1. Global GSF-4023 Steak Knives
These Japanese high-carbon stainless-steel blades feature steep edges with what we imagine is the sharpness of a samurai sword.
Global GSF-4023 Steak Knives, $220 for a set of 4 at cutleryandmore.com; 800/650-9866
2. Wusthof Classic Ikon Steak Knives
Like many fine Western models, Germany’s Wusthof Classic Ikon Steak Knives have full-tang blades, meaning they extend into the handle for durability and sturdiness; their razor-thin blades make extra-clean cuts.
Wusthof Classic Ikon Steak Knives, $290 for a set of 4 at swissknifeshop.com; 866/438-7417
3. Shun Shima Steak Knives
Named after Tokyo’s famed Shima Steakhouse, these elegant knives feature acutely angled edges for maximum sharpness and inlaid ebony handles contoured for balance and comfort.
Shun Shima Steak Knives, $200 for a set of 4 at williams-sonoma.com; 877/812-6235
4. Chicago Cutlery Steak House Knives
We love the heft and classic looks of these knives’ walnut handles and wide serrated blades.
Chicago Cutlery Steak House Knives, $27 for a set of 4 at knife-depot.com; 800/248-1987
5. Laguiole Steak Knives
Inspired by 19th-century French shepherds’ folding blades, Laguiole knives come with handles in an array of colors to brighten our table.
Laguiole Steak Knives, $59 for a set of 4 at westelm.com; 888/922-4119
6. J.A. Henckels International Classic Forged Steak Knives
Fine, thin blades end in sharp points that we found excellent for skewering.
J.A. Henckels International Classic Forged Steak Knives, $100 for a set of 4 at zwillingonline.com; 212/563-5990