The J.A. Henckels International Traditional 4-Piece Steak Knife Set uses natural hardwood handle slabs that many will prefer over the usual dark polymer versions. Plastic composites may have much the same look as finished wood, but knives with composite handles never have the same feel.
The International Traditional series features high carbon stamped stainless steel blades and full tang construction, differing from the International Classic pattern only in handle materials. The blades of this set are half serrated and half plain edged — the cutting action lasts even when tips of the serrated teeth dull. Sharpening shouldn’t become necessary. The shape of the handles is designed for table service rather than kitchen prep. Most diners will find them comfortable and easy to use.
The International 4-Piece Steak Knife Set doesn’t have the bulky shape of many modern steak knife patterns. The steel is also light compares to Henckels’ more expensive forged steel blades. The stamped steel knife blanks lack bolsters, which many consumers expect to see in Henckels knives. The blades are still of good quality, even though the design has been simplified.
Covered by a lifetime warranty against defects, the set’s guarantee has the same abuse exceptions as for other Henckels knives. The steel was chosen for edge holding rather than complete stain resistance and should be hand washed and dried. Wooden handles could be damaged by dishwashing machines, and blades could spot and rust if machine washed.
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