The J.A. Henckels Twin Pro S nine-piece block set offers a nearly complete set of chef’s cutlery ranging from the most basic paring blades to a full-sized santoku and chef’s knife. The Twin Pro series combines many of the best features of forged patterns with stock removal methods to create a hybrid design called SigmaForge. The concept does make a lot of good sense, considering how little forging goes into most of today’s forged knives.
In the SigmaForge process, only the bolster results from heating, compressing the knife blank to create mass in the right spot and then forging with a drop hammer. The rest of the knife blank forming the tang and blade retains all the characteristics created when the blank itself formed from Henckels’s Solingen stainless steel. Shaping and finishing the blank involves laser cutting rather than stamping — this avoids distortions and stresses common when blanks are cut to shape by dies. Tempering is augmented by the Friodur ice-hardening process, giving these knives added resistance to corrosion and more strength.
Two paring knives, two utility knives (one five-inch serrated and one six-inch plain edge) plus a seven-inch granton-edged santoku and eight-inch taper ground chef’s knife make up the cutlery assortment in the block set. Kitchen shears, honing steel, and knife block raise the piece count to nine. All knives in the set are full tang slab handled designs with fully forged bolsters and triple riveted handle slabs.
The hardwood block itself has two extra slots for good knives already in the kitchen and a row of six slots in the base for steak knife storage. Overall, the set has good range with room for a few specialty knives you’ll certainly need, plus the look if not the true workmanship of fully forged blades. Hand washing is recommended. Henckels’ lifetime warranty covers defects but not abuse. Knives are dishwasher safe, but vulnerable to gradual machine damage.
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