Your ultimate cheese knife guide for slicing your way to the best mouthful of decadent cheese
I have to confess:
Before I started getting my but in gear in the cooking department, my kitchen was kind of a mess. Cluttered with useless tools and gadgets I really had no idea how to use. That’s a serious issue for me seeing that I don’t really have the world’s biggest kitchen and extra storage space is always a win.
Before I knew how much easier they could make my life, I was anti-cheese knives.
Then something major happened…I started looking into how I could transform myself into becoming a home-cook kitchen professional.
And while I was learning all about the different types of cooking knives out there, I discovered a few different types of cheese knives that are good for more than just one purpose!
I know all you cheese fanatics out there are probably saying “we told you so”, but I learned my lesson the hard way, which is why I want to share my insight with the rest of you who are indecisive over what to invest in and what to avoid at all costs.
Here’s the deal:
I’m about to tell you what I use in my kitchen at home. These tools are tried and tested, and trust me when I say, they come with superior quality and performance en-tow. If you don’t want to read all about my preferred cheese knives, you can always just skip down to the part where I tell you about the other options you have. Either way…grab yourself a snack and let’s get going.
What I use for spreadable cheeses?
This is kind of a no-brainer, but a standard butter knife works pretty well for soft spreadable cheeses.
What I use for semi-soft cheeses?
My top pick for the best semi-soft cheese knife has to go to the Swissmar Soft Cheese Knife. I just love the holes that keep the cheese from sticking to the blade and turning your “slice” into mush. For cheeses like Brie, Reblochon and Fontina, I’d definitely recommend this knife.
What I use for firm cheeses?
I’m talking cheese like Gruyère here, that’s best served sliced super thin. I like Swissmar Knives, which is why I’d recommend the old faithful Swissmar Cheese Plane. Yes, it’s traditional, but it excels at its task, and never asks questions. Sometimes the old tools just have a way of kicking butt among the modern inventions, and this is a pretty solid example.
What I use for hard cheeses?
Here’s a little sneaky tip: paring knives work great for slicing semi-firm and hard cheeses. My Wusthof Classic 3.5 Inch Paring Knife is my go-to tool for cheese platters because it’s small and will work for an array of cheeses.
There’s my 2 cents worth for the day. The choice, as always, is up to you. If you don’t feel like following my recommendations, I have a few other cheese knives that I’d also happily recommend.
Check out the review section to see if any of them tickle your fancy. The options below, by the way, also come in as my budget picks. My general rule of thumb is to never waste your money on something that has only one purpose, but if you HAVE to have a cheese knife, these would all make great choices.
The Best Cheese Knives Review
Prodyne Stainless Steel Cheese Knife:
Thanks to the open surface brushed stainless steel blade on these knives, they cut through hard and semi-firm cheeses like nobody’s business. This is actually a set of two knives for the price of one, so you get a whole lot more bang for your buck when compared to other cheese knives.
- Boasts a longer handle for the best grip possible
- The knives are extremely stabile
- There have been a lot of complaints about these knives not being sharp enough when you buy them, and I totally get how that could be a pain, after all, you don’t buy something you have to “fix” before you can use it
- The knife blades are a little too rounded for my liking
Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Knife:
So this is yet another product from Prodyne, but I have to hand it to these guys…they KNOW how to make great quality cheese knives!
The CK-300 is an awesome cheese knife because it’s super versatile (as the name implies).
I love the product and I love the price. If I didn’t already own the tools to get the job done, I would not mind investing in one of these handy little cheese knives!
- The stainless steel blade is rust and corrosion resistant
- This knife is excellent in the department of edge retention
- Can cut hard or soft cheese and will even cut through sausage, veggies and fruit.
- Please keep in mind that this knife will cut slanted slices of cheese due to the fact that it has an extra bevel on one side
- This knife is best suited for right handed use
Progressive International Cheese Knife:
If you’re hard-up on what your knives look like, this one will definitely catch your eye!
For obvious reasons, I love the visual appeal, but I also appreciate the stainless steel blade that cuts through pretty much any kind of cheese.
- The blade is effective and efficient, and you never have to worry about cheese sticking to it
- I like the rounded tip that doubles up as a spreading knife for butter and soft cheeses
- It’s a catchy looking cheese knife
- Very cold and hard cheeses can and probably will damage your knife
Messermeister Pro-Touch 6 Inch Cheese Knife:
Yes, he’s last up on my list, but he is not at all the least.
Messermeister has a stunning 6 inch cheese knife that comes in as (probably) the largest cheese knife I have ever laid eyes on.
It’s big and sturdy and the best part is, it works, really well!
This pick comes in as my budget option, and the best part is that even though the quality might not be of the very best, it still delivers superb results when you consider the seriously affordable price tag that it comes with.
- The Messermeister Pro-Touch cheese knife also has a non-stick blade that eliminates the risk of cheese getting stuck to it
- You can also use it to cut through soft fruits and veggies like tomatoes
- This impressive looking knife cannot be use for harder cheeses unless you really put your arm into the process
- Since it’s the least expensive out of all the knives I mentioned, you can expect lesser quality than the other cheese knives, but if you’re on a budget, this one will do the job and do it well!
There you have it guys. All you need to know about cheese knives and what the best ones are. Next time I’ll be discussing the topic of pocket knives. It’s not just a man’s world out there, and knowing the best from the rest could help you out a lot more than you ever thought possible!