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ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS is a modern company which traditionally has always used innovative technology to manufacture products and services of the highest quality. Its leading principle: our customers´ satisfaction is our success – everybody is a customer. ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS has consistently set out to supply its customers with the best possible products and services. Based on this commitment Peter Henckels established his company 280 years ago.

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  • To better understand the functionality of a knife's design, we explore the four most important parts of the knife:

    • Knife edge
    • Blade shapes 
    • Blade profile
    • Tang

    Read on to find out more about these key knife components.

    1. The Knife Edge

    ​As the cutting part of the blade, a knife's edge varies in style depending on the task. The specific types of knife edges include:
  • Fine Edge Blade

    1. This edge style makes a smooth, clean cut
    2. Perfect for cutting hard and soft materials, like vegetables, meat, and fruit
    3. It can also be used for peeling

  • Serrated Edge Blade
    1. Features a rough, serrated blade
    2. Ideal for cutting and slicing through soft products (like bread and tomatoes) and tough skin products (like citrus fruits)

  • Scalloped Edge Blade
    1. Similar to a serrated edge, this blade edge features a unique serration used for similar tasks, like cutting through soft products without tearing or squashing them.
    2. Commonly used for cutting bread

  • Hollow-Ground Edge Blade

    1. Features hollows (or divets) positioned on each side of the blade for a fine cutting edge
    2. Hollows or divets create air pockets that make cutting and separation easier
    3. Used to effortlessly create thin and even slices for ham, pastries, flan bases

    For more information about a knife's cutting edge, click here.

    2. Blade Shapes

    There are three types of blade shapes including: 

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    High Tip

    1. The back of the blade is straight
    2. Similar to a utility knife, the cutting edge is curved
    3. ​The high tip allows for raising the blade from the cutting board with a smooth rolling action

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    Center Tip

    1. ​Both the back of the blade and the cutting edge are gently curved
    2. Similar to a paring knife, the defined and clear-cut tip is commonly used to lard a roast with bacon or herbs

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    Low Tip
    1. This style features a curved back blade, while the cutting edge of the blade runs straight up to the tip
    2. This shape tip creates a smooth, straight cut on a cutting board without any chopping action. 

    To learn more about the knife shapes, click here

    3. Blade Profile

    The initial sharpness of the knife typically depends on the shape and profile of the blade's cutting edge.

  • Straight Tapered Profile

    (Pictured left) Easy to re-sharpen, opt for this shape because it stabilizes the cutting edge.

    Hollow-Ground Profile
    (Pictured right) Try to avoid this shape because the cutting edge provides little cutting stability.

    Click here ​to learn more about the blade profile.

    4. The Tang

    ​The tang is the part of the blade that extends into the handle. There are two different types of tangs from the Zwilling J.A. Henckels collection to consider: a concealed tang and an exposed tang. 

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    The Concealed Tang
    1. This type of tang is cast into a plastic handle
    2. The tang is safely secured with synthetic resin 

    The Exposed Tang
    1. The rivets of an exposed tang connect the handle or scales with the tang

    1. To learn more about tang designs, click here

    No matter your cooking level, find out which style of knife meets your cooking needs by reading Zwilling J.A. Henckels Knife Collection Guide.

  • Synthetic handles have become more popular than wooden handles because it's a more practical choice. This material is dishwasher safe, as well as impact- and- shock resistant. For more information about handle designs, click here

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