Recommendation? Looking for a decent steak knife set

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Hey all. This is my first post in this section of BF. I've been looking for a set of steak knives and I was hoping for some advice/suggestions. Any input is appreciated.

Plain, non-serrated edges are a MUST. The Kamikoto set I have linked below is a good example of what I am looking for from both an aesthetic and functional point of view. However, I am skeptical about buying from that brand. There is too much misrepresentation, aggressive advertising, and people claiming they've been scammed. Anyone have an opinion on them?

https://kamikoto.com/collections/store/products/steak-knife-set

As for the most important question, if Kamikoto is indeed an overpriced scam, does anyone know of any sets that look like this and have non-serrated edges, from a more reputable manufacturer?

Thanks!
 
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I know it's not the same style but I really like the Wusthofs I picked up. My wife was really impressed using them. I really didn't shop around much for steak knives. I got a set to match the knife block set I purchased, Ikon Classic. I did look into what knife block set to buy and with everything I read I decided on those. With that said after owning them I would buy them again, we both like how substantial they feel in the hand.

Good luck with the decision and please post what you purchase.
 
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I second the wusthof ikon classic, have a set of those and they are great!
 

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My problem with the Wüsthof Classic line is the bolster, that goes down all the way to the edge - that's a problem when sharpening. For that matter I would prefer their Ikon lines, where the bolster is shorter; however, they are more expensive. With that being so, if my budget was a little shorter, I would go with the Zwilling Pro line instead. In theory they are about one point softer than the Wüsthof Classic and Ikon (HRC 57 instead of 58) but they have a shorter bolster. And both the Zwilling Pro and Wüsthof Classic sport the same traditional French style handle.
 
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Thanks for all the replies so far! I've been looking into your suggestions. The Wüsthof Ikon looks really good and it'll definitely be on the short list once I feel like I've looked around enough. L LUW , I agree with you completely about the Wüsthof Classic. Like you, I also much prefer knives with an edge that is "accessible" all the way through to make sharpening more convenient/effective.
 
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The bolster is one of the main reason I went with the ikon series. I have a wicked edge and plan to sharpe my self. I also saw the red logo on the handles of the regular classics come off, seems it's a sticker. One advantage of the regular classic is that they have more knives in the series, could be helpful if matching matters.
 

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I have a set of Bradford steak knives and they are excellent! I would highly recommend them.
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Excellent thread! Thank you very much everyone!

That said, $300 to $350 for a very good set of 4 steak knives...is that about right? Thanks.
 
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I appreciate the replies from everyone! I have narrowed it down to the Wüsthof Ikon and the Shun Classic Steak for now.
 
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Hello, J jencarlos . I am a fairly new member here. From the Kamikoto steak knife set you linked in the OP, I am going to guess that you are looking for a set of Japanese-style steak knives. Must they have wa-handles, though? I don't know what your budget is, but if you don't mind western-style handles, here's something that you might consider:

https://www.cutleryandmore.com/toji...MI1Kj2_q_H7AIVBaSzCh2lZghREAQYASABEgIwFfD_BwE

Seems to be of decent quality and appears to have many favorable reviews and well-liked by those who seek high performance-to-cost ratio. I haven't had any firsthand experience with Tojiro DP line of cutlery, but I did order this a couple of days ago:

https://www.cutleryandmore.com/tojiro-dp/nakiri-knife-p113707

Something tells me that I think I will be pleased with its performance.
 
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I am a grandfather so I need lots of steak knives for family get togethers. I have 12 old Chicago Cutlery knives that I keep sharp with a Work Sharp. I have the old wood handles oiled with mineral oil. They kind of look like this without a stamp on the blade.
https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Cutl...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0000BYEJ4

This picture looks better with the nicer rounded walnut handles and not the big stamps on the blades.
 
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K -Kiku- , thanks for the suggestion! Tojiro makes a good product from what I've heard. As for handles, wa-handles are appealing to me because of the lack of visible attachment points (no studs). However, it certainly isn't a dealbreaker if a knife doesn't have them. This is why I am considering the Wüsthof Ikon. The most important thing is quality construction, longevity, and then design (the edge being "accessible" all the way through is the most important design feature). "Japanese-style" as you put it has unfortunately become a loosely-defined term. Some use it to refer to the handle style and some use it to refer to the non-serrated blade (most "Western" steak knives are serrated). Some even use it to refer to both traits, or something else entirely. Phil Indablanc Phil Indablanc , those Bradford knives are amazing but probably out of my price range I think. M390 is probably overkill in a steak knife, but those things are surely tanks.
 
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