Best Utility Knife

Several carrots with green stems next to a sharp utility knife and a pile of small potatoesBest Utility Knife 

  1. Shogun Series 6" Utility Knife
  2. Crusader Series 5.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF Certified
  3. Crusader Series 6" Utility Knife - NSF Certified
  4. Omega Series 5.5" Utility Knife
  5. Phantom Series 5" Utility Knife
  6. Shadow Black Series - 6.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF Certified
  7. Shadow Black Series 5.5" Utility Knife - NSF Certified
  8. Shogun Series X 6" Ultimate Utility & Sandwich Knife
  9. Gladiator Series 6" Serrated Sandwich, Deli & Utility Knife
  10. Shogun Series 6" Serrated Utility Knife
Green vegetables on a wooden surface next to a sharp stainless steel utility knife

What We’ll Cover In This Article

  1. Why You Need A Good Utility Knife
  2. What To Look For In A Utility Knife
  3. The Best Utility Knives
  4. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why You Need A Good Utility Knife

Serrated utility knife on a dark wooden surface next to a wrapped sandwich

Gladiator Series 6" Serrated Sandwich, Deli & Utility Knife

Once you’ve made it past the early stages of your evolution as a cook, certain truths become all too apparent. It’s like being able to see the Matrix for the first time: all these things you’ve been doing wrong for years become crystal clear, and you’re surprised that you ever did things any differently at all.

One of the epiphanies that illuminates you along the way is the simple realization that you need a workhorse. Yes, it’s good to have a bunch of highly specialized knives -- carving knives, slicers, boning knives, even charcuterie knives -- that’s all well and good. But you also need a jack of all trades blade that you can apply to any number of situations. Enter the standard utility knife.

A versatile blade that will aid you in a wide variety of culinary challenges: slicing, trimming, sectioning, coring, peeling, what have you. Think of it as the midway point between a chef knife and a paring knife. But it’s more than that. It’s the kitchen's version of a box cutter, it’s a bottle opener, it’s a pocket knife, it’s everything you need it to be. In the kitchen, the utility knife is the in-between point that will make your cooking experience that much easier and more convenient.

If you’re going to get a utility knife -- and you should! -- make it a good one. Let’s talk about what makes a good utility knife.

2. What To Look For In The Best Utility Knife

Five slices of bread with various toppings on a black cutting board next to a black utility knife

    Shadow Black Series - 6.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF Certified

    Before we can talk about the best utility knife you can buy, we need to figure out what we’re looking for. Blade materials, size, and comfort.

    Since the utility knife is your jack of all trades in the kitchen, there are a number of important factors to consider. These factors will vary significantly depending on the level of use you’ll be giving it. Are you a chef in a commercial kitchen? Or are you just a home cook with a zeal for kitchenware? 

    Whatever the case, you’re going to be using your utility knife a lot, so comfort is an extremely important factor. Look for handles that are ergonomically designed to be used for a long time, and sometimes for tough jobs. It’s not just a matter of feeling nice -- if you have a knife with an uncomfortable handle, it might result in fatigue or even an accident. Comfort is a fundamental part of safety.

    The standard utility blade is extremely important, and we’re not talking about a replaceable blade. A workhorse like the utility blade is going to be doing a lot. A dull blade is no good. You’ll be making all manner of cuts with this tool, so you need a cutter. Pay special attention to the level of sharpness of the utility knife blades when you’re looking through the utility knife’s specs prior to buying. Whether it’s a stainless steel blade or a ceramic blade makes a difference.

    There’s also the question of how much you want to spend. You’ll find that most high-quality utility knives won’t exactly break the bank, but the difference between an inexpensive utility knife that will quickly go dull and not sharpen as well after a few months of use (you’ll need to have a spare sharp blade hanging around!) vs. a slightly more expensive utility knife made out of high quality materials is worth it. 

    Finally, size. As we mentioned, a utility knife is somewhere between a small chef’s knife and a large paring knife. Look for something in the 5” to 6.5” range; much larger than that, and you’ll risk the blade being too big for many of the common kitchen tasks you might need it for. At that point, just get a chef knife; go any smaller and you’re in paring knife territory.

