Carving knives

One of the ‘glamor’ knives, thanks to its starring role in proceedings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Carving knives have a blade that’s sharp, fine and very long – specially designed to allow thin, precise slicing of meats.

It may not get the most use of all the knives in your kitchen, but the carving knife is one that you’ll want to be decent quality, and that you’ve made sure is sharp and honed before you use it. After all, carving a roast is as much theatre as it is cooking – you don’t want your knife to let you down.

The blade can be anything between eight and 15 inches long, so make sure you get one that feels comfortable in your hand.

Recommended carving knives

Victorinox Swiss Army 12 inch Fibrox Pro Slicing Knife with Granton Blade

Razor-sharp and designed for maximum cutting performance, this knife will make very short work of any meat that’s the centerpiece of a ceremonial meal.

As high-tech as any ‘analog’ knife can be, the Granton blade has dimples on both sides of the blade, which creates pockets of air to prevent food from sticking to the blade.

Less friction gives neater and therefore more impressive cuts, often in a single stroke, so the turkey doesn’t look as if it’s been shredded by the time it arrives on plates.

Roasts, hams and fish are also giving the shortest of shrifts. The lightweight, durable handle gives a comfortable, secure grip.

Amazon buyer rating 4.8/5


Mercer Culinary Genesis 10-Inch Forged Carving Knife

Stunning in its graceful, simple design, this has an ergonomic handle offering superior comfort and is able to withstand the hottest and coldest temperatures.

With a high carbon content, the German blade fights rust, corrosion and discoloration.

The edge is stable, easy to hone and gives increased efficiency when cutting and chopping, while the bolster provides for superior balance and added strength.

Giving a professional, elegant touch to any home kitchen or dinner party, its 10.7-ounce weight will not leave the carver in too much agony to enjoy his or her meal.

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Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set

To add the finishing touch to the classic carve-the-bird-at-the-table scenario, many carving knives will come with a matching fork.

Take this little two-piece of a 6-inch carving fork and 8-inch hollow edge carving knife, which is perfect for helping to keep the turkey, ham or roast stable while you’re slicing into it.

Triple rivets afford strength and balance, both useful when you’re trying to ensure that the bird doesn’t fly off the plate and into a convenient lap.

The German knife has a weighted bolster with a precision blade forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel for maximum hardness.

Amazon buyer rating 5/5