There is an abundance of choice when it comes to steak knife sets, they come in all different shapes, sizes and prices. Finding the best steak knives for your needs can be a major headache if you don’t know what to look for, that’s why we’ve decided to review the best ones in the marketplace and share the findings with you here.
#1 TOP CHOICE – BEST STEAK KNIFE SET
We know you’re busy, so if you don’t have time to read the entire page and you just want to know which one we rated as the best steak knife set here it is:
Tyrellex 6 Piece Steak Knife Set
The Tyrellex 6 piece steak knife set is perfectly weighted, beautiful to look at and is as high quality and exceptional value as many of the significantly more expensive steak knife sets. It ticks all the boxes that we needed it to, and it gets to hold the honor of being number 1 in our best steak knife review.
Note: All steak knife sets are rated against the same criteria.
Look & Feel – 9/10
We rated the Tyrellex 6 Piece Steak Knife Set a 9 out of 10. We loved the red pakkawood handles with the unique pattern throughout each handle – it not only makes these knives like nothing else we have come across, but it also gives them an elegance that none of the other steak knives we reviewed could compete with.
Image by By Etin on Jun 12, 2016 (Source: Amazon.com)
The knives are perfectly balanced and have a nice weight to them, which is not too heavy or bulky, but not light and cheap feeling. The handles also have no rivets attaching the wood to the blade, which gives it the final bit of polish that most other knives were lacking. The wooden handle is also very smooth to the touch and even has a nice smell to it.
So why didn’t we rate it a perfect 10/10 – we felt the handles could have been slightly larger, although in doing that it would likely impact the impeccable balance of the knife, so it could be that we are just being a bit picky with this.
Performance – 10/10
Cutting through steak shouldn’t be something you ever have to think about, it should just happen – and that’s exactly how this set performed. Now everyone has a preference when it comes to serrated blades vs straight edge blades, with there being pros and cons for each, however, in this instance we felt the serrated blade on the Tyrellex knife set cut through almost as if it was a straight edge blade, with the advantage of the serrated blade never needing sharpening.
- The blade length is 5.12″ (13 cm)
- The total knife length is 9.25″ (23.5 cm)
Price / Value – 9/10
The biggest negative we found for these steak knives was the price. Currently they are able to be purchased for $59.89 on Amazon.com, which works out to be just under $10 a knife. Having said that though, these knives are absolutely top quality and are significantly cheaper than say Wüsthof steak knives, which we expect is due to Wüsthof being a well known brand for top quality knives and Tyrellex being relatively unknown.
The highish price tag is somewhat mitigated though with the lifetime limited manufacturer warranty offered by Tyrellex. We contacted Tyrellex to ask about this, as a lifetime warranty is nearly unheard of for cutlery. They responded by letting us know that the lifetime warranty will cover the knife owner for 20 years, which is incredibly generous, with the only caveat being that the knives are to be hand washed only.
Quality – 9/10
The very first thing to look for when inspecting a knife for quality, is whether or not it is full tang (this means the steel runs the entire length of the knife from blade through to the end of the handle without being broken). These Tyrellex knives are not only full tang through the whole width of the handle, but the entire end of the handle is stainless steel which is what gives it such great balance.
These knives came in a nice wooden box, which would make it great as a gift for that someone special in your life, however, if not used as a gift, then we suspect the box will likely end up in the trash as these knifes will fit perfectly in a standard sized cutlery drawer.
We don’t take handing out the “best steak knife” award lightly, but this set ticks almost every single box. The knives are absolutely gorgeous, cut amazingly well and are priced well when compared to knives in the same quality range. We feel these knives are best bought as a gift (say for Dad for Christmas), with the owner guaranteed to receive positive comments on their steak knives whenever they are used.
STEAK KNIFE HISTORY
Steak knives are used for cutting steak and often feature wood handles and serrated blades. The steak knife became popular in the USA post World War 2, the same time that serrated stainless steel knives were introduced. The benefit of stainless steel was that it did not require polishing or frequent sharpening, and thus the serrated steak knife rapidly increased in popularity.
SERRATED vs STRAIGHT EDGE BLADE
It’s surprising just how divisive people can be when it comes to preference of blade type on the humble steak knife. If you ask 100 people, you’ll likely get an even 50/50 split result of those who prefer serrated, and those who prefer the straight edge. So let’s look into the specifics of each:
Serrated Steak Knives
The primary benefit of buying a serrated edge steak knife is that the knife will cut through meat pretty much forever without a great deal of maintenance. This is great when it comes to steak, as most people will cut steak on a plate, which if you use a straight edge blade, it will quickly become blunt as the blade continuously makes contact with the hard plate.
Note: Look for a blade with longer serrated teeth, rather than micro serrated knives which are not ideal for steak use. The longer teeth will generally require less sharpening.
Many people also prefer the look of a serrated edge blade when it comes to steak knives, as it has a more traditional feel.
Straight Edge Steak Knives
Lovers of straight edge steak knives will tell you that when sharp, a straight edge blade is far easier to cut through steak than a serrated edge blade. A common complain with a serrated knife is that it “saws” through the meat, rather than cutting it. The obvious negative being that the blade will need regular sharpening to retain it’s fine edge.
Getting the balance right on a knife is one of the most fascinating and challenging aspects of designing a knife, when done well the knife feels perfect to hold and you won’t even notice it, but when it’s done poorly, you will know straight away and the knife will not feel good in your hand.
A sign of a well weighted knife is that it will balance evenly on the join between the handle and the blade as per the image above. This is normally done by having a heavier handle than the blade as the blade is normally longer than the handle. The blade should balance well on both sides and will obviously be perfectly straight when viewed from directly above.
BEST BUDGET STEAK KNIFE SET
The J.A. HENCKELS INTERNATIONAL Prime 4-pc Steak Knife Setcan be picked up on Amazon.com for a little over $15. This is a micro serrated knife set, which we feel doesn’t cut through quite as as a normal serrated knife (despite all the marketing), but it is a decent set for the price. You aren’t likely to ever want to give them as a gift, but if you are moving out for college and don’t have a lot of money to spend, then this is probably the set for you.
BEST STRAIGHT EDGE STEAK KNIFE SET
When you buy Wusthof you know you are going to get a quality knife, although as mentioned previously, you are buying the brand name more than anything. The Wusthof Gourmet 6-Piece Steak-Knife Set is a great knife set and cuts well, but it suffers the same problem as all other straight edge blades in that they will dull over time. At $100 a set, they aren’t cheap, but if straight edge knives are your thing, you will likely enjoy these knives.