    Pro tip: Check out this handy guide for everything you need to know about blade storage.

    Now that we know what to be on the lookout for in our blade knife, let’s look at some of the best utility knife to buy.

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    3. The Best Utility Knives

    1. Shogun Series 6" Utility Knife

    Shogun Series 6" Utility Knife

    This absolute stunner of a utility knife is part of Dalstrong’s Shogun Series, which means that not only is the blade stylishly designed and hand-polished with Dalstrong’s gorgeous “Tsunami Rose” visual pattern, but it’s also painstakingly engineered to be the single best, most versatile utility kitchen knife one could need.

    PROS:

    • Its razor  blade is precision forged from 
a single piece of ultra premium Japanese high-carbon AUS-10V steel with 67-alternating layers of SUS410 damascus cladding for stain-resistance and durability.
    • Its blade has enhanced strength, flexibility and hardness thanks to a system of precise cryogenic tempering with liquid nitrogen.
    • It’s easily the best-looking kitchen utility knife you could buy. Want to get people talking? This is how!
    • Ergonomic handle with a non-slip grip makes using this an absolute dream.

    CONS:

    • If you’re a fan of a more minimalist aesthetic, the “Tsunami Rose” visual pattern might feel like a bit much.
    • At 116g, this knife handles beautifully, but some home cooks might prefer a heavier grip for heavy duty work. 

    2. Crusader Series 5.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF Certified

    Crusader Series 5.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF Certified

    The Crusader Series is on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to aesthetics, designed with an emphasis on purity and unobtrusive beauty. This 5.5” serrated utility knife is a stainless steel powerhouse that will come in handy when it comes to meeting any culinary challenge you throw its way -- and looking like an absolute work of art while doing so.

    PROS:

    • Razor-sharp German made ThyssenKrupp x50crmov15 blade steel at 58+ Rockwell for an incredible performance.
    • High-chromium stainless steel handle that provides the knives with an aggressive, forward moving stance.
    • The blade is full tang, which gives it extra strength and robustness.
    • Minimalist design, with a groove machined onto every blade, reminiscent of a historical medieval sword.
    • Fantastic value for the price.

    CONS:

    • The opposite of the Shogun Series blade; some of you may be more inclined to go with the flashier visual design.
    • Unlike the Shogun Series knife, it does not have an ultra premium G-10 handle; instead it has a high-chromium stainless steel handle.

    3. Crusader Series 6" Utility Knife - NSF Certified

    Crusader Series 6" Utility Knife - NSF Certified

    This is another entry in the Crusader Series, which emphasises a minimalist and unobtrusive aesthetic in its blades while providing an incredible performance. Unlike the previous entry, this knife is 6” long, and the extra length might come in handy when faced with certain culinary challenges. This knife also lacks the serrated edge.  

    PROS:

    • Sleek, optimally hygienic design.
    • Razor-sharp German made single-piece high-carbon ThyssenKrupp x50crmov15 blade steel at 58+ Rockwell. This is a sharp, powerful blade.
    • It comes with the “Dalstrong Scabbard,” which is a beautifully designed, hand-crafted blade sheath with an engraved magnet to hold the knife securely in place.
    • Its hygienic and seamless design allows for virtually no room for debris.

      CONS:

      • Does not have a serrated edge; if that’s what you’re looking for, see previous entry on the list.

      4. Omega Series 5.5" Utility Knife

      Omega Series 5.5" Utility Knife

      Talk about a beautiful blade The Omega Series 5.5” utility knife has everything you’re looking for and more. When it comes to a wide array of kitchen tasks such as slicing, trimming, sectioning, coring, peeling, and more, this is your one-stop go-to. This versatile, remarkably handy little unit also looks extremely cool.

      PROS:

      • We have to start with the very first thing that catches our eye: that wonderful visual pattern, Dalstrong’s “LiquidMetal” design which doesn’t just look great but also reduces drag on the blade surface.
      • Speaking of the blade: we’re talking BD1N American forged Hyper Steel, with an added vacuum treatment. Sharpened at a staggering 8-12°degree angle per side.
      • Its tapered holster provides a perfect balance, and a natural, comfortable grip.
      • Military grade, highly durable G10 handle.

