This Henckels Chef’s Knife, 30121-203, features Henckels’ best Sigmaforge high-carbon stainless steel blade.
Henckels has been knocked around a bit lately, what with all the fancy Japanese knives getting all the great reviews.
Sigmaforge is Henckels’ one-piece full-tang, ice-hardened construction that is intended to be durable and easy to sharpen. They might not be as sharp as the Japanese knives, but they will withstand more of a beating. These blades are forged (not stamped) in Sologen, Germany.
The Novadur handle is ergonomically designed to be comfortable while using the knife and gives the cook more control while reducing hand fatigue. These Novodur handles are held with three stainless steel rives and are bonded perfectly to the full tang assuring stability and long-lasting durability.
The full bolster is a bit out of date these days — most knife-makers have begun to acknowledge that a half-bolster is just fine. The full bolster also gets in the way of resharpening.
Henckles’ high-carbon steel blades won’t rust or stain and are dishwasher safe, though J.A. Henckels does recommend washing by hand. These knives come with a Lifetime Warranty.
An excellent Chef’s Knife is a must, whether a professional chef or a home cook. This one is a decent knife, but may not be your top choice in this price range.
Check out the Shun Classic Chef’s Knife for a great-performing Japanese knife or the Tojiro DP Series for a less-expensive, top-performing knife from a lesser-known brand. For a German knife, check out the Messermeister Elite knives.