The Fresh Loaf

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Bread knives?

IPlayWithFood's picture

Bread knives?

How long do your bread knives usually last in the kitchen? Those hard crusts aren't exactly the best on knife edges, and while I keep the rest of the knives in my kitchen razor sharp with my stones, I am at a complete loss as to how I maintain my scalloped edge (I use a Zwilling Henckels bread knife). My bread knife has noticeably dulled after a couple of months of use (I think it's seen about 20-30 loaves or so), and it seems such a waste to throw the whole knife away and buy a new one when it dulls, considering it's quite a nice knife I have, but at the same time it would probably cost as much as the knife to have it professionally sharpened..

DanAyo's picture
bigcrusty's picture

Dear Spamblahblah:


Understand- my bread knives were getting dull and slicing was becoming a real chore.

I went to Amazon and purchased a sharpener that does serrated knives (Priority Chef).  I also treated myself to an Electric Slicing Machine (Also from Amazon Chef's Choice Model 615) since I was slicing 8+ loavers per week with my knife.  Used the Chef's Choice today to slice 4 loaves in no time with nice uniform slices.


WatertownNewbie's picture

As an alternative, here is my favorite bread knife:

and get a protector too:

Used for well over a year without any noticeable loss of sharpness, and the guard protects the blade as well as my fingers when I reach into the drawer for it.