To most men, there is something so unbelievably satisfying about owning a good knife.
I'm not too sure if its the satisfaction of slicing off a piece of brisket with ease. Or if it's the feeling of power that we get from holding the best carving knife known to man.
It might not even have anything to do with the quality of the knife at all. We might only like knives because of that famous scene Crocodile Dundee “That's not a knife?” “THIS is a Knife!”
It doesn't matter why it is we love our knives so much. The most important thing is that the knife that we get is fit for its intended purpose.
There are a million and one different knives out there, however, not every knife is fit for every job.
If you are a meat smoker, griller or bbq-er, then you need a knife different from the rest. You need a knife that will carve your masterpiece into beautiful little morsels. Not butcher it to smithereens.
Below are my picks for the best carving knife of 2019, fit for a true pit master.
The Best Carving Knife
Slicing Carving Knife
Perfect All Rounder
Victorinox Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife
For The Big Jobs
Mercer Culinary Millennia
Strong Carbon Fibre
Wusthof Classic Carving Knife
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Durable Perfect Precision
Genesis Carving knife
My Top Pick For The Overall Best Carving Knife
Dalstrong are the self proclaimed ‘new guys on the block’. To be honest had me a little concerned. I thought they would not be as good as some of the more established brands out there.
But, at first glance, I was quickly impressed. The first thing that caught my attention was the 2 mm 12 inch long blade. This thing is impressive.
It's handcrafted over 60 days using ultra premium, Japanese high carbon AUS-10V steel. With 67 alternating layers of SUS410 Damascus cladding.
This gives the knife a fantastic durability and stain resistance.
The blade has increased strength, flexibility and hardness. This is partly thanks to the cryogenic tempering with liquid nitrogen. Impressive.
The Sho Gun series slicer has an ergonomic handle constructed form G-10 Garolite. It is very comfortable and accurate to use.
G-10 Garolite is a military grade material. It is used for durability. You get good blade control and can carve thin or thick slices with ease.
The incredibly sharp blade worked wonders when carving brisket. However, I would assume that it would be just as good on ham, roasts, and turkey.
The blade is sharp right out of the box will continue to give you perfectly cut slices time and time again. A nice touch is that it comes with a sheath to protect the blade.
No more embarrassing carving mistakes at the dinner table with this knife. Lets have a look at its key features to see why its my pick for the best carving knife.
As mentioned above this brand was new to me before reviewing. However this is my top pick for the best carving knife.
Dalstrong have blown me away with this knife. It is a knife that straight out of the box will impress you with its beauty, sharpness, and performance.
You can slice through thicker cuts like a rack of ribs, or a pork butt wit ease. but also have enough precision to slice thin slices of smoked salmon.
The 12 inch Dalstrong Slicing & Carving Knife is one of the best carving knives I have come across in a while.
This knife is for anyone who appreciates cutting, slicing or carving with ease.
4.8 / 5 Stars
The Mercer Cutlery Genesis is my Second pick for the best carving knife.
The forged high carbon stainless steel blade is a blade that you can only dream of.
The heavy duty bolster balances the knife out very well. This makes it easier to control the blade. It also adds additional durability without adding on too much extra weight.
However, I did find this knife to be a little heavier than other knives this size.
Being a little on the heavier side it is a great knife for thicker cuts of steak, bigger racks of ribs and whole turkeys.
The handle is constructed from Santoprene. This is a soft material that is comfortable and non-slip.
Even when carving turkey after turkey over Thanksgiving this knife isn't too slippery. I was still able to use with full precision.
The handle is also safe around all kitchen oils, grease, and all other cooking by-products.
But do keep in mind that it is not dishwasher safe, so make sure that you always hand wash with lots of hot soapy water.
I didn't find washing to be a problem, a wash over with a soapy cloth and it was clean.
The Mercer culinary M20608 is one of the most comfortable knives out there.
The ergonomic Santoprene handle is like you are holding onto a cloud.
It is a little bulkier than some of the other knives I have tested. But it still cuts smaller cuts with complete precision. It is more suited to those with bigger hands in my opinion.
The blade is well designed and so far has stayed very sharp. The added bonus of a lifetime warranty gives you peace of mind that this is a quality knife built to last.
This is a great knife and for the price, you are buying into a quality knife that you will be using for many years to come.
4.7 / 5 Stars
The Victorinox 12 Inch Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife is my third pick for the best carving knife. And I tell you what it is going to be your new best friend.
When it comes to carving and slicing bigger cuts of meat it is unstoppable. You will be slicing turkey, ham, whole roasts and ribs with minimal effort.
The first thing you will notice about the blade is the indentations, these are brilliant. These indentations create air pockets while cutting so your meat doesn’t stick to the blade.
This ensures you get a clean cut every time. Even on those paper thin slices of turkey.
The textured Fibrox handle is one of the more basic handles, but, it is very comfortable and non slip. You can cut a whole turkey or ham without any discomfort or slippage.
Victorinox is manufactured in Switzerland by the same company who manufacturers the original Swiss army knife, so you know that you are buying a quality product. This is backed up by a lifetime warranty.
The Victorinox 12 Inch Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife delivers. This is a Swiss made knife, and it performs like one. It is an elegant knife which offers a carving experience like no other.
The blade is second to none. The addition of blade depressions means you will never get any meat that sticks to the knife.
Which is something that I appreciate when slicing bigger cuts. You need this knife if you are often cooking bigger cuts of meat such as whole roasts, pigs, turkey, ham or brisket.
4.6 / 5 Stars
The Mercer Culinary Millennia 14-Inch is a big knife, its the biggest knife in my best carving knife list. It's a big knife made for larger cuts of meat. Think a whole roast pig, whole turkey roast or ham.
The 14 inch blade is constructed from Japanese stainless steel. It will never corrode, discolor or rust. The blade also features divots which stop any meat from sticking.
The blade is slightly thin, allowing you to manoeuvre around small bones and carcass if you need to.
The handle is made from Santoprene and durable polypropylene. This creates a very durable and comfortable handle that will not slip.
Together all these parts form a very well designed and constructed knife. It will easily cut through any large cut of meat you can throw at it.
The Mercer Culinary Millennia 14-Inch knife is a serious knife for cutting serious cuts of meat.
The Santoprene handle is very comfortable and durable. The durability comes from the polypropylene used in the construction.
The razor sharp blade is constructed from Japanese stainless. It is resistant to corrosion, rust, and discolouration.
It is a durable and high quality knife that will exceed your expectations. Particularly when carving larger cuts of meat such as ham, turkey, brisket or whole pig.
4.6 / 5 Stars
The new and improved handle is made from a synthetic material called Polyoxymethylene.
This material gives the handle a very tight molecule structure. This gives the knife a darker colour that won't fade or wear, and its also pretty comfortable too.
The pointed tip helps you slice meat away from the bone with pinpoint precision. It has the slightest flex to ensure the end of the blade doesn't slip.
The German made blade is crafted from a single piece of high carbon stainless. This enhances the blades strength and durability.
All in all this is a fantastic little carving knife. It is not the cheapest knife on this list, but, it does slice and carve amazingly.
It was designed to be a knife that you can comfortably and safely carve your favourite meats with. Particularly meats that you need to carve very close to the bone.
It has an incredibly good blade and feels right at home in your hand. If you have a little bit more budget to play with I would recommend the Wusthof 8 " carving knife.
4.8 / 5 Stars
Buying a knife is a lot like buying your first car.
Often you don’t know where to start, you can easily get overwhelmed by all the different terms and slang.
The best advice that I can give you about buying a knife is :
'set a budget and do your research to find out what kind of knife you need before buying one'
A decent carving knife is something that we should all have. It doesn't matter if you are a professional chef or a home cook who enjoys creating meal once a week.
A good knife will help you create the best food you can.
I hope this list of my top picks for the best carving knife help you decide what you should buy.
Enjoy carving meat? Have you ever thought about using a meat slicer?
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You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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