Best Cheese Knives On A Budget (2018 Review)

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cheese knife - Best Cheese Knives On A Budget (2018 Review)

There is nothing better at a house party than the cheese plate. I used to be apprehensive about serving cheese at my luncheons because the cheese platter would end up in a sticky mess all over the plate. Enter: the cheese knife.

In this handy guide I will cover the nooks and crannies of selecting one of the five best cheese knives for slicing soft, delicate cheese.

Firstly, here is a breakdown of the top five cheese knives I have found worth checking out.

Product Name

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Product Name

The Cheese Knife OKP2 Cheese Knife

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A

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Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

Quality

A

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​Kai USA AB5073 Pure Komachi 2 Cheese Knife, 4-1/2-Inch

Quality

A+

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Chef Craft 21368 1-Piece Cheese Knife with White Plastic Handle, White, 9-1/2-Inch

Quality

A

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$

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Fairychild Red Cheese Knife

Quality

A+

Price

$$$

Our Rating

Product Name

The Cheese Knife OKP2 Cheese Knife

Quality

A

Price

$$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

Quality

A

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

​Kai USA AB5073 Pure Komachi 2 Cheese Knife, 4-1/2-Inch

Quality

A+

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Chef Craft 21368 1-Piece Cheese Knife with White Plastic Handle, White, 9-1/2-Inch

Quality

A

Price

$

Our Rating

Product Name

Fairychild Red Cheese Knife

Quality

A+

Price

$$$

Our Rating

Product Name

The Cheese Knife OKP2 Cheese Knife

Quality

A

Price

$$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

Quality

A

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

​Kai USA AB5073 Pure Komachi 2 Cheese Knife, 4-1/2-Inch

Quality

A+

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Chef Craft 21368 1-Piece Cheese Knife with White Plastic Handle, White, 9-1/2-Inch

Quality

A

Price

$

Our Rating

Product Name

Fairychild Red Cheese Knife

Quality

A+

Price

$$$

Our Rating

Product Name

The Cheese Knife OKP2 Cheese Knife

Quality

A

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

Quality

A

Price

$

Our Rating

Product Name

Pure Komachi 2 Series Bread Knife

Quality

A

Price

$

Our Rating

Product Name

DALSTRONG Bread Knife - Barracuda Blade - Serrated Ceramic - 8"

Quality

A+

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Victorinox Swiss Army 10.25 Inch Fibrox Pro Curved Bread Knife with Serrated Edge

Quality

A+

Price

$$$

Our Rating

Product Name

The Cheese Knife OKP2 Cheese Knife

Quality

A

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife

Quality

A

Price

$

Our Rating

Product Name

Pure Komachi 2 Series Bread Knife

Quality

A

Price

$

Our Rating

Product Name

DALSTRONG Bread Knife - Barracuda Blade - Serrated Ceramic - 8"

Quality

A+

Price

$$

Our Rating

Product Name

Victorinox Swiss Army 10.25 Inch Fibrox Pro Curved Bread Knife with Serrated Edge

Quality

A+

Price

$$$

Our Rating

The Cheese Knife OKP2 Cheese Knife Review

Pros

    • The length of the blade is 4” and the total length is 8”. This handle may work best for someone with a medium to small hand size
    • Versatile knife, it can slice soft cheeses and semi-hard cheeses as well
    • Heat resistant to 430 degrees
    • This knife has raised ridges instead on the blade
    • Dishwasher safe

Cons

    • The handle may be too small if you have average to larger sized hands
    • This knife only has a 30-day return policy
    • The knife is extremely lightweight, weighing only one ounce. This can feel flimsy if you are trying to cut extra hard cheeses
Prodyne CK-300 Multi-Use Cheese Fruit and Veggie Knife Review

Via eBay

Pros

    • This knife has a large open surface blade
    • The stainless steel blade is serrated
    • It can be used to slice soft fruits and vegetables
    • At a price point of only $9.88 it can be a cost-effective option

Cons

    • The serrated edge can slice through your cutting board if you aren’t careful
    • The corners of the square holes can collect cheese bits if you don’t thoroughly clean it after each use
    • The edge of the blade is serrated on only one side
    • Sometimes if you don’t dry the knife thoroughly it can develop rust spots, which leads me to believe it may not be a true stainless steel
Kai USA AB5073 Pure Komachi 2 Cheese Knife Review

Via Amazon.com

Pros

    • The blade has a very sharp edge
    • The stainless steel blade is serrated
    • Non-stick coating on thehelps release the cheese from the blade
    • Includes sheath for blade protection

Cons

      • Some of the yellow coating can come off of the blade if attempting to sharpen the knife at home
      • The light weight blade is not for use on hard cheeses, it can feel flimsy if used on something like a sharp cheddar
Chef-Craft-21368-1-Piece-Cheese-Knife-Review

