It's been almost 30 years since I bought my first Henkels Knife a 10" Chef's Knife. The back bone of all my work in the kitchen. Because of a cook at a new job lifting my knife under some self gratifying five finger discount I had to replace it. Served me faithfully for 15 years with-out issue. The knife that did replace it was found in the basement of an Atlanta Macy's. Some how it was lost in the shuffle and happened to be from the same year my original was made. I couldn't believe it. That knife has served me fathfully for almost 15 byears now and with no end in sight.
Anyhow, enough of a back story........ how about the knife.
The balance and feel of the Henkels is extraordinary. It cuts effortlessly through things that leaves other knives I have used wondering what happened. I have often found myself using the knife for such delicate work as boning a chicken or filleting a Dover sole to the more heavy duty work of butchering meat. I find it more comfortable than my best Forschner Scimitar or Fillet Knife for such tasks as cleaning a Tenderloin, or cutting quality meats such as a Strip Loin and even a Rib-eye or Delmonico in my kitchens. Even Frenching the Ribs on a Rack of lamb is an easy task. The knife takes on sort of an extension of your hand and is wielded effortlessly.
It holds an edge better than any knife I have used and needs only a touch up on the steel maybe after every 30 minutes of continuous use. I do recommend having a Professional Sharpener touch up the blade only once every year even under the heaviest of usage. Using anything but a wet stone yourself is not recommended because of the thickness of the heel of the knife. The riveted handle and sold tang give the knife a feeling of more control and it's sense of balance.
In my opinion, the Henkels Professional S series Chef's knife is a fine example where the product produced and sold is equal to the history the name represents. With proper care....most anyone that purchases this knife will experience many years, if not a life-time, of useful and reliable service. It is the best $100.00 I have ever invested on any purchase of kitchen equipment over the years of my career.
I looked everywhere for the last couple weeks on where to submit a review. Now that there is a winner, I see the whole bloody topic and wow. How could I have missed that? Doohhh!!!!
Dang........ am I getting blind in my old age or what? Hehehe
Could one of the nice moderators please edit my title to reflect the correct spelling of Henkels. Somehow an "i" ended up floating in there. Doohhh!!!!