      CONS:

      • As is the point with the more visually elaborate knives on this list, your mileage may vary; some home cooks prefer a cleaner, more minimalistic look on their blade. For this, check out knives in Dalstrong’s Crusader Series.
      • You pay for the quality; this knife is definitely on the upper end of the price range represented in this list.

      5. Phantom Series 5" Utility Knife

      Phantom Series 5" Utility Knife

      The Phantom Series 5” utility knife is a fantastic addition to any kitchen arsenal. Its sleek and elegant visual design (intended to transmit a feeling of motion), coupled with painstakingly engineered body, make this a fantastic utility knife for the day-to-day demands of every home kitchen.

      PROS:

      • Precision forged blade with premium Japanese AUS-8 at 58 HRC, and high levels of chromium added for stain resistance.
      • Extremely sharp knife edge, blade hand finished to a mirror polish at 13-15°.
      • Premium-quality laminated pakkawood handles imported from Spain provide superior strength and looks.
        • Extremely hygienic; cleans very easily.

        CONS:

        • Unlike some other knives on this list, it doesn’t have an ultra premium G-10 or high-chromium stainless steel handle; instead, it has a sleek black pakkawood handle from Spain.
        • At 93.8g, it is on the lighter side; some chefs might be more comfortable with a knife that has more heft to it.

        6. Shadow Black Series - 6.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF CertifiedShadow Black Series - 6.5" Serrated Utility Knife - NSF Certified

        I’ll come right out and admit it: I am a fan of Dalstrong’s Shadow Black Series. Not only does it look amazing -- look at this ultra sleek, futuristic look -- but the knives are a dream to operate. An incredible grip, an extremely sharp cutting edge, and a stylish look to boot. Their 6.5” serrated utility knife is absolutely worth the purchase.

        PROS:

        • I’ve already mentioned this, but just look at that finish. A menacing deep-black Titanium Nitride coating and an impressive aerodynamic design.
        • High-carbon steel serrated blade at 58+ rockwell. Extremely sharp, with the perfect amount of bite and grab!
        • A fiber-resin military-grade G10 handle that is nearly impervious to heat, cold and moisture.
        • Tapered bolster for improved pinch grip; feels fantastic to handle.
        • Comes with a high quality sheath for blade storage. 

        CONS:

        • It’s true that some folks prefer a more traditional-looking knife. There’s no accounting for taste.
        • At 6.5”, it is on the larger side for some uses. 

        7. Shadow Black Series 5.5" Utility Knife - NSF Certified

        Shadow Black Series 5.5" Utility Knife - NSF Certified

        Here we have yet another entry in Dalstrong’s incredible Shadow Black Series, this time it’s a 5.5” utility knife (which might be better for some people than the larger blade we just listed). This one also lacks the serrated edge. 

        PROS:

        • Again, I have to sing the praises of that extremely cool-looking black, non-reflective titanium-nitride coating. Not only does it look great, but it has improved corrosion resistance.
        • The blade is incredible: precision forged, ultra sharp, wear-resistant, single-piece, high carbon 7CR17MOV-X vacuum treated stainless steel at 58 Rockwell. An absolute powerhouse.
        • Fiber-resin military grade G10 handle is nearly impervious to heat, cold or moisture.
        • Ergonomic design. Feels great, works great. A fantastic choice for a utility knife.

        CONS:

        • The same caveat applies as with the previous Shadow Black entry: if you’re not into this particular aesthetic, this is not the right utility knife for you.
        • Unlike the Shadow Black Series - 6.5" Serrated Utility Knife, this one lacks a serrated blade.

        8. Shogun Series X 6" Ultimate Utility & Sandwich Knife

        Shogun Series X 6" Ultimate Utility & Sandwich Knife

        Now this is interesting. Another entry in the Shogun Series, this incredible knife isn’t just a catch-all utility knife; it’s also a fantastic sandwich knife in its own right. You’ll be able to make easy work of fruits and vegetables as well as burgers and sandwiches, with its scalloped serrations and wide blade with a rounded tip being specially helpful in sandwich prep.

