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Steak Knives Buying Guide

Ahh, a nice juicy steak to cut into. But wait, what's this? The knife won't cut the steak? That's not a good scenario for you or your guests when serving a delicious cut of meat. Steak knives with sharp blades are a must for entertaining and enjoying a meal. Look at your options when registering for or buying steak knives for long-lasting use.

Types of Steak Knives

Types of Steak Knives

The debate over serrated or straight-edge steak knives might be as controversial as crunchy versus smooth peanut butter. It all comes down to personal preference. But there are other factors to consider when choosing steak knives, such as handle style and steel type. Whatever your preferences, a sharp set of steak knives will serve you well for many years.

Straight Edge

Straight-edge steak knives are ideal for cutting meat, as they glide through the meat and result in smooth-edge pieces.

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Chef's Choice
$111.99
at Target

Enhance your cutting abilities with this electric sharpener that features a 3-stage sharpening system for producing a Gothic Trizo...r edge. The automatic knife guiding system positions and stabilizes your knives to allow quick and easy sharpening. read more

Bags and Bows

3-Way straight edge paper cutter in24" size can hang, stand or bracket. Product image might show additional items to create a styl...ed look. All items are sold separately unless noted. Accommodates 24" rolls. Hangs, stands or brackets. Limited Quantities Available read more

Progressive International
$7.99
at Belk

Progressive International Straight Edge Peeler. This straight edge peeler reflects the iconic style we all know from traditional k...itchens with some modern enhancements. The tool features a red silicone core which halts the swiveling blade, allowing you to easily remove blemishes from fresh produce. This straight blade peeler is perfect for firm produce. read more

Mundial

Mundial 5100 Series Red Fully Forged Cutlery 6 Utility Knife - Straight EdgeMundial's 5100 Series Red adds a burst of color and co...ntemporary style to a classic assortment of fully forged cutleryA chef's true individual style will come through with the 5100 Series Red - a bright new look in high-performance gourmet cutleryThe 5100 Series features knives and forks crafted from high-carbon stainless steel combined with a traditional, three-riveted polyacetal handle read more

Serrated Edge

Designed to keep the blade sharp and allow for cutting through tough foods, a serrated edge is a common style for steak knives.

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Victorinox

Trusted by Professionals for Generations. Now Available for the Home Chef. Our Swiss Classic Collection incorporates a new contemp...orary, more ergonomic handle with our traditional commercial-grade blade. The entire collection is made to the highest sanitary standards, earning the NSF (National Sanitary Foundation) seal of approval. Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery features a Mirrored Polish Finish on High Carbon Stainless Steel Blades. These knives have renowned sharpness, and are hand made in Switzerland. The slip resistant handle is hygenic and dishwasher safe. These knivves have received high accolades by a leading consumer magazine, and are regarded as the "best value" in the industry. read more

ARCOS
$73.16
at Amazon

A modern extension to the traditions of its 18th century Spanish origins, this 4-1/2-inch serrated steak k...nife (110 mm) from the Arcos Kyoto line features an ergonomic design, minimalist lines, and superior strength coupled with a double-edged blade. And the Kyoto line's strong handle and novel design with black handle highlights contrasting with the metal make it an elegant complement to modern kitchens.

Arcos Kyoto
Arcos Kyoto line (see larger image).

Forged from a single piece of hardened and tempered high-carbon Nitrum stainless steel, Arcos Kyoto series knives have a high tolerance to wear and tear as well as resistance to high and low temperatures. Kyoto series knives will satisfy culinary professionals as well as home chefs with an exceptionally high initial sharpness from the factory as well as a surpassing the industry standard for edge retention by over three times the minimum measurement. They feature a soft polyoxymethylene (POM) grip integrated into the handle. Dishwasher safe, though hand washing is recommended. Backed by a 10-year warranty.

Arcos Nitrum Stainless Steel

Nitrum is a nitrogen-enriched stainless steel formula that's found exclusively in Arcos knives. With Nitrum stainless steel, your Arcos knife will possess improved hardness for a longer lasting sharpness, enhanced microstructure for higher resistance to corrosion, and exceptional edge durability for longer periods between re-sharpening. The Nitrum production process has no negative effect on the air, water, or soil.

