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Old 10-22-2018, 10:13 AM   #1
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Kitchen Steak Knives Recs? - Not too Pricey

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Been researching steak knives and there's lots out there. We registered for some Henkel's I think or Wustoff that were about $80 a knife and then a cheaper set that was around $50 a knife.

I thought it would be cool to find a knife maker and get a set that's not as popular. Not sure what the cost on 8 steak knives would be from a smaller knife maker.

Is serrated to be avoided?

I also thought about just getting some Cutco kind and having the ability to return/send back for sharpening for life.
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Just be second in sales. You'll get your steak knives.



How were steak knives not on your wedding gift registry? Was it all towels wood working tools?
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How were steak knives not on your wedding gift registry? Was it all towels wood working tools?
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Been researching steak knives and there's lots out there. We registered for some Henkel's I think or Wustoff that were about $80 a knife and then a cheaper set that was around $50 a knife.
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Ya'll ready for these married life threads?

Been researching steak knives and there's lots out there. We registered for some Henkel's I think or Wustoff that were about $80 a knife and then a cheaper set that was around $50 a knife.

I thought it would be cool to find a knife maker and get a set that's not as popular. Not sure what the cost on 8 steak knives would be from a smaller knife maker.

Is serrated to be avoided?

I also thought about just getting some Cutco kind and having the ability to return/send back for sharpening for life.
Do you sharpen your own knives? If not, get serrated.

Cutco is a total scam, but Henkels and Wuthof are nothing like they used to be. At $50-80 a knife, that's highway robbery.

Laguoile is Ok for the money. I have a set I got from Costco. Nothing special, but decent value, long lasting and attractive. Victorinox makes a set, and Victorinox generally offers acceptable value. Tojiro is a budget-minded Japanese maker. I have a decent petty knife from them. Anyway, they have a non-serrated set if you are into sharpening.

If I was interested in getting a high quality serrated set made with high quality steel, I'd look at Windmuhlenmesser/Herder. Pretty much the only large production German brand that isn't making shitty products these days.

If you get something from a lower volume, high quality maker, expect to pay more, and don't expect serrations.

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Didn't read clearly. I have these serrated steak knives by Henkel that are crazy sharp for steak eating.
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Cook your meat so it's fork tender. No knives necessary
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My FiL gave us some steak knives that resemble scalpels both in shape and sharpness. For that reason I cannot use them. My 20 y.o. serrated knives work just fine and still look nice.
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I thought it would be cool to find a knife maker and get a set that's not as popular. Not sure what the cost on 8 steak knives would be from a smaller knife maker.
Under $50 for 8 forged knives.

https://www.amazon.com/Ginsu-07145-4...chikara+knives

Consumer Reports rated their knives as high as the brands you mentioned.

"For some, the name Ginsu is synonymous with hammy 1970s-era infomercials, but this a serious cutlery company...offers incredible value, providing the cutting performance and handle comfort of knives costing three and four times as much."
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I prefer non-serrated steak knives. If I wanted my steak pre-chewed I'd find a local fetish group and eat with them. We got 2 sets of either Henckels or Wusthoff straight knives for wedding gifts and so far they're great.
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My FiL gave us some steak knives that resemble scalpels both in shape and sharpness. For that reason I cannot use them. My 20 y.o. serrated knives work just fine and still look nice.
How much for the scalpel knives?
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There is a lot of truth in that. I use cheap-assed steak knives that I've never sharpened in decades, steak shouldn't require sharp knives. I must be missing something, maybe the steak tastes better if it's cut with a razor sharp knife.
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Do you sharpen your own knives? If not, get serrated.

Cutco is a total scam, but Henkels and Wuthof are nothing like they used to be. At $50-80 a knife, that's highway robbery.

Laguoile is Ok for the money. I have a set I got from Costco. Nothing special, but decent value, long lasting and attractive. Victorinox makes a set, and Victorinox generally offers acceptable value. Tojiro is a budget-minded Japanese maker. I have a decent petty knife from them. Anyway, they have a non-serrated set if you are into sharpening.

If I was interested in getting a high quality serrated set made with high quality steel, I'd look at Windmuhlenmesser/Herder. Pretty much the only large production German brand that isn't making shitty products these days.

If you get something from a lower volume, high quality maker, expect to pay more, and don't expect serrations.
I disagree about Cutco, they are really nice for low maintenance knives. The mrs has a near unsettling obsession with knives . She did sell Cutco way way back, so we have nearly every single knife in the Cutco catalog.
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There is a lot of truth in that. I use cheap-assed steak knives that I've never sharpened in decades, steak shouldn't require sharp knives. I must be missing something, maybe the steak tastes better if it's cut with a razor sharp knife.
I do feel like each bite is better when cut with a sharp knife rather than having been sawn down, squishing out all the juice in the process. Just like how you slice your meat matters, I think that applies to every bite.

I like my steak rare, so even the tenderest steak won't be able to just be mushed apart with a fork. I may not know what I'm missing, though. I can only imagine any steak that falls apart with forking it being mealy and lacking that somewhat fibrous continuity feel of eating a chunk of muscle.
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