It’s time to go from advanced to gourmet. You’re a cheese connoisseur, a lover of aged romano, crisp parmesan, guda; we’re getting hungry just writing about it. Different cheeses require different knives depending on their hardness, but getting those knives separately often results in a cosmetically unappealing mixed set, and varying degrees of dependability. We’ve chosen the best cheese knife sets to master your kitchen, entertain with finesse, and premier in the China cabinet with flair.
The Best Cheese Knife Set
Whether you’re looking to get an inexpensive alternative to your mate’s wedding registry, or you just want to deck out your own gourmet kitchen, Lunar gives you a sleek way to make it happen. You get six knives, all crafted from 18/8 grade stainless steel, resting in a gift-ready box that has designated thumb holes to retrieve your knives. One of our favorite aspects is the even weight distribution between the handle and blade; you’re holding a precision instrument, an extension of yourself, and it truly feels that way. You get a flawless grip despite the sleek handles, and a beautiful set to display when not in use. Be sure to also check out our list of the best steak knives for more great items like this.
Includes six full stainless steel knives
Gift-ready box included
Sleek bulbed handles for proper grip
Even weight distribution for a flawless cut
- BrandICOSA Living
- Weight1.1 pounds
Freehawk created a simple, cost-effective cheese knife set that dares to impress. Crafted from high-grade stainless steel and bamboo handles, you get four knives to a set, with the option of adding cheese markers to your order. You’ll get one cheese fork, one shovel and two knives, perfect for serving firm and hard cheeses, but void of a proper spreader knife. Apart from looking high-end, they also boast a very lightweight build, keeping the control in your hands while you’re serving up cheese.
Full stainless steel blade construction
Set is available with cheese markers
- Weight5.1 ounces
Wusthof has been one of our favorite butcher knife manufacturers for a long time, and now they’ve taken to exploring their expertise with this high-end cheese knife set. You get three blades, crafted from high-carbon stainless steel, promoting a long lifespan. Those blades are not only exquisitely shaped, but also laser cut to provide a precise and razor-sharp edge. One of the biggest concerns you’ll have when entertaining is looking like you know what you’re doing: Wusthof takes all that worry from your shoulders, thanks to their top-notch design. Be sure to combine this with a cool chopping board from our list.
Four-piece set includes board
High-carbon stainless steel for a long lifespan
Polymer handles are easy to clean
Precision-cut for a perfect edge
- Weight2.4 pounds
Icosa is the same brand that puts out the Lunar set that stole our hearts. If their already low prices weren’t enough for you, their Harvest collection will be right up your alley. Crafted from high-end teak handles, these stainless steel knives give you coverage for every type of cheese you’ll come across. Six knives, a narrow design, and perfect weight distribution from hilt to tip. Even if you’ve never handled cheese knives before, you’ll feel like a professional after handling the Harvest. These also come in a gift-ready box (if you’re grabbing this as an alternative off of someone’s registry), with an information packet from Icosa.
Primary stainless steel construction
Durable teak handles
Includes gift box w/ thumb divots for easy withdrawal
- BrandICOSA Living
- Weight1.1 pounds
You don’t just have to look like a gourmet chef, with Laguiole, you can feel like a gourmet chef. These are the same cheese knives that are used in major restaurants all across America. Built from high-grade polished ABS plastic handles, these stainless steel 6” knives give you an even weight distribution, and a ton of power in your hands to properly serve your guests. This three-piece kit also comes with an emblazoned wooden holster, so you can premier them by the cheese spread, or store them in a protected, designated case in your kitchen drawers. Our handy guide to the best knife sharpeners features more great products like this.
Includes wooden holder w/ Laguiole emblem
Three-piece cheese knife set
Stainless steel blades w/ ABS plastic handles
Restaurant grade design
- BrandLAGUIOLE BY FLYINGCOLORS
- Weight5.6 ounces
Our high-end choice comes from one of Italy’s most prestigious kitchen crafters, Mr. Porter. This parmesan set is the real deal, including a high-end steel grater in a traditional tube shape, with its own designated space in the iroko tray to keep it at all times. You’ll even receive the glass dome to present your cheese spread, accompanied by your four exquisite blades. Each are crafted from bamboo handles and stainless steel, providing proper weight distribution to keep you in control. There’s no grander way to present and entertain than bringing out the Lorenzi Milano tray.
Handles and board crafted of iroko wood and bamboo
Stainless steel blades
Includes glass dome for presentation
Tube parm grater includes
- BrandMr. Porter
- ModelLorenzi Milano
Kuhn Rikon gives us an extremely simple set with no frills. Crafted out of ion-plated stainless steel, this three-piece set includes a mini cleaver, soft cheese knife and fork to get your feet wet. You’ll even receive a small sheath for the cleaver, covering the tip and blade end. Kuhn put their minds into making a simple yet lightweight set, using basic plastic handles with a single screw design. Your cleaver comes with three holes in the blade, helping to separate cheeses (while also being easier to clean). For a simple set with minor aesthetics, Kuhn gives you a bang for your buck. This also makes a perfect gift for foodies in your life.
Three-piece set includes sheath
Ion-plated stainless steel blades
Simple plastic handles
Available in seven colors
- BrandKuhn Rikon
- Weight1.6 ounces
Stainless steel is the best option for a cheese knife set, especially when it’s brought out in luxurious display. Swissmar gives you a three-piece set that includes brushed stainless steel handles, which are completely hollow to allow expert precision and maneuverability. Your blades measure between 7.7” and 9.1”, giving you a wider range than most sets (standard sets include 6” blades). Last but not least, your slender slotted knife includes three large slats, as well as a two-pronged fork tip. This set doesn’t include a serving fork, but this knife is versatile between both roles.
