The one-piece knives in this set are made from surgical stainless steel and are extremely sharp. They were specifically designed for people who love steak, and their quality design may put to rest once and for all whether a serrated blade is better than a straight-edge blade. It’s serrated blade easily cuts through ribeyes, tenderloins, T-bones and just about any other steak it’s tasked with cutting. It even has a nice pointed end that’s ideal for deboning steak bones. And not only do these knives do a great job of cutting meat, but they also look very nice and are available at a bargain price.
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Steak Knife Buying Guide
As we stated at the beginning of this article, using a sub-par steak knife can not only be frustrating, but it can also be dangerous. Whenever you have to bear down for a knife to cut through a piece of food—whether it’s an onion bulb or a steak—there’s potential for the blade to slip off the food’s surface and cutter the user. Therefore, it’s absolutely imperative to buy the best steak knives available.
When buying new steak knives, it’s important to keep a few things in mind so that you not only purchase the best blade possible for cutting meat but that it fits the expectations you have when it comes to a steak knife. Here are a few things to consider during your search.
The Blade’s Edge
The most important feature that determines how a particular knife is going to cut through a steak is its edge. When it comes to steak knives, there are three options available: straight edge, serrated edge, and micro-serrated edge knives. Let’s take a look at each one of them individually.
Straight edge knives do produce a nice clean cut, and many people find them preferable to other types of edges. However, they’re not without their drawbacks. For instance, they have a tendency to wear down more quickly than serrated edges and as a result, need to be sharpened more frequently. They usually have to be sharpened every 3-months or so, depending on the frequency of use. Fortunately for people who own them, straight-edged knives are easier to sharpen than serrated edged ones.
Serrated-edge knives do a fairly good job of cutting through meat, but they tend to produce a cut that’s not as clean as a straight-edge knife. However, they often require less physical force to use, and their blades don’t wear down as often as straight-edge blades. A serrated-edge blade will only need to be sharpened about once a year.
Steak knives with a micro-serrated edge are probably the cheapest of all of the knife edges. Half of the knife blade has micro-serrations, and the other half is a straight-edge blade. Blades with this edge are less desirable than serrated or straight-edge knives. And they can be so difficult to properly sharpen that many people just end up throwing them away after awhile. As a result, they should probably be avoided by consumers looking for quality steak knives.
The Blade’s Composition
When it comes to the composition of steak knives, then the consumer really only has two viable options: High Carbon Steel Blades or Stainless Steel Blades. High carbon blades are better quality than stainless steel blades and tend to hold their edges longer. On the flip side, they tend to be more expensive than stainless steel blades. However, if you buy a high carbon steel steak knife, then you’ll probably won’t have to replace it as often.
Full Tang Blades
When looking for a steak knife you’ll want to also make sure that you buy one with a full-tang blade. What that means is a knife with a blade that extends into the full-length of the handle. These knives are often easy to recognize because you can either see the blade going through the edge on one side of the handle and/or there are rivets going through the handle to hold it to the blade. Beware of buying steak knives that aren’t full-tang. That’s because those type of knives usually falls apart quite easily. Whenever possible, always choose full-tang steak knives.
Steak Knife Handles
When it comes to steak knife handles, there’s not a whole lot of consensus on what is the best type to own. That’s because different people have different preferences when it comes to these knives. Some people prefer wood handles, others may prefer bone handles, and there are even people that prefer plastic handle steak knives. It doesn’t really matter as long as it’s a handle that suits you. Just be sure that it’s the right size for you to hold and you’ll be just fine with whatever handle you choose.
How To Store Steak Knives
Now, that you’ve purchased the best steak knives available, or at least know what to look for when buying a knife, it’s now time to turn our attention to steak knife storage. Here are some tips to help you keep your new knife in the best condition possible.
- Store knife in a wood block or on a magnetic knife strip
- Use blade protectors when storing knives in a drawer
- Always keep your knives sharp
- Always keep your knives clean
- Avoid leaving them in dishwater as that dulls them
- Avoid washing them in a dishwasher, when possible
- Dry them immediately after washing