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My new Danish Bread Slicer

bshuval's picture

My new Danish Bread Slicer

A little over a year ago, I read on this site (here) about PiPs' wonderful find of a Raadvad Danish bread slicer. I saw that post and was filled with envy. Of course, I immediately searched online for one. A few were available on some auction sites, but for very high prices (and most won't ship internationally, either). 

At work, most people know that I enjoy baking. Of course they know that my favorite thing to bake is bread. I often bring bakes to work. There also happen to be several other hobbyist bakers there, and I often supply them with recipes. After all, I have a rather substantial library of bread books. One guy at work was telling me how he missed good old Russian Rye breads. The next day, I gave him a little bit of sourdough and a recipe. He followed the recipe, made successful bread, and was ecstatic with the result. 

Fast forward a few months, and he mentioned that his wife found a Danish bread slicer at an antique dealer. Boy was I envious! I told him that I had been wanting one, and that he is very lucky. This was maybe three or four months ago. 

This morning he came to the office carrying a Raadvad Danish bread slicer, in great condition (not as pristine as the one PiPs had bought, but in very good condition, and in perfect working order). His wife had found one, and got it for me! I was elated. I took it home, cleaned it, and sharpened the blade. I now have a loaf of Russian rye bread (Andrew Whitley's version, with a little added salt) baking in the oven. Tomorrow, after it had had time to settle, I will try out my bread slicer. 

I don't know how old it is, or any of its history. There were some leftover dried grains stuck between the plates of wood that I had cleaned. Here are some pictures: 


dmsnyder's picture

Congratulations! Use it in good health ... (watch your fingers, pets and young children around it.)


dabrownman's picture

make me sick with your bread slicers - in a good way:-)  But especially you with a finely preserved free one as a gift!  You are well loved watch those digits!!!!

Happy and safe slicing!

David Esq.'s picture
David Esq.

Just curious. 

bshuval's picture

If they fit in the hole. It works best for a square loaf. You also need to keep the blade sharpened (as I discovered today :-) )

Wingnut's picture

That thing looks absolutely diabolical!



drogon's picture

Not going to be too good for softer breads, I guess?


CJ's picture

Can anyone suggest a place in the NYC area where I can have my Raadvad blade sharpened???  I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.


jimt's picture

I'd try Korin...I believe they have a master sharpener on staff. He sharpens knives on waterstones and see no reason he couldn't sharpen your blade--as long as it's removable.

CJ's picture

Good idea.  Hadn't thought of Korin.

carolynparmeter's picture

Hi, just been given one of these as a birthday present and it is a thing of beauty.  The blade is quite blunt though.  May i ask how you sharpened yours?  Did you remove the blade? Would be very grateful for your advice.