Henckels Knives

Campbellclanman

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There was a Henckels at a local consignment shop that I dismissed because the main blade was so heavily and badly sharpened. If I recall it was a long pull and the main was very very thick at the spine. Is this a common trait of the Henckels?
Frank- some of the Henckels have extremely solid and thick Blades- their smaller and quite Stunning Whittlers are a good example of having a very stout spine on the rather small Blade or another Henckels that has an extremely thick Spine on the Blade is the Stag Handled Knives seen earlier in this Thread.

Herder my friend- That Pearl with Slanted Bolsters is beautiful - I just received a handful of J.A Henckels - on is an Ivory version of yours!

Freelivin - some spectacular Knives you have there, your collection of Henckels is simply fantastic!
 

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Frank- some of the Henckels have extremely solid and thick Blades- their smaller and quite Stunning Whittlers are a good example of having a very stout spine on the rather small Blade or another Henckels that has an extremely thick Spine on the Blade is the Stag Handled Knives seen earlier in this Thread.

Herder my friend- That Pearl with Slanted Bolsters is beautiful - I just received a handful of J.A Henckels - on is an Ivory version of yours!

Freelivin - some spectacular Knives you have there, your collection of Henckels is simply fantastic!

Thanks Campbellclanman, and I look forward to seeing your new acquisitions!!!
 

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freelivin, more great examples, and that's the first fixed blade champagne knife that I have seen.
Very cool example with such fantastic detail in the sterling handle.
 

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Thank you Herder, Campbellclanman and Waynorth for your kind replies. Herder, I am awaiting your book, I hope it arrives soon. I am so glad you put in the time and effort to produce such a work.
I have been collecting J. A. Henckels for over 30 years. I have some very good examples of their work. I do not pretend to have anything near an extensive collection. It is quite a modest collection actually considering the hundreds of years the company has been producing quality knives and cutlery. I intend to post more of my collection on the site and display the entire collection on a website I will disclose as soon as it is completed. This has been a great hobby and adventure for me and history lesson I never expected to have. What great fun we have.

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As I have said earlier, Wonderful Knives shown in this Thread.

It's extremely hard for me to come across pretty much any selection of Knives, let alone collect - what we collect which is getting into the more decent Traditional Type of Knives, New Zealanders - unless brought up on a Farm- and even then?) no young person walked around with a Barlow or any type of pocket Knife really, let alone Adults! So pickings here are slim- VERY Slim.

One of my side-line directions of my collecting is German Knives, Henckels are definitely a good part of this, although my selection doesn't compare at all with Herders or Freelivin's examples, I still am extremely proud of them.

In my latest handful I received another very nice Ivory Herder which was part of the Herder Factory Display, so there are two now of the Ivory beauties from this Display / Collection, I do have the name of the Gent who acquired these from the Herder Collection.
I am not sure if there is another German Knife Thread that should be more dedicated to the likes of non - Henckels ? Herder sir did you ever start a Herder Knife Thread?
Anyway... back to Henckels.....

As plain as this knife could be mistaken to be, I actually really love this old beauty! @3 & 5/8ths long closed, when open the Blade almost seems to big to fit back into its wonderfully Ivory Hafted enclosure- but it does as snug as can be...
This mighty Whittler is wonderfully made- any owner of a Vintage Henckels would be nodding in agreement at this very moment.
The Spine is incredibly Thick, the walk and Talk at first is stout with a firm Pull, and smooth as silk from then on, this Knife has had very little use and does not show any Sharpening Marks that have gone over at all - just very very tidy and well loved with a very nice Grain in the nicely aged Ivory.

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One very much like Herders wonderful Pearl example- not quite as Mint though :)
I must admit when looking at the list of Knives - this one didn't really jump out at me, so I went past it a couple of times, I am very glad I changed my mind and purchased it, because it has grown on me very fast.
Nickle Silver Bolsters and Liners, and again Wonderfully aged Ivory with a gorgeous Grain, Pocket worn Bolsters or Stored marked- I am not too sure but the Blades themselves have seen little use! I am not one to mess with my knives - I could polish the Bolsters- but I feel I would polish some History away as well so they will stay the way they are.
The two Blades would not allow the thinnest Hair to go between them when closed- the remarkable workmanship of utter perfection is evident when handling Vintage Henckels Knives - that is for sure, its a marvel to handle such beautiful workmanship, something I appreciate very much!
a peek over 3 inches long closed, Single Spring, and about to get a treat in Ren. Wax.

