Non-Serrated Steak Knives Vs Serrated Steak Knives

If you pull a steak knife out of any drawer in an avid cook's collection, you will quickly notice a difference in the types of knives used. Some will be straight edge steak knives, while others will be serrated steak knives. Why would someone prefer one over the other? Is a straight-edged blade superior to a serrated one, or is it the other way around?

There are plenty of reasons why someone might choose one type of steak knife over the other. For that reason, Seido offers both types of steak knives and invites you to test out the quality and function of each.

Straight Edge Steak Knives

Straight edge steak knives are preferred when the meat is tender and isn't a thick cut of meat. While Seido's straight edge steak knives are extremely sharp, they are still better suited to thinner cuts of meat and meat that is very tender. A really thick cut of meat or meat that is traditionally tough after cooking really needs a serrated blade.

Non-Serrated Steak Knives Are the Same

Some companies may refer to straight-edged steak knives as non-serrated steak knives. However you word this, these knives are the same. Non-serrated steak knives is just another way of describing or naming straight-edged steak knives.

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Serrated Steak Knives

Serrated steak knives have a serrated edge. The cutting blade is sawtoothed for a reason. The "teeth" of a serrated steak knife help you cut through thick pieces of meat, meat that is tough in general, and/or meat that tends to be rather sinewy. The sawing motion of a serrated knife makes it much easier to cut through these pieces of meat.

Similarly, when it comes to cutting a steak taken from a tougher and more muscular part of the beef cattle, serrated knives are more effective. Flank steak, for instance, is often tough and difficult to cut. The London broil is an example of flank steak that requires a serrated blade.

Skirt steak is another example of a cut that benefits from a serrated knife. Both types of steak are commonly used to make dishes like fajitas, where the beef is sliced into strips. While a very sharp Seido steak knife with a straight edge could cut these strips of beef, the sawing motion and pressure required would not be the same as that provided by a serrated blade.

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Best Japanese Steak Knife Set 

So, what is the best Japanese steak knife set ? That all depends on what cuts of beef you typically consume.

For those who mostly enjoy tender cuts of beef, straight-edge knives are perfect. However, in a kitchen where London broil and eye of round steak are served, a serrated knife set is better suited. If you frequently consume or serve a variety of cuts of steak, having both a straight-edge and serrated Japanese steak knife set is ideal, as you will always have the appropriate knife for the type of steak.

It's worth noting that straight edge steak knives are easier to sharpen than serrated ones, but they also don't need to be sharpened as frequently. This may influence your choice of knife set. If you have any further questions or need help with your purchase, feel free to contact Seido Knives for answers and assistance.

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