 

Knife sharpening

How to Correctly Sharpen Your Arcos Knife

Arcos recommends the regular use of a sharpening steel to keep the cutting edge of your knife razor sharp.

  • Place the blade of the knife on the steel at a 20 degree angle.
  • Keep the arm that is holding the steel steady and swipe the blade lightly over the steel keeping the angle at 20 degrees.
  • Give each side of the knife an equal number of swipes (about 20).
  • Sharpen the other side of the blade as before, this time using the other side of the honing steel.

And remember to always protect your fingers.

Care for your Arcos knife
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Tips For Use and Maintenance

  • Wash knives immediately after use with a mild soap. Avoid prolonged contact with leftover food.
  • Do not use bleach, soda or detergents containing chlorine or chlorides ions because they rust the steel and may cause it to lose its shine.
  • Avoid rubbing your knives with abrasive products, hard cloths, and metallic or synthetic cleaners.
  • If you use a dishwasher, place your knives in with the blades facing up and in separate containers from the rest of your cutlery to avoid scratching.
  • Avoid leaving your knives submerged in water for long periods of time, especially in hard or salty water that can affect metals.
  • Dry immediately with a soft cloth.
  • Leaving your knives to dry in the dishwasher is not recommended.

About Arcos

Arcos is a leading Spanish knife manufacturer and one of the oldest knife and cutlery manufacturers in the world. In 1745, Don Juan de Arcos started hand-crafting the first knives and scissors marked with the Arcos brand, and many of these pieces are displayed in the National Museum of Archeology of Madrid. Gregorio Arcos Aroca turned the small hand-crafted workshop into a mass-production factory for professional knives in 1875. And a century later, Gregorio Arcos Villanueva started the international expansion of the company. Today, Arcos is still a family owned business and proud of its remarkable heritage.

To learn more about the history of Arcos, see this larger timeline image.

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Mundial
$30.45
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Mundial's 5100 Series Red adds a burst of color and contemporary style to a classic assortment of premium fully forged cutlery. A... chef's true individual style will come through with the 5100 Series Red - a bright new look in high-performance gourmet cutlery. Crafted from fully forged high-carbon stainless steel, these knives feature a traditional three-riveted Poliacetal handle. read more

Mundial
$34.33
at Amazon

BP5128-5E Features: -Fully forged, with a full tang and high-carbon stainless steel blades. -Long-lasting razor-sharp edge. -Perfe...ctly balanced ergonomic three-riveted black polyacetal handle. -Quality and performance independently tested and verified as unsurpassed at any price point. Product Type: -Steak knife. Construction: -Forged. Primary Material: -High carbon stainless steel. Number of Items Included: -1. Commercial Use: -Yes. Dimensions: Overall Width - Side to Side: -0.75 Inches. Overall Length - End to End: -9 Inches. Blade Length: -5 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -0.34 Pounds. read more

Steel

An important factor in any steak knife, the quality of steel will determine price. High-carbon stainless-steel blades are a must when choosing knives, including steak knives. The quality of steel will go up with price. Determine your price point for investing in steak knives made with stainless steel, and then let the style of the knife be your guide.

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Hen and Rooster

Made in China, this 6-Piece Steak Knife Set knife is made of Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel Handle. This 6 Piece Knife Set ...Hen and Rooster Knives HRI046 6PC KITCHEN SET STAINLES is 9 inches. read more

Oneida
$30.99
at Target

Find Cutlery Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! These steak knives from Oneida feature high-carbon stainless steel blades, offerin...g superior cutting performance. The knives are equipped with fully forged bolsters for superior balance and are rust and stain resistant. Size: 4 Pc. Color: Stl. read more

