Zwilling J.A. Henckels Damascus Chef's Knife

Made of true Damascus steel, this knife is not only the first German made Damascus knife but also the first forged Damascus knife with a bolster from a single piece of Damascus. Made of 160 layers of hand-folded steel it results in a blade that is exceptionally hard and durable. This chef's knife is a necessity for chopping vegetables, mincing herbs and slicing fruit. Each knife is precision forged using Zwilling's Sigmaforge process resulting in an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade. Zwilling's Fridour ice-hardening technique results in a harder, sharper blade that is corrosion resistant and highly elastic. Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade's edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness. A curved bolster provides a seamless transition from handle to blade and supports the thumb for better balance and safety. An ergonomic African Blackwood hardwood handle provides elegant styling with its richly grained, silky black appearance. Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels since 1731. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
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M3racer
Cincinnati, OH
September 6, 2011
Ability level:Advanced
Has owned product for:1 - 4 weeks
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Would You Recommend? Yes
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Equal Parts Knife and Art
September 6, 2011
Having owned and used nearly a dozen high-end chef's knives, this is without a doubt the most elegant, beautiful, and just plain stunning knife I've ever owned. The Damascus blade results in an extremely sharp knife that holds its edge far longer than other carbon steel blades; I'd say this is closer to a Ceramic knife in that respect, while retaining the flexibility/pliability that makes steel so versatile.
It has every feature I look for in a Chef's, being that it is: ergonomic (fits multiple hand-sizes), holds its edge, has perfect 50/50 weight balance, has the right amount of heft without any "bulk", is the ideal blade size for me, and is EXTREMELY strong (cut through a leg-of-lamb bone as easily as it cut through the meat).
Overall, I love this knife for special occasions and it has been admired numerous times. I would recommend it to anyone who is a cutlery enthusiast, knows how to handle knives, has "daily use" knives, and can afford it. WAY TOO MUCH knife for an amateur.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Quality, Balance, Size, Strength, Versatile, Sharpness, Shape, Weight, beautiful, elegant, guaranteed conversation-starter, perfect "special" knife for professional-level use
Cons: Difficult to Clean, Difficult to Store, price, almost "too flashy", 5x cost doesn't necessarily = 5x quality, too much knife for any amateur/"hobbyist"