The 10 Best Cheese Knife Sets for Hard and Soft Cheeses

CHeeses knife sets that do a great job with both hard and soft cheese.

Great Cheese Knives Work Well With Both Hard and Soft Cheeses, So You Can Gain Weight Effortlessly.

Look, I like knives, but I also like cheese. In fact consuming both hard and soft cheese on a regular basis is my favorite way to gain weight. If I knew much more about cheese beyond what I read on the internet one day when I was trying to improve my grilled cheese game, I would be writing a cheese blog right now. But since I’m still more likely to point out that having Aus-8 steel knives with good heat treatment is better than having slipshod VG-10 than I am to know what the hell wine I should pair with taleggio, we’re gonna talk about cheese knives. Also, grilled cheese is still the only crackerless cheese dish I know how to make.

There’s a quick guide to types of cheese knives at the bottom of this blog if you’re like me before researching this stuff and don’t know what the hell that prong-y thing is for. Otherwise, we can get this cheese party started.

 

Swissmar 3 Piece Set

The Swissmar set is surable and versatile.

 

Includes:

  • 9.5” Slicer
  • 8.9” Plane
  • 7.75” Cleaver

Cheese Type:

  • Good for hard and semi-hard cheese
  • Okay for soft cheese

Price level: $$

Swissmar is the Canadian company of kitchen trinket madness, as anyone who’s looked at the Hephaestian puzzle that is the Raclette probably knows. Most of their best products are made so that people who don’t know how to cook can pretend to cook better, which I appreciate, but there’s only so far you can go in that direction with a cheese knife set. I think that’s why they made the blade of the slicer serrated. If you don’t know how to slice cheese for some reason you can use this slicer to hack semi-soft cheeses into submission.

Aside from that, though, this set is pretty free of gimmicks. The plane is probably the star of the group, but still a solid bunch to have for hard and soft cheeses. Be aware the handles are hollowed out, so these will be lighter than they look. Maybe that’s your thing, or maybe you like your kitchen knives with some heft. Personally, I consider a cheese knife to have done its job well enough once I hear the high pitched whine of my blood trying to squeeze through my tightening arteries.

 

 

Zwillings J.A. Henckel’s 3-Piece Set

This quality set from Henckels looks great and works well at home or a restaraunt.

Includes:

  • 5” Pronged knife
  • 5.5” Soft cheese slicer
  • 2.75” Parmesan knife

Cheese Type:

  • Good for hard, crumbly cheese
  • Great for soft cheese

Price level: $$$

This set is getting harder to find, and it’s usually half off when you do find it, which probably means it’s already discontinued and everyone is rushing to get it out of their stock. I’m not sure if Zwillings plans to come out with a new edition, but until they do this is one of the most reliable sets you can get. They’re a great design with long, contoured handles and curved necks so your knuckles don’t punch the counter when your cutting.

I’ve heard a few complaints about these not coming sharp enough out of the box. It’s possible that started happening after Zwillings switched to making them in their factory in China, but the overwhelming consensus is that this is one of the best sets out there (if you can find it). Especially since the price is usually down significantly from its original $150 price tag.

 

 

Jean Dubost Laguiole 3 Piece Set

This excellent cheese knife set ships with a wood block.

Includes:

  • 5.75” Spreader
  • 8.5” Cleaver
  • 9” Slicer

Cheese Type:

  • Good for hard, semi-hard, and soft cheese

Price level: $$

If I wanted to get fat like a frenchman, this is the way I’d go. Jean Duboste makes a halfway decent laguiole knife, and something about the feigned culture of using a french-made knife on cheese makes excessive cheese eating feel justified. This is by no means a top quality set, but it will live up to its looks by successfully cutting hard and semi-hard cheeses while you drink the wine you bought based on the illegible cursive font on the label, and make overconfident references to Robert Bresson movies to hide the fact that you fell asleep in the first ten minutes of A Man Escaped.

This set also comes in a gift box, which looks nice, but, like my knowledge of French cinema, probably won’t hold up to heavy use.

 

 

Joymee 4 Piece Set

This four peice cheese knife set includes a fork.

Includes:

  • 5.3” Serving fork
  • 5.3” Chisel
  • 5.3 Narrow plane knife
  • 5.4” Parmesan knife

Cheese Type:

  • Good for hard and soft cheese

Price level: $

I guess getting fat should be fun, and this set looks like it’s trying pretty hard to make it that way for us. Making every single tool in the set perforated certainly makes for a fun thought puzzle. I’m still trying to work out what good those will be on a parmesan knife. I’m also trying to work out why they call their parmesan knife a “curved spreader”. I think part of Joymee’s strategy here is to become so nonsensical as to make calories and depressive eating habits meaningless.

