From the softest brioche to the crustiest baguette, the right knife can make all the difference. At Sur La Table, our selection of bread knives will help you get the smooth, even slices you want from any loaf. These well-crafted knives offer a simple solution for cutting through bread easily, and they’re available from some of the most respected kitchen cutlery brands in the world.
Why Are Bread Knives Serrated?
Bread knives are easily recognized by their serrated edge and long, thin blade. The reason for the serrated teeth can be compared to that of a saw used in carpentry. The teeth essentially grab on to the bread’s surface so that it can be cut with a back-and-forth cutting motion applied in long, smooth strokes. That means you don’t have to press downward to create a cut, which prevents the bread from being compressed. The result is a fluffy, smoothly cut slice and a loaf that hasn’t been distorted during the cutting process. In addition to breads, a serrated knife can also be useful for cutting through other soft foods, such as sponge cakes, and can be useful when cutting away the rinds of watermelons and other large fruits.
The Best Bread Knives
A good bread-slicing knife has the tell-tale serrated edge described above. Most are between about 6 and 14 inches in length. Look for a sturdy, ergonomic handle and a blade that is forged from a single piece of metal. You can’t go wrong with any of the respected brands available at Sur La Table, such as Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Wüsthof, Shun, Miyabi and Global. Shop now to find the best serrated bread knife for your kitchen.