CHEFS
$19.95 $29.95
at Target

Find Cutlery Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! Carve up a New York Strip or a Filet Mignon with the CHEFS 6-ct. Stainless Steel S...teak Knives. Their sharp serrated blades makes this knife set ideally suited for cutting meat smoothly and effortlessly. Each knife has a sculpted ergonomic handle for comfortable grip and distinct style. Crafted from durable stainless steel, these knives are resistant to tarnishing, chipping, corrosion and rust, and they???re conveniently dishwasher-safe. Color: Silver. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When buying steak knives, think about how many people you usually have at the dinner table or for special occasions. Do you need a set of six, 12, or 24? A matching set of steak knives is ideal and won't leave you scrambling to find extras when it's time for entertaining. Be sure you actually hold a steak knife in your hand so know how the handle feels and if it's easy to manage. Also consider how the steak knives will coordinate with your existing flatware when you set the table.

Handles

Available in a variety of materials, from colorful or black plastic and beautiful woods to carved bone and sleek stainless steel, the handles on your steak knives can make a statement.

Comfort

The way a knife feels varies from person to person, so if you have the opportunity, hold several different steak knives before you make your purchase decision so you're comfortable with how the size and shape fit your hand.

Blades

Knife blades are made using one of two methods: stamping or forging. Stamped blades are punched from a sheet of steel, while forged knives are made using a technique of heating a thick steel piece and pounding it with a hammer into shape.

Price

The price generally reflects what you are getting. Because the process of forging is more involved and the edge of the knife will typically hold longer, forged knives are generally more expensive than stamped knives. The material of the handle is usually reflected in the price as well.

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Wusthof
$199.95 $300.00
at CHEFS Catalog

Cutlery Sets - Since 1814, knives bearing the Wusthof name and the Trident logo have been crafted in the world's "Cutlery Capital"... of Solingen, Germany. Today, in a state-of-the-art facility, that tradition of quality is ensured as old-world... read more

Wusthof Classic 4-Piece Steak Knife Set - 4 Piece
WMF
$52.99 $120.00
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WMF 6 Piece Bullhead Steak Knives Features: -Set includes 6 steak knife.-Material: 18/10 Stainless steel.-Serrated edges for maxim...um performance.-Finish: Mirrored.-Curved handle for slicing comfort.-Impressed steer head silhouette at the base of each... read more

WMF 6 Piece Bullhead Steak Knives 12.9136.9990
WMF
Wusthof
$239.95 $340.00
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Steak Knives - Hollow ovals ground into blade prevent food from sticking to blade and facilitate finer slicing. Full-tang triple-r...iveted composite handles. Set of 4. 4.5" blade. About Wusthof Classic: Precision-forged blades of Wusthof's own high-carbon, stain-resistant steel alloy, for a lasting edge that is easy to resharpen. Distinctive bolster prevents your hand from slipping onto the blade. Handle is a virtually indestructible composite, buffed by hand for a smooth finish and triple-riveted to the full tang for optimum strength and balance. Dishwasher safe, but hand-washing is recommended. Made in Solingen, Germany. - read more

Wusthof Classic Hollow Ground Steak Knives - Wusthof Classic
Wusthof
$249.95 $390.00
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Steak Knives - A half-dozen steakhouse-quality knives, crafted in Germany. Since 1814, knives bearing the Wusthof name and the Tri...dent logo have been crafted in the world's "Cutlery Capital" of Solingen, Germany. Today, in a state-of-the-art facility, that tradition of quality is ensured as old-world craftsmanship meets twenty first century production methods.Product Features Precision forged from a single blank of steel with bolster and full tang Ergonomic handle design developed in consultation with professional chefs High carbon, no-stain steel Full warrantyAbout Wusthof Grand Prix II:Redesigned with a sleek new profile that trims the bolster to expose the full blade edge for optimum performance, maximum sharpening. Precision-forged blades of Wusthof's own high-carbon stain-resistant steel alloy. Skillfully honed by hand and laser-tested for a flawless edge that lasts longer and is easy to resharpen. Computer-controlled grinding and polishing perfect the tapering from back to edge and tip to handle. Permanently bonded to the extended tang, handles are ergonomically molded with a pebble-grained texture for a comfortable, no-slip grip. Made in Solingen, Germany. - Model: 9626 Blade: 4 1/2" each Total length: 9" each Weight: 2 1/8 oz. each Care Instructions No metal is completely "stainless". Do not allow acidic foods (lemon, mustard, ketchup, etc.) to remain on the blade after use. This might cause some slight tarnishing. Should the blade show some signs of staining, use a non-abrasive metal polish for cleaning. The construction technique and the materials used to manufacture Wusthof knives ensure that they are dishwasher safe but we recommend that, after each use, you hand wash your knives with warm water and a little detergent, rinse carefully and dry with a towel. read more

