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Steak Knives a good recommendation

what brand and style do you recommend? Thanks so much.

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  1. The best steak knife that doesnt feel comfortable in YOUR hand, is no longer the best knife. So go to the stores and "try" them out. I prefer my full tang Calphalon. Apparently that just means the blade goes all the way down the handle (you should be able to see it). Also make sure you sharpen them as suggested by the manufacturer, it keeps them nice and sharp :) Good luck.

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    1. re: jme1beachbum

      you are right, kinda like selecting a camera.. all about what feels good to hold. My Chicago Cutlery Basics knives for 20 yrs. have really been amazing and I have been negligent about sharpening. We might go for an upgrade and sharpen them more often. thanks

    2. As the others said, this is "mostly" a personal thing. A good steak knife is generally a tuff order. The very nature of its use is terrible for quality knives. The ceramic of a dinner plate is about the worst thing you could cut on. This is why many steak knives are serrated.

      Several years ago, I went on a similar quest and purchased several (should I say MANY) global paring knives to use as steak knives, before I realized what was going on. They constantly need to be sharpened. Some people just buy the cheapest they can, and throw them away when they go dull.

      On the other hand, a regular here purchased some hankotsu's, number 542 on http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/Mol... , I REALLY like the handle on these, and they are incredibly sharp. Unfortunately they're not cheap by any means.

      If you're in a position to purchase "GOOD" steak knives, I'd strongly suggest you look into quality bamboo plates to serve the steaks on like the ones here: http://www.totallybamboo.com/index.cf...

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      1. re: UnConundrum

        love your handle! Thanks so much for the recommendations and good info. I will check these out.

      2. Personally, I don't like serrated steak knives. I have a set of Henckels 4 star and they're great. Guests pick them up and right away notice the feel, and the fact that they have a bolster. As for sharpening, they're sharper and cut more easily than any serrated steak knife I've ever used. Resharpening isn't a chore either, as you really only need to keep the 2 inches closest to the tip sharp. A few swipes on a sharpening stone does the trick nicely.

        The downside to a good set of steak knives is the cost. If I were to buy again today, I'd probably get a set of Shun steak knives, just because I think their handles would be the most comfortable for the most people. Then again, a set of 4 Shun steak knives runs about $275. Wusthof classic hollow edge set of 4 is cheaper at $175, but still not cheap. If you don't want a black handled set, you're looking at Wusthof Culinar or Henckels Select.

        To me though, steak knives are less about cutting meat and more about impressing the guests. Any decent steak knife will cut steak. But going that little extra few steps and giving your guests a razor sharp, hefty, well balanced, *obviously* well made knife means they'll be taking a good impression of your table home with them.

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        1. re: ThreeGigs

          yes I love Henckels we own several.. I would imagine the steak knives are good. Saw some on Overstock.com. thanks

        2. OK. I'll go out on a limb. I love the look of big, fat resto steak knives. But... they don't cut so good. You know what cuts all kinds of steak and anything else put underneath it -- like butta? Cutco steak knives. A relatively small, serrated blade. A nice, comfortable handle. Does not look so impressive. Cuts like no steak knife I ever used. I was frightened to use them at first, they worked so well. After about 10 years, still as sharp as when they were new. Fabulous. Probably uncool. Oh well...

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          1. re: woodburner

            never heard of them worth checking out, thanks!

          2. I have a set of 8 all-stainless (handle included) Gerber Miming knives with thin, plain blades that I bought more than 20 years ago and are as elegant and sharp as ever. The link shows a similar, but not identical model (handle is minutely different): http://cutlerscove.com/kitchen-knives.... Gerber is one of the great sporting/hunting knife companies--they know how to make a blade. I do not like serrated steak knifes--it's a cheap way out for a steak knife, and can tear the meat.

            1. If you are a real bargain hunter who insists on super low prices and you kive near a Ross (Dress for Less!) discount/job lot/fell of the back o' the truck store, check it out - for some reason they ALWAYS have about a zillion sets of steak knives, some low quality, some very high quality - the choice is yours. The prices are all the about the same so it pays to know what's a good brand ahead of time. How much? I got a set of 8 excellent quality full-tang razor-sharp hardwood handled Farberware steak knives for around $12 last year.

              If you do not live near Ross, and probably Marshall's has similar bargains, get Chicago Cuttlery steak knives. I LOVE Chicago Cuttlery. Full tang hardwood handled, heavy, tough, last a lifetime knives. I have their bread knife. Plus you get that very rare these days glow of supporting an old all-American company.

              1. A dozen years ago in early December I was leaving my neighborhood Smith & Wollensky at 49 & Lex and I noticed their steak knives for sale, box of 4 for about $50. Manly, large wooden handle, etc. I bought a lot of them and gave them as xmas gifts to the whole "b" list. Many times since I have been a dinner guest and the table was set with... the knives! We're gonna eat steak! Rarely am I the beneficiary of the law of unintended consequences. I'm in Florida now, with none for myself.

                1. thanks to all, lot's of great info. I appreciate your replies and suggestions. We will be busy checking out some of the more obscure ones we never heard of.

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                  1. re: Lori SF

                    Do let us know what you end up with - I've concluded that we need steak knives, but I want ones that don't look obviously like steak knives - i.e., no Henckel's handles, no huge wood handles.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      If you don't want the hyper macho look, but still want a quality knife I would suggest:

                      1. re: renov8r

                        I love the laguiole steak knives that various friends have purchased in France and hauled back to the US. However, the ones that folks have bought here are no where near as carefully finished, sturdy or well-honed. So, buyer beware. I like Chicago Cutlery's also, but they're not as elegant on the table.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          My husband is also a big fan of Laguiole. We can't find any of the good ones in the US here either.

                          Shun is an excellent knife from the ones we've tried, but we haven't tried their steak knives.

                          1. re: Luthien

                            I wish I'd bought some in France when the dollar was still worth something.

                  2. This may sound cheeky but it really isn't. Your best bet is to forget the knives and just buy good steak. That's what I do. We eat steak often, and I do not own a "steak" knife, never will, and frankly it wouldn't even occur to me to put out a sharp knife on the table just because I happen to be serving a steak.

                    I have many times said I would never serve/eat a steak that couldn't be cut with a butter knife, and I mean it. It's really the best way to go. Personally I'm a rib eye man myself, but any cut will do, and in my book that includes skirt and such.