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Who here brings their knife out for dinner?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by danbot, Sep 1, 2017.

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  1. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Restaurant knives suck!
    Whenever I go out to a nicer type restaurant, especially a steakhouse, I always bring my own knife. Not my EDC, but a favorite that I enjoy eating with.

    This has been my go to restaurant dinner knife for years now.
    You don't need serrations to cut steak!
    Anybody else make a habit of doing this?
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  2. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    Nope. The provided cutlery has never been so bad I felt a need to use my own.
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  3. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    Not me. Blue and silver always makes for a great-looking knife, though.
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  4. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    I won't go to a restaurant that serves steak you can't cut with a spoon.
  5. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Maybe I'm going to the wrong places.:oops:
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  6. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    Or just looking for excuses to use your knives. That sentiment I can understand. :) My coworkers had never seen anyone so happy to come across some cardboard boxes until they met me. :)
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  7. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    That definitely could be the case!
  8. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    I mean, I always bring a knife with me out to dinner. Unless I'm eating at the local fascist, no-knife-through-our-doors restaurant. But I don't tend to frequent that place. Service is subpar.

    That said, I have not found need to whip it out for public steak cutting too often, if ever. But hell yeah, it cones along.
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  9. xyrium


    Jun 5, 2016
    I haven't, but I'd definitely consider some of the AL Mar offerings for this. The Eagle Classic would be great in this role.
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  10. Final Option

    Final Option Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    Just curious when you have steak at home do you use a steak knife or use your Case (beautiful)? I always have a knife or two on me, however the restaurants I eat at always provide decent cutting knives and tender steak. That said I understand using your knife because I do not care for serrated steak knives.
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  11. NapalmCheese


    Aug 24, 2006
    I find that the nicer type restaurants I go to provide appropriate and (at the very least) adequate silverware for whatever I happen to be eating. Not to mention that by using your own knife at these nicer type restaurants you're effectively saying "your silverware is so cheap and crappy that I'm forced into using my pocket knife", which I'm sure any nicer type restaurant would disagree with and be offended by.

    Go tell the chef at your nearest Morton's you just assumed his (or her) silverware was going to be inadequate so you decided to use your pocket knife instead and see what the reaction is.

    Of course if by 'nicer type restaurant' you mean Outback Steakhouse, go head, maybe it'll keep the screaming kid in the booth behind you enthralled long enough that you might be able to get through a drink without covering your ears.
  12. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    At home I will occasionally use the Case (Texas Toothpick), but I have a set of plain edge steak knives that I usually use.
  13. BladeCommander


    Nov 13, 2012
    I have used my knife to cut food at restaurants many times. I do not frequent high end steakhouses, so the steaks I order (ocasionally) are accompanied by serrated butter knives. I have been carrying a traditional folder as a dedicated food knife for several months now. It is usually used for fruit, but will not hesitate to use it at restaurants if the opportunity arises.

    I don't see a problem with using by nice, perfectly legal, sharp knife that I carry to cut things with in a restaurant that offers poor cutlery options. In Texas I usually don't get any looks and have never had a negative comment. Cleanliness is not a factor now that I have a backup knife dedicated to food items. No packing tape residue with my meal, thank you!
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  14. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Ya, I'm just talking about the "nicer" (to me) chain type places. I might not do that at a real fancy place. But I don't make a show of it. Usually it's not even noticed.
  15. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Don't feed the Trolls Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Doesn't everyone carry one of these...
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  16. danbot

    danbot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    ^^ Now that's a steak knife!:)
  17. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I don't order steak when I'm dining out. I do it far better at home and use one of my Garrison utility knives to dissect.
    Generally at a restaurant I'll order something funky that is just a PITA to make myself at home.
    But if the need arises, there's always something in my right pocket that cuts. ;)
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  18. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    I don't often eat steak. It's not one of my favorite foods. I have used a pocket knife to cut steak once - Vic Pioneer. It was, in fact, a nice steak restaurant and not inexpensive. But the knives they provided were crap, and my SAK is a razor. It made nice perfect slices. The waiter chuckled at it and I mentioned if they had sharp knives, I wouldn't need it.

    When I eat out, it is usually at casual dining establishments. Some would be better described as bars with a very good kitchen. One of my favorites provides plastic utensils in the little sealed plastic packets. No problem when eating a burger, but they serve these wonderful really large onion rings. Those work much better when sliced up, rather than biting into it and having the onion pull out of the breading, leaving you with half an onion hanging out of your mouth and an empty breading in your hand. I have used a pocket knife several times for that purpose, to very good effect. Usually a Case Stockman or Trapper. I suppose I could just ask the waitperson for a sharp knife, but why would I need to do that when I *have* a sharp knife?

    So yeah, I see nothing wrong with it. Heck, Shun/KAI even sell two different models of folding, locking "personal steak knives" so it's not like it's unheard of (which @Hackenslash posted a pic of while I was composing this post).

    At home I have a number of good, sharp knives in the kitchen which I use for all food tasks. No need for a pocket knife.
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  19. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I often use my EDC to cut my dinner at home because whatever's in my pocket is always better than out cheap pos steak knives.
    I don't often eat out at fancy places, and the last time I ate somewhere I could get a steak was Applebee's on Saturday when I had chicken and shrimp on one of those hot skillets that I'm not to to grind my edge down on.

    I do agree though that restaurant cutlery sucks.
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  20. GermanyChris


    Feb 18, 2015
    If I pulled out my knife to cut my food in a restaurant with my wife around I'd be dining alone with no need to go home for a couple days
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