Despite having a suspiciously low price and the kind of aesthetic that makes you feel like there’s an overstimulated child shouting about gummy bears, this is a mostly good set. It’s the kind of thing I would order drunk or buy as a gift for someone who categorizes their flagrant use of hugs as a sign of their “warm personality”. Those handles are solid all the way through, though, so these will be pretty sturdy. And while those holes will make it a pain to clean every time, the set as a whole will function well enough to be worth the $10.

 

La Cote 4 Piece Set

This great cheese knife set from La COte includes a unique storage barrel.

Includes:

  • 5.3” Dual pronged fork
  • 5.3” Spreading utensil
  • 5.1” Chisel
  • 4.9” Parmesan knife
  • Pine wood barrel case

Cheese Type:

  • Okay for hard cheese
  • Good for soft and spreadable cheese

Price level: $

This set is more for display than anything, but I appreciate the style of it. The wine cork handles are, if we’re being honest, a stupid idea. It’s actually some kind of resin, but they’re going to feel weird, and probably make the blades feel loose when you use them. It’s the kind of thing you get for your wino friend so you can laugh about their drinking problem, but I don’t have any friends, so I would just be laughing about my drinking problem.

This set looks nice though. There’s no debate there. It also travels really well and acts as its own decoration wherever you take it. That’s really its big strength. It carries the feeling of a party with it, so even when you’re alone with your cheese and your drinking problem, and the only light source is the Full House marathon lulling you to sleep, the La Cote set will make it look almost like a wholesome social activity.

 

 

Wusthof Gourmet 4 piece set

The Wusthof Gourmet 4 peice set includes a great looking tray.

Includes:

  • 4.5” Hard cheese Knife
  • 5” Soft cheese knife
  • 4.75” Cheese plane
  • Bamboo cheese board

Cheese Type:

  • Great for hard, semi-hard, and soft cheese

Price level: $$$

Yeah, of course Wusthof makes amazing cheese knives. They’re like the BMW of kitchen knives in the sense that every uppity middle class house seems to get something from them when they start feeling insecure about middle age. Also they’re made in Germany. It’s that perfect combination of classy brand recognition and legitimately high quality equipment. Aside from looking good, Wusthof uses a solid carbon steel, and the grind on those blades is going to be spectacular.

That doesn’t mean I won’t be biting back tight-fisted rage while I cut out a piece of gouda with the high carbon slicer in this gourmet set, but it’s not because of the cheese knives. It’s because I’m probably sitting on a couch that cost more than my car, and no one cares about your Pomeranian’s new bed, Martha.

 

 

Boska Holland Mini Set

This mini set from Boska is small and prctical.

Includes:

  • Mini Parmesan knife
  • Mini slicer
  • Mini soft cheese knife
  • Mini spreader

Cheese Type:

  • Great for semi-hard and soft cheese

Price level: $

It’s a tiny cheese set for when you just want to eat tiny cheese.

I’m honestly not sure if this tiny set was made for more convenient storage in tiny cabinets, or as a tiny travel set, or to whip out during the holidays as a tiny conversation starter. Whatever the point is, though, it’s actually a great way to compromise with price and quality. Boska is an old company from Holland that’s been around the kitchen utensil world for centuries now, and they know cheese knives. In fact that’s pretty much the only kind of knife they make, and getting a full-sized set of their knives quadruples the price. This way you can get the quality of time-tested designs at a tiny price. The only problem is that this set isn’t really made for hard cheeses. You’ll have to stick to tiny rounds of soft and semi-hard cheeses.

 

 

Boska Holland 4 Piece Pro Collection

This premium set from Boska Holand is durable enough to last a life time.

Includes:

  • Parmesan knife
  • Spreading Knife
  • Cleaver
  • Pronged slicer

Cheese Type:

  • Good for hard and semi-hard cheese
  • Okay for soft cheese

Price level: $$

For those of us who are mostly normal sizes, there’s this not-mini-sized Boska set. This one comes with a normal sized cleaver and a pronged slicer, so there’s plenty of utility here for hard cheeses. Oddly enough, this set doesn’t seem put together for soft cheeses, aside from the spreader. The slicer is apparently pretty thin, but without the holes in the blade, it’s going to stick with a semi-soft cheese like mozzarella.

If you really want to get in on the semi-soft cheese world you’ll have to buy their perforated slicer separately. Otherwise, this set should be great with cheddar or brie on the hard cheese side, and you’ll be fine with spreadable cheeses like rochetta. Or cream cheese, if you’re like me 95% of the time, but that’s none of your business.

 

 

Bekith 4 Piece Travel Set with Wood Handles

This 4 peice wood handles set is perfect for both hard and soft chese.

