The brand new Zwilling JA Henckels Twin Profection knives is more than just another line of kitchen cutlery. They are certainly great looking thanks to renowned Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun who designed Profection cutlery. My first impression of these knives had me referring to them as the “Orient Express” of knife lines — a matter of east meeting west in cutlery. Upon closer inspection I have to admit there is more to the story. This is the story of form meeting function in a warm embrace!
What are the elements that truly make Henckels Twin Profection an outstanding new creation? Your eye is drawn to the half bolster with its progressive angle. This is a key element in design as it accomplishes a number of tasks. First, it makes it more comfortable to hold properly with your index finger and thumb on the blade just in front of the half bolster. Secondly, the half bolster makes the blade a cutting edge for the entire length of the blade,
unlike other German designed knives. This also makes it well balanced and perfect for that rocking motion that allows the chef in you to really chop up the veggies post-haste!
The blade itself is a major element in this new design. It is precision forged from a single blank of steel, which is a special formulation that makes it rust resistant and hard at 57 degrees Rockwell. This hard steel is necessary because this blade is sharpened to a 15 degree angle on each side. For comparison purposes, German knives are sharpened to a 20 degree angle on each side. The narrower angle results in a much thinner blade at the cutting edge which is what sharpness is all about.
Henckels Profection knives feature a full tang, so the single piece of metal that is your knife runs from the tip of the blade to the end of the 3-rivet handle. The pieces that are riveted to the handle are perfectly matched to the steel of the knife leaving no gaps to trap and collect food. This ergonomic handle has no sharp corners or edges maximizing comfort and helping to make the Twin Profection knife balanced for easy handling.
My first impression of this knife was that it was an east meets west kind of hybrid. In actuality it is more than elements of Asian knives merged with western style knives. The truth is the progressive angled half bolster simply is not to be found in either camp. Stylistically this is a knife that would look good in an Asian setting or a western setting. It would look good in a traditional home as well as a modern home which makes it fairly unique in the cutlery world. It is well suited for any kind of food preparation so this will be a successful and desirable line of cutlery.
While somewhat expensive, Henckles Twin 1731 knives also designed by Matteo Thun which look nearly identical to the Profection line, but significantly less. For example, one Twin 1731 8 inch chefs knife is $450.00. For the same price, you can get a 7 piece block set of JA Henckels Profection knives with money left over for dinner for two at home.
Zwilling JA Henckels Twin Profection is the case of a completely new creation, one based on form and function coming together on very amicable terms.