What Is A Cheese Knife Used For?

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 04/16/21 •  5 min read

The Cheese knife, as the term implies, is a type of cutlery used specifically for slicing, spreading, and/or serving cheese. There are different variations of this extra special tool as there are numerous types of cheese.

Some people think that having cheese-specific paraphernalia is excessive. But if you love cooking, eating, and hosting dinner parties, you know that using the appropriate tool for a particular task is a must to bring out the flavor of a certain ingredient or dish.

Besides preventing possible damage you’ll cause on a particular ingredient, you’re also preventing damage to your priceless kitchen tool… Just imagine using a $300 Chef’s knife to halve a Parmesan wheel!

So give cheese knives a chance. Continue reading on so you’d have an idea about the wide array of must-haves when you’re planning to serve a cheese and charcuterie spread and figure out which you should get for your everyday needs.

So, What Is It?

As you might be able to tell by its name, this tool is one that is used to cut cheese.

They usually come in sets with a collection of tools, because different types of cheeses will require a different tool to cut into.

That being said, most of these tools are usually heavy and have a stainless steel construction so that they can easily glide through different ingredients without getting stuck.

So now that you have a general understanding of these types of blades, it’s time to get down to the specifics.

Check out the next section to learn more.

What Are The Types?

Chisel Knife

This is the most common type of blade and is a heavy, flat, and wide knife designed for cutting into crumbly cheeses such as gorgonzola.

The flat edge can also be used to spread the cheeses over bread or crackers, which is why you will normally see this on a cheeseboard.

Cheese Cleaver

This is one of the heaviest and heftiest tools you’ll find in a set, and it’s designed for the harder cheeses.

These tools would work great if you need to cut cheddar, pepper jack, and other ingredients like it, but it may be a bit too large to put on a cheeseboard.


Next is the spreader, which as you might tell by the name is designed to spread cheese on a cracker or on a piece of bread and is generally not used for slicing.

This would be a great pair with brie, camembert, and other soft and spreadable cheeses.

Parm Knife

This tool has a lot of names and is sometimes called a bell, almond, or pear knife.

It is used to cut ingredients such as parmesan that are hard and crumbly.

Cheese Plane

This is a tool that is used to slice very thin portions.

It works best with semi-soft ingredients such as fontina, swiss, or harvati.

Plane Knife

This is another wide flat knife that is ideal for a wide range of cheeses, which can make it one of the most useful tools in a set.

However, it would be best to use this blade for semi-hard ingredients such as gouda and pepper jack.

Soft Cheese Knife

Lastly, we’re looking at blades that might come with holes, depending on the model.

It’s usually used for softer cheeses such as brie and fresh mozzarella, and some of them will come with a pronged tip that can be used for serving cut-up pieces of harder stuff such as cheddar.

Other Common Cheese Tools

Here are some of the other tools that you might find in a cheeseboard set.


This is probably the most common tool that most people will be familiar with.

It’s great for creating shreds of cheese that can go on sandwiches, pasta, and pizza.

This tool can also be used to shred a wide range of different ingredients.

Cheese Fork

This is a tool that consists of two forked prongs that are used to pick up blocks on a cheeseboard once they’re cut.

It can also be used to break apart tougher cheeses and blocks into smaller parts.

Cheese Wire

Also called a bow knife, this tool is used to cut through very delicate cheeses without breaking them.

They are usually bow-shaped and can even be attached to your cheeseboard in an indent made for the wire.

To use this, all you have to do is gently lower the wire into the cheese.

Rind Cutter

Lastly, this tool is used to score the rind of hard ingredients such as parmesan, which makes the wheel or block easier to open.

To use it, all you have to do is pierce the rind using the tool and drag it cleanly across the surface to score the rind properly.


And with that, our list has come to an end.

These tools can all be found in cheeseboard sets and could be very useful tools in the kitchen, especially if you know how to use them.

So now that you know what this tool is, the different types there are, and what purposes they serve, all that’s left to do is get some of your favorite cheeses and get serving!

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.