Updated on 16 October, 2021
Steak knives are an essential for every kitchen. When thinking of what steak knives to get, you need to take into consideration the type of cut your steak will receive. This is important for safety and will also determine how many different types of steak knives you can buy. Most importantly, though, you need to know what the differences are between the different steak knives available so that you can make an informed decision on which knife to get.
There are four basic types of steak knives: serrated steak knives, flat blades, pocket knives, and thin blades. Each has its own distinct qualities that set it apart from the rest. Serrated steak knives have a more jagged and pointed edge than the flat blades, which are more rounded and smooth. Flat blades also have a nice smooth edge, but they do not slice as well or offer much in the way of toughness or protection. Pocket knives generally fall between the two types, with both having somewhat point or smooth edges.
When you're shopping for a good steak knife, don't forget about the second prize. In addition to being the perfect steak knives, these cutlery pieces are also ideal for opening cans and tearing open packages. A great tip for choosing a steak knives is to buy the same brand the butcher uses because he/she probably uses a second knife for other tasks, too. Serrated steak knives are a solid choice, so consider buying one for the kitchen as well as another one for another purpose.
The best non-serrated steak knives have a flat edge with a hook or slot to hold onto when sharpening. To sharpen, simply take the knife's point toward your hand until it is level with your chin. You should then slip the blade down into your hands. If you hold your non-serrated steak knives too tight, the point will hit your neck. This is easily remedied by taking the point out of the hands and allowing it to hit your belly button. Some cooks like to grip their knives with their thumb and index finger, while others prefer using their fist.
One important thing to note when buying non-serrated knives is to check the cross-section of each side of the blade. While it is possible to get blades that have cross-section angles of 100 degrees, most of the better brands will be much less. When sharpening a serrated edge, make sure the cross-section is a half-degree slanted.
The handle is where the majority of the decision about the quality of knife comes from. Most Victorinox knives have large hard wood handles. The larger the handle, the more expensive the knife will generally be. The quality of the handle can be greatly improved by choosing a high carbon or stainless steel handle. Both of these types of handle last longer and have a better grip than the cheapest handles available.
Another major decision to make when choosing a new set of serrated knives is whether to purchase an electric sharpener or a traditional knife sharpening tool. Electric sharpeners are typically more expensive, but can dramatically improve the sharpening process. They allow you to get faster results and keep the knife sharp for longer periods of time. However, they can also potentially strip the knife edge if not used properly. On the other hand, traditional methods of sharpening knives, such as flipping the knife over or using a specialized knife sharpener can also potentially dull the blade edge.
The choice of knife set to meet your needs depends heavily on your own personal preferences. Some prefer the traditional leather or suede handles, while others prefer the thinner natural wood handles. If you're looking for a serious, multi-use, multi-year-old quality cutlery set, you should definitely consider a high quality set of serrated knives.