As a person who loves German chef knife set, I thought it would fun to compare two block sets of well-known German knives. I chose to use both of the knife sets for a duration of three months. The knife sets were the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 7-Piece Knife Set and the Black Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Knife Set which comes with an Acacia Block. If you don’t like the Acacia wooden block, you can purchase a set that comes with the Blackwood or Walnut block.
The Knives You Get
The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 7-Piece Knife Set came with a 3-inch paring knife, a 5-inch serrated utility knife, a 5-inch hollow-edge Santoku knife, an 8-inch chef’s knife, a pair of kitchen shears and a 9-inch sharpening steel. (Find out more here)
The Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Knife Set came with a 3.5-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, an 8-inch bread knife, 8-Inch chef’s knife, a honing steel and a pair of kitchen shears.
The Legendary German Knives Appearance
There were many similarities between both of the knife sets. Both knife brands made their forged knives full tang with an extra mass of stainless-steel end caps. The handles were also made from high-impact polypropylene user-friendly handles. However, the Wusthof knives were secured to the blade by three rivets.
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I preferred the Wusthof handles because no matter how hard or soft I gripped the handles, it stayed in my hands as if they were glued to them. Even though the Henckels was nice to hold on, I didn’t feel confident in slicing ingredients as it was also slightly lighter than the Wusthof.
The Blade and Balance
Both, the Wusthof and Henckels, knives were very well-balanced. I think this is because they have full bolsters. Both knives edge were also very sharp and I had accidentally cut myself with both knives. However, the weight of the Wusthof knives especially the chef knife made it sliced through vegetables and big chunks of meat effortlessly. The Henckels was also easy to slice ingredients but I always find myself searching for the Wusthof to get the job done.
Both of this knife sets are almost the similar price. I recommend you getting the Wusthof because not only do I love it, it comes with a lifetime warranty which I think is very beneficial. To maintain the condition of these knives, do dry them after washing even though they’re stain and rust resistant. If you’re intimidated by the Wusthof, you can give the Henckels a try since there’s not much difference.