J. A. Henckels International
Named for Johann Abraham Henckels, J. A. Henckels is actually part of a larger company called the Zwilling Group which was established in 1731. J. A. Henckels became a part of the Zwilling group in its early years and has remained an integral part of the company ever since. Known for its quality German craftsmanship, this company creates knives with precision care gleaned from years of experience and research. Henckel’s main focus is on blade strength, blade density, and overall solid construction. Whereas some newer companies rely on repeated purchases, this company aims to build knives which will stand the test of time and relies mostly on word of mouth to advertise their superior quality.
Their belief in quality over convenience has maintained a centuries-old forging process in which each knife undergoes rigorous, manual construction. As a company, J. A. Henckels and the Zwilling Group are committed to human rights, and it brings work to many foreign countries for fair wages.
Makers of the world-famous Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox is also well known for their kitchen knives, cutlery, watches, fragrances, apparel, and travel gear. Founded in 1884 by Karl Elsener, this company is a big part of why Swiss craftsmanship is respected and admired worldwide. Over 130 years in the industry has helped Victorinox perfect their crafting processes to bring you some of the best blades on the planet.
The company’s major focus is on quality and infuses innovation into tradition to bring you just that. It is also a company committed to sustainable business practices which place environmentalism near the top of their priorities.
We all know that Germany is famous for its quality knives and forged steel production. Wusthof, among a couple of other prominent names on this list, is a big part of why Germany is known for such quality.
Founded in 1814, this company has over 200 years of experience in creating kitchen knives and forging blades. Still based out of Germany, Wusthof maintains their traditional process of forging blades, but has added a technological element to help them create perfectly crafted blades for those with special needs, in addition to their inventory of regular knives.
Shun and Pure Komachi
You may not have guessed it, but the Shun knives and Pure Komachi knives listed on this website come from the same parent company – the Kai Corporation.
Despite creating knives under multiple names, this company strives to embody everything the word ‘Shun’ describes. ‘Shun’ (which is pronounced “shoon”, as the company loves to point out) is a word which represents the peak of ripeness – a perfect point of purity and succulence. Similar to fruits at their own peak of ripeness, all Kai products are built to represent the best of the best in terms of their construction and aesthetic appeal.
Each piece is forged by hand with expert precision. What sets this company apart from many others is that it has held onto the Japanese tradition of viewing blade creation as an art form more so than a construction process.
Kizer Knives have been around for a few years, and recently they are making a name for themselves by collaborating with respected US knifemakers. Many of these knives use imported S35VN stainless steel from the USA. They also feature cool designs and quality craftsmanship. Just take a look at the exquisite work on their knife handles and you get a sense of their excellent attention to detail.
Zhejiang Supor Co., Ltd. or Supor is a Chinese cookware and small appliances company, headquartered in Zhejiang, China. It was founded in 1994. As of 2006 it is the largest such company in China. That year SEB Internationale SAS, a French company, paid 2.37 billion yuan (US$296 million) to acquire Supor. It was the first Chinese cookware company to be listed on a stock market.
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