The bread knife is one of the three most important types of knife in the kitchen. Some dishes can be cut almost exclusively with a serrated blade. Except for bread, these include of course everything that is crispy, such as baking or many types of dough. Smooth blades, such as those of the chef’s knife, do not find a starting point here. The hard and smooth blades of the Japanese even tend to break on bread. Knives and bread rolls are actually a speciality of the German manufacturers. They were also invented here. But in the meantime they have become the international standard.
These are the 5 best bread knives
Orblue Serrated Bread Knife Ultra-Sharp
DALSTRONG Bread Knife – Gladiator Series
Wusthof Bread Knife – 9″ Double Serrated
Victorinox Swiss Army 10-1/4″
Bread Knife,10-Inch Imarku Pro serrated knife
What makes a good bread knife?
Recommendations on blade length
The knife must have the correct length. It should not be longer than 30 cm. From 23 cm on it becomes exciting. Blades from 26 cm on are a lot of fun. The longer the blade, the more precisely the bread can be sliced, because only a few back and forth movements are necessary. This saves energy and ensures that the slices of bread remain straight.
The weight of the knife is also decisive. The heavier it is, the more force is needed to lift it. On the other hand, the weight also helps to press the blade into the bread. If the knife is too light, you will have to do all the slicing yourself. After all, everything depends on your personal feelings.
Recommendation for steel quality
The knife should always be made of high-quality steel. Since serrated blades are very difficult to sharpen, the quality of the steel is crucial. It guarantees a long life (under normal use for years). It does not even have to be made of ultra-hard Japanese steel or even apricot. The bread knife can also be made of the proven CMV steel traditionally used in Solingen. Here you have almost no problems with breakages. Recently Kyocera has also launched a ceramic bread knife. However, this has not yet convinced us one hundred per cent. For allergy sufferers, however, it is worth taking the test.
Maintenance and sharpening of bread knives
Like all good knives, a bread knife should never be washed in the dishwasher. After use, it should be washed by hand and then stored safely in a block with knives or other items. Loose storage in a drawer is less suitable, as the blades can come into contact and be damaged.
Wavy knives are very difficult to sharpen. However, the burr on the smooth side of the blade can be easily removed. This can be done with any sharpening stone or even with a ceramic sharpening stone. However, the shafts themselves can only be sharpened with special equipment. Some of our knife sharpeners can do this. But please refer to the description. Please note that this device is also suitable for the restoration of serrated edges. We have also prepared a small article on how to sharpen bread knives yourself. In our video above you will also find some tips on how to sharpen bread knives.
However, the best way to restore a knife with a serrated edge is to have it re-sharpened by a professional. Fortunately, this is rarely necessary with a good knife.
Bread knife makers are well known in the knife specialist.
Bread knives are available from almost all manufacturers, such as Wüsthof, Güde, Zwilling, Solicut etc. They belong to the basic assortment of the knife drawer. They are sometimes missing in the Japanese series. The reason for this is that baked goods are rarely on the table in Japan. WDR tested bread knives in a very amusing way in their show “Servicezeit”. You can find the test winner here : Windmills Bread Knives
The basic principle is as follows: The bigger the blade, the bigger the bread to be sliced.
How do I sharpen the bread knife?
Sharpening bread knives is somewhat more difficult because of the serrated edge of the blade. We therefore recommend that you have your knives sharpened by a specialist or a knife sharpener. You have the appropriate special tools at your disposal. If you want to do it yourself, you will need a sharpening stone or a ceramic rod for sharpening or grinding.
The most important thing: A bread knife does not pull the whole blade onto the grindstone. Each shank must be sharpened individually so that it is not ground flat, but you should check that the sharpening stick matches the size of the shank. Then pull the blade bit by bit through the grindstone or the sharpening stick.
Can bread knives be washed in the dishwasher?
No, of course not! Never put the knives in the dishwasher. Dishwasher knives are no exception. Even if manufacturers advertise that their knives are dishwasher safe in the dishwasher, we strongly advise against it. Salts and detergents damage the blades and make them dull. And if the knife has a wooden handle, water can soften and break it.
How should I store my bread knives?<
We recommend a knife lock for storage. Because in a drawer, the blade can come into contact with other cutlery, rubbing or hitting it. At best this leads to unpleasant scratches, at worst to holes and deep grooves in the blade. In the knife block the knives are separated from each other, clean and well protected by wood.
Multi-purpose knife or bread knife – which is the right choice?
Utility knives are, as their name suggests, real universal tools among knives. This is also an advantage, because you only need one knife for everything. But it is also a disadvantage, because a utility knife can do many things, but nothing is really good. A bread knife is the right choice if you want to cut big and crispy bread, often make a pumpkin or cut a roast. A bread knife is a smaller form of the bread knife. The blade is much shorter and the waves are not as deep. A bread knife is suitable for cutting tomatoes, onions or strawberries, for example.