How Are You Going To Eat Your Steak?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Good steak knives that cut well and don't rust are invaluable if you eat meat. They don't have to cost a fortune!

Steak, pork chops, ham and more need a little more “oomph” in cutting than our table knives give us.

I remember having steak to celebrate the first night out on our first charter – we were SO excited – and discovering there were no steak knives on the boat. We had exactly one serrated knife in the galley and passed it around the four of us!

Such things make for funny memories, but I didn’t want to live that way on my own boat. We took steak knives from the house to our first boat but they were sold with the boat . . . and frankly, they weren’t well suited to boat life, having picked up quite a bit of rust and losing their sharpness.

Moving onto Barefoot Gal, I wanted to make a better choice. After a year and a half with these, I’m ready to recommend them.

Good steak knives that cut well and don't rust are invaluable if you eat meat. They don't have to cost a fortune!

About the blades:

  • They’re stainless and have not rusted at all in 18 months of being exposed to salt air (they don’t say what grade stainless they are).
  • Sharp micro-serrations that haven’t shown any signs of dulling (see picture below of the blade; it comes from the company as my camera wouldn’t focus that closely).
  • The tang goes the full length of the handle for strength.

Good steak knives that cut well and don't rust are invaluable if you eat meat. They don't have to cost a fortune!

They’re not some super-special knives. Just good, affordable steak knives that are suited to boat life. I’m sure that there are other brands that are also good but I found these on Amazon and have been really happy with them.

P.S. We’ve also discovered that they cut reinforced water hose much more easily than any other knife we have on board. And it didn’t seem to hurt the knife. I’m not saying you should use them for that, but when need arises . .

Good steak knives that cut well and don't rust are invaluable if you eat meat. They don't have to cost a fortune!

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  1. I have Henckels at home and yes they are great! On S/V Inca Rose I picked up a set of Sharper Image steak knives 2 years ago. I think they are titanium and also not a speck of rust!

  2. We can ditto the recommendation regarding these knives. We have had some on Cream Puff for a couple of years and they have not rusted and are still sharp.

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  3. I use the steak knives to cut kelp off the anchor. Whatever works.

    • Absolutely. I’ve had my salad bowl turn into the oil drain pan, my turkey baster get co-opted for engine fluids and more. When you need something, you grab what there is!

  4. Cherie Burch says:

    We have had the same set of this brand of knives on our boats for 28 years and they are still great! They have been through Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico! Cannot recommend them more strongly!

  5. Bill Higgs says:

    I have recently switched to this brand but with one difference. I choose the steak knife with a rounded tip instead of the more common pointed tip. this way I have been able to eliminate ( take off the boat) the typical dinner knife altogether as these rounded tip knives can be used to scoop and spread peanut butter as well as cut steak. this has freed up a bunch of room in the utensil drawer!

    • Nice ! Like that idea even better but didn’t know they still made that style. When I was a kid my parents had a pointed set at home, but also just few rounded ones. (don’t know why)
      I remember going back to the drawer to get a rounded one even when the table had been set with the “matching” ones. I had to be unique even then.

  6. My wife always cooks steaks you can cut with a butter knife. I don’t see the point in a steak knife.

    • Bill Higgs says:

      Holy smokes Wayne, instead of all of us getting steak knives maybe we should be looking for a girl like yours!!!
      alas, until that day I think Ill stick with steak knives…. the rounded tip ones were harder to find but I bought them through a large restaurant supply place called Russel foods. They have a great website if you google them.

      take care everyone

  7. By far the best cheap tool I have found to cut vinyl reinforced hose is a common $10 plastic sharkbite cutter like the one below. Sure, the blade is not replaceable but it works so well that you can cut a hard to reach hose with one hand and it cuts perfectly cleanly.

  8. J Christo says:

    Carolyn, got any advice on a ‘shopping cart’ we can use for provisioning and/or boat parts shore to boat?/Its often a good hike to get things and bags just don’t do it. A case of beer or wine needs to come home once in a while too! Foldable, bus ride friendly, rust resistant… Usual requirements for boating.

    • I am seeing more and more cruisers use a fold-up wagon with “all-terrain” wheels instead of the dock cart type things we used to see. They do a LOT better for long distances. Take a look at these that get good reviews and friends have recommended (if you get somethign else, read reviews carefully to make sure the front wheels turn!). None are made of stainless, so spray the metal parts with Boeshield to help prevent rust in salt air. They fold down to a reasonable size for taking on a bus, although obviously not a small as a day pack. (has a canopy to keep things cooler plus an extra place to put fragile things such as eggs)

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