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In search of a wooden bread slicing guide...

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BNLeuck

In search of a wooden bread slicing guide...

Someone, somewhere, please by the love of all that is holy, tell me you know where to procure a wooden bread slicing guide! LOL My boyfriend is about as proficient at slicing straight as a lead balloon is at flying. :\ I love him to pieces, but a loaf of bread is mangled in his hands. I've looked at the slicing guides available on Amazon and a few other places, but all the ones I've seen are plastic of some sort. They seem, well, flimsy. This thing will get ungodly amounts of use, so I don't want anything even remotely flimsy. I want good, solid wood. Or metal, but I've never in my life seen a metal one. I've looked at the bread knives that have the wooden piece next to the blade to prevent the bread from going any farther, so that slices are uniform, but I'm not really a fan. I like the bread knife I have now, so I just want a guide. Preferably one with multiple slice slots so I can cut a bunch of pieces at once without having to move the bread, but I'll take just about anything at this point. :P Thanks in advance, TFLers!


~Brianna

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mrfrost

Web search for "wooden bread slicing guide". First hit:


http://www.smithswood.com/proddetail.asp?prod=328C


I'm sure there are others.

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BNLeuck

Google hates me. That didn't come up when I searched! Or maybe it did. Hell, I'm so sleep deprived, dancing monkeys could parade across my laptop and I might not notice. :P Thanks for the assist!

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Chuck

Here's my guess: On Google, double quotes means all these words must appear in this exact order with no other words in between.


Searches for each of



  • wooden "bread slicing guide"

  • wooden bread "slicing guide"

  • wooden bread slicing guide


all turned up slightly different results (albeit with the referenced website tops in each one -- anybody want to bet against that guy knowing intimately not only wood but also the web?)


As expected, a search for



  • "wooden bread slicing guide"


did not turn up anything (except this TFL thread:-). (Finding all four of those words in that exact order with no intervening words whatsover is an awfully tall order:-) So if at first you can't find what you want with Google, try removing the quotes (or adding them if they're not there) or moving them around.

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mrfrost

For the record, no quotes were used.


Yahoo search.

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Mini Oven

Sorry, couldn't resist.  Until you find one try resting a cooling rack on the loaf as a quide...


How about drilling a few carefully spaced holes and using knitting needles, four might do it?


Another trick is to close one eye while slicing.   (keeping fingers well out of the way!)

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BNLeuck

Somehow I missed your post earlier! I must be even more sleep deprived than I thought. LOL


Unfortunately, my only access to power tools (that being my long-time friend and cohort in anything related to building stuff) is currently packed away in a storage shed. It makes me very sad.


The cooling rack trick is an idea (I wouldn't trust my lovely boyfriend to do the one-eye trick) since we have a somewhat small grid on our rack. Two rows thick would probably be close to .5 inch. Hmmm... must go measure.

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Mini Oven

lay the loaf end down on the table with the loaf sticking up into the air.  Shove the cutting board next to it but on the far side.  Rest the bread knife tip flat on the board and cut (parallel to the table) the loaf using the board as a guide.  Lift up the loaf and there lies a piece of bread.

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BNLeuck

That sounds relatively easy and uninjuring! LOL Will try that until we get the wooden slicing guide in the mail. *happy straight-sliced-bread dance* Thanks, Mini! Bwuahahaha! Must. Slice. Bread!

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BNLeuck

I love it! Mythbusters is an awesome show. :D

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wayne on FLUKE

I know this isn't wood, but it works great. It is "food-grade" plastic. You can see them on ebay with or without the knife. Presto Slicing Guide.



wayne


 

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BNLeuck

It doesn't seem bad, per se -- the plastic looks a bit sturdier, for one -- but the incline confuses me a bit. I think it's supposed to encourage the bread to stay flush against the back piece, but I think I would find it awkward to cut like that. I don't really like using electric knives, and manual cutting doesn't seem like it would work well at that angle. Maybe I'm wrong, but spending nearly $30 on something that might just collect dust... well, it isn't in the budget. :\


Thanks for the recc, though!

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jackie9999

Right or left handed :)


http://www.breadtopia.com/store/fiddle-bow-bread-knife.html


If you are willing to spend the money on that I might suggest just getting a good bread knife. The weight of a good knife, plus the wider cutting edge makes slicing much easier. I bought the victorinox 10.25" bread knife and I'd recommend it for 'challenged' slicers :)


http://www.walmart.com/ip/Victorinox-Swiss-Army-Fibrox-10.25-Wavy-Bread-Knife/14207894?sourceid=1500000000000003260370&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=14207894

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BNLeuck

I already have a really nice Cutco bread knife. I really love it, and we already have it. No real need to buy a new one. :) But I'll keep it in mind if I ever do need a new one!

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BNLeuck

That's a definite possibility, thank you! If the seller responds to my question about how far apart the slicing guides are, and it's a good size, I'm definitely ordering this. At least for the short term. Might still get the other from Smith's, since I want a bunch of other stuff, too, and it never hurts to have a backup. :D

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MNBäcker

I have one just like the one in the Ebay post. If you want to pay for Shipping, I'll send it to you. I'm just not using it anymore (it's still in pretty good shape).

Send me a message if you want to work out the details.

Stephan

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swtgran

I have a wooden one that has guides for the entire loaf of bread.  I recieved it as a gift and it came The Country Store.  I tried to see if it was listed on line, but I didn't see it.  You might try calling the company because a lot of times every thing they sell is not listed.  Terry

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BNLeuck

The entire loaf?? I have to check that out. I could just pre-slice the thing in one quick shot and then put it out for the vultures, ready to use. LOL Thanks! I'll give them a call later today.


ETA: I googled The Country Store, and came up with a bunch of 'em. Which one were you referencing?

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swtgran

http://www.countrystorecatalog.com You might try giving them a call.  Terry

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blahone

I tried out the one at the smithswood.com site. Love it! 

http://smithswood.com/proddetail.asp?prod=328B

They're hand made in the USA!

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Doggai

I had the same experiences you discuss with your bf except I was the one slicing on the bias no matter how hard I tried. Then I learned a new trick for slicing boules. I cut the loaf in half, then slice the half loaf perpendicular to the long side. The slices fit into the toaster and I am saved the work of cutting the slice in half to consume it.

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shastaflour

Almost every time I visit a thrift store, there seems to be some sort of bread slicing guide in the housewares section. We have a super simple one (made of plastic) that came in a clear bread box for $1.99, but I've also seen beautiful wooden ones with crumb catchers and everything inbetween. I suppose they might be donated along with the bread machines that so often appear in the small appliance sections. :) It's worth a shot if anyone else is looking for a slicing guide.