Henckels knives review

The most popular J.A. HENCKELS knife on Amazon

J.A. Henckels is a kitchenware manufacturer registered in 1731 by Peter Henckels and later renamed after Peter’s son. The company is based in Solingen, Germany and owns such brands as:

  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels
  • BSF
  • A. Henckels International.

Henckels is one of the most popular high-end knives.

Zwilling means “twin” in German and is a very old trademark. Henckels makes diverse knife lines, which include knives of high quality and budget knives.  J.A. Henckels knives review is presented below.

Henckels knives are manufactured in several different ways. Most knives’ blades feature high carbon, stainless steel, ice hardened for sharpness and stain resistance. It is cryogenic tempering, and involves immersing the finished knife blades in liquid nitrogen.

The forged series also has enlarged bolster for safety and extra balance.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels knives lines

Under the brand of Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Henckels offers diverse knife lines, including the Pro-S line, Four Star, Four Star II, Five Star, Twin lines, Pure and Cronidur.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star The line is introduced in 1976. These are fully forged knives with a molded polypropylene handle and a tang extended into it.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star II


The line of forged knives is released in 2006 and resembles the knives of the Four Star line, except it has stainless steel end cap featuring the Zwilling logo.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Five Star One-piece Sigmaforge (forged) knives with ergonomic handles and ice-hardened blades.
Zwilling J.A. TWIN Professional “S” This line features forged Henckels knives with a 3-riveted polypropylene handle.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Select This knife line features ergonomic handles and forged high carbon 18/10 stainless steel.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Cuisine These knives are forged so they have a heavy and very durable blade. A horizontal tang is embedded in a polypropylene handle.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Chef


These knives have three-riveted handles, a full tang, ice-hardened FRIODUR blades.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Pollux Three-riveted handles with a full tang.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Gourmet These knives are stamped from a single piece of steel.


Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Signature These knives are stamped from a single piece of steel.


Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Grip


These knives have ergonomic, easy-to-grip polypropylene handles, Friodur® Ice Hardened, high carbon blades.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Collection Forged stainless steel knives with an outstanding design.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels TWIN Cermax M66 These knives feature microcarbide powder steel with clad layers and are manufactured in Japan.


Zwilling Pure FRIODUR, SIGMAFORGE forged knives with ice-hardened blades and straight design, which is light and elementary.
Zwilling Cronidur These knives are very durable due to the Cronidur 30 steel which is about 100 times more corrosion resistant than any other common types of steel.


J.A. Henckels International knives lines

J.A. Henckels International knives brand covers the following knives series:

J.A. Henckels Classic Forged
J.A. Henckels Forged Synergy Forged
J.A. Henckels Fine Edge Pro Stamped
J.A. Henckels Fine Edge Synergy Stamped
Eversharp Pro

Everedge Plus


Stamped with serrated blade

 BSF knife series

MasterChef by BSF This series feature knives with forged bolsters and ergonomic handles which are double-riveted and finished with a stainless steel end cap, so knives look elegant.