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Henckels Zwilling One series?

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staceship Oct 16, 2012 09:49 AM

Hi,

I found some Henckels knives from Home Goods and I am not sure if this was a good buy. I tried doing research on this series and couldn't really find much. It says that is made in Germany so I know it's not the cheaper line.

I got the following,

-Zwilling One Utility Knife - $39.99
-Zwilling One Santoku Knife 5 1/2" - $39.99
-Zwilling One Chef's knife - $39.99
-Zwilling One Slicing Knife - $49.99
-Zwilling One Santoku Knife 7" - $49.99
-Twin Steak Set - $79.99

I wanted to treat myself to a good set of knives after have been using cheap ones for so long. I don't know if I should keep these or return them for the Classic Ikon knives from Wusthof. Also, I know that there are differences in the twin line as well so not sure if they steak set are a good set to have. Any help that can be offered will be greatly appreciated.

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    JavaBean Oct 16, 2012 01:02 PM

    The Zwilling one appears to be one of Henckels mid tier models.  Many mid tier German knives (Henckels 4star, Wusthof Classic, etc.)  have a similar shaped blade, made from a type of steel called X50CrMoV15 (or something very like it) with just a different handle or bolster design.  It really boils down to whether or not you like the handle and price.  

    Iirc, Wusthof increased the hardness on their knives a few years ago.  I don't have any experiences using or sharpening any of the harder ones.

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      staceship Oct 16, 2012 03:24 PM

      Thank you for the information. I'll have to test it out some more and see how I feel about it.

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        Chemicalkinetics Oct 16, 2012 05:01 PM

        Yep. I saw the Zwilling Henckels One too. They look well enough for German knives, and their prices at HomeGoods are reasonable.

        I agree JavaBean answer. As for your other question, most of Zwilling (twin) Henckels German knives are made of the same steel. Different lines are results of different handles and sometime different knife blade geometries. The steel, however, remains relatively the same across the Zwilling.

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