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bechler
12-07-2012, 12:16 AM
Has anyone used these knives. A chef brought one in the other day and out of the box it was crazy sharp. I'm not typically a fan of henckels but this seemed like a half decent knife. Just curious if anyone had any insight.

tk59
12-07-2012, 12:30 AM
They are good knives, generally handle heavy with thicker than necessary tips and larger bellies, as J-knives go. Steel is zdp-189 at 66-ish hrc. I have one that Rottman wa-converted and thinned a couple years back. I still use it a fair bit.

ajhuff
12-07-2012, 12:47 AM
Agreed. OOTB edge is very impressive. I have not sharpened mine yet. The stainless handle is noticeably heavy and off putting at first. But after using it for a while I did not mind the weight.

-AJ

James
12-07-2012, 12:49 AM
I have a petty from t he line. Good steel and pretty decent knife

EdipisReks
12-07-2012, 01:12 AM
i had a 240 gyuto. it was nice. sold it to a friend, though.

Paradox
12-07-2012, 03:03 AM
I have a Santoku and for the price I think it's one helluva good knife. It had a super edge on it from the factory. I have not had it long, couple of months, so I have not had to sharpen it yet. It's a plaesure to use.

NO ChoP!
12-07-2012, 08:57 AM
I had a cermax, and always thought it was decent. It took a decent edge, and kept it. It needed some thinning behind the edge, and some tip work, which was a pita.

I gave it to a guy in the kitchen, and had to fix it several times as his technique lead to multiple mocrochips. I would say its not a good beginners knife.....

heldentenor
12-07-2012, 11:18 AM
Agree with No Chop!--the knife is pretty thin and a good cutter with outstanding edge retention, but I've had more than a few microchipped edges with mine. It was my first serious knife though, and I've still got it and use it often despite having acquired a couple of "upgrades" since.

bechler
12-08-2012, 01:34 PM
Are there any issues with the knife?

heldentenor
12-08-2012, 01:36 PM
It doesn't balance like most Japanese gyutos or like most western chef's knives--it's somewhere in between. Also, as multiple people mentioned above, it's prone to chipping because of the high hardness.

NO ChoP!
12-08-2012, 02:49 PM
The Cermax is known to be extremely handle heavy. Its less prevalent with the 240....

Softest cladding I've ever seen. Very prone to scratching...