Henckels knivesOahuamateur chef: I'm afraid you have your facts backwards. there are Ferritic stainless steels and non-ferritic stainless steels. Ferrous is Iron (Fe) and iron is magnetic. A true high carbon stainless tool steel which Professional Cutlery manufacturers use WILL attract a magnet-that is the Iron which is the basis of true steel and will comprise about 95% of the blade. Non ferrous steels can be used in cookware, table tops, ect but ALL useful blade will be magnetic
In regards to Henckels knives: Henckels manufacturers several different designs in Germany (good) and they manufacture several lines in the "International series" in Spain and Brazil.(Fair). They also manufacture several "magic edge" knives which have serrated edges that cut well untill the serrations begin to wear and then their performance is diminished.
The International series knives are smaller and do not have the expert finishing and attention to detail that the German knives have. The Good German knives are 4- Star, Pro-S, 5- Star and Certimax. They do make a copy of the French pattern in the International series, but it is smaller in the hand.
The International series are fine for housewife work, but they will not perform up to industry standards.
Some ebay sellers can sell quality cheaper, since their overhead is less, but be sure WHAT style of knives you are purchasing. Most of the bhave better quality and cheaper knives and you get whay you pay for.