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8 best bread knives to make light work of more than just loaves

To help slice your sourdough perfectly, brands such as Victorinox and Robert Welch have the serrated blades you need 

Stacey Smith
Thursday 29 October 2020 12:15 GMT
When putting our knives to the test we tried them out on a variety of bakes, each time checking how much pressure we needed to apply and how uniform our slices were
When putting our knives to the test we tried them out on a variety of bakes, each time checking how much pressure we needed to apply and how uniform our slices were

If you spent lockdown perfecting sourdough, you’ll know that you need a good bread knife to do your creation justice.

With its tough crust and squishy interior, bread can be a tricky object to cut without squashing the whole thing flat. In order to slice through your loaf with ease, you need a dedicated bread knife that’s up to the job.  

The typical bread knife has a long, serrated blade, enabling you to glide through stacks of sandwiches in one stroke.  

It should also make it easier to get pleasingly uniform slices. It’s versatile too, doubling up us a carving knife (you’ll wonder how you ever cut through crackling without one) and they also work particularly well with pineapples.  

When putting our knives to the test we tried them out on a variety of bakes. From those with tough crusts to the super squidgy, we also sliced our way through bagels and rolls, each time checking how much pressure we needed to apply and how uniform the slices were.

We’ve rounded up a selection of super-smooth slicers whatever your budget.

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The verdict: Bread knives

For us, the Tomita Japanese bread knife is absolute perfection. Not only were we happy with every smooth slice, but it’s also a looker too, and we think a fantastic price.

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