Henckels Everedge 13 Review

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The stamped, micro-serrated blades in the stainless steel J.A. Henckels International Everedge 13-Piece knife Set with bonus cheese knife include a chef's knife, tomato knife, six steak knives, and cheese knife with pronged end; the handles are polypropylene and the set also comes with a wood storage block. Many home cooks complain that these knives are flimsy, hard to clean, and not up to Henckels' usual standard.

Although J.A. Henckels makes some of the best knives in the high-priced end of the market, J.A. Henckels International Everedge reviews say this cutlery set falls far short of the brand's usual gold standard. One user posting a review on Amazon attributes the comparatively poor quality of this set's stamped blades to the fact that they're not made in Germany, where hand-forged and expensive Henckels knives originate. Frugal cooks posting reviews on Buzzillions and Amazon express disappointment with the flimsiness of the knives and the difficulty of cleaning the textured, micro-serrated blades. Reviews of J.A. Henckels International Everedge (starting at $45, Amazon) on the Macy's site say food gets trapped and the tiny little points snag sponges and wash cloths.

Another major complaint is the lack of variety in the blade edges. The set comes with a good assortment of knives, including a 2.5" paring knife, 6" utility knife, 8" chef's knife with curved blade, 5" tomato knife, 8" bread knife,6" boning knife, and six 5" steak knives, but all the edges are micro-serrated. Some J.A. Henckels International Everedge reviews on Amazon and Buzzillions say this makes tasks like mincing, peeling, and chopping difficult. Although some home cooks aren't deterred by the serrated edges, others point out that they force you to use a sawing motion, which doesn't work well on cheese, raw meat, or hard raw vegetables; these home cooks would prefer the set included some straight-edged blades, as well. According to reviews on the Macy's site, these knives are also prone to rusting and dull quickly; one consumer review notes that rust spots developed on all the steak knives within six months of use despite having been hand-washed.

If you want J.A. Henckels knives that live up to the brand's high-quality reputation, you'll have to spring for a more expensive model; upmarket Henckels knife sets sell for $125, and counting.

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