Product Comparison: Zwilling J.A. Henckels 38430-000 vs Wüsthof Classic 8616

General Specifications
ZWILLING J.A. Henckels
Pro (38430-000)
Classic 8616
About the Product
ZWILLING Pro is the most user-friendly knife available to market. The unique blade shape and ergonomic bolster are the result of 280 years of experience in knife making, and the rigorous study of how knives are used. A unique curved bolster supports the professional pinch grip, with thumb and index finger on the blade, for safe cutting and less fatigue. The blade was redesigned with a broader curve in the front to facilitate the rocking motion of Western cutting, while the straight back is ideal for the Asian chopping motion.
WÜSTHOF’S best-selling collection for generations, CLASSIC full-tang knives are precision-forged from a single piece of an exclusive high-carbon stainless steel. CLASSIC knives feature a new handle design made of a highly durable synthetic material – Polyoxymethylene (POM) – which has a tighter molecular structure to resist fading and discoloration.
Key Specs
Number Of Items
Pieces Included
3-inch Paring Knife, 4-inch Paring Knife, 5-inch Santoku Knife, 6-inch Utility Knife, 8-inch Chef's Knife, 8-inch Bread Knife, Kitchen Shears, Sharpening Steel, Hardwood Block
3.5-inch Paring Knife, 4.5-inch Utility Knife, 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife, 6-inch Utility Knife, 8-inch Bread Knife, 8-inch Chef's Knife, 8-inch Hollow Edge Wunder Knife, 6x 4.5-inch Steak Knives,, 9-inch Sharpening Steel, Come-Apart Shears, 17-slot Knife Block
Knife Types
Parer, Santoku, Utility, Chef, Bread
Parer, Serrated, Chef, Bread, Steak, Utility
Blades Material
Special Formula High-Carbon NO STAIN stainless steel
High-carbon Stainless Steel
Handles Material
Polyoxymethylene (POM)
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Zwilling J.A. Henckels 38430-000 Knife Block Set
  • Love this set of knives. I had never spent a large amount on knives before and after buying this set, I know I made mistakes buying cheap sets previously.
  • I researched knives for quite a while before deciding upon this set. These knives are fantastically well made, and well balanced.
  • The set contains all the knives needed for the kitchen and work very nicely. Well made.
  • Beautifully crafted and super sharp! But be careful and don't cut yourself! With proper care, I'm expecting these knifes to last me a lifetime.
  • Zwilling marketing good, but quality and manufacturing level looks very poor.
Wüsthof Classic 8616 16-Piece Knife Block Set
  • Excellent performance on all of the knives. Chef's knife is definitely the show piece. I will own these for the rest of my life. You pay the price for these but get knives you will use forever.
  • Excellent knife set! We wanted something that would last a long time and of great quality. The knives are VERY sharp and make cutting effortless. Highly recommend!
  • Never have I had such fantastic knives. I've had so many knives that claim to stay sharp for "forever" but these are the only ones that I think should be able to claim that!
  • An very well designed and crafted set of knives. Each piece is impressive in own way. Each is extremely sharp - which is something to be aware once you receive and start using them.
  • My only complaint is that the knives are so sharp I have cut myself several times. They are scary sharp.
  • Сheesy sticker for the logo. really? for this price? knives are nice, but.... not sure I'd spend the money. I'm only hand washing and one is already showing rust like markings where the blade meets the handle. Blades are awesomely sharp!
Size & Weight
16.75 in
16.5 in
5.25 in
5 in
9.75 in
11 in
9.75 lb
9 lb
Blade - stainless steel, Hand - black
Blade - stainless steel, Hand - black, Block - cherry
Cabinet Type
Cabinet Type
Handles Design
Knife Block
Hardwood Block
Wooden block
Sharpening Steel
Sharpening Steel
Cleaning and Care
Dishwasher safe, had wash recommended
Hand wash
POM handle is durable and resiliant, SIGMAFORGE knife is forged from a single piece of solid steel, Ice-hardened FRIODUR blade starts sharper, stays sharper longer, and has superior resilience, Precision-honed blade and laser-controlled edge ensures ideal cutting angle for sharpness and durability, Full tang and handle are triple-riveted for superb stability
Lifetime warranty, PEtec edge enhances the sharpness 20% and lasts twice as long, 58 Rockwell hardness, Traditional triple-riveted handle made of highly durable Polyoxymethylene, Wusthof knives feature a 14° cutting edge on each side
What customers say about "Features"
Zwilling J.A. Henckels 38430-000 Knife Block Set
  • Razor sharp, seem to hold the edge very well, nicely balanced and fit well in the hand.
  • They are incredibly sharp, and if taken well care of will last a lifetime. I like the slightly more modern look of them, with the funky angular block.
  • The wood block is functional and stylish too.
  • They are extremely sharp and the block is very modern looking.
  • The handle is very comfortable and permits a nice grip...much better than the pro s line for example.
Wüsthof Classic 8616 16-Piece Knife Block Set
  • Owned for 4 months. Knives are very sharp out of the box. Picture accurately portrays the look of both the knives and block. Block also has 2 additional slots (medium, large) for other knives that you may decide to purchase individually.
  • I especially like the weight and handling of the larger knives. Sure, they aren't inexpensive. But I believe you buy these for a lifetime and then hand them down.
  • This set is fantastic. The block is so beautiful!!! The knives have a good hand feel. It has a good variety of knives. Love it!
  • My son thought the black block wasn't going to look good, but when he saw it he really liked it. The black block looks great in my kitchen. The knives are an excellent quality and extremely sharp.
  • Price is high, obviously. Commonly used knives appear to dull quickly even against and end-grain butcher block. Honing helps but nothing I own can restore the factory edge.
  • Blades are great, but the logos wear off even with careful hand washing. Details matter when you're paying big bucks.
Other Information
449.99 $

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