        PROS:

        • Crafted from a single piece of high-carbon Japanese AUS-10V Super steel.
        • Ultra-sharp full tang knife design makes this an invaluable tool for sandwich or hamburger prep. 
        • 62+ Rockwell edge retention, which is just fantastic and will ensure this knife will have a long life in your kitchen.
        • Military grade G10 ergonomic handle.

        CONS:

        • This incredible knife is an investment; think about whether it fits your budget and expectations.
        • Are you someone who doesn’t eat hamburgers or sandwiches often? Maybe get one of the other utility knives on this list.

        9. Gladiator Series 6" Serrated Sandwich, Deli & Utility Knife

        Gladiator Series 6" Serrated Sandwich, Deli & Utility Knife

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        We’re staying in the realm of utility knives that are also great for sandwiches and deli prep. This outstanding 6” serrated utility knife from Dalstrong’s Gladiator series will come in handy for applying your favorite spread as well as making quick work of a crusty piece of bread. This knife will come in especially handy if you’re a seasoned purveyor of the sandwich arts.

        PROS:

        • Crafted from a single piece of high-carbon ThyssenKrupp German X50CrMoV15 steel.
        • An ultra-sharp, full-tang, utility knife with a serrated blade.
        • Ergonomic and ambidextrous black G10 Garolite handle from Spain (laminated for extra strength)
        • Military grade G10 handle with a polished spine for a great grip.
        • Incredible knife at an affordable price point.

        CONS:

        • The serrated edge is on the large side, so keep that in mind when deciding what to use it on.
        • Wood and stainless steel handle might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

        10. Shogun Series 6" Serrated Utility Knife

        Shogun Series 6" Serrated Utility Knife

        The last entry in our list is another knife from Dalstrong’s acclaimed Shogun Series -- this time a 6” serrated utility knife. This jack of all trades is absolutely the kind of knife you need on your corner when it comes to tackling the day-to-day challenges of a modern kitchen. Not only does it cut and handle amazingly, but check out how awesome it looks! 

        PROS:

        • Precision forged from 
a single piece of Japanese high-carbon AUS-10V steel with 67-alternating layers of SUS410 damascus cladding. Durable, powerful, and stain resistant.
        • Another knife that features Dalstrong’s hand-polished “Tsunami Rose” pattern; a stunning looking knife for your collection.
        • Ultra-premium G-10 Garolite handle, impervious to heat, cold and moisture.
        • Serrations are perfectly spaced and sharpened, giving this fantastic knife an admirable bite.

        CONS:

        • This premium knife is in the upper end of the price range for utility knives, but the investment is worth it.

        4. Frequently Asked Questions About Utility Knives

          What is the difference between a paring knife and a utility knife?

          A lot of folks get these types of knives mixed up. For one, a utility knife is larger, and more suited for a broader range of daily uses in the kitchen. If you’re looking for the best paring knife to buy, we wrote an entire post about it featuring some great options here.

          How long should a utility knife be?

          As we’ve said, size is one of the things that set utility knives apart from paring knives. Usually, a utility knife will be between 5” and 6.5” in length, though most commonly above 5”.

          What other utility knives are out there?

          There are utility knives outside the culinary world that are used for entirely different purposes to cutting food. These include but are not limited to ; A retractable utility knife, folding utility knife, Stanley knife, boxcutter, pocket utility knife, kobalt utility knife, folding knife and fixed blade utility knife. 

          What kind of utility knives do Michelin chefs use?

          This is an interesting question with a lot of different potential answers. As you might expect, it there’s some variety between the different Michelin star chefs. San Francisco-based three-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn recently announced a partnership with Dalstrong to help feed San Francisco’s homeless population. She has expressed a preference for Dalstrong’s highly acclaimed Crusader Series. This line includes the NSF certified Crusader Series 5.5" Serrated Utility Knife and the Crusader Series 6" Utility Knife listed above.

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          Written by Jorge Farah

          Born on the coast of Colombia and based in Buenos Aires, Jorge is a cooking enthusiast and kitchenware obsessive with a tremendous amount of opinions.