27 June 2013

DEAL OF THE DAY: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Cuisine 8-Inch Chef's Knife (B-Grade*)

One of the newest premium lines from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Twin Cuisine was introduced in 2004 with a major revelation: it's the first high-quality forged cutlery line to feature a molded handle with a visible, full-length tang that runs horizontally. In fact, the handle is absolutely stunning, with the shiny tang curving slightly as it courses through the black nonslip polypropylene. With no rivets or gaps, the ergonomic handle provides seamless comfort, while the full tang adds weight for precision balance. The single-piece blade, forged from high-carbon, no-stain steel and strengthened in Henckels's exclusive Friodur ice-hardening process, retains its sharp edge through extensive cutting and chopping. Made in Germany and covered by a lifetime warranty, Twin Cuisine knives are dishwasher-safe but are best cared for when washed and dried by hand.

The Twin Cuisine 8-inch chef's knife is practically a kitchen necessity. The pointed, curved blade allows the knife to rock with ease, which enhances the speed and precision of slicing carrots, mincing garlic and parsley, and dicing onions. The weight of the large knife may take some getting used to, but the superb balance lends itself to every task. An all-purpose workhorse of a knife with a very satisfying feel, the Twin Cuisine chef's knife makes an excellent gift for any seasoned or aspiring chef. --Ann Bieri

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