The Best Steak Knives of 2022, Tested by Experts

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The Best Steak Knives of 2022, Tested by Experts
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From the garage to the kitchen to the campsite, every man needs a variety of reliable tools in his life. None is more versatile than a trusty knife. Whether you’re processing firewood, carving up a roast, or picking through your latest Amazon delivery after work, a knife is the most important tool in your arsenal. That’s especially true in the kitchen, where having a good knife—or, more specifically, a good set of knives—is essential.

Ideally, a knife block with a comprehensive set of blades should be on the countertop of every home chef’s kitchen. But, your guests need solid cutting implements too, which is why a good steak knife set is a must-have. It’s easy to assume “a knife is a knife is a knife,” but not all steak knives are created equal. There’s a long list of features to consider, like weight, balance, aesthetics, and, of course, price. Plus, you’ll want to think about full tang versus partial tang, high-carbon steel or tempered, and plain edge versus serrated. Can’t decide? We’ve done the hard work for you by rounding up our picks of the seven best steak knife sets of 2022.



Best Overall Steak Knives

Gourmet 6-pc Steak Knife Set
Zwilling

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Best Budget Steak Knives

Walnut Tradition Steak Knife Set
Chicago Cutlery

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Best Premium Steak Knives

Classic Ikon Precision Forged High-Carbon Steak Knife Set
Wüsthof

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Best Casual / Everyday Steak Knives

Flight Steak Knives
Oneida

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Best Round-tipped Steak Knives

Swiss Army Cutlery Swiss Classic Serrated Steak Knife Set (Rounded Tip)
Victorinox

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Best Overall Steak Knives

Gourmet 6-pc Steak Knife Set

  • High-carbon stainless steel
  • Full-tang construction
  • Well-balanced to fit a variety of hand sizes
  • Easy to sharpen
  • German-made
  • Handles aren’t meant for the dishwasher

Zwilling’s Gourmet 6-Piece Steak Knife Set is our pick for the overall best steak knives in 2022. Everything about these knives is “just right.” They’re well-balanced—not too heavy and not too light—and sized right to fit almost any size hand. The full-tang design (meaning the blade metal runs the length of the handle) ensures a durable construction, so they’re built to last. The classic, timeless aesthetic also looks right in almost any kitchen or dining room decor. Plus, at around $130, the price is right in the middle of the other picks on this list—not quite budget, but well below any premium alternatives.

  • Blade Type: Plain
  • Blade Materials: High-carbon stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes, but hand washing is recommended

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Best Budget Steak Knives

Walnut Tradition Steak Knife Set

  • High-carbon steel
  • Full-tang blade extends from tip to tip
  • Walnut handle
  • Very affordable
  • Full lifetime warranty

Good steak knives don’t have to cost a fortune. The Walnut Tradition Steak Knife Set from Chicago Cutlery is the most affordable on this list at under $25. They lack the aesthetic of premium options from Wusthof and the like. But, if you’re in the market for a set of well-made steak knives that cut better than anything else in the price tier, this set is our pick. We appreciate the boning-knife-esque thinness of this straight-edged set which makes precise meat cutting easier than with larger, more traditional serrated steak knives.

  • Blade Type: Plain
  • Blade Materials: High-carbon stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Hand-washing is recommended

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Best Premium Steak Knives

Classic Ikon Precision Forged High-Carbon Steak Knife Set

  • Extremely sharp
  • Beautiful, contemporary design
  • Crafted from a single block of high-carbon stainless steel
  • Well-balanced
  • Easy to sharpen
  • Curved bolster allows for better hand control
  • Heirloom-quality construction

Of course, if money is no object, the Classic Ikon Precision Forged High-carbon Steak Knife Set should do the trick. It’s crafted by 200-year-old Wüsthof in Solingen, Germany, the so-called “knife capital of the world.” This is the set for foodies and home chefs whose cutlery needs to not only play the part but look the part as well. The high-carbon stainless steel blade is forged from a single block and designed to last twice as long as the company’s previous models. The sleek, jet-black aesthetic also makes these the most luxurious and sophisticated steak knives on this list. They should be at nearly $500 for a set of four. In our experience, they’re also the sharpest knives—almost dangerously so—we tested by far.

