Using the right tool for the job when doing food prep is essential to getting things ready quickly and precisely. If you know your way around a kitchen or are interested in breaking down your own meat, a good boning knife is key. We researched some of the best options available to help you narrow down which is the best one for you. Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features to keep in mind.
Length: This is the length of the blade. Overall knife lengths vary but the blade is the most important part so we wanted to include it. Almost all of these have a 6-inch blade, though there are exceptions in either direction.
Blade Material: All of these blades are made of some sort of steel, but there are some variations. Japanese and German stainless steel are both popular as is high-carbon steel. All of these are great choices capable of holding a good edge.
Dishwasher Safe: Some of these are dishwasher safe but most of the manufacturers recommend handwashing. Dishwashers can be tough on cutlery so the best way to make sure the blade stays intact is to hand wash it.
Handle Material: Whether you’re looking for a PakkaWood, steel, rubber, or plastic handle, you’ll find it here. Make sure whatever material you choose offers a good, solid grip. This gives you more control and is safer when you’re working.
Style: These knives come in 2 styles: straight and curved. This is really your personal preference. Some people think a curved blade is more precise and provides the user more control. Others prefer straight blades for the same reasons.
Warranty: A lot of these knives come with a lifetime warranty, which is really great. Make sure you know what’s covered and what isn’t and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for care so you don’t void the warranty unintentionally.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s move into our boning knife reviews. Here, you’ll find everything from a simple knife for your kitchen to a professional boning knife. If you’re in a hurry, start at the top of the list with our top and budget picks so you can check them out even if you don’t have a lot of time. Ready for the next part of our boning knife buying guide? Let’s go!