Wusthof Grand Prix II Steak Knife Set - Wusthof Grand Prix II
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$199.95 $340.00
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Cutlery Sets - Innovative wedge-shaped blades and curved bolsters by premiere Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun increase ...the precision, balance and comfort of the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Steak Knife Set. The professional-grade steak knives by Germany's legendary knife maker are each precision-forged from a single piece of Zwilling exclusive formula stainless-steel. Offering long-life durability meal after meal, the razor-sharp blades are exceptionally hard yet flexible for effortlessly slicing through thick cuts of steaks, chops and vegetarian entrees.Backed by years of design testing, the high-carbon blades are ice-hardened for superior strength and sharpness and resist stains, chips and rust. Precision lasered for premium angled blades, the 4-piece steak knife set allows for cutting, slicing and sharpening along its full edges from bolster to tip. The arched bolsters support the thumb and reduce hand and wrist stress for comfortable, controlled cutting of meats and poultry. Contoured ergonomic polymer handles feature a triple-riveted full tang and edgeless joints for a smooth, safe grip. Virtually indestructible, Zwilling Pro steak knife set is honed and hand-finished and dishwasher-safe, although hand washing is recommended to maintain maximum sharpness.Product Features Unique wedge-shaped blade designed by top Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun Wedge blade shape reduces hand and wrist stress and improves cutting technique Curved bolsters improve precision, safety and comfort Curved bolsters add comfortable support to rocking cuts and quick slicing Precision-forged with exclusive Sigmaforge process for an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade Forged and tempered from a single blank of superior-quality German steel Zwilling exclusive special formula German steel delivers long-life durability Friodur ice-hardened and 57 Rockwell Hardness blades start sharper and stay sharper longer High-carbon stainless-steel blades protect against stains, chips and rust Zwilling Pro steak knife set is honed and hand-finished by expertly skilled artisans Precision lasered and hand-polished edges ensure optimal blade angles and superior sharpness Entire edge of premium angled blades allow for cutting and slicing Steak knives' blade edge sharpens in full from bolster to tip Triple-riveted, full tang ABS polymer handles are hygienic, perfectly balanced and virtually indestructible Edgeless handle joints and hand-smoothed spines offers a smooth, comfortable grip Dishwasher-safe, but hand washing recommended Made in Germany Lifetime warranty - Specifications Model: 38430-002 Material: Zwilling special formula high-carbon stainless-steel; ABS polymer Made in Germany Steak Knife Size: 4 1/2"L blade (9"L w/handle) x 3/4"W blade Weight: 2.7 oz. ea. Use and Care Your Zwilling Pro steak knife set is dishwasher-safe but hand washing is recommended. In the dishwasher, your steak knives may bang against other cutlery or pots and pans and knick the blades. Also, high heat and detergent are not good for the handles. Wipe the blades of the 4-piece steak knife set clean with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent. Rinse and dry immediately. Dry from the back of each knife to the tip. With proper care, the Zwilling Pro steak knife set will last a lifetime. No metal is completely stain-free. To prevent slight tarnishing, be sure to remove acidic foods (lemon, mustard, ketchup, etc.) from the blades after use. If blades should show some signs read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Steak Knife Set, 4 piece - Set of 4 - Zwilling Pro
Reed & Barton
$124.95 $195.00
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From Reed & Barton "Sea Shells" 12-pc. Steak Knife Set brings stainless steak knives in the classic shell motif to the table with ...the ultimate style and grace. Made of 18/10 stainless steel, this handsome pattern features a hollow-handle knife design. Height 1.75" Length 10.25". Imported. read more

