Steak knives can be quite varied if even their function is the same. They can be serrated or non-serrated, straight or curved, forked or not, artwork or bland. It is really up to you gastronomic preference.
For myself, as a person from the culinary field, I have to say that the cutlery used when hosting guests or family is an equal part of the experience.
A choice steak such as a bone-in rib-eye perfectly cooked to a medium-rare and beautifully plated and served is somehow robbed when set next to a cheap plastic-handled knife.
Most restaurants survive on an extremely thing profit margin, generally less than 3% for most mom-and-pop places. So while managing “shrinkage” by saving time of maintaining fine cutlery and theft is absolutely essential, for foodies and those who love to host their friends, not so much.
To me, something you shouldn’t cheap out on.
So today, I have decided to target the poor, overlooked steak knife.
When it Comes to Steak Knives you Get Two Choices:
So in the world of steak knives, you don’t really have a lot of options when it comes to the blade. In fact, you only get two.
Both of these knives have their advantages. The serrated knives will be able to cut well for longer periods between sharpening, but if not properly sharpened often, they will eventually require more force to cut, crushing the lovely delicious juices out of a steak.
The sawing action doesn’t cut as cleanly as a straight knife either, meaning that even if the blade is brand-new out-of-the-box sharp it will still release more of the fluids than a straight-edged knife.
Unless you have a good amount of experience sharpening a serrated knife, these will prove very difficult for the average homeowner to maintain. They require special tools most people simply don’t own. So for most, once they are dull, they are dull.
Straight-edged knives are much easier to sharpen and most people have a knife sharpener of some kind around the house that will easily be able to use to maintain the blade’s sharpness.
They also make very smooth cuts, leaving more of the steak intact. These are a more popular choice for people who love steak.
Steak knives are the most used and often overlooked knives. Steak knives are part of the family of cutlery known as table knives which include:
In case you are wondering about the terminology of cutlery as far as tables knives go. Today, we will be talking about steak knives.
Victorinox is a premium manufacturer of cutlery of all kinds, and this set of steak knives is something for the more discerning steak lovers and entertainers.
Straight-edged or serrated, your choice, and with a rosewood handle, these knives have an elegance you won’t find in the selection of your general big box store. While a bit on the pricey side keep in mind that Victorinox has been making knives since 1884.
So you are making a lifetime purchase with this set, and will an appearance like this will be a timeless addition to your table setting
Now, this set of steak knives from Trudeau Laguiole only come as serrated, so know what you are getting into because they will take a bit more effort and time to maintain. However, the trade-off with this set of knives is that they are truly elegant.
Besides having a blade shape that is attractive to the eye, the handles are also made in an eye-pleasing ergonomic form that allows for ease of use. The wood that this knife set uses in the handles is a wood known as Pakkawood.
Pakkawood is similar to Teak in that it is very water-resistant, meaning they will hold up to repeated cleaning over the years. Not to mention the full tang stainless steel blade has a gorgeous patterning on the tang.
This set comes in a gorgeous box, making this knife set by Trudeau a great gift set for a wedding, coworker, or that foodie you are trying to impress.
Yet another eye-catching knife set, La Côte is a Canada-based company that focuses on making cutlery and various homeward true to the form of the piece’s cultural origins. Every single one of their offerings is custom-designed, meaning that you are getting something unique and special.
If will be doubtless any of your friends or guests will have seen anything like these knives. The blades of these knives have been given a forging treatment that gives the blades a hammered finish.
While only offering straight edges, you have a wide selection of woods for the handle. You can acquire this set with Pakkawood, Zebrawood, Olivewood, and Rosewood. Again, besides just the gorgeous selection of wood for the handles, the tang in the handle also shows a great deal of attention to detail, with filigree decorating the tang.
The real bonus with this set is the magnetic wooden storage box it comes in. Not only is it simply a piece of art in itself, but the lid of this box can also double as a display for a charcuterie display, or as a cutting board.
Another fine gift for your friends, or you if it’s Treating Yourself Tuesday.
Now, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the food industry, and while I’m no metallurgist I can’t get over the quality of Japanese steel. Kyoku’s Daimyo series is unparalleled in the construction of their cutlery, and this steak knife set is no different.
While not as traditionally elegant as a wooden-handled knife, this set uses a patterned G10 fiberglass-reinforced polymer handle. A more modern material you will also find in high-quality combat knives.
The blade itself, VG10 Japanese 33-layer Damascus steel. While already a superior super-steel, this knife is also cryogenically frozen. This brings all the atoms in the steel closer together, allowing the blade to maintain its edge longer than most steels and just making it incredibly durable.
This knife set from Kyoku is designed and forged with the superior craftsmanship one would expect to find from the Japanese. This isn’t just a knife set that will last you the rest of your life, but a set that will last your kids, and their kids, for their lives as well.
Besides the Japanese, the German’s are also well renowned for their quality engineering, and also for their steel. So it comes as no surprise you’ll find that many celebrity chefs use Wüsthof cutlery in their knife bags.
Similar to the Kyoku knife set above, Wüstof has chosen to shy away from a wooden handle, instead of using polypropylene. And of course, with Germans being who they are, these knives are laser sharpened, because why would you settle for less than state-of-the-art.
Wüsthof has been in the business of making cutlery for over 200 years and is still family-owned, so you aren’t just purchasing a product, you are purchasing a name with centuries of experience. In fact, there is so much confidence in this knife set that it comes with a lifetime warranty.
If you are looking for something a little bit more domestic than exotic Damascus, Japanese, or profoundly engineered German steel, then Chicago Cutlery has this knife set that is a perfect mix of function and form.
These have simple walnut handles with brass rivets and a long tapered blade that gives you a longer cut, ensuring that even with a thicker cut of steak you’ll only need the one cut.
While not the most visually impressive knife set on this list, if you are looking for something visually impressive and made with quality in mind, this set won’t break the bank.
Remember, much of the joy that comes with the experience of good food is simply the experience. There is a reason that in the industry the saying exists, “people tastes with their eyes.” This isn’t just true for the appearance of the plating, but also the cutlery.
However, it should go without saying with good looks don’t matter if it doesn’t work, and the same goes for your choice of cutlery.
That being said, all knives, regardless of being table knives or not should be hand washed. This maintains the integrity of the steel and handles for a much, much longer time than machine washing.