ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS – THANK YOU, PETER Way back in 1731 Peter Henckels had the idea to register the ZWILLING trademark with the Cutler’s Guild of Solingen, Germany. A brilliant idea, in our opinion. Because that makes ZWILLING one of the oldest brands in the world today. And Germans are well known for their love of traditions. So thanks for that.
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ZWILLING J.A. Henkels - Logo Evolution


Imagine you have a 287-year-old brand history that you are eager to share with everyone. But at the same time you are a modern, forward thinking company that is all about future cooking trends and technologies. Both are really important. Which is why we’re going to tell you about both parts separately. Let’s start with where we started.

Peter Henckels registers ZWILLING as a trademark on June 13th in Solingen.

ZWILLING opens its first sales outlet in Berlin.

ZWILLING is awarded a prize at the World Fair in London.

ZWILLING is presented with the highest award at the World Fair in Paris.

Opening of the New York branch by Graef & Schmidt.

ZWILLING wins the only medal awarded at the World Fair in Chicago.

The first subsidiary is opened in the USA. 1915 ZWILLING wins four first prizes at the World Fair in San Francisco.

ZWILLING wins four First Prizes at the World Fair in San Francisco.

Opening of the Paris branch.

ZWILLING is granted the patent for the "Küchenhilfe" range of scissors. Extremely robust, they are still included in our product range today. And we are proud to say that they are one of the most widely copied scissors worldwide.

ZWILLING applies for the patent for the ice-hardening process. Ice-hardened FRIODUR® blades have extremely good cutting edge retention, are flexible, ultra-corrosion-resistant and really cool. Sorry for the pun – we just couldn’t resist.

Wilh. Werhahn KG becomes the sole shareholder.

Development of the ****FOUR STAR knives – ZWILLING's best-selling chef's knife range with an iconic design that hasn’t changed in over 40 years. That’s what we call truly timeless.

Development of TWIN multi-purpose scissors – ZWILLING's most popular scissors.

TWINOX becomes the embodiment of quality in the beauty sector.

Establishment of the joint venture in China. The start of an incomparable success story that made ZWILLING one of the most desired premium brands in China.

Share in Jaguar Stahlwarenfabrik, manufacturer of high-quality hairdressing equipment.

Takeover of the US manicure producer TWEEZERMAN.

Opening of the first ZWILLING concept store in Paris.

Acquisition of Tondeo Werk GmbH, manufacturer of high-quality hairdressing products.

Introduction of the TWIN 1731 chef's knife range. As the first of a new generation of knives, it discreetly combines the proven with progress, with a focus on form and function.

Acquisition of the French cookware manufacturer STAUB. Its leading product ranges are cast-iron enamel cookware and ceramics.

Acquisition of the Belgian cookware manufacturer DEMEYERE. The traditional company is particularly well known among professional chefs as a manufacturer and pioneer of high-quality cookware for energy-saving induction hobs.

ZWILLING Care launches an extraordinary initiative for people with disabilities in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry. Young Indians with disabilities are helped to learn a trade and lead independent lives.

Share in alessandro International, a renowned nail design brand. 2013 Acquisition of QVS GLOBAL, a manufacturer of cosmetics accessories.

Opening of the first ZWILLING flagship store on Düsseldorf's premier Königsallee.

Acquisition of the Italian brand BALLARINI – one of the leading brands for nonstick cookware.

Opening of the first ZWILLING Culinary World flagship store at Taikoo Hui Mall in Shanghai.


ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS Flagship Store Shanghai Taikoo Hui


Maybe you think we are talking about the fact that every knife is also a piece of history and an example for extraordinary craftsmanship–and you are right. But there is more.

Our shops are no longer just places where you can buy products–they now can open a culinary world of their own to the customer. A leading example is the new World Flagship Store Taikoo Hui in Shanghai, where a unique shopping experience is combined with places of exploration and discovery such as restaurants, a cooking school and a local market.


Part of the Werhahn Group - ZWILLING


Since 1970 ZWILLING has belonged to the Werhahn Group. Like ZWILLING, Werhahn is a family company with a long tradition that shares our values and innovative thinking. Together we have grown even bigger and Werhahn has fueled our innovation engine. Metaphorically speaking, of course.


ZWILLING Plus - Employees


A successful company has a lot in common with a great recipe: The better the ingredients, the better the result. In the case of ZWILLING, those “ingredients“ are the people that work with us. And for the best results we add some really special “spices“.

ZWILLING Corporate Facts