12-pc. Steak Knives Set "Sea Shells" Stainless Steel Flatware by Reed & Barton
Wusthof
$99.95 $150.00
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Steak Knives - Half-dozen high-quality stamped knives with triple-riveted handles. Since 1814, knives bearing the Wusthof name and... the Trident logo have been crafted in the world's "Cutlery Capital" of Solingen, Germany. Today, in a state-of-the-art facility, that tradition of quality is ensured as old-world craftsmanship meets twenty first century production methods.About Wusthof Gourmet: A precision-stamped blade of high-carbon stainless steel that sharpens easily and holds its edge. Compression rivets securely attach the high-impact handles to the full tang for superior balance and maneuverability. High carbon, no-stain steel. Full warranty. Knives have been ground extra thin for the ultimate cutting performance, although it is not recommended to cut through bones. Dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended. Made in Solingen, Germany. - Specifications Model: 9728 Blade: 4 1/2" each Total length: 9" each Weight: 1 7/8 oz. each Care Instructions No metal is completely "stainless". Do not allow acidic foods (lemon, mustard, ketchup, etc.) to remain on the blade after use. This might cause some slight tarnishing. Should the blade show some signs of staining, use a non-abrasive metal polish for cleaning. The construction technique and the materials used to manufacture Wusthof knives ensure that they are dishwasher safe but we recommend that, after each use, you hand wash your knives with warm water and a little detergent, rinse carefully and dry with a towel. read more

Wusthof Gourmet Steak Knife Set - Wusthof Gourmet
Reed & Barton
$124.95 $195.00
at Ross-Simons

Hammered Antique" is part of Reed & Barton's CUISINE LINE. A versatile beauty that incorporates the look and feel of the finest ha...nd-hammered metal. Versatile, practical and affordably priced, this set of 12 steak knives by Reed & Barton in stainless steel offers the very best in design and craftsmanship. Made from the finest maintenance free 18/10 stainless steel, each richly sculpted piece is produced with the artistry, & quality characteristic of Reed & Barton. Dishwasher safe and never requires polishing, so you can enjoy it everyday. Lifetime Warranty. read more

12-pc. Steak Knife Set "Hammered Antique" Stainless Steel Flatware by Reed & Barton
Wusthof
$169.95 $260.00
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Steak Knives - Meat lovers and even vegetarians will appreciate this ultra-sharp set of steak knives. Sleek blades slice effortles...sly through thick cuts of beef, pork, lamb, poultry and fish. Handmade in Germany since 1814, Wusthof cutlery is prized by the world's top chefs for restaurant and home cooking. The Grand Prix II line is precision forged of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel and skillfully honed by hand twice. Ergonomic poly handles ensure a comfortable, slip-resistant grip. Product Features Precision forged from one-piece of high-carbon steel for greater stability and sharpness Skillfully hand-honed twice, stain-steel knives resist rust and stains Laser-controlled knife edges stay sharp longer with a more consistent blade angle Pebble-grained polymer handles offer a smooth, comfortable slip-resistant grip Dishwasher-safe, but hand-washing recommended Made in Germany Limited lifetime warranty - Model: 4048 Blade Length: 4 1/2" Overall Length: 9" Weight: 2 oz. Material: high-carbon stainless-steel; pebble-grained polymer Care Instructions Wusthof knives are dishwasher-safe but hand-washing is recommended. In the dishwasher, your Wusthof knife may bang against other cutlery or pots and pans and knick the blade. Wipe the knife clean with a wet cloth and dishwashing detergent. Dry immediately. Dry from the back of knife to the blade. No metal is completely stain-free. To prevent slight tarnishing, be sure to remove acidic foods (lemon, mustard, ketchup, etc.) from the blade after use. If blade should show some signs of staining, clean with a non-abrasive metal polish. To prevent irreparable blade damage, it is best to store your knife in a knife block or in-drawer knife tray. read more

Wusthof Grand Prix II 4-Piece Steak Knife Set - Wusthof Grand Prix II

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