A better Lame?
A bit of background.
I started doing some sourdough baking several years ago when I acquired a sourdough starter. As a new baker who knew virtually nothing about making bread, I scoured the internet for information.
My searches kept coming up to The Fresh Loaf. What a find. What a wealth of information. And more importantly, what a great community of people who wanted nothing more than to help others and to share their experience and knowledge. Thank you all.
I learned a lot. My bread improved. I am still a fairly poor bread maker as my bread is hit and miss. But without this site, it would be mostly miss.
Let me get to my point.
As a new baker, I had to start collecting some tools. Not many as I am good at improvising. I had an old bread maker so I used that as a starting point for mixing dough. I had a dutch oven from my sons boy scout days.. I had a thermapen that I use in beer brewing. I bought a bench scraper, a digital scale, a lame and some proofing baskets.
I was happy with everything except the Lame. While I understand that a Lame is not a critical piece to good bread, I could not understand why those on the market were so poorly designed. After all, it is not a complicated device. But, the one I bought had one serious flaw. The blade kept slipping off. And I soon realized that most on the market had the same design flaw..
So, Long story Long :), I designed my own. My criteria were these:
Secure and easily changeable blade
Decent storage case.
I made some drawings and a prototype. I found a stainless cutlery manufacture that would work with me and after the better part of a year, I now have a lame that I feel is superior.
I hope no one is offended by me posting this. I am just a guy who thought I could design a better lame. If it sells, Great. If it doesn't, that's ok too as I am comfortably entering retirement. This would be extra golf and beer money.
I will include a couple of pictures of the product and would appreciate any comments and critiques of the product.
Additionally, it is up on Amazon if you care to take a look. Search Bread Lame Seville and it should come right up.
Again thanks to Floyd for running this site and to all who contribute.