Eating a delicious cut of meat is a joy for carnivores, but even the least squeamish among them may not enjoy the grisly process of cutting steak, chicken or pork away from the bone. But a dedicated boning knife can help make all the difference.
Boning knives generally have a straight edge and a razor-sharp point for piercing tough skin. They have a thin and flexible blade that can be easily maneuvered around the meat and bones without destroying the cut. Indeed, a good boning knife will allow you to remove unwanted bones and cartilage and keep the rest of your filet intact.
As with any knife, to pick a good one, you need to pay special attention to the material used and the overall construction of the blade. Unfortunately, there are some knives on the market that are about as useful as the pile of bones they’re intended to remove. To help you cut through the duds, we’ve selected four of the best boning knives that will help you slice with precision.
1. Dalstrong Boning Knife
Dalstrong’s boning knife is, quite simply, a cut above the rest. Forged from a single piece of high carbon Japanese steel, the 6-inch full-tang blade has been honed by master craftsmen to 13-15 degrees and nitrogen cooled for added durability. The material scored 58 on the Rockwell hardness scale, which means it’s strong yet flexible and will hold its scalpel-like edge for longer. The narrow blade effortlessly glides along bones to cleanly separate meat, sinew, fat and muscle. It’s also fitted with a traditional hand-polished pakkawood handle that tucks into your palm for safe and comfortable cutting.
2. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Boning Knife
This 5.5-inch blade is forged from a single piece of Zwilling’s Special Formula high-carbon no-stain steel. It features a laser-controlled edge for supreme sharpness and durability. If that wasn’t enough, each blade also goes through a special ice-hardening process called Friodur. This changes the molecular structure of the steel and drastically improves its cutting capabilities. In short, the blade will stay sharper for longer. The curved bolster delivers precise control, while the polymer handle provides a comfortable grip for easy handling.
3. Mercer Flexible Boning Knife
Mercer’s 6-inch boning knife helps you carve meats in the utmost comfort. Crafted from high carbon forged steel from Germany, the full tang blade has a taper-ground edge for added stability and increased efficiency. On top of that, the ergonomically designed Santoprene handle allows you to cut away all day with no wrist fatigue. The knife has a Rockwell Hardness Scale rating 58 which means it’ll hold its edge for long-lasting sharpness.
4. Victorinox Curved Boning Knife
Handcrafted by the knife experts at Victorinox, this 6-inch boning knife features a lightweight stainless steel blade with a curved edge. This means you can smoothly cut around intricate bones in more delicate cuts of meat. The ergonomic Fibrox Prod handle is non-slip, so you’ll have a tight grip even when it’s wet, and the knife is nicely balanced between handle and blade. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe.