Before the baking and bread-breaking season begins, you'd be wise to make sure your kitchen arsenal is looking sharp. If your old bread knife, for starters, has seen better days (or better decades), it might unwittingly tear up your next lovely loaf. Thank it, ditch it, and consider this top-rated, headline-making serrated gem: the Victorinox Swiss Army Serrated Bread Knife. It just so happens to be on mega-sale at Amazon for $31 (down from $59.50).
Slices through rustic breads and delicate fruits with grace. The sharp, curved blade and comfortable handle make it strong enough to cut, yet gentle enough not to squish tender innards.
Don't just take our word for it. The good folks at Good Housekeeping named this 10-inch Victorinox Swiss Army bread knife as the No. 1 best overall bread knife! "We love this Victorinox classic for its versatility," they wrote last year, noting its ability to "saw through hearty bread crusts and bagels" and "turn out paper-thin tomato and strawberry slices."
Amazon shoppers, including pro chefs, agree! They've given the Victorinox serrated knife (now nearly 50% off) a stellar 4.8-star overall rating. So, why is everyone saying this knife is so great?
The clever design is what makes this knife so versatile. The long, sharp, curved blade and the even weight distribution all work in tandem to make it easy slice up a variety of textures.
One seasoned pro gave it five stars and wrote: "Great knife. I am a professional chef of 20 years. This is a great knife for breads (soft or crusty), tomatoes, and even slicing roasts. Don’t let the price fool you. These are professional knives. I have owned everything from these to ultra-high-end Japanese knives, and even custom makers. These hold their own in any commercial or home setting. These hold an edge well, and sharpen up easy. And yes, you can sharpen this serrated edge."
Another professional chef said: "I tell everyone I know that this knife is a must-have in any collection. It is sharp, versatile and just keeps on going. Even though I own a high end set of custom made professional knives, this knife will always remain one of my favorites. As far as I am concerned, it is one of the best all around knives ever produced...
"Superb," raved a fan. "Everything about it is perfect. The blade is very sharp and thin and cuts through my thick sourdough bread crust like a charm."
Shoppers are impressed by how much easier it is to slice through tough stuff with this knife.
"Sharp, no-snag bread knife...is long