Why Are Steak Knives Serrated? A Short Guide

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 07/08/18 •  2 min read

Knives with serrated edges offer a better grip than non-serrated blades. Since steak knives are designed to cut through steak and other cooked meat, a serrated blade is required to “bite” the meat and slice through it efficiently. Serrated blades also hold their edge longer than non-serrated blades.

Have you ever looked at a steak knife and wondered why it has a serrated edge?

Steak knives usually take the position of table knives in a place setting and are one of the most commonly used blades in the kitchen and dining room.

They have a serrated edge because it is easier to cut through cooked meat and make tears using a serrated blade.

And since the edges are less exposed as compared with standard knives, the blade holds its edge for much longer.

As one of the most used blades out there, it’s important to have a long-lasting edge as sharpening steak knives can be very complicated and time-consuming.

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Steak knives are also serrated to reduce the frequency of sharpening. It is common knowledge that serrated knives do not get blunt as easily as straight knives. When the straight knives come into contact with ceramic plates, then they become very blunt. In most cases, steak is cut on ceramic plates and you, therefore, will have to sharpen the straight knives every time. This makes serrated knives more convenient because they do not need to be sharpened after every job.

The steak knives are also serrated to prevent edge turning when they come into contact with ceramic plates. Straight knives have to be honed every now and then because they are prone to edge turning. Serrated knives may have the problem, but is only manifests on the tips and not on the valleys. This makes them easier and cheaper to maintain as compared to the straight knives.

With serrated steak knives, you are able to reduce the force you need to slice through the meat. This is due to the laws of physics, that a longer knife has a greater distance and therefore you will need more force. This may be tiring especially since the steak may be a little tough. However, when the knife is serrated, then the force you apply will be greatly reduced. This is because the distance will reduce and the serrations act as hooks.

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.