I like to have a nice set of steak knives that can also double as good, sharp anytime knives and these, up top, are my splurge pick (the white handled ones are here). Really a small kitchen knife from Spain, these kill it in the kitchen and at the table. Nice description here and a few more picks below:
"This is a piece made for longevity by a third-generation knife smith in the small town of Solsona, Spain, not far from Barcelona. Each blade is hand-fashioned from high-quality stainless steel, set with an ebony handle, and stamped.
Top Steak Knives
I was at a really delicious little pizza restaurant on Houston Street the other night and admired these commercial, hard working, authentic feeling steak knives... so I snapped this picture and looked up the name when I got home. Below is the product description and it's all totally true, especially the price. At just over $7 a knife, this is a great find:
"A set of four fully forged steak knives with black stone riveted handles from Fortessa. This set is a great value; there is nothing cheap about it. The blades feature both serrated and straight cutting edges. Each knife measures 8.2" long.".
The next step up at Fortessa, this set is bigger and beefier for those that prefer more of a cowboy feel at home. :-)
These classic French design knives are often copied, but these are an original family brand version: "In the heart of the French countryside, the Dubost family has been creating fine cutlery for four generations. The design of these steak knives was inspired by a shepherd’s tool first manufactured in the village of Laguiole in the 19th century. Made of thicker, heavier-gauge stainless steel than other Laguiole flatware on the market, each is hand polished and finished for a difference in quality you can really see and feel."
Here's another winner because of the nice wood handles and Swiss pedigree. Rosewood handles and high carbon stainless-steel blades make these sharp, strong and easy to handle, this set got top honors by the testing lab at The Sweet Home, which you can read all about here.
These are so fancy and beautiful, I had to put them in for window-shopping's sake: "From the makers of Japan's finest cutlery comes this premier collection with a unique new "tsuchime" finish. Hand-hammered texture creates cavities, reducing drag for a gliding cut and quick release, while the razor-sharp blade cuts cleanly to keep more of the flavor in the meat."
(Image credits: Maxwell Ryan; Fortessa; William Sonoma; Victorinox; Crate & Barrel)