J.A. Henckels International Fine Edge Synergy

Knife Block Set | Kitchen Full Tang 13 Piece

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J.A. Henckels International Fine EdgeThis thirteen piece block set from Henckels, a selection of useful knives from the Fine Edge Synergy product line, is a big step down from the better known forged knives from this established German company. Stamped from coils of German alloy steel, but manufactured in Chinese foundries, they still conform to Henckels standards but follow patterns done better by other companies like Victorinox's Forschner Cutlery.

Without the trademark heavy blades and forged bolsters some of the company's character is lost, but that's compensated somewhat by cutting efficiency and lighter weight. The tapered grind Henckels promotes still has a noticeable drag from the wedge action of the blade. The alloy in the blades of this series isn't hard enough to hold a thinner edge, so the thicker grind pattern is necessary--in use it means you'll need to sharpen the knives with a honing steel quite often for the knives to work well.

Forged bolsters have been replaced by a "finger notch" style Santoprene handle, a rubberized synthetic material that is well shaped, easy to grip, and very durable. The assortment includes a paring knife, utility knife, chef's knife, boning knife, bread knife and six steak knives, but does not include one of the most popular knives in today's kitchens, the Santoku. There are two extra slots in the graphite painted plastic block, so if you already have a couple of good knives, now you have a place to keep them. A sharpening steel finishes out the set.

Although dishwasher safe, hand washing in a mild detergent is recommended. Modern stainless steel is chosen for edge holding quality as much as stain resistance, and can be damaged by harsh detergent.

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