There are few things that bring as much joy as a beautifully designed cheese board. I’d even consider it an art form, putting together an aesthetically pleasing platter of gooey brie, crumbly parmesan, firm manchego, and the sometimes-polarizing blue cheese. Not to mention, the cornucopia of sweet and savory accompaniments that leads to endless combinations in the quest for the ideal bite.
The ultimate accessory to the now-famous arrangement that’s likely taking over your Instagram feed is the cheese knife. Even if you’re casually serving cheese and crackers for your family to snack on before dinner, having a good cheese knife that has the appropriate blade for the type of cheese you’re serving can make a big difference—if you’ve ever tried to cut through a block of cheddar with a soft cheese spreader, you know what I’m talking about.
It can also be a lot of fun to choose knives that match your home aesthetic and kitchen decor. To help you find the right set, we rounded up the 11 best cheese knives you can buy online.
From full sets to slicing knives to individual pieces with different looks—including marble, stainless steel, rustic, and more—the knives below offer something for every cheese-eating occasion. You’ll have no trouble finding one (or multiple!) you love enough to add to your already crowded kitchen drawer.
No matter if you’re craving hard, crumbly Parmigiano-Reggiano or rich and creamy Roquefort, this blade can slice it all. Made from high-quality stainless steel, the Prodyne Multi-Use Cheese Knife has a 5.5-inch serrated edge to handle hard cheeses and an open-surface blade to keep meltier versions (like brie and burrata) from sticking. It’s also designed with a forked tip to easily cut attractive pieces out of semi-soft cheeses, like a cheddar or aged Gouda, and a full tang to provide extra support for harder foods. It’s no wonder it’s Amazon’s choice for cheese knives with more than 500 five star reviews. Perhaps best of all, users note that this knife is also great for cutting tons of other hard-to-slice foods. “This knife works great on pretty much anything I have a hard time cutting like cheese, veggies, and even ice cream cake,” one said. “I love slicing tomatoes with this knife. It never sticks to the knife and it cuts so clean. It feels so smooth and effortless when you feel the blade going down.”
To buy: $11 at amazon.com
My boyfriend, who is much more of a function-over-fashion kind of guy, let out an audible “awww” when I showed him these adorable mouse cheese knives. The wooden mice figurines with dainty leather ears double as handles on the three cheese-eating tools included in this set: one cheese fork—which can be used to break up aged cheese into smaller pieces or pick up pieces—a flat knife to cut off slices of semi-hard or soft cheese, and an almond-shaped all-purpose knife with a pointed edge for cutting through harder textures or cheese rinds. But most importantly, this playful little mice set will make a delightful addition to any party decor, and it’s even dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. One reviewer noted that the set is “a perfect gift for someone who has everything.”
This professional-quality cheese slicer from Boska originates in the Netherlands, a country known for being the preeminent source of cheese tools and home of the original gouda cheese. Plus, Boska has been in the cutlery game for centuries with designs that have truly stood the test of time. The hand-polished white oak handle of this paddle-shaped knife defines simple elegance and durability, and the precision-crafted, stainless steel blade creates perfect slices of many cheese textures—from semi-soft to firm. Bring on the fontina and havarti; this slicing knife can handle it all.
The combination of cool, white marble handles and bright copper blades makes this 3-piece set of cheese knives a unique and stylish way to get your cheese fix. The solid marble handles have a perfectly cylindrical shape, giving a satisfying and weighty feeling in your hand. And since copper is known for staying sharp for long periods of time, you never have to worry about a dull blade interfering with your cheese slicing. A plane, spade, and fork-tipped spear will cover your bases with a basic cheese board, and this set will look good while doing it.
To buy: $30 (originally $50); williams-sonoma.com
These elegant knives stand out from the rest of the pack due to their eye-catching, stain-resistant gold finish. Along with a sleek wooden and gold-handled cheese board, this set comes with 3 matching knives that each have hand-carved, dark rosewood handles and multi-shaped gold blades. Designed for both soft and hard cheeses, these knives win for luxurious presentation.
To buy: $40 (originally $100); williams-sonoma.com
This pronged cheese knife is the perfect multi-purpose tool for cutting soft or semi-hard cheese and then picking up the piece to put on a cracker (or directly into your mouth—no judgement here). But the standout feature of this fork-tipped spear is the gorgeous silver branch handle. Rustic without being provincial, this style is also available as a flat knife version for hard cheeses, which is sold separately. The knives are reasonably priced, so go ahead and splurge for both pieces of this stylish pair.
To buy: $10; surlatable.com
Zwilling J.A. Henckels knives are synonymous with quality cutlery, and these durable, stainless steel beauties do not disappoint. The longer handles mean that your knuckles won’t hit the board while cutting your cheese of choice, and the set of three various-shaped knives will meet a variety of cheese-slicing needs. The pronged, longer knife doubles as a cheese fork as well as a hard cheese slicer, while the perforated knife is perfect for soft cheeses and the short, pointed knife has a sharp blade for breaking apart aged cheeses.
If you’re looking for elegant, clean cheese knives with a little something extra, these three marble-handled blades are perfect for your needs. One reviewer noted that the “white works with all my cheese platters,” while multiple other shoppers said this aesthetically pleasing set makes the perfect housewarming gift. The set includes a wide chisel knife, a cheese fork, and a small spade; you still might need another implement for your softer cheeses, but this trio will get you pretty far. If you want to go the extra mile, a matching marble cheese board would make for a stellar presentation.
To buy: $35; surlatable.com
Based in Germany and family-owned for seven generations, Wüsthof is the creme de la creme of knife makers. This set from the brand’s Gourmet line includes three knives: A soft cheese knife with a sharp blade and holes throughout to keep delicate cheeses from sticking, a hard cheese knife with a straight and sharp blade, and a cheese plane to thinly slice cheese. A bamboo cheese board rounds out the ensemble and makes it party-ready.
If you’re looking for a full cheese knife set without spending a ton of cheddar, consider this under-$10 option from Freehawk. The stainless steel set features bamboo handles that are easy to hold and includes four different tools: a sharp tipped blade for slicing hard cheeses like Parmesan, two chisel knives for breaking off and spreading pieces of softer, crumbly cheeses, and a pronged fork for serving. And despite the low price tag, Amazon reviewers say the set is high-quality and durable.
To buy: $8 (originally $9) at amazon.com
You would be hard-pressed to find more visually stunning cheese knives than this set made of silver and quartz. The raw-edged handles combined with the gleaming silver blades make these knives unique show stoppers that are sure to draw attention from anyone who goes to snag a bite of cheese. They come in either regular quartz or rose quartz for a delicate touch of color. Whether an elegant gift for someone special or a luxurious addition to your home collection, these beautifully crafted cheese knives will elevate any cheese board.