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Cheese Knives Guide: The Best Cheese Knife for Every Situation

by Justin Christianson December 07, 2022 3 min read

Hand picking up cracker from charcuterie board with grapes and variety of artisan Wisconsin cheese packages.

Check out Cheese Brothers’ new cheese knife guide to find out the types of cheese knives you need to enjoy a wide variety of cheeses with different flavors and textures. 

A Cut Above

When you build your charcuterie platter, it’s essential to include the right knives to optimize the experience for your guests. Specific knives are used for different types of cheese to make it easier to cut portions. Having several knives on the platter also prevents cross-contamination. No one’s taste buds want to run the risk of mixing the pungent flavors of blue cheese with cheddar. 

Any home cook’s best kitchen tools are a set of quality knives. Sharp knives cause less damage to food when it is cut. They also prevent injuries. While you don’t have to worry about keeping your cheese knives sharp, having the right blades for the cheeses you are serving can improve the snacking experience. Cheese knives make special gifts for charcuterie lovers on your Christmas list.

As part of our cheese knife guide, here are the three main cheese knives you need to have in your arsenal.

  1. Soft Cheese Knife.A soft cheese knife features a perforated blade. The holes in the blade help minimize the space for the cheese to stick to the knife, and the sharp blade makes slicing easy. It’s primarily used for soft and semi-soft cheese such as brie or Camembert.
  2. Small Cleaver.A small cleaver is ideal for hard cheeses like cheddar or provolone. The knife features a rectangular blade and sharp edge to make it easier to slice firm cheese. We offer a number of different varieties of cheddar to appeal to various palates. Some of our top sellers are Green Onion Cheddar, Smoked Gouda with Bacon and Smoked Cheddar. Customers who like a little kick will enjoy our Horseradish Cheddar.
  3. Pronged Knife.A pronged knife has a narrow blade and a pronged tip. It is a multi-purpose knife designed to slice and pick up cheese and is a good option for semi-soft to hard cheeses, such as gouda or Muenster. The prong on the knife makes it easier for guests to serve themselves at a party. Cheese Brothers has several unique goudas, including a limited edition Smoked Bacon Gouda and a Spicy Gouda.

Nice Add-Ons

If you want to expand your repertoire of knives, there are other options to add to your collection. Here are a few to consider.

Flat Blade Knife. A flat-blade knife is designed to make vertical cuts in cheese. It’s a good option for semi-soft and hard cheeses, particularly aged cheddar. It can make clean slices or chunks, depending on the type of cheese. We suggest adding it to a cheese board with Havarti, Gruyere, or our rich 15-year Aged Cheddar, which has a firm and occasionally crumbly texture.

Spreader.The spreader is perfect for soft, creamy cheeses. And just like its name suggests, a spreader is the best tool for spreading cheese on crackers. We like to use it with goat cheese or Boursin.

Spade Knife.A spade knife has a pointed end that’s good for chunking off bites of hard cheese, such as Parmesan. 

Cheese Wire.If you want to pre-slice the cheese on your charcuterie platter, a cheese wire gets the job done easily. Featuring an easy-to-grip handle and fine wire for slicing semi-soft and semi-hard cheeses, such as our Rhapsody cheese, which is rich, nutty, and slightly sweet. Rhapsody tastes delicious accompanied by a glass of dry red wine.

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Justin Christianson
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