Steak Knives: Why and
Which Steak Knives
people purchase a set of flatware based on the number of setting requirements, match if with the
china setting and as an afterthought at a much later date
consider the need for steak knives, unless you are vegetarian of
course. Most flatware manufacturers do not offer matching steak
knives as part of their collections. The only company I know
that offers steak knives to match is
Philip of France, there may be others.
Baguette steak knife by Jean Philip
Whilst you do not need to exactly
match you existing flatware is it nice to be able to complement
it, and fortunately there are many many options for steak knives
in a variety of handle finishes in natural wood, exotic wood,
mother of pearl, horn, silver and different designs. Always look
to purchase a quality product from a well known manufacturer
which will provide the weight, authenticity, and quality that
you will appreciate for many years. The main functional
requirement of a steak knife is its cutting ability and its
ability to remain sharp. Look for blades in forged steel.
Probably the most famous and
widely used knife is the Laguiole steak knife made in the village of Laguiole
and surrounding towns. It is recognized by the distinctive
Napoleon bee on the bolster and will be inscribed with the
manufacturers name and Laguiole on the carbon steel blade.
Beware of copies we are often offered Laguiole knives from
Classic Laguiole steak knives by Jean Philip and Chazeau
The Thiers steak knife is again a
variation of the local theme but is a lovely knife, made to
exacting standards in a variety of exotic woods.
Thiers steak knife in a choice of
Whilst not an essential part of
your flatware collection the French steak knife is an attractive
and very practical addition.