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Chef Knife Set: Perfect for Home Chef’s

Product: J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-piece Knife Set with Cherry Block

Brand: ZWILLING J.A. Henckels

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My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10

Product Description

This is a 19 piece knife set which consists of a 3″ Paring Knife, 3″ Hollow Edge Paring Knife, 5″ Serrated Utility Knife, 5.5″ Boning Knife, 6″ Utility Knife, 7″ Hollow Edge Santoku Knife, 8″ Bread Knife, 8″ Chef’s Knife, Eight 4.5″ Serrated Steak Knives, 9″ Sharpening Steel, Kitchen Shears, 18-Slot Wood Knife Block with Cherry Finish.

Is it a Contender for Our Kitchen?

One of the main challenges when looking for a good knife set is knowing what quality looks like. As you know from the article Understanding the Different Types of Cooking Knives is that there a large variety of different types of knives for different purposes. Likewise we go into a variety of stores and online stores and there are hundreds and thousands of knife sets out there that look fancy, look like they are of quality, and many of them try to draw you in with the most amount of knives for one set making you feel like you are getting a lot for the money. However, then you get them home and they break or rust easily. Many of them will bend or not cut properly. These are the challenges in searching for good products.

With any good chef set of knives, it’s important to be looking for high quality and a starting point for high quality is forged knives. They are harder, stronger, more durable, and less flexible. This will help allow the knives to last 3-5x longer than stamped knives. All of the knives in this collection except the steak knives are all forged knives. The steak knives are stamped which allows for some additional flexibility and made of stainless steel. Having a mixture of forged and stamped is a great mixture for any home chef to get the feel and mastery of both types of knives.

A major benefit of this product is that it also comes with a real cherry wood block. It isn’t practical wood or fake. It fits all of the knives and it looks like an excellent addition to the kitchen.

Now I don’t own this specific knife set but I would love too. It’s very reasonably priced for a mixed set. According to the public of those who do own this set, there is an overwhelming love for this set. Some people have owned this set for 30 years or more, describe them as solid and balanced, extremely sharp, rave on the professional quality, and love that they don’t have to worry about replacing them. The few that had misgivings about the set expected them to be heavier, wanting a bigger block, stated that they rusted or cracked easily, and they didn’t care for serrated edges.

Chef Level

I recommend this set for the HOME CHEF because a mixed set gives you the best of both worlds. You have a variety of forged and stamped from a trusted brand to give a quality experience to allow you to master and experiment more in the kitchen. They are sharp and balanced so beware not to cut yourself. You don’t have to worry about elbow grease as these knives will be doing all the hard labor for you which will be a major relief to your fingers, wrists, and elbows.

Tools & Training

Any professional grade set will give you a higher class performance but with it also comes responsibility. Some of the opposition against this set comes from a place of miseducation in my opinion. There is a reason that most knife sets come with a sharpener and also why many people purchase electric ones either of which I highly recommend using. It is very important to maintain good healthy habits with the knives which means keeping their edging up on a routine basis.

Likewise, when you have a high-quality knife set you should not put them through the dishwasher but wash them by hand. The average dishwasher can be a very abrasive process, to say the least. Additionally, how often do we forget about the dishes till hours later before we put them up? This means that the knives will be sitting in limbo partially wet/dry for hours and people wonder why they rust. This could also be a culprit when people leave them in the sink soaking. The best practice is to wash with soap and water then dry immediately doing both by hand.

If you are unsure if its the right time to upgrade the home knife set you may want to read Home Kitchen Tools: Its Time For An Upgrade which helps to identify not only when we want to change out and replace items but when it’s in our best interest to do so.


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My Final Opinion of J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-Piece Knife Set

When looking for a home chef starter to intermediate class wanting to take their chef and knife skills to the next level this is a well-rounded product that I believe will treat you right. It meets the quality of standards for performance, balance, strength, durability, blade cut, material makeup, and value for the price. Having a combo set with forged and stamped is a plus for a home chef that is likely more used to the feel and flow of stamped thus can begin to explore and develop more advanced skills with forged knives as well.


J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-piece Knife Set at a Glance…

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My Overall Rank: 9 out of 10


I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about the J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-Piece Knife Set or want to leave your own personal review or interest, leave a comment below.


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  1. I Like your Website and I love to cook. I am so picky on knives and I always like my knives sharp ( but I hate sharpening them because I always Mess Up 🙂 ) I need knives that last longer so I like your recommendation and also I like non-stick pans. Hopefully you post more and keep I will keep checking your site. Thank you so much!

  2. Ooh, I want your knife set!  I have a mishmash of knives, with a few that I use all the time and some more that are basically worthless.  

    I appreciated learning the difference between a forged knife and a stamped one.  That explains why the steak knives are a bit different.  

    One thing I notice you did not mention:  I have a friend who is a knife sharpener.  He saw me scraping food off a cutting board one day using the sharp side of the knife.  He went ballistic!  Told me to always use the back as that would keep the cutting side sharp a lot longer.  Now I find myself teaching others the same thing.

    Once I have a bit more cash flow, will have to come back and look for your knife set.

    1. Your friend is right on target and thank you, I will add that to the tips and tricks section for knives. Look forward to having you back!

  3. Hi! Thank you very much for this suggestion. I had read a brief review and it was positively talking about the J.A. Henckels International Forged Premio 19-Piece Knife Set. But since it was so short I wanted a second opinion. I’m glad I found your post! Summing up what I have read, the principle advantages this set has are its performance and durability.

  4. I was planning to buy a set of knife and came across your blog. This chef knife is definitely one that is a good investment. What I like best is that, it comes with a real cherry wood block. It’s nicer to keep them in the kitchen with it. Easier to arrange. Gotta check on this knife. Thank you for the review. It helped a lot.

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