Best Carving Knife for Meat

When you’re looking for a carving knife set, there are a couple things to keep an eye out for. One should be the length of the blade.  The knives on this list range from 8” to 12”.  There are advantages to any length (shorter or longer), and we’ll get into them individually as we go along the list.   We will do our best to define a few unique terms used regarding knives such as full-tang, hollow ground blade, etc.  Our hope is to build your knowledge and understanding so you can make the best decision for your use.
 
Another consideration should be the handle. The handle is a very important part of the knife, because of comfort and control.  Carving knives are notoriously sharp, and being comfortable and having control over your knife is crucial.  Most are triple-riveted, meaning there are three rivets holding the handle to the blade.
 
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Product Features
Prodigy Carving Set
  • 2-piece set
  • 12” carbon stainless steel knife blade
  • Carbon stainless steel full tang fork, triple riveted handle
  • Hollow ground blade
DALSTRONG Carving Knife & Fork Set
  • 4-piece set
  • 9” high carbon german steel knife blade
  • Full tang / triple riveted
  • Fork and honing rod
  • Wood handle
  • Blade cover
Cangshan Carving Set
  • 2-piece set
  • 9” knife blade
  • Full tang / triple riveted
Top Chef Carving Set
  • 2-piece set
  • 8” stainless steel knife blade
 
  • 2-piece set
  • 12” carbon stainless steel knife blade
  • Carbon stainless steel full tang fork, triple riveted handle
  • Hollow ground blade
The Prodigy carving knife set comes with a 12” hollow-ground carbon stainless steel blade, and a fork made of the same material. This is the longest knife blade on this list, which many users find advantageous. The additional length give you more versatility, as there isn’t a job these can’t handle. The only cause for concern is that you may lose some control on smaller jobs because of the extra few inches of blade.
 
Let’s discuss the high carbon steel.  High carbon steel is the strongest material for knives.  It also means that the edge is retained better, therefore requiring less maintenance.  It should also be noted that high carbon steel knives should always be hand-washed and hand-dried to prevent any rust.  Hollow ground blade means a symmetric, concave surface which translate to a sharper blade.
 
The handle to the carving knife is made from patented textured rubber-like material. And the handle for the fork is made of a hard plastic that is triple-riveted.
 
Although this carving knife set does not come with a case, it would be recommended to consider a knife protector for storage.  It’s a small price for the protection of your knife investment.
 
This set is high quality and is supremely sharp.  You’re getting an impressively sharp knife and a perfect addition to your knife collection.
 

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  • 4-piece set
  • 9” high carbon german steel knife blade
  • Full tang / triple riveted
  • Fork and honing rod
  • Wood handle
  • Blade cover
The Dalstrong 4-piece knife set comes complete with a 9” carving knife with a blade cover, a fork, and a honing rod. The higher price is in part due to the additional pieces, but also due to the supreme quality. Dalstrong knives are constructed from high-carbon German steel. This knife hits every must-have requirement when looking for a long lasting, durable knife. It has a full-tang for maximum strength, a durable pakkawood handle, and is triple riveted for extra durability.  Pakkawood is an engineered wood often used in knife-making due to its durability of repeated use and being waterproof.  It gives you the feel and look of genuine wood.
 
Some items to note:  full-tang means one piece of material from tip through the handle, making a strong, durable knife.  The honing rod is an instrument used to sharpen your knives.  It is certainly a benefit to have one on hand, especially if you use your knives often.
 
The additional pieces are made from the same durable steel, with high quality handles.
 

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  • 2-piece set
  • 9” knife blade
  • Full tang / triple riveted
  • White
The Cangshan 2-piece carving knife set come with a 9” high-carbon steel knife blade and a 11” fork to accompany it. Cangshan’s carving set has a patent pending design that focuses heavily on ergonomic handles. If you’re looking for maximum comfort over anything else, these may be the knives for you.
 
The carving knife is a full tang, triple riveted design that comes with a white handle, making these knives very aesthetically pleasing.
 
Although they look unique and may be comfortable, for the price, I would suggest considering the Dalstrongs. For a little extra money, you get two extra pieces (a honing rod and knife sheath), as well as higher quality knives. The Cangshan’s will more than likely not last as long as the Dalstrongs, but if color and handle design is important to you they are definitely a viable option.
 

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  • 2-piece set
  • 8” stainless steel knife blade
The Top Chef 2-piece carving knife set is the ultra value option on this list. The 8” knife blade is made from stainless steel and is about a ¾ tang knife. The handles aren’t textured and are made of plastic. They aren’t anything fancy, but it does a great job for the price.
 
Despite not being full tang and priced affordably, this carving knife is well-balanced, and the fork will definitely get the job done. If you’re in need of a carving knife but can’t justify the cost, or need a carver for a few gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is a perfect starter set.
 

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Conclusion

In conclusion, we stand firmly behind the Dalstrongs as the best option on this list. For the price, you won’t get a better carving set.  It hits all the requirements we look for in a knife. 
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Brian Canada

Brian Canada

Founder and creator of Big Grillin. Since early adulthood, Brian has enjoyed grilling and smoking a variety of foods. Brian’s mission is to share his grilling knowledge and help others enjoy grilling as much as he does.

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