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Jan 3, 2010 02:52 PM

Best steak knives and carving knife?

I am in the market for some great steak knives. I am looking for a nice 4 piece set and nothing made in China. I want the best quality for under $100 if possible. Also in the market for a great carving knife (for carving prime rib, hams, turkey, pork, etc.).

Is there a website that shows what steakhouses use? I am a huge steak lover and have been to many fo the top steakhouses in NYC, however it has never dawned on me to ask where they get their knives. I know Peter Luger sells there knives for $30 for 4 which I think is quite a deal.

But still can you please advise me on the best quality for steak knives and a carving knife according to my specs mentioned earlier here. Thanks ahead of time everyone!!!

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    1. First of all, it really depends what kind of steak knife you want. Do you want serrated or not? Do you want forged or stamped knives? Is having very shiny knives matter to you or do you want stronger steel?

      Here are four forged bolster-ed Wusthof steak knives (non-serrated):

      Here are four serrated 18/10 (very shiny) steak knives with a storage box:

      1. This is an interesting question. Knives are very subjective and the offerings are seemingly limitless. I can offer a few observations:

        stamped, serrated "steak knives" are not real knives in my book.
        forged blades are better than stamped blades.
        knives you can successfully sharpen at home are real keepers.
        Bottom line? Take your time and find a steak knife you enjoy. Then buy a few more for guests.

        Carving knives are a different kettle of fish. Expect to spend some real money only after you've "test driven" a dozen models or so.

        No quickie nirvana when it comes to knives.

        1. I also prefer a straight edge to a serrated edge for steak knives. IMO, serrated knives are good for two things: cutting French bread and slicing over-ripe tomatoes. I think a steak knife should allow you to effortlessly slice off bite-size pieces of your steak, not force you to saw off ragged chunks. I'd suggest you consider buying a high-quality prep knife with a blade measuring about 5 inches or so in length (often called a "utility knife", or a "petite knife" in Japan). Since they are intended for cooking, such knives usually have a good blade and nice balance. When you find one you like, buy five more.

          N.B. My functional and utilitarian attitude toward tableware may only be possible because I'm a bachelor.

          1. I have a set of Laguiole steak knives and I do love them. They can be pricey but I bought them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls and got a good deal.

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            1. re: Chris VR

              Second the Laguioles. The tiny serrations do not tear at all, and, despite merely being horribly inferior stamped items, they have been cutting meat perfectly for nearly 30 years.

              Actually, Santa brought me some more. Very jolly ones they are too:


              As for a carver, well I have over a dozen. My "go to" is this Victorinox with mild serrations:


              For very rare beef, which can be a bit sloppy, I use a straight edge.