Updated on 16 October, 2021
It has come to my attention that there are some very important pros and cons associated with Meat Slicer Knives. There are pros and cons of both knife set and single knife. I have come to the conclusion that a quality single knife will provide more blade life than a top quality knife set. The biggest benefit to using single knife is that you can open and close the sheath without removing the blade from the handle. By leaving the blade in the handle, you will minimize trauma to the animal.
However, if you are a professional cook and appreciate a sharp cutting tool then it is worth the investment to buy both the single knife and the slicing knife. If you are a beginning cook then it may be best to invest in a good quality meat slicer knife which will give you an advantage when learning how to slice your food. The pros of a good cutting tool are easy to identify. You get a much sharper blade, a longer blade life and a better ergonomic handle. These pros are especially valuable for beginning cooks who need to learn how to slice their food accurately and safely.
Another pro of slicing knives is that they don't rust. You will have to manually wipe the knife down after every use but this is minimal and easy to do. With all of the hype surrounding automatic knives these days it is not hard to understand why some cooks would prefer keeping a knife around to make sure that they don't accidentally leave it out in the open. Even the pros of automatic knives are starting to realise just how important keeping a knife around for emergency use is.
The cons of Meat Slicer Knives are not as obvious. One of the cons I have seen people debate on is whether or not the blade locks up. It is easily solved by either opening the knife in half or by purchasing a new knife. If you keep your original blades sharpened then this won't be a problem but if you don't then it may be time to buy a new one. The only other con that I have seen is that some people say that the thicker knives cut easier. While this might be true it is not consistent across all brands.
There is another benefit that I haven't seen mentioned so far. A few people have mentioned about how good the shearing action is when using a good meat slicer. To me this is an obvious benefit because the more expensive ones tend to be a little more difficult to use which means less effortless slicing. The average person is probably more evenly matched though so I wouldn't say that it is a major benefit of any brand. In my opinion the best way to determine how well a particular brand performs in this area is to try them out for yourself.
Some additional consideration is price. Of course a quality meat slicer with a higher price tag is going to perform better than an off brand. However if money isn't a problem for you then you should still be able to find good quality products that are well reviewed and have good reviews based on their performance. Most of the higher end products in this section usually come with a higher level of shear strength as well as higher hardness, which is great if you are into tough cutting.
If price is not a problem then the best option for you would be to get a professional quality meat slicer with a good blade. These blades can last a lot longer than cheaper blades and they will generally be a lot sharper as well. You want to be sure that you get a blade with a good blade life because you don't want to replace it too often. A good rule of thumb is to buy a knife that has had some experience behind it. Knife owners who have used their equipment for years will generally know what their knife can and cannot do.
If you're into barbecuing steaks then having the best steak knives is one of the most important parts of the BBQ experience. Finding the right one that's specifically designed for barbecuing and that's not just the cheapest but also one that will slice the best meat is critical to getting the best tasting food that you've ever tasted. One of the things you will want to look for is whether or not the blade is made from a good grade of stainless steel. The best steak knives will be made from a high grade stainless steel that is both durable and easily maintainable.