Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star 8-Piece knife set is manufactured by Henckels under the Zwilling name and it is part of the Four Star series which was designed after consultation with professional chefs that are renowned in their culinary prowess. This makes these up-scale knives well sought after in many parts of the world.
The eight pieces include the hardwood block, the sharpening steel and the kitchen shears, along with five precision kitchen knives that are often used when preparing food. Storing the knives, shears, and sharpening steel is easy and convenient with the knife block. Each knife is stored on its side in the block in order to preserve the fine cutting edge. There are additional slots in the block which provide space for separately purchased knives that enhance the essential ones that are already included in the set.
The handles of these knives are made from polypropylene which is very durable. The handles are not likely to chip, crack, or break when dropped or accidentally handled improperly. In addition, they will retain their color and shape, even if the knives are cleaned repeatedly in a high powered automatic dishwasher. Of course, washing them in soapy, hot water, by hand, is the best method for keeping them sanitary. The handles are shaped so that they have an easy grip for most people’s hands and they are well balanced for easy use even on the hardest foods to cut. The butt ends of the knife handles are thick and sturdy to support the person’s hand and keep it from slipping off while using the knives.
High carbon no-stain steel is used in the manufacturing of the blades and it is done with the forging process. This ensures that these knives will keep their fine edge for a long time, even after being sharpened over many years. The steel of the blades is formed into a thick bolster right before the knife handle and then it is thinned into a pointy rat tail tang that is fitted into the handle. Since the rat tail tang is bonded to the inside of the handle there is no need to use rivets to secure the handle to the blade. Knives with rat tail tangs are somewhat lighter when handled since there is less steel used to construct them than if they had full sized tangs. The bolster adds balance to the knife and it gives a comfortable place for the fingers to grip the knife while it is being used. In addition, the bolster also keeps the fingers safer because it does not allow them to easily slide forward onto the cutting edge of the blade.
Overall, this knife set is everything that is needed in just about any standard kitchen. Most people like the reliability of these knives and there are few complaints that are not merely the stating of preference. Recenlty we review Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro. Let’s check it’s featured.