When choosing the perfect butcher knife, blade quality is a must have. After all, butcher’s knives are made for cutting through tough skin, small bones, tendons, fat, and large chunks of meat. You’ll want to settle for nothing less than a quality stainless steel blade. Dexter Russell’s blades are made out of high quality high carbon stainless steel. This means no rusting, staining, and superior edge sharpness long after you sharpen your blade. This is important, because nothing will dampen the mood more than pulling out your butcher knife after a successful hunting trip, to find that the blade won’t even cut through the tough skin.


As mentioned previously, when choosing the best suited boning knife for your specific needs, consider the sizes of meat you plan on cutting with your butcher knife. Although butcher’s knives range in sizes 6 to 14 inches, a 7 or 8 inch blade will likely fit your home kitchen culinary needs. You want at least a 7 to 8 inch blade so your butcher knife can serve its purpose of being able to cut through large pieces of meat that contain small bones, fat, cartilage, and joints. Not to mention, an outer layer of tough skin.


With any heavy duty knife, a 7 or 8 inch blade packs a punch when it comes to weight, control and hand/wrist fatigue. That is why the amount of comfort your handle provides is going to matter. We recommend trying out the Dexter Russell Sani-Safe  line for superior grip and comfort. The Sani-Safe handle is made of polypropylene and features a non-slip and very gripped surface. Cleanliness and comfort are this handle’s top priority. Not to mention, the blade to handle seal is so impenetrable it has earned an NSF seal, adding to the handle’s already superior sanitary benefits.


Any typical butcher knife will have a long, wide handle paired with a curved blade edge and a clip point blade tip. This design aids in letting you make one single, clean cut with no jagged edges. You can easily penetrate the thick outer layer, and then glide through the meat top to bottom in one easy cutting motion. You will be left with butcher-quality meat, right in the comfort of your own kitchen.


The Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 6″ Butcher Knife is the smallest butcher knife we offer, therefore best used for small jobs. An added benefit of owning such a small butcher knife, is that in a pinch it can double as a boning knife due to its smaller size. Its Sani-Safe handle ensures a NSF certified blade to handle seal, and superior handle grip. Not to mention, the blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel, which is rust resistant and known to keep a sharp edge long after its first use or sharpen. 

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The Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 8″ Butcher Knife is our mid-size recommended butcher knife, most commonly used in home kitchens. It’s great for slicing mid-sized to large meats like steak or fish. Its non-slip Sani-Safe handle will ensure you have the best grip and blade to handle seal offered. Paired with its high-carbon stainless steel blade, this knife is built to last.

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The Dexter Russell Basics 10″ Cimeter Steak Knife is a great knife for cooks and BBQ enthusiasts due to its great ability to slice through brisket, ham, game meat, poultry and more. Its large and wide blade let this knife excel at cutting meat right off the bone in straight and even cuts. An added benefit of this knife is that it is a quality knife, but still lets you purchase it if you’re on a budget. This Dexter Russell Basics series includes  a high-carbon steel blade, slip resistant polypropylene handle for superior comfort, and a finger guard to ensure safety and limit hand fatigue.  

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