Includes:

  • Dual pronged fork
  • Chisel
  • Spreader
  • Parmesan knife

Cheese Type:

  • Okay for hard cheese
  • Good for semi-hard and soft cheese

Price Level: $

Don’t let yourself be held back by the tyranny of household cheese knives. Cheese belongs everywhere. It belongs in your car and in your office. It belongs in the oil-stained, grime-encrusted stools in your garage, or the cold hard ground of your campsite, in the wilderness where no one will judge you for taking slices of pepper jack and wrapping them around regular Cheez-its because even though you like Cheez-its and you like pepper jack, somehow the official pepper jack-flavored Cheez-its just don’t really do it for you. We are humans and we were meant to eat cheeses wherever the hell we want. This travel set is the chisel that will break your chains.

Now go. Take this set outside and make the world your cheese table.

(Seriously, though. This travel set is unusually good for the price. Bekith makes a really practical design, and wood handles are pretty comfortable once you get used to the small size. You probably won’t find much better in the price range, and it would probably be fine to just use as your regular kitchen set.)

 

 

Lunar Premium 6-Piece Set

This Lunar Permium cheese knife set ships with a great black case.

Includes:

  • Pronged knife
  • Thin knife
  • Parmesan knife
  • Dual pronged fork
  • Chisel knife
  • Spreader

Cheese Type:

  • Good for all of them. All the cheeses.

Price Level: $

Lunar is not a premium brand where kitchenware is concerned. They make some gestures toward a sleek aesthetic and solid materials, but the truth is, there are only three things that make this set a better option over something like the Wusthof set:

  1. It has literally every kind of cheese utensil you’ll need,
  2. There are no design gimmicks interfering with functionality,
  3. It’s significantly more value considering the price.

This is the fast, one-size-fits-all option for when you don’t know what you’re doing. All you know is you have a bunch of people coming over for thanksgiving, so in a panic you bought every kind of cheese you found in the dairy aisle. You’re going to lay them all out on the cheese platter like you planned this whole thing, but really you’re just praying no one takes enough of an interest in the knives to ask where you got them, because you don’t want to admit that you bought the first thing that popped up on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Best Block Knife Sets Under $100 Comparison Chart
Knife SetRating 1-10
(Our Pick)
Picture
Swissmar 3 Piece Set
Full Review
6.5The Swissmar set is surable and versatile.
Zwillings J.A. Henckel’s 3-Piece Set
Full Review
 7This quality set from Henckels looks great and works well at home or a restaraunt.
Jean Dubost Laguiole 3 Piece Set
Full Review
6This excellent cheese knife set ships with a wood block.
Joymee 4 Piece Set
Full Review
6
(Budget Pick)
This four peice cheese knife set includes a fork.
La Cote 4 Piece Set
Full Review
 5.5This great cheese knife set from La COte includes a unique storage barrel.
Wusthof Gourmet 4 piece set
Full Review
 8.5The Wusthof Gourmet 4 peice set includes a great looking tray.
Boska Holland Mini Set
Full Review
 7This mini set from Boska is small and prctical.
Boska Holland 4 Piece Pro Collection
Full Review
 8This premium set from Boska Holand is durable enough to last a life time.
Bektith 4 Piece Travel Set with Wood Handles
Full Review
 7
(Bargain Pick)
This 4 peice wood handles set is perfect for both hard and soft chese.
Lunar Premium 6-Piece Set
Full Review
 9
(Top Pick)
This Lunar Permium cheese knife set ships with a great black case.

 

Cheese Knife Types and What They Are Used For

Cheese Knife Types and What They Are Used For

Basically there are knives to deal with soft cheese, semi-soft, semi-hard cheese, and hard cheese. A general rule of thumb is that the more blade you see on a knife the harder the cheese it was designed to slice. Better people than me have explained how to use cheese knives, but in the interest of educating the masses here’s a quick run down of the kinds of knives that show up in the sets of this shameless listicle:

Pronged knife: A slicer with two prongs at the tip for picking up cut pieces and breaking of blocks. Usually these are for semi-hard cheeses, but can be versatile if they’re sharp and well made.

Perforated Knife: Usually a slicer with holes punched in the blade. This is to keep semi-soft cheeses from sticking to the side and tearing.

Cleavers: A big damn block of blade for cutting hard cheese.

Chisel knife: A flat wide blade used for hard cheeses when you want your portions to be gigantic.

Parmesan knife: Blade with a big belly, meant to symbolize your own future big belly and also for breaking up hard cheeses. Like parmesan.

Spreader: Basically a butter knife only for cheese instead of butter. Usually these will be short and fat for spreading very soft cheeses. Also you could probably use it for butter.

Plane: Looks like a flat shovel with an open slot near the base. Used for shaving thin slices off hard and semi-hard cheese.

Forks: Usually two big prongs on a handle. It’s for serving and holding large blocks of cheese while you cut, or breaking up harder cheeses.

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2018-10-30T23:10:46+00:00

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