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  • AmazonBasics 8-Piece Steak Knife Set

  • Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood 4-Piece Fine Edge Steak Knife Set

  • Laguiole en Aubrac Handcrafted Plated 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

  • Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

  • Zwilling / J.A. Henckels 8-Pc Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set

  • Shun Classic 4 Pc Steak Knife Set

  • Victorinox Swiss Classic Steak Knife Set, 6 Pieces

  • Home Hero Steak Knives Set Of 8

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AmazonBasics 8-Piece Steak Knife Set

Offered in a set of eight instead of the more frequent four, this highly affordable option is ideal for the budget-minded carnivore, or someone looking to newly equip a kitchen. Since they’re forged from a single piece of stainless steel, the knives are surprisingly attractive, and have triple-riveted handles for improved durability.

A popular and well-reviewed item on Amazon, customers appreciate the heftier weight, and that they feel balanced and comfortable to use. Yet, while the knives boast micro-serrated edges that don’t require sharpening, reports indicate that they rip—rather than cut—through steak.

Pros

  • Well balanced

  • affordable

Cons

  • Not especially sharp

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Messermeister Avanta Pakkawood 4-Piece Fine Edge Steak Knife Set

Favored for both its value and performance, this attractively molded foursome features waterproof handles made of pakkawood, a durable and natural wood commonly used in far more expensive knife sets. The upswept blades are crafted from a single piece of German high-carbon stainless steel. They’re smooth and exceedingly sharp—perfect for cutting in a single, elegant motion, and especially adept at separating meat from bone.

The forged bolster and full-tang construction ensures improved durability and a nice heft, making the knives ideally weighted and comfortable to hold. The only major caveat is that the finish can be less than perfect. One common flaw is that some of the handles feature slightly raised rivets.

Pros

  • Quality construction

  • Exceedingly sharp

Cons

  • Occasional flaws in the finish

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Laguiole en Aubrac Handcrafted Plated 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

Laguiole is synonymous with exceptionally elegant steak knives. However, the name is neither protected nor regulated by trademark, meaning the renowned French style is regularly aped by low-quality imitators. So if you’re looking for true Laguiole, these knives are the real deal, crafted in the actual village of Laguiole in the region of Aubrac, France.

Handmade by a single craftsman, these fully forged and full-tang knives are truly works of art, hefty yet perfectly balanced. They feature razor-sharp, impenetrably solid Sandvik stainless-steel blades and French wooden handles. But, given that these represent the luxury end of the steak-knife spectrum, be prepared to shell out upwards of $300 for a set of four.

Pros

  • Authentic Laguiole style

  • Handcrafted

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

If you’re into that proper-steakhouse feel, these substantial, wood-handled knives are the way to go. They’re full tang with large brass rivets, hefty yet balanced, and have high-carbon stainless-steel blades with tapered edges.

Even though they’re inexpensive, the set comes with a lifetime warranty. You may need to use it, though, since wooden handles are hard to maintain (they can stain and warp). Some user reviews warn that these knives are not as sharp as they could be.

Pros

  • Classic steakhouse feel

  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • May require maintenance

  • Not especially sharp

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Zwilling / J.A. Henckels 8-Pc Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set

From one of the leading makers of German-style knives, this set is both undeniably attractive and shockingly affordable. Especially when you consider the fact you’re getting eight knives instead of four, all beautifully presented and stored safely in their very own beechwood box.

The knives are forged for increased strength and durability. Instead of featuring wood and plastic on the handle, they’re crafted from end to end with a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, and feature four-inch-long blades with a desirable upswept design and serrated edges. That said, some customer reviews indicate these knives are much duller than expected.

Pros

  • Good value

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Not especially sharp

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Shun Classic 4 Pc Steak Knife Set

Aficionados of Asian-style knives know that Shun is the brand to beat. That’s because its blades feature 34 layers of stainless Damascus cladding, which improves strength, increases resistance to staining, and helps food release cleanly and easily. They’re also sharp as all get-out, ground to a razor-fine 16-inch edge that doesn’t require serrations for seamless slicing.

Full tang for balance, and lighter in weight than Western-style knives, they’re fitted with pakkawood handles, which are durable, don’t harbor bacteria, and are lovely to look at to boot. Of course, these knives are at the higher end of the price spectrum, but they’re a worthy investment.

Pros

  • High-quality craftsmanship

  • Exceedingly sharp

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Victorinox Swiss Classic Steak Knife Set, 6 Pieces

Coming from the infamous makers of Swiss Army knives, you better believe Victorinox knows their way around a blade. That’s why they’re a favorite among professional chefs looking to slice and dice on a budget. We especially like that these steak knives come in a set of six, making them suitable for a mid-sized dinner party.

Crafted from high-carbon stainless steel, the steak knives are fitted with patented Fibrox handles, which are ergonomically designed to reduce wrist tension. (The plastic-type material is admittedly less attractive than pure metal or wood.) And the knives are stamped instead of forged, with only a partial tang, which explains the reduced price.

Pros

  • Comfortable to use

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Stamped instead of forged

  • Less than attractive

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Home Hero Steak Knives Set Of 8

Looking for knives you can actually stick in the dishwasher? Home Hero’s cost-efficient set of eight is top-rack safe, being made from rust-resistant stainless steel. They’re also pretty easy to simply wipe clean, thanks to a durable nonstick coating.

Deeply serrated blades are intended to stand up to the toughest cuts of meat, and their molded polypropylene handles are ergonomically designed, to provide comfort when cutting. As always with budget items, however, there’s the question of long-term durability. And while beauty is subjective, these knives aren’t exactly the most attractive set in the bunch.

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not super durable

  • Less than attractive

Meet the tester

Sarah Zorn

Sarah Zorn

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Sarah Zorn is a food writer, cookbook author, and product tester for Reviewed, Wirecutter and the Food Network. She regularly contributes to outlets such as Saveur, Esquire, and Civil Eats, and has very much passed her food obsessions down, as her beloved rescue hound, Rowdy, regularly deglazes his kibble bowl.

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