Review: Henckels Micado 8″ chef’s knife

On this diet you become a chef whether you intend to or not and all that food prep includes a lot of work at the cutting board. Recently I acquired a Henckels Mikado 8 inch chef’s knife. It looks more or less like any other 8 inch chef’s knife, but with Japanese styling and a D handle without a protrusion near the butt.

My previous workhorse had been a generic version of a Chicago Cutlery chef’s knife. It was okay, but I had no idea how dull it was until I got the Henckel Mikado. It was like night and day – I could cut tomatoes with ease and grapes into paper thin slices. Truth be told, I was a little afraid of it for the first week. Now that I am accustomed to it I would miss it a great deal.


  • Very sharp and versatile.
  • D-shaped handle fits very comfortably in the right hand.
  • Solid feel with good balance.
  • Great style.
  • Lifetime warranty.


  • Some foods stick to the smooth blade.
  • Handle is not made for the left hand.


  • If you want something better than the bottom end, but don’t want to make a huge investment, the Henckels Mikado 8 inch chef’s knife is a great value.

Retail Price: $39.99 USD online at Bed Bath & Beyond

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2 Responses to “Review: Henckels Micado 8″ chef’s knife”

  1. 1 Agnieszka January 5, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Hi, Do you still like this knife? I’m looking for a new one and maybe this is a good pick.

  2. 2 paul stocker January 5, 2009 at 8:55 am


    I do still like it. I use a steel to keep the edge up and it works great.


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