5 ½” Vintage J.A. Henckels Twinworks Carbon Steel Cutting Knife


This no-nonsense, hand-forged 5 1/2" carbon steel workhorse cutting knife with wood handles is the companion piece to an 8" chef's knife and a 9 1/2" slicer we recently sold. Its design harkens back 100 years, and looks quite unlike a modern era cutting or boning knife from this company.

The knife has no guard (quillion) or bolster, since it is not called on for tasks other than cutting through meat or fish and trimming around bone. The blade is rigid, and secured by two nickel rivets. From its older design, it probably dates from the ‘50s or early ‘60s, is strong and well balanced. Long-gone skilled craftsmen spent time hammering down a raw blank, heating it, hand-grinding it, eventually turning it into a knife that was either rigid or semi-rigid or flexible. All in the past now.

It is incised “J.A. Henckels. Twinworks Solingen, Germany” and (Model) “22 - 5 ½” on the blade. In appearance, it is, no doubt, a “plain jane," but it does the job. From what I’ve read, by 1969, J.A. Henckels Twinworks completely revamped its knife designs, and quit using carbon steel and wood handles.

Condition: There’s a shallow crack along the bottom and part of the top of the still-tight handles that is cosmetic, due to the strength of the rivets. It performs well, and I don’t believe it would have to be re-hafted. Nevertheless, we’ll give it a VG rather than a VG+, and adjust the price.

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