never been so easy! I regularly do a big blow out and make enough hotpot or stew to feed 50 which I freeze. I prepare about 30lb of mixed veg in one sitting. This normally involves aching hands and blisters. Not this time, it was a breeze and easily illustrated the difference between cheap (Ikea) knives and a quality set (apart from price.)
Buy and enjoy!
If you are looking for some serious kitchen knives, are serious about your cooking or just want some quality steel then put Henckels knives on your list. Firstly let’s not fool ourselves here, these are serious knives and come with a serious price tag. However, good knives are always expensive as the quality is in the detail and when you own them a long time those details are what matter. So what’s wrong with cheap knives. Well not a lot to start with, most new knives are sharp and stay sharp for a while but once it come to keeping them sharp, to them standing up to the rigours of constant washing and all the rest, quality will show through. Now, I don’t want to be a snob, if you are happy with cheap knives and take the attitude that you’ll sling them out every so often and buy some more, then fine – that works too. But if you would like to buy some that’ll last you for the rest of your life, then look no further. Henckels make a number of ranges of knives. They differ slightly on price and style. I think this is just a matter of preference, performance wise they are all excellent. I personally own the four star range but there is also the five star and the professional range. They are made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels. There is loads of information on their web site (www.zwilling.com) about the finer points of knife design and manufacture including the grade of steel used, the profile of the cutting edge, the type of blade edge and so on, but I think that sort of info is a bit overkill for here so I’ll stick to the basics. Basically what you need to know is that these knives are: Very well made Able to stand years of abuse Very well balanced Comfortable to hold and suit both large and small hands A wickedly sharp and are easy to keep sharp Come in a bewildering array of sizes and shapes to suit every requirement The last knives you’ll ever
need. So what knives might you want out of the range. Well, that will depend on what you do, are you into carving ham off the bone? Putting the specialised knives aside here is what I believe is a sensible range to have in the kitchen. A small 3” paring knife, a 6” utility knife, an 8” or 9” cooks knife, a (serrated) bread knife, and a steel. There are other but this is a basic set that covers you for most needs. I also think that that steel is a very important addition. Whilst it may seem to be an expensive addition it will pay for itself many times over. There is a knack to using one but once you’ve got used to it will keep your knives wonderfully sharp. If you are considering buying these knives, don’t even think about buying one of those gadgets for sharpening knives – they will surely ruin your investment before you can say … A quick comparison of prices for these knives across say a cheap-and-cheerful, and Global knife(another popular make at the moment) and Henckels: You can get a 5 piece set of knives from somewere like Argos for £30! 3" paring - Global £16 / Henckels £23 6" utility - Global £30 / Henckels £33 8/9" cooks - Global £40 / Henckels £53 Bread - Global $40 / Henckels £40 It is also worth considering a block for your knives. It is not a good idea to have them lying about or floating around in a cutlery drawer. Henckels do these too and if you want them to match then be my guest. But there is nothing clever about a knife block, so buy whatever takes your fancy. To conclude. These are very well made and expensive kitchen knives but you will be pleased with them and they will last a lifetime. Stores: http://www.knivesandtools.com/en/ct/zwilling-henckels-knives.htm http://www.cookcraft.com/cgi-bin/cookcraft.storefront/ http://www.kitchenknivesdirect.co.uk/acatalog/Shop_for_Henckels_Knives.html
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