Full stainless steel 7.7” – 9.1” blades
Hollow handles provide a lightweight, evenly distributed build
Slotted knife comes with fork tip
- Weight12.5 ounces
An actual cheese block! HULLR is a German-born company, devising inexpensive, high-end cutlery to enhance your kitchen. These short cheese knives are crafted of high-quality stainless steel, resting in a polished wooden block, crafted of the same wood that your sleek handles are made of. They keep it simple and to the point, especially with their slotted cleaver and simple even-ended two-prong fork. If you’re still not sure what you’re looking for in a cheese knife set, check out the buying guide below, and circle back to select your absolute favorite set.
Six-piece set includes five knives and one block
Slotted stainless steel knives
Polished wooden block
- Weight15.5 ounces
Cheese Knife Set Buying Guide & FAQs
The best cheese knife set is the one that suits your needs. However, it never hurts to be prepared. We’ve seen our selection of cheese board sets, but now it’s time to dig deeper and find out what makes them so superior to the standard market rabble. From choosing the right cheese knife block, down to board types, it’s all here.
Features to Look for in Cheese Knife Sets
Knife Types - We’ll break down the specific knife types you should be on the lookout for further in this guide. This primarily needs to work for your preferred cheeses (after all, it is your set), but having additional knives for other types of cheese is never a bad thing.
Quality - This heavily relies on material, coating, finish and the brand. Quality is the first indicator of how long your knife set is going to last. These are an investment in your home, in your kitchen, and should always last for decades or more with proper care.
Materials - We like seeing porcelain and stainless steel; things that can be sharpened, refined, brought back to its full glory when time and use ull the blade. Pay attention to coating and plating; you want a full-bodied cheese knife that will stand the test of time.
Design - Design throws aesthetics out the window. How well it operates, how easy it is to use, if unnecessary amounts of materials are used, etc. You want a smooth, easy-to-use cheese knife set so you can appear like the boss you are when you’re entertaining your friends.
Board - Not all sets come with boards, but if they do, you want to look for wood or marble. You can get glass boards, ceramics, a ton of different materials, but those tend to lose their luster after a few dozen uses. Porcelain shows scratches, glass is hard to get crystal clear clean, and so on.
Cheese Knife Set FAQs
Q: What Are the Types of Knives Every Cheese Knife Set Should Include?
A: Your cheese knife set needs a few of the essentials. We’ve outlined the first six knives that you’re going to need, and why.
Fork-Tipped Spear: This is your ultimate knife for cutting into firm cheese. The slit in the center prevents that cheese from sticking to the tines.
Hard Cheese Knife: Required to cut into hard cheeses without crumbling or damaging them. Works well to create even slices.
Flat Spatula Knife: Used for partial presentation points, partial function, the flat spatula knife is your go-to item for cutting away excess rind. This can also be used to
Rind Cutter: Specifically used to cut away the rind on multiple cheese types. Not ideally used for serving.
Spade: Used for cutting into hard and firm cheeses.
Soft Cheese Knife: Curved to cut into and spread soft cheeses with ease.
These are, of course, the most common and necessary knives for a versatile cheese knife set. The best cheese knife set is the one that suits your needs, but in our opinion, it also needs to be versatile for when your guests bring other types of cheeses over during a function. Nobody has ever regretted being prepared for the unexpected.
Q: Why do Some Knife Blades Have Holes?
A: A proper cheese knife set needs a soft cheese knife to collect and spread soft cheeses, but a cheese knife with slats or holes throughout the blade helps to prevent friction when cutting. Since you’re using these exclusively for cheese, you might be wondering, “What friction is going to build?”.
That was the original goal for vegetable and steak knives, but transcended over to cheese knives for the dual purpose. Holes in the blade help prevent cheese from sticking, and if you’re working with a medium-firm cheese, that aspect helps prevent it from morphing or crumbling the cheese. It creates a better cut, and of course, the masterful aesthetics don’t hurt either.
Q: How Can I Sharpen my Cheese Knives at Home?
A: First, you have to understand what material your blade is made out of. For a stainless steel knife, you can use a knife sharpener to get the job done quickly. Just ensure that the blade/stone in your sharpener is able to sharpen whatever grade stainless steel you’re using (most steel cheese knives are made of 18/8 grade steel, which can be sharpened by most automatic knife sharpeners).
If your cheese board and knife set came with porcelain or another, more malleable type of blade, then you’ll be fine with more automatic sharpeners. However, you’ll preserve the coating or finish on those blades better with a manual cutlery sharpener.
Q: What is the Best Way to Clean my Cheese Knife Set?
A: Your cheese cutter set is designed to look glorious when not in use, and perform when the time comes. However, if you’ve gone with our preferred type (stainless steel cheese knife set), you’re going to run into some hefty cleanup. Soft cheeses stick to your blades and are fairly easy to clean off, while harder cheeses leave streaks on your set, and require a bit more work to properly get off.
The last thing you want is to pop these knives back in the block, and find that your entire cheese knife block had traces of cheese on them. That’s going to result in mold and an even worse cleanup process. Don’t soak your knives; run them under constantly running hot water, using the soft side of a sponge to wipe away excess cheese.
Before putting them away, (and this goes for all material types), you’re going to want to air dry your knives. Before placing them back in the block or in their respective gift-style box, inspect them under some direct light. You can use the hood range of your stove for this. For an added precaution, run a dry rag over them before returning them to their proper place. Avoid harsh chemicals, keep these pristine.