15 Great Steak Knife Sets to Give and Get Right Now
Making a great dinner requires several moving parts, including the right cutting boards, good sheet pans, and of course a great set of knives. A dull knife is a cook's worst enemy. Using brute force to cut meat means not only a raised risk of injury but also losing those flavorful juices while you struggle to slice through. The same rule for chef's knives goes for dining utensils—the better the steak knife, the better the dining experience will be for you and your guests.
Whether you've seared the perfect rib eye or roasted the ideal pork loin, using a sharp set of steak knives will make the meal that much more enjoyable. With high-carbon stainless steel blades and strict quality standards, Wüsthof's Classic 4-Piece Set earns our top spot. Read on for some of our favorite steak knife sets to buy right now.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Wüsthof Classic 4-Piece Set
- Best Serrated: Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Piece Set
- Best Budget Serrated: Cuisinart Triple Rivet
- Best Budget Straight-Edge: Messermeister Avanta
- Best Value: Henckels Set of 8 Steak Knives
- Best for Table Settings: Misen Serrated Knives
- Best Modern Set: Material Table Knives
- Best Durable Set: Henckels 8-Piece Stainless Steel Set
- Best Laguiole-Style: Trudeau
- Best Classic Steakhouse Knives: Viking Professional
- Best Japanese Set: Shun Classic
- Best Luxury German-Style Set: Wüsthof Classic Ikon
- Best Luxury Japanese-Style Set: Shun Premier
- Best for Gifting: Zwilling Box Set
- Best Lifetime Guarantee: Cutco Table Knives
Factors to Consider When Buying Steak Knives
In order to invest in the correct steak knife, you'll need to take stock of a few things. Note how and when you normally need steak knives: Do you host big groups often? Do you eat meat regularly? Would you have the bandwidth to hand-wash utensils as needed? Is there enough counter space or drawer space for storage in your kitchen? All of these questions can determine which set of blades is right for your dining table.
If you're looking for a sturdy set that's affordable without the hassle of sharpening them regularly, a serrated blade set is probably best. You might want a thinner handle that's Laguiole-style or a heavier wooden handle option that echoes the classic steakhouse vibe. If you're in need of fewer steak knives to use often on fine cuts of meat, a luxury straight-edge upgrade might be right for you. If you'd like something you can toss in the dishwasher in a pinch (though, generally, this should be avoided), a full solid steel set is a good idea to prevent warping or fading on the handles. The grade of steel will also vary between brands and collections, so note if you'd rather the highest-carbon steel offering or are fine with a classic, accessible stainless steel that you won't fear dropping on the floor.