A striking feat of engineering, the twin cermax M66 line from J.A. Henckels is the cutlery company's premium offering in cooking knives. Exceptionally sharp and a dream to handle, the knives combine German steel with Japanese manufacture, and their design is exquisite, smart, and tough. Honed by hand with an Asian-style edge, twin cermax M66 blades are crafted from micro carbide steel, a molten substance atomized into a powder and then compacted under high pressure. The result is a hardness rating of 66 Rockwell, which allows the blades to be brought to an incredible sharpness and ensures that they retain their edges remarkably well. To increase balance and comfort in action, the knives also feature full-tang construction, triple rivets, and a rounded ergonomic grip. Though styled to resemble wood, the black handles are in fact a layered and compacted compound of linen and resin called Micarta, resulting in excellent maneuverability and satisfying weight.