A steak knife is a common form of serrated table knife, most often used for cutting steak. Featuring a serrated knife with a wooden or fiberglass handle, the steak knife is the most common sharp knife found at the dining table. Steak knives are smaller in size, similar to a butter knife, and offer better effectiveness when cutting through tough meats or vegetables.
Serrated steak knives were introduced following WWII and were popular because they did not require polishing or frequent sharpening like the previous sharp table knives. Since serrated knives require special equipment and extra care for sharpening, steak knives are manufactured in such a way to maintain their sharpness for long periods of use.