For many American families, steak marks a special meal and we celebrate it with our best dining service. When I was a kid steak knives beside the plates signified something extraordinary was about to be served, and I would imagine that for very many people there’s still that subliminal pleasurable aspect to a set of steak knives. When they’re on the table you know something good will happen.
It’s not unusual for good steak knives to come in presentation boxes built of quality hardwood and lined with velvet pockets. The variety of offerings in style and blade design is mind-boggling. Steak knives in elegant all-stainless steel or forged knives with rare hardwood handle slabs accent any fine dining service, in designs from the ultra modern to authentic regional styles with centuries of history. There’s considerable tradition in this type of knife.
In a steak knife you want more than looks. Nobody likes a knife that fights its way through a steak — a steak knife should slice easily and perfectly, with control that keeps the meat on the plate. Cheap knives don’t hold up, since steak knives work against a ceramic surface that’s murder on edges. Serrated blades are a reasonable compromise, extending blade life without sharpening. Good plain edge knives cost more but sharpen easily at home.
These Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse Knives get reviewed and praised right along with their steaks — an excellent American style.
Functional and elegant, our choice for the best steak knife set is the Wusthof Grand Prix II Set catches your attention with a modern design and a traditional forged blade. It’s the tuxedo version of the steak knife.
These unique Laguiole Stainless Steel Steak knives have a rich history — something to talk about between bites, or simply a comfortable knife to enjoy.