How Many Steak Knives Do I Need for My Kitchen or Dinner Party?

Steak knives are one of the more coveted of knives. Many people are quite partial to their blades, yet never have enough of them when guests arrive.

We all know steak knives are essential to cutting the perfect steak. After all, they are highly serrated blades of appropriate length intended for this sole purpose.

So, all being said and done how many steak knives do you need for your kitchen or dinner party? Please read the information provided below so you can come to your conclusion.

(Related article: Why Do My Steak Knives Rust?)

What Sort of Party is It?

If you’re throwing a low-budget party, then of course, one knife per attendee might make a lot of sense. However, if you’re celebrating your wedding or another similar event which is of extreme importance, then it would probably be wise to have up to 1.5 knives per person to ensure you don’t run out. Some events may require up to 2 knives per person, due to specific meal plans such as having multiple meal courses, etc.

What is the Budget of the Party?

Another thing to keep in mind is the budget of the party. If you can’t afford extra knives, then you shouldn’t feel obligated to provide them. One knife per person is more then adequate. If you have a high budget then having more knives ready isn’t as big of a deal.

How Many People are Going to be At the Party?

Finally, it’s important to take into consideration how many people are going to be at the party. For example, if you have 12 guests arriving for a party, then the customary number of knives to have would be between 12 and 24. Keep in mind that guests might also drop their knives and need to use different one, sometimes at various points and occurrences throughout the night.


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