  • Blade Type: Plain
  • Blade Materials: High-carbon stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

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Best Casual / Everyday Steak Knives

Flight Steak Knives

  • Timeless design works with any decor
  • Truly dishwasher safe
  • Easy to sharpen
  • Durable enough for everyday use

For families who are especially tough on their silverware (and require dishwasher-safe designs) or anyone looking for a simpler knife design, there’s Oneida’s classic Flight Steak Knives. The tried-and-true set dates back to the 1950s and is still in use in casual restaurants around the world. They’re sturdier than they look and the basic aesthetic works well in any family dining room. While they’re not as sharp or swanky as other options on this list, the sub-$5 price tag (per knife) makes these a great “everyday” steak knife solution.

Best Round-tipped Steak Knives

Swiss Army Cutlery Swiss Classic Serrated Steak Knife Set (Rounded Tip)

  • Tough, serrated edge
  • Lightweight
  • Rounded tip is safer than traditional designs
  • Strong rust resistance
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Not the most durable construction
  • Harder to sharpen than plain-edge blades

Given the brand’s iconic Swiss Army collection, it’s safe to say Victorinox knows a thing or two about good knives. The Swiss Classic Serrated Steak Knife Set includes some of the best steak knives we tested, so it’s not surprising that they’re also an Amazon Best Seller. The serrated edges are surprisingly sharp (especially for a $30 set), and the lightweight design includes a textured handle that’s safer and more comfortable for cutting. We also appreciate that they’re among the few truly dishwasher-safe designs on this list.

  • Blade Type: Serrated
  • Blade Materials: Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Most Gift-worthy Steak Knives

Stainless Mignon Steak Knife Set (8-Piece)

  • Solid steel construction
  • Durable, one-piece design
  • Very sharp
  • Handsome presentation box
  • Well-balanced
  • Full, 8-piece set
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Dishwasher safe, but should be washed by hand

The right set of steak knives makes a great gift for the budding chef in your life. Wüsthof’s Stainless Mignon 8-Piece Steak Knife Set is a perfect, gift-worthy set, especially with the optional monogramming. The full-tang design makes for a remarkably well-balanced knife, while the 18/10 stainless steel serrated blade is perfect for slicing through even the thickest cuts of meat. What truly sets this one apart is the handsome, olivewood presentation box that makes for a perfect display piece—no more hiding your cutlery away

  • Blade Type: Serrated
  • Blade Materials: Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Best Japanese Steak Knives

Kanso Steak Knife Set

  • Beautiful, rustic design
  • High-carbon stainless steel
  • Full-tang construction
  • Extra-long (five-inch) blade
  • Handcrafted in Japan
  • Unique look

Japanese knives are regarded as some of the best in the world, and the Kanso Steak Knife Set from premium maker Shun is no exception. This high-end option features four beautifully handcrafted knives with an extra-long, five-inch blade. The high-carbon vanadium stainless steel is extremely durable and sharp with a hand-sharpened, double-bevel blade that’s perfect for a wide variety of cutting. Shun finishes this set with a rustic, heritage finish that hides scratches and looks better with age. They’re the second most expensive set on this list, but we would argue the most beautiful, making them a unique, gift-worthy option.

  • Blade Type: Plain
  • Blade Materials: High-carbon vanadium stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Serrated vs. Plain (Non-serrated) Edge

There’s long been a debate about which type of steak knife is better: Serrated or plain (non-serrated). The short answer is: There is no right answer. It depends on what you’re looking for. Critics argue that serrated blades don’t cut as “pretty” because you’re essentially “sawing” through the meat. They do, however, cut more efficiently and stay sharper longer since the entire blade doesn’t make full contact with the plate underneath. They’re not as easy to sharpen as plain-edge knives, but significant advances in blade technology have made the home-sharpening of serrated steak knives much easier than it used to be.

On the flip side, plain (non-serrated) steak knives cut much cleaner and are easier to sharpen at home. They do, however, dull faster than their serrated counterparts since the full length of the blade regularly makes contact with the plate below. That means more maintenance and sharpening every few months or so (depending on use).

Choosing the Right Blade Material

There’s a long list of features to consider when shopping for new steak knives. Choosing the right blade material is arguably the most important but, thankfully, it’s also the easiest. The answer is simple: Stainless steel. Opt for the strongest stainless steel blade you can afford. High-carbon stainless steel is the most widely used and is found in even the most affordable steak knife sets. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, consider cold steel which is usually sharper and more durable. We recommend skipping ceramic blades altogether. Even though they’re cheaper, we’ve found that you typically get what you pay for.

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We tested more than two dozen steak knife sets on a wide variety of cuts of meat over the last 12 months. We made notes on everything, including blade durability, edge retention, hand balance, price, overall aesthetics, and more. The seven sets above represent our honest picks for the best steak knives to seriously consider for your kitchen in 2022.

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