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.
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.