How Are You Going To Eat Your Steak?

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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19 Comments
  • Debra Turner
    Posted at 07 March 2016 Reply

    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!

  • Mark & Cindy - s/v Cream Puff
    Posted at 07 March 2016 Reply

    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
    http://www.creampuff.us

  • Joysealife.com
    Posted at 07 March 2016 Reply

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

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 08 March 2016 Reply

      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!

  • Cherie Burch
    Posted at 08 March 2016 Reply

    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!

  • Bill Higgs
    Posted at 08 March 2016 Reply

    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!

    • Marc Kornutik
      Posted at 10 March 2016 Reply

      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.

  • Wayne
    Posted at 10 March 2016 Reply

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

    • Bill Higgs
      Posted at 10 March 2016 Reply

      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

  • Alex Tarlecky
    Posted at 13 March 2016 Reply

    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.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite-1-2-in-1-in-Pipe-Cutter-23369A/205449919

  • J Christo
    Posted at 17 March 2016 Reply

    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.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 24 March 2016 Reply

      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.


      http://amzn.to/1XQ47ut
      http://amzn.to/22I5Wgm
      http://amzn.to/1RBkwVi (has a canopy to keep things cooler plus an extra place to put fragile things such as eggs)

  • Hazel Peterson
    Posted at 07 May 2017 Reply

    We use our regular cutlery for all our meals. Don’t even own special knives for steak – never needed them.

  • Chris Link
    Posted at 07 May 2017 Reply

    We used leftover Sunbrella to make a roll up case for them,like you make for children’s crayons.They stayed protected and took up minimal space.

  • The Jedi Fisherman
    Posted at 07 May 2017 Reply

    loving the page

  • Rock Spencer
    Posted at 07 May 2017 Reply

    I have pretty much only ceramic blades on my boat to resist the salty environment.

  • Susanna Sharp
    Posted at 07 May 2017 Reply

    If you come in second in the Race to Alaska, the prize is a set of steak knives. Just sayin’!

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