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A while ago I posted this wonderful creation by Henckels, Barman's Knife, Champaign Knife more appropriately called, When looking - or perhaps lucky enough to own early Sheffield and German examples of well executed Cutler workmanship- one can really see the difference in the way that Stag was hafted compared to now, yes at times the modern Cutler firms get it right- but it was on a more consistent even keel that such workmanship like this was released.....

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Well, I came across it's Brother ( with the slightest difference - can you spot it?) with the latest package, again .................. the way everything is snuggled in together is a treat to see and experience first hand, please excuse the rambling, I guess I am just trying to explain the "norm" of handling such fantastic workmanship from this Cutler Company.

The Photos will tell the tale of this wee package, @ 3 inches closed altogether it's a mighty handful, there is NO such thing as Blade rub within these super complicated Knives.

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This remarkable Knife I am VERY glad to have, I will try to pull back on my amazement about the remarkable workmanship in the build of these Knives, this is apparent more so than ever when you handle and inspect THIS Knife!
Not made to be outstanding with its Metal Handle material - but the semi Gloss Sheen is real attractive - gives it this hard Titanium Look! But the super smooth walk and Talk on every feature of this Knife, the fit , if one was to carry just the one Knife for life and was not given a choice and handed this one? There would not be a lot of complaining.
Three Snappy and Sharp Blades, one smaller Tool Blade, One long Nail File, One Pipe Cleaner/ Pick , all of this nestled in together so tightly - and with a very nice Coined Middle liner just to finish off this Class act.
There's nothing hard about this Knife- its a breeze to operate - so so smooth in every way 10 out of 10 with this one Henckels! :thumbsup:

This Photo shows as if there is a dent - lower left Pin in the Handle material - not at all- this is straight as, it must be oil!
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Last but not least, - well least in size but first in being an impressive Knife! This wee Knife is a peek under 2 inches long closed, but houses a tool box!

Pearl Handle, Coined Middle Liner, and superbly fitted together- this Knife I almost want by my Table next to me in the Lounge- for as long as I exist- I am trying to get around the massive achievement of this outstanding example of Cutlery Art, not so much as in art decoratively- although that is in the beholders eye - I mean the way this whole Knife has everything it has and functions superbly- the snap of each tool / Blade, it's Walk and Talk, the Fit is huge on this- nothing clashes, nothing rubs, simply a fantastic statement of Henckel's Quality.

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Looking for a German Knife Thread now, We have this stunning Thread, Boker's awesome Thread - is there a Herder or Vintage German folder Thread?
If not - what say you guys about starting one- there are a lot of threads out there that at times can be wasteful- so putting feelers out!
Herder my friend- suggestions - names for such a thread?
 

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Campbellclanma, those are some beautiful examples of Henckels. I particularly like the ivory handle knife.
I spent a number of months in New Zealand as a youth on three different occasions. I almost moved to Nelson on the third trip. I have a deep fondness for your country. On my first adventure I spent days on a corner in Greymouth in 1971 trying to get a ride down that long west coast gravel road. Some of the best days of my youth I spent in your country, camping, backpacking, exploring. I visited every corner. A Pakeha from California, still freelivin.
 

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Well my Pakeha friend from California, I am glad you are still freelivin ( is that a particular lifestyle your describing? or just plain enjoying Life?) :)
I am glad that you got to travel our Country and thank you for the kind comments, These Henckel's are most definitely a well made Knife aren't they! Lets be Honest - so too are the early Sheffield's and American made Knives, the one thing I notice about the Henckel's on an extremely regular basis that with one of their Knives that has 3, 4 or more Blades etc, I cant remember seeing any Blade Rub these Knives are so Precise!
 

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Some great looking knives, Herder, Duncan and Freelivin (is it LivinFree on eBay?) I really like that teeny one Duncan. Glad our mutual friend's knives have ended up in your hands.

Here are a few more of mine:

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Oh Man!!!!
Mike - absolutely outstanding knives my friend! It is great seeing these stunning knives that you, Herder and Freelivin’ have as it is most inspiring!
Thank you for sharing those fantastic pieces of treasure Mike.
 
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