So all the members of your favorite group text are vaccinated and you’re reuniting with an indoors, mask free gathering? Congrats! Welcome to the start of your post-pandemic life. Did you get new hand towels? How about some nice wine glasses? All of these things would be good to have for your guests but you’ll probably want to also service some food. Consider setting up a fancy snack spread on a nice cheese board and to go with that charcuterie, you’ll also need some good cheese knives.
What’s a good cheese knife? Well, that depends. Some prefer the ones with the short, stubby handles because they’re compact, and therefore take up less drawer space. Others like longer handles, so you can use them like you’d use traditional utensils. And if you’d rather keep it simple, you can get one knife to do it all.
From fancy Italian cheese knives to a set made for Instagram, read on for our favorites.
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The One You Can Use On More Than Just Cheese
Sure, you can use a regular knife to slice your fruit and meats, but if you’re feeling really lazy or just short on kitchen space, this handy all-in-one can cut nearly everything that belongs on a charcuterie plate. Reviewers praise its ability to not only handle delicate produce like tomatoes but also stickier soft cheeses like Brie, with relative ease.
The Classic Starter Set
Apparently the knife that’s curved is made for spreading cheese while the two rectangular ones are for slicing and spreading. Do you need to follow those rules? Not really, but it’s nice to have options. This set, besides including your basic knives, also includes some tiny forks and spoons for your guests so they don’t need to use their fingers.
The Heavy Duty Set, From A Company That Loves Cheese
Boksa was founded near Gouda over a 100 years ago, so you could say they know their way around a cheese wheel. This set, with its longer handles, looks more like traditional cutlery and handles that way too - they’ll feel nice and secure in your hands as you slice through that hunk of Parm. Made from stainless steel, they’re so durable that the brand even offers a 10-year guarantee.
The Sleek, Futuristic Set
If stainless steel isn’t your speed, this matte black set from Boksa is pretty striking too. It has four knives, ranging from one that’s ideal for hard Parm and going all the way to a spreader, which is ideal for super soft cheeses.
If You’re The Type To Lose Stuff
In case you toss your knives into a random drawer, you can at least keep your cheese knives tidy with this set. The magnetic block is tiny and lets you reattach your utensils when not in use.
If You’re The Type To Live Surrounded By Color
Minimalist? Never. For when stainless steel feels too austere and frankly, boring, that’s where these colorful knives come in. Add a crystal cheese board and you have the makings of a photo-ready spread.
If You Only Like A Little Bit Of Color
Should you prefer soothing shades of green and tan instead of bright yellow and orange, this is the one for you.
Rustic, Slightly Imperfect Knives
Hammered black handles give these knives a sense of human imperfection -- it’s like actual hands touched the forging process. And while that might not be a factual statement, this set is definitely the type that’d match a wood cheese board.
The Very Fancy Set
Yes, these are pricey but if you’re looking to get someone a very nice gift, you can’t go wrong with this set. Made in Tuscany, they’re forged in a factory that’s been around for over a century and they also come presented in an elegant box.
An Inexpensive, Highly Reviewed Set
Reviewers love this set from Bed, Bath, and Beyond for a few reasons: it’s affordable, feels nice and heavy in the hand, and it’s super sharp. One person even likes to load up on them for Christmas gifts, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for the cheese lover in your life.
A Set That’s Made For The After-Pandemic Times
Everyone says we’re heading into our version of the Roaring 20s, which means an explosion of excess. You might as well apply that train of thought to your cheese plate as well.
A Set That Will Make Your Friends Think You Have Your Life Together
So what if you can’t cook and all of your dirty clothes are shoved away in your bedroom? You can pretend to be an accomplished host by getting some nice cheeses and meats before showing them off with this knife set plus the matching cheese board.