Comments: Yes, you can easily make it through an entire life without a set of cheese knives, and many people will. But a cheese platter will look more elegant and be more manageable if it features knives like these.
This set includes (from right to left):
- a cheese knife/spreader, which is meant to cut hard cheeses, such as cheddar, or spread soft cheeses. Both the tip and edge are sharpened, so you can cut with either edge (although in this case, "sharp" is a relative term and poses no danger).
- a crumbly cheese knife, which is meant to break up hard cheeses, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano and Romano
- a cheese fork, which can be used to hold a piece of cheese in submission while you cut it with one of the other knives, or for picking up pieces of cut cheese
- a soft cheese knife, which is dedicated to cutting and spreading soft cheeses, with holes in the blade to keep soft cheese from sticking. It has a serrated edge to cut through the rind (actually on the sharp side), and prongs at the end for picking up cheese
All four are forged of stainless steel with full tangs for durability. They have a nice weight and feel in the hand, and will tackle the most stubborn cheeses.