Via Amazon.com

Pros

      • The knife is very sharp and quickly slices soft cheese
      • Easy to care for, dishwasher safe. Cheese residue washes off quickly when hand washing
      • The holes in the blade of the knife spell out cheese which can be aesthetically appealing to some people

Cons

        • Not Full-tang (the blade does not continue down into the handle)
        • May not be a good choice for slicing very thin slivers of cheese
        • Very small and thin knife may feel awkward in larger hands
 Fairchild Red Cheese Knife Review

Via eBay

Pros

      • Angled handle feels comfortable in your hands
      • The knife can be great for slicing medium to thick slices of cheese
      • Non stick blade, is also useful on slicing other sticky-soft foods like butter and boiled eggs

Cons

        • One sided blade generally works best for right handed users
        • This knife is very lightweight, and so it is not the best choice for slicing extra hard cheeses as the knife will yield to the cheese and bend
        • The edge of the blade can form burrs over time

After reviewing each of these cheese knives, my favorite pick out of this line up is the Kai USA AB5073 Pure Komachi 2 Cheese Knife, 4-1/2-Inch. With price point of $10.33, I feel that this knife has an intrinsic value that is hard to beat. I personally enjoy the beautiful color of this knife as well.

The placement of the holes in this knife, coupled with the nonstick coating, allows the cheese to easily come away from the knife effortlessly. Moreover, this cheese knife can slice extra thin pieces of soft cheese with precision, which placed this pick ahead of the other four in my mind.

The Luxury of Fancy Cheeses

We are fortunate to have access to artisan cheeses at our local grocery store. Brie is one of my favorite types of cheese. I love the buttery, creamy softness coupled with the bite of the rind on a nice hard cracker.

Slicing up this soft serve cheese can amount to an aggravating and time-consuming process. It is disheartening to see your expensive brie in a smeared mess on the cutting board.

My saving grace came in the form of a nifty modern invention: the cheese knife. The best cheese knives are designed with holes in the blade of the knife in order to allow air pockets to form while slicing the cheese. These air pockets prevent the soft, sticky cheese from adhering to the knife blade. This enables me to present beautiful slices of brie at the dinner table, or perfectly arrange fresh mozzarella for an antipasto.

A Cheese Knife is for Everyone

Cheese knives are nothing to be intimidated by. They are perfect tools to slice up a block of Velveeta cheese. I personally love making home-made macaroni and cheese. It melts much faster if it has been sliced up. This cheese can be the messiest of all the soft cheeses when it is at room temperature.

It’s a good idea to pull the cheese out of the fridge about two hours before attempting to slice it. It is very important to permit cheeses to reach room temperature before slicing, as they soften and become easier to cut. (1)

Caring for the Cheese Knife

Since a cheese knife needs to remain sharp in order to slice properly and not make a mess, I sharpen my knives once every three months, or when I start to see burrs on the blade.

Burrs are little protrusions on a knife’s blade. If left unattended to, the burrs can worsen and permanently ruin a knife. A simple “v sharpener” should do the trick.

Most of my cheese knives are dishwasher safe. However, I prefer to hand wash all of my knives to ensure they don’t get knocked around in the dishwasher. The high pressure of the dishwasher jostles the knives against other utensils and can end up dulling the edge.

What to Look For in a Cheese Knife

 Characteristics of the Blade

Some cheese knives have a wedged blade, or a ridge at the top of the blade. When the top of the blade is thicker than the sharp edge it can help separate the slices of cheese from the rest of the block.

Often times, a forked tip can be seen on cheese knives. This forked tip is actually there for spearing slices of cheese in order to move them from the cutting board to the platter. (2)

Cheese knives are typically made of stainless steel. The stainless steel blade acts as a non-stick surface, causing soft sticky cheeses to stay on the plate instead of all over the knife!

 Different Knives for Different Cheeses

There are different types of cheese knives for dicing up hard cheeses as well.

The campana knife is a bell shaped for crumbly and hard cheeses. The cuore is a special type of cheese knife used for extra hard cheese. It is almost like a pickaxe for cheese. You can use a cleaver to make even slices of hard cheese. However, please use separate cleavers for cheese and for meats to avoid cross contamination.

Check out this informative video by “The Domestic Geek” as she quickly explains the different types of cheese knives and their purpose. (3)

 Holes and Ridges

When I used to attempt (and failed) at slicing cheese with a regular chef’s knife, I found that the soft sticky cheese would adhere to my knife.

Just like an aged Swiss, some cheese knives will have holes throughout the blade. These holes allow air-pockets to form, separating the cheese from the knife. Other types of soft cheese knives have ridges that cause a similar air pocket effect.

Bottom line

There seems to be a lot to these little cheese-slicing miracles, but hopefully I did bring you some helpful tips. Now, it is up to you. The cheese is in your hands. Let's look at them one more time and 'pick the apple' 🙂

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Hi, I’m Jennie who loves cooking and fascinated with foods for a healthy life. I set up this website to share with you all I know about cooking and making our kitchen a better place :)

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