Henckels CLASSIC 20-pc, Self Sharpening Knife Block Set, brown

Henckels Classic 20-pc Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 634.
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This 20-piece self-sharpening block set features all the knives you need to complete your kitchen. From the 3-inch paring knife for smaller scale jobs like peeling vegetables and segmenting fruit, to the all-rounder 8-inch chef’s knife for cutting meat and dicing fruit, this set includes the key knives for all your prep.

The self-sharpening block technology automatically sharpens your knives when they are stored or removed to help you maintain the sharpest knives. The set is completed with a handsome stained ash wood block with a stainless-steel cap.

High-quality German stainless steel strengthens these durable, Spanish-made knives. With a seamless transition from blade to handle, Classic knives' fully forged construction provides balance as the traditional triple-rivet handles encourage tireless cutting. These satin-finished blades are conveniently dishwasher safe.

  • Set Includes 3-inch paring,  4-inch paring/utility, 5-inch serrated utility, 5.5-inch prep, 5.5-inch boning, 6-inch utility, 7-inch hollow edge santoku, 7-inch bread, 8-inch carving, 8-inch chef’s, eight x 4.5-inch steak knives, kitchen shears, and 19-slot self-sharpening knife block
  • Fabricated from high-quality German stainless steel
  • Fully forged construction offers durability and a seamless transition from blade to handle
  • Professional, satin-finished blade boasts precision cutting and is finely honed for long-lasting sharpness
  • Ergonomic, traditional triple-rivet handle provides balance and comfort
  • Dishwasher safe, hand washing recommended
  • Kitchen knives made in Spain; steak knives made in India
  • Enjoy fatigue-free cutting


  • Item no. 31185-020
  • Color: brown
  • Country of origin: Spain
  • Substance: ash
  • Manufacturing method: forged
  • Block slot count: 19
  • Number of parts: 20
  • Colour handle: black matte
  • Substance handle: plastic
  • Net weight: 12.00 lbs
Henckels CLASSIC 20-pc, Self Sharpening Knife Block Set, brown
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Henckels Classic 20-pc Self-Sharpening Knife Block Set is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 634.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Knife Set Who doesn't love the idea of ALWAYS having a sharp knife! That's exactly what you get with this classic set. Every time I pull it out or replace it, it gets sharpened. Ezy Peezy! And the knife itself is awesome; great weight, very well balanced and made of German steel. I think this is as close as you can get to the knives made in Germany without spending double the $$$. Two of the most used knives in my kitchen are the chef knife and the bread knife; it is truly a game changer to have these in your set. It also comes with a carving knife which I use a lot but especially appreciate it at Thanksgiving.
Date published: 2020-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good set Overall it’s a nice set. Light weight and well balanced, although not as sharp out of the box, as others have stated. The knife block slots feel like they are made for a larger knife set and they don’t fit well, very loose and awkward. The chef’s knife slot doesn’t seem to sharpen as well as the others. I gave this 4 stars because it’s good set for the $350 I spent on it (on sale). If I had paid full price $700-$1,000 for this set, it would be a 3 star. I feel like if you’re going to spend that much money, that you can find plenty out there better for the high price range. But I will keep this set and use it for a long time, good deal!
Date published: 2022-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! These knives are not that heavy compared to our old Henckel Knives. We love these 20 pc knives that self sharpens on the block and the block has written labels on it, so you know where to put back your knives back. My tip is, you need to take a picture of the different types of knives on the box once you purchase it. The reason for that is the manual doesn't have the pictures of knives and if you're not familiar which is which, you end up putting knives in different slots. I'm kinda OCD so I wanted the knives to be on the specific slot for them. It might be overwhelming at first but you will soon notice the differences between knives. Just remember serrated knives should not be put on self sharpening slots. You can easily identify which slots are for serrated knives. Overall, this is a must buy for quality knives!
Date published: 2021-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Close But No Cigar I decided to upgrade my knife block that I had used for years. I knew Henckels was a reputable name and invested in this beautiful 20-piece self-sharpening block. I would have l given 5 stars, however there was no insert that identified which knife went where…I knew a few, of course, but needed assistance. I searched the Internet and couldn’t locate a chart that included the variety I had…not even close. I even searched for what a particular knife would look like, searching the block slot name…to no avail. I do hope they are in the correct slot so that I’m using them per their intended design.
Date published: 2024-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Received as gift from husband My husband bought me these knives to replace my current smaller set. I like that the knife block is sturdy, nice looking, and blends with my kitchen. The knives are high quality. I didn't like that the knives were not labeled LOL. I had to figure out which knife goes in which slot. The first time it was shipped (got them from Macy's), they were improperly packed without any bubble wrap or anything to cushion them. I received the box ripped and taped up with knives out of the packaging, and the block and some knives were damaged. Getting the knives returned and sent to another address was problematic.
Date published: 2022-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not holding up like our previous set The knives in this set do not seem to be holding up as well as our previous set (which we had for years). Also, the self sharpening makes the knife blades uneven/chips in the blade. Even with the recommended care/cleaning, these knives seem to be corroding and have rust spots.
Date published: 2021-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great knives, but block could use scaling down. Knifes are super sharp, granted I just got them so durability hasn't been tested yet. They weigh about 1-2oz more per knife compared to my 10 year old Made in China set of JA Henkels Everedge Plus knives that still are intact. My complaint so far is the block. They easily could've cut 5" off the back perpendicular to the bottom so it sat back farther on the counter, or atleast gave the option. I almost wondered if they just didn't finish my block correctly at first due to the stain not being applied that great in the front and you can see white in-between the grain. But comparing to pictures the weirdly long block that needs to be focal point of an island I don't have is correct.
Date published: 2024-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome block Finally a block set that has every conceivable knife, as well as 8 steak knives! Well priced because they are constructed with German steel but manufactured in Spain which brings it down to an affordable price point. The knives are housed in slots that also double as a sharpener by just pulling the knives through the slot, back and forth. The serrated knives and the steak knives are housed in the traditional slots, because those knives shouldn't be sharpened. Don't have to worry about using the honing steel, which I never mastered using, because you just sharpen when needed. Very easy and convenient.
Date published: 2020-08-01
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Where are these knives manufactured and are they full tang?

Asked by: gasellers
Cooking Knives are made in Spain, Stamped Steak Knives made in India.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2023-05-22

I have noticed some rust spots that I have been able to get rid of using barkeeps but I also need a product that will keep them shining and spot free can you recommend something?

Asked by: rocksolid
Thank you for contacting ZWILLING HENCKELS! The best way is washing all of your knives by hand, it’s gentler on the steel. Clean them under lukewarm water with a mild detergent and a non-scratch cloth or sponge. Then dry immediately. Keep your Storage Block slots clear of moisture and dust. Here is our Use and Care link: Thank you Zwilling Henckels
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2021-09-24

For this set, what style are the steak knives, are they the classic steak knives or are they solution stake knives or other? I want to ensure that if I am buying the "class" and spending the extra money that I am getting the "classic" steak knives as well

Asked by: MichelleM
The steak knives are our stamped Prime style. This keeps the cost of the set accessible. If you would like to complete your set with our forged Classic steak knives, they are available separately here:
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-11-24

What is the difference between the Statement and Classic lines as far as quality of the knife? 

Asked by: Jillian
While the Statement and Classic knives are made of the same steel, Statement is stamped, which means the knives are lighter and more flexible by design, which is ideal for customers who can't use heavy cutlery and/or are concerned about wrist strain. Our Classic line is forged, so the knives are heavier and more durable. Classic is our highest quality Henckels International style with superior sharpness and edge retention.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2023-02-23
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