J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife

Rating:
2.75/5,
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Amazon.com
Price:
$54.95
By:
J.A. Henckels
  • Classic 31161-201 8" Chefs Knife
  • Binding:
    Kitchen
    EAN:
    0035886082314
    Label:
    J.A. Henckels
    List Price:
    $80.00
    Manufacturer:
    J.A. Henckels
    Product Group:
    Kitchen
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_KITCHEN
    Publisher:
    J.A. Henckels
    Studio:
    J.A. Henckels
    Title:
    J.A. Henckels International Classic 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife
    Feature:
    Handwash with mild cleanser; lifetime warranty
    UPC:
    035886082314
    Brand:
    Henckels
    MPN:
    31161-201
    Height:
    1 inches
    Length:
    13 inches
    Weight:
    0.7 pounds
    Width:
    2 inches
    Material Type:
    High-carbon forged stainless steel|tempered to 54
    Material Type Set Element:
    High-carbon forged stainless steel|tempered to 54
    Model:
    31161-201
    Is Autographed:
    0
    Is Memorabilia:
    0

Recent User Reviews

  1. pvtjokes
    "Handles Break, newer version is lower quality."
    3/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Feb 6, 2003
    Purchase Price:
    $45.00
    Pros - Blade held up well, comfortable handle.
    Cons - handle broke, bad customer service, some food sticks to knife when cutting.
    I bought this knife around 2002-2003.  I am not professionally trained, but I cook all of my food from scratch for the past 10 years.  I do not own a lot of good knives, this was purchased because I wanted a good quality knife that would last a long time.  My evaluation of how the knife performs may not be great. 

    After about 2-3 years the handle cracked at the rivet (I take good care of my tools, I never used it for a hammer, it never went in the dishwasher).  The cracked piece of the handle recently fell off.  [if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]

    I returned it to J. A. Henckles under the lifetime warranty.  The replacement knife was about 1/16 of an inch thinner (they lowered the quality since I bought my knife) and it was a factory reject.  It came with a piece of cardboard around the blade.  The edge on it was defective.... I compared it to one in a store.  They had obviously sent me a factory reject and a lower quality knife to boot.  I had to threaten to start a claim with the Better Business Bureau before they would send me a knife in retail packaging.  I hate the new knife, the blade is so thin it cuts into your hand if you have to push down on the blade to cut though something thick.  I found this website while searching to find a good replacement knife.  Thank you for all you reviews.

    I don't think that it is uncommon for the handles to break or fall off.  When I was fighting with their customer service to send me a replacement that was not a factory reject, I combed through some of the 2 star ratings on Amazon.  There were numerous complaints about the handles falling off and breaking.

    Summary: The handle may break and the warranty replacement could be a factory reject.

    I found this website while searching to find a good replacement knife.  Thank you for all you reviews.
      1 person likes this.
  2. nmsklar
    "Have had this knife for 10 years without complaint"
    3/5,
    Value:
    3/5,
    Performance:
    3/5,
    Handle:
    3/5,
    Blade:
    3/5,
    Purchase Date:
    Jun 1, 2001
    Purchase Price:
    $50.00
    Pros - Long lasting, sturdy
    Cons - May be a bit heavy for some users
    I own a previous iteration of this knife (31161-200) that no longer seems to be available for sale.  

    They seem to be the same knife as far as I can tell.  

    My knife is made in Spain.  Unlike a previous review, I think the Spanish Henckels are good knives depending on what your needs are.  Yes, they are not the German or Japanese ones, but they are still good knives that can be sharpened.   You need to avoid the Chinese Henckels, which are complete junk.  

    I take my knife to a local sharpener once a year and it comes back just as sharp as some of my more expensive knives.  

    If you like a heavy traditional knife, this fits the bill.  If you prefer something a bit more lightweight, then I would go in a different direction.  
  3. backyardchef
    "Good Value"
    3/5,
    Value:
    3/5,
    Performance:
    2/5,
    Handle:
    2/5,
    Blade:
    2/5,
    Pros - Inexspencive, Feels good in hand,
    I own this knife. I don't know a whole lot about kitchen knives yet but this one for the PRICE is way better than the junk that most ppl have in there kitchen.

    I have made knives in a forge so I know a little about steel and hardness to sharpness. This knife needs touching up after every use. It isn't a professional knife and does well in the home kitchen or the back yard. I usually throw it in the dishwasher and hit a few swipes on my sharpener. Good home knife not for the pro!

Comments

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  1. galley swiller
    I'm not at all surprised at your review.
     
    Therre arer two general lines of Henckels knives - the Zwilling Henckel line ("Zwilling" is German for "Twin") and the Henckels International line.  Henckels International knives are the mass market knives, to a large degree made in a factory in Spain, while the Zwilling Henckels knives are the "good" quality line and are mostly made in a German factory.  With the exception of Miyabi and Bob Kramer knives, neither is considered all that good by the standards most reviewers use on this site, though the Zwillings (with a 2-stick figure) are better by far than the Internationals (which use a one-stick figure).
     
    The best Henckels are in the Miyabi line, which is marketed as a Zwilling, but is made in Japan to Japanese professional cutlery standards.  Bob Kramer knives are a collaboration with custom knifemaker Bob Kramer and Zwilling Henckels, are deisgned by Mr. Kramer and are made at the Miyabi factory in Japan under standards set by Mr. Kramer.
     
    A much better knife in that porice range from Amazon (though not at the highest levels) is the Tojiro DP 210 mm (8.2") gyuto, which is being sold through and fulfilled by Amazon at $57.49 at http://www.amazon.com/Tojiro-DP-Gyutou-8-2-21cm/dp/B000UAPQGS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423338932&sr=8-1&keywords=tojiro  
     
    One of the complaints you had was that the blade is thinner.  Many chefs and knife users actually prefer a thinner blade, since it reduces "wedging" and makes cutting through food more a function of cutting and less a function of having to rip the food apart.. In that regard, both the newer Henckels International knife you received and the Tojiro, as thinner knives, are easier to use.
     
     
    Galley Swiller