The 10 Best Steak Knives

Updated October 19, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Steak Knives
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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Whether you are looking to enhance your cutlery selection at home to handle steaks and chops or you run a restaurant and need to augment your supply, our selection of steak knives, ranked by sharpness, durability and elegance, includes something suitable for every use, decor and budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best steak knife on Amazon.

10. Opinel South Spirit

If you regularly eat your steak in a man cave or hunting lodge complete with mounted animal heads, the Opinel South Spirit will fit right into your lifestyle. They have rugged olivewood handles for that classic steak knife look.
  • made from swedish sandvik steel
  • convex-ground blades with full tang
  • aren't extremely sharp on arrival
Brand Opinel
Model 254224
Weight 9.9 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. Messermeister Avanta

The Messermeister Avanta are forged from a single piece of metal to ensure long lasting durability, even with daily use. Despite their quality construction and full tang, they come at an affordable price, perfect for the budget-minded consumer.
  • slightly upward curved tips
  • available in fine or serrated edges
  • doesn't include a nice storage box
Brand Messermeister
Model L8684-5/4S
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Victorinox RH Forschner

The Victorinox RH Forschner are beautifully crafted in Switzerland with striking rosewood handles that are durable and also minimize wrist tension. They are available with rounded or spear tips, and in serrated and non-serrated options.
  • conical-ground edge
  • ice-tempered for sharpness retention
  • some may prefer a heftier knife
Brand Victorinox
Model 46059
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Mundial 5100

The Brazilian-made Mundial 5100 feature a classic black handle that looks elegant on any place setting. They are sturdy, well balanced, and come with a razor sharp edge to slice cleanly through chops, ribs, and thick-cut steaks.
  • half serrated half smooth blades
  • commercial quality
  • large safety bolsters
Brand Mundial
Model 5130-5E
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

6. J.A. Henckels Classic 39360

The J.A. Henckels Classic 39360 is a trusted brand that stands out from the crowd. They feature a 3-rivet handle with full tang construction to provide optimal balance and support. These are multifunctional knives suitable for all of your small kitchen tasks.
  • slender petite handles
  • western-style design
  • hot-drop forged blades and bolsters
Brand Henckels
Model 39360-000
Weight 11.5 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. La Cote

For a truly unique-looking set that is sure to impress friends and family, consider the La Cote. Their exotic wood handles have been sanded and buffed to produce a shiny finish that highlights the dramatic grain patterns of the wood.
  • each knife handle is one of a kind
  • serrated blades for better cutting
  • need to be hand washed
Brand La Côte Homeware
Model LC-14335B2
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Mercer Culinary Genesis

The Mercer Culinary Genesis feature ergonomic Santoprene handles for a non-slip grip, even when wet. The package comes with a professional, soft roll case to take with you on the go, so you always have a steak knife handy when you need it.
  • full tang construction
  • durable and affordable
  • well-balanced design
Brand Mercer Culinary
Model M21920
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Global GSF-4023

The Global GSF-4023 are beautifully crafted, with double-beveled edges to accommodate both right and left-handed users. Their sleek design complements any decor, and the signature dimple pattern provides you with a secure grip.
  • cut through tough cuts like butter
  • seamless design does not trap food
  • comes as a set of 4 knives
Brand Global
Model GSF-4023
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. Tyrellex Premium

The Tyrellex Premium uniquely combine elegant pakkawood handles with perfectly weighted stainless steel blades that have only been found in restaurants up until now. They have a very manly look that the steak lover in your life is sure to appreciate.
  • never need to be sharpened
  • come in wooden gift box
  • stain-resistant finish
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Wüsthof Classic WU9731

The premium Wüsthof Classic WU9731 feature 4-1/2-inch, high-carbon, stainless-steel blades for razor-like sharpness and optimum edge retention. They cut precisely, without tearing the meat, and are dishwasher safe for easy maintenance.
  • triple riveted non-staining handles
  • well balanced design
  • backed by a lifetime guarantee
Brand Wüsthof
Model WU9731
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Cuts Like A Knife

Depending on how you were brought up, a good knife might seem like a right of passage. I know when I was a kid, I had to wait until I got a little older to completely participate in kitchen activities like chopping, mincing, dicing, or even cutting my own meat.

That can be devastating to a five-year-old with a keen interest in the culinary arts, and when I finally did get my hands on the knife and the cutting board I was hooked.

As adults, we sometimes take our cutting permissions for granted, content to push any old piece of metal through our food.

It often takes a rare experience with a stellar knife to open our eyes to what's truly possible at the dinner table, and all of these knife sets offer you such an experience.

They do so by providing you with incredibly sharp edges that can slice through even the toughest meats. In the options we have listed, those edges are either serrated or flat, and the difference between the two is significant.

Serrated edges have those visible teeth to them, making the knives look like little saws, and those teeth bite into whatever you're cutting to tear it as you slide the blade through the meat.

The advantage of a serrated set is that it requires less maintenance and sharpening. The disadvantage is that your cuts of meat might not be as smooth on the palate.

Also, when it does come time to sharpen a serrated edge, you can't use a simple tool, as you can with flat edged blades.

Flat edges are much easier to sharpen, as they work more like razor blades, employing an edge so thin that it attains a kind of microscopic serration to it. Your cuts of meat are much smoother, and maintenance, though required more often, is easier.

A Knife For Every Knight

King Arthur had a big, round table for himself and his twelve fellow knights. That's thirteen place settings for dinner.

Fortunately, the Knights of the Round Table all had their own very large, very sharp steak knives: their great swords.

Chances are your guests won't be arriving with that kind of hardware in tow, so it behooves you to have some great steel waiting for them to wield.

If you have thirteen knights descending on your home, you're going to need more than one of the knife sets we're looking at, the largest of which comes with eight knives.

So, in addition to asking yourself whether you want flat or serrated edges on your steak knives (see the comparison above), and in addition to asking yourself whether you care that the knives look as good as they cut, there's one more simple question to answer.

How many knives do you need? Are you a family of six? A four piece set won't cover you. It seems like a minor consideration, but it might just guide your hand that much closer toward or away from that set that caught your eye in the first place.

From Flint To Steel

Ancient knives made from carved flint have been found around the world dating back over a million years.

Now, that wasn't technically a steak knife, since pretty much every cutting knife had a sharp edge to it in the west, until after the second world war.

For millennia in the western world, the only things people ate with were knives and their hands. Elsewhere, in the eastern Asian countries specifically, knives were only used in the kitchen, and were forbidden at the table.

Developments in steel forging after WWII made commercially viable the easily sharpened, stainless steak knives we all use today.

Will steak knives disappear if the country eventually goes vegetarian? Probably not.

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Last updated on October 19, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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