Japanese Sporting Knives By Henckels

JA Henckels are well known as one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of chefs knives. Based in Solingen, Germany, they produce many different types of cutlery, but their reputation for strong, high-quality knives comes from their fantastic JA Henckels knives.

JA Henckel knives come in a variety of types and price ranges. However, here on Best Kitchen Knives Reviewed, we only want to feature those we consider to be the best of the best. Accordingly, we have chosen to review the Henckels Pro S, the Henckels Twin Cermax, and the Henckels Twin Select as our selection of the top three JA Henckels knives.

Henckels Pro S

The best-selling Henckels line is the Henckels Pro S, and also one of our favorites. Designed for professional chefs, these knives have a forged blade, a balancing bolster and strong Novodur handles which are bonded to the full tang. You may find, as with many traditional German blades, that you may prefer to sharpen up the blade when you get it. However, with the right maintenance, the blade will keep its edge for a good long time.

Several grades of steel go into the Henckels Professional S line, contradicting the theory that a strong knife needs a single blank of steel.   This knife can be found here at www.finestknife.com/best-japanese-kitchen-knives/.  The Henckel blade holds it edge for longer because its steel has a higher carbon and chromium content. The steel in the bolster has less carbon, allowing it to resist corrosion. High-tech stuff, indeed!

The three rivet, ergonomic handle featured on the knife is Henckels signature piece. I don’t think I can remember even one complaint about this handle. You have confidence in the blade from the control given by the handle and the balance from the blade. Both of these factors will make doing a lot of prep work in the kitchen far easier.

Verdict? Can’t you tell we’re practically drooling over this one?

Henckels Twin Cermax

This is another excellent knife from Henckels. The Henckels Twin Cermax was produced a few years ago as JA Henckels response to the surging popularity of Japanese kitchen knives. The selling point for these knives was that they combined “German steel with Japanese manufacturing.” Henckel knives are often criticized for their humdrum, average look, but this knife is certainly a beauty!

It has a very sharp blade, and is the sharpest Henckels knife we’ve seen right out of the box. The microcarbide steel used in its construction make the blade super hard and razor sharp. The full-tang, triple riveted craftsmanship bestow the knives with great balance.

The black Micarta in the handle makes it quite heavy. It is believe that this was an intentional step by Henckels. These blades are aimed at the consumer rather than commercial market, and heavier handles are more popular with consumers. The handle is still shaped well to fit into the hand.

Verdict? Once we got past the heavy handle, this knife was a dream to use. Bravo!

Henckels Twin Select

The Henckels Twin Select kitchen knife has a broad blade and curved edge, and is made from high-carbon stainless steel. Its weight is well suited to chopping, slicing and dicing.

The large bolster on these knives provide them with great balance and stability. Although the handles are ergonomic and comfortable, the stainless steel material can make them hard to grip with wet hands.

The Henckels Pro S is almost identical to this knife, but we do prefer the easier to grip handle on the Pro S. We also found the Twin Select more ‘delicate’ and more difficult to care for, but that could just be a question of taste.

Verdict? Great knife. Beautiful, yet slippery handle.


Because of the low quality and, dare I say it, cheap JA Henckels knives that are sold in Walmarts everywhere, many knife knuts turn up their noses at everything the brand has to offer. Do not be put off by this, however, as the JA Henckels knives mentioned here are very good quality and, whether you just like cooking at home or are a professional chef, you will find them capable of handling whatever task you need done.

Finding your ideal knife will all depend on your personal preference, but we would recommend you do not overlook the JA Henckels knives in your search.