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Feb 29, 2008 08:35 AM

Henckels Dishwasher Safe??

Let me first say, I have many of chef quality Henckel's and Global knives. While I love them, the thing is, they must be handwashed and dried. Sometimes I am lazy and want to shove everything in the dishwasher. So I keep some cheap knives around for this purpose, Farberware. They are pretty awful, but they work and there were really cheap so I got what I paid for. I feel like getting a new set of cheap knives, these:

Has anyone run these through a dishwasher over a period of time? If so I'd love to hearhow they hold up. Any suggestions for another set of dishwasher safe knives??

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  1. I'll get back to you in a year.

    Why give up using the knives you love? You already own them, why not use them? It seems a little pointless to not use knives you already own, no matter how nice they are.
    I purchased my Henckels almost ten years ago and religiously handwashed and dried them until I had a child 18 months ago. At that point I started slipping them in to the dishwasher when my husband was traveling on biz, which is 3-4 days a week. (I also work 40 hrs a week and have an hour+ commute which I will use to justify my actions to the end of the world) They appear to fine...but it's a little early to call, I think.

    BTW, my husband did join me on the dark side this weekend and suggested it himself (and I then confessed previous evil deeds). Time with our child and each other is a little more important than the knives right now.

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    1. re: sebetti

      I wash mine by hand, but my mother puts hers in the dishwasher - the handles get dull, but they still work perfectly well.

      1. re: sebetti

        Washing a knife by hand and drying it takes all of around 30 seconds. I don't see the logic in putting it in the dishwasher.

        1. re: scubadoo97

          This is true for one knife. Now imagine you've got several. Your time commitment just went up. Not by a lot, I'll grant you. But do it every day, pretty soon those minutes add up.

          Weighed against the cost of lost minutes with her child and husband, yeah, I can totally see the logic of using the DW for everything she possibly can.

          1. re: DuffyH

            Washed 3 knives from dinner prep tonight. Took all of 5 min if that much

            1. re: scubadoo97

              My apologies, scubadoo. As this jumped to the top of the boards, I posted before realizing this was an old thread.

              But my point is still valid, I think. OP may have many mandatory tasks that each require only a few minutes. They can add up to a huge time suck. I'm not going to take her to task for choosing to automate this task.

      2. I only and hand wash my knives, I mean we're talking minutes to wash them, the dishwasher will ruin the handles. Also, I would recommend trashing the cheap knives, they're not worth endangering your fingers, besides great knives are meant to be used, enjoy them.

        1. Most of the time my Henckels get a quick soapy swash, rinse and towel dry and then back in the rack right after use. But the steak knives were sneaking by me and making it into the dishwasher. This has been happening for over a year now and I see no damage to the handles at all. They're composition handles, same as the kitchen knives

          1. No good knife should go into the dishwasher. It is not so much an issue with the handles as it is dulling and/or damaging the blades. In the dw the knives get bounced/knocked around. The will lose their edge and can be dinged, bent or chipped. It is not worth the risk at what those knives sell for. Use the knife, wash it under the tap, dry and put away. Mine never go into the sink let alone the dw.

            1. You all must have much more aggressive dishwashers than I do. I put them on the top rack and they don't knock into other things. And I don't think you really need to worry about them "chipping".

              People, I understand what you are saying. I once lived your life. I just don't have the time to do it anymore. I'm sorry, but a few seconds is a LONG time when you have a 18 month old child weaving around your legs like a cat wanting to be "Up, Up, Up,"
              I can no longer clean while I cook and instead have to save it all until after my child has gone to bed. My goal at that point is to clean as quickly as possible so I have time to get in a quick work out, read, then go to bed. As obsessive as I was 2 years ago, I don't care anymore and the knives are fine. (it's actually kind of liberating and it feels wicked in a sexy kind of way!)
              Yeah, it's a question of priorities and a bit of steel loses. It's been 18 months, the knives are still fine, hold an edge, and look good.

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              1. re: sebetti

                You have not seen the knives I have working in a kitchen shop where we sharpen knives. Some of them look like they will never be brought back to life. But we do try our best.