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The Complete Buying Guide to Picking the Best Carving Knife

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Today I will be covering carving knives; you have probably tried carving a turkey or ham to find that your knife that you’re using sucks and the cuts are not clean. Well don’t worry, I hope to help you find a solid carving knife to get the job done, right.

In Depth Buyer’s Guide for the Best Carving Knife

top-rated-carving-knife-set Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set $$$4.8/5
Jamie Oliver Carving Knife Set $$4.4/5
Victorinox 12 -Inch Carving Knife $$5/5
Mercer Culinary Genesis 8-inch Carving Knife $4\5
Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Carving Knife $$$$5/5


1. Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set

Top rated carving knife set

Up first is the Wusthof Classic 2-piece carving set. In short, this set is extremely efficient, professional and expensive. Wusthof is known for making excellent knives, and these definitely set the bar for the best carving knife set on the market.

The blade is crafted from a high-carbon stainless steel so it can resist rust and sharpen easily. However if you do decide to get this knife set, then please be careful since they are very sharp out of the box and can slice right through your hand, with little to no effort.

I also like the handle since it’s triple riveted and full tang, which allows for full control of the knife. Control is essential to making the perfect cut into your turkey, ham, or whatever you may be carving.

Overall this blade is very well crafted, but is expensive, selling for about $100. If you want a carving knife that looks good, and is highly rated, then grab this set, however if you need something more economical then look at our other choices. I should note, that all Wusthof knives come with a limited lifetime warranty, which I think is well worth their prices.

2. Jamie Oliver Carving Knife Set

Up next is the Jamie Oliver carving knife set. This hits the sweet spot because it is a solid economical choice (under $50), and is highly rated.

The Jamie Oliver carving knife is stainless steel, so it won’t be quite as rust resistant as a high-carbon stainless steel blade, but as long as you don’t keep it in a wet environment then it’ll be fine. Stainless steel is also very easy to sharpen and maintain, so keep in mind that this knife can last a long time if you maintain it properly. (AKA hand washing it, sharpening when needed and storing it properly.)

I am not a fan of the handle since it doesn’t have any rivets besides one minor curve in it, and it isn’t weight bolstered, so it could feel uneven in your hand. However, all in all it should be fine if you keep a firm grip on it.

One thing to mention is that it does come with a 25 year guarantee, so if it shows signs of wear and tear you can get a new one from the manufacturer (as long as you didn’t use it for it’s unintended use such as sticking it down a garbage disposal by accident).

Overall, the Jamie Oliver carving knife is solid, inexpensive and sleek. But the handle is the weak spot for this knife.

3. Victorinox 12-Inch Granton Edge Carving Knife

The Victorinox carving knife is another solid choice for your carving needs.

The blade is crafted from high-carbon stainless steel, which as mentioned is great for rust resistance. However it is also ice tempered, which essentially means that the blade is put into a deep freeze to increase its hardness so that it maintains its sharpness for a longer duration.

The blade has a Granton Edge which helps reduce meat tearing when carving and keeping its edge longer.

Lastly, the handle is textured so that you can grip it easier and it is slip resistant. Losing control of a knife while using it, sucks. So you would not have to worry about slipping issues.

Overall the Victorinox carving knife is a good choice. It hits the sweet spot of under $50, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. You can’t really go wrong with this knife, and I think it is a top notch choice.

4. Mercer Cutlery Genesis 8-Inch Carving Knife

Mercer Culinary makes decent knives for a very good price. I wouldn’t say they are the best, but they will do the job. But I think I can make the case that the Mercer Genesis carving knife belongs on this list.

I like this knife because it inexpensive, yet gets the job done. It’s a high-carbon blade, that resists stains and rust. However, it will rust if you keep it in water for a long period of time without drying it. It’s fairly easy to sharpen, and holds it’s edge.

The grip is very nice, especially if you have larger hands. It definitely does not feel cheap, and it has a nice black finish. The knife is also bolstered so you won’t have to worry about the blade falling out of the handle.

Overall, a very solid knife for the price (under $40). If you are looking for something that is affordable and efficient, then the Mercer Cutlery Genesis will do the trick for you.

5. Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Carving Knife

Our last carving knife today is the Shun. Mind you, this is a expensive knife and really for knife enthusiasts, home cooks who like having classy knives or professional chefs.

The stainless steel blade is precision-forged (you can read more here on Wusthof’s website about precision-forging) and has a scalloped edge so that food slides off easily. The blade looks excellent because it has 16 layers of stainless steel, and then is etched and designed for the Damascus look. I think Damascus blades are the bee’s knees because they look so nice.

As usual, Shun has their classic D-shaped Pakkawood handle. One would think that it wouldn’t be that great to handle because it has to grooves, but it handles very well. It’s firm, slip resistant, and fits perfectly in larger hands but isn’t overwhelming to smaller hands.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Shun carving knife, besides the fact that it is over $100. But it does come with a lifetime warranty that covers just about any damage to the knife. This is an excellent choice for someone looking to spend a pretty penny on a carving knife.

Conclusion: Which One is the Best Carving Knife?

Making the choice for the best carving knife is hard, because it comes down to multiple factors.

  • Will it fit well in my hand?
  • Is it too expensive? Too cheap?
  • Will the blade hold for years and years to come?
  • Does it sharpen easily?

These are all important questions to think about when choosing your next carving knife. And personally I think the best choice is the Victorinox Granton-Edge carving knife, just because it is in the $50 price range, it looks good, it’s ergonomic and will last for well over 10 years given that it is properly maintained. You can check it out here on Amazon if you’d like, but the decision is up to you.

I hope this article helped, and please leave a comment with any questions or tips that you may have.

Cheers and all the best!

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