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    Very specific steak knife search: Seeking advice/suggestions

    I've been on the hunt for a while now for an amazing steak knife, and not constrained by needing a large set, I'd be happy with ideally just two to no more than four at most. I thought to ask here for any advice or suggestions here before dumping $300 on top shelf Wusthof knives, since I can likely do better if I'm a bit more patient. I dug thru the last 10 pages here, in case something relevant was already available.

    I only have two very specific requirements and a few preferences.

    1) No serrations at all. I want something I can sharpen myself at home, for the rest of my life, without needing anything more than my Edgepro.

    2) Extremely high quality (buy it once and done, cry once sorta thing) sleek design.

    I'm not a fan of bonded handles with large logo's, which is what turns me off of even the finer German bonded style knives. And ideally, what I end up with would be very simple, sleek, and extremely well made. Not looking for the big monstrous steak house designs. Actually, I'd even be more inclined to buy something having a stainless steel handle, similar to the Global style steak knives, but without the perforated textured holes for grips on the handles and hopefully a level of quality equal or far exceeding that of the Globals. My problem is, my lengthy search has only turned up serrated or half serrated knives in that realm, and the others look unfortunately cheap and shoddy. I'd prefer high quality solid stainless steel construction.

    Ideally, it would just be a simple, sleek, non-serrated, very high quality steak knife (doesn't have to be a large set) that has a solid spine (not like the French Laguiole folding knife appearance) that wouldn't be too visually jarring next to a nice set of flatware. I'm open to any suggestions, even if they are custom knives that would function as a steak knife well. Ideally, under $350 or so if possible. I'd certainly entertain putting a slightly higher budget towards two or three fine custom or hand made knives that would look and function well as steak knives.

    Thank you for any help!

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    Look at Butch Harner's steak knives, I think they might be exactly what you're looking for...



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    I was just about to suggest the same thing ^^^^
    Having had the opportunity to handle these guys (the 4 on the right), this would be my choice if I were on the market. And with the profile of his steak knife, they're kind off multi-functional too


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    I wondered if Iittala made one, but can't find any. Found this one whilst googling. No idea what kind of steel it is, but it seems to fit with your all SS, sleek design requirement maybe?

    http://www.allmodern.com/mono-Mono-A...3-MOG1052.html

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    LOL! While I haven't handled them personally, they're on my short list of next knives to buy! I've been admiring them for a while

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    I'm not sure how much the Harner's run, but if you are willing to get only a couple, it might keep the price fairly reasonable. I just think I would have a hard time cutting on a plate with them and feeling ok about it. That is the main drawback to good steak knives: you have ignore, unlearn or whatever the idea of cutting on hard surfaces.

    I have a Forge de Laguiole set that I love (pictured below). Beware as there are a boatload of crap knives labeled as laguiole. The good sets of six will run $500-800, and there are only a handful of good producers.

    I also thought the Podforge pairing knives looked to be well shaped for a steak knife and they aren't too expensive, but some makers here could probably match that price here. I have never tried their knives before.

    My dream steak knives would be to have the Pendray wootz utility knives as a set, but at $400 a piece that won't be happening any time soon.

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    The bevel on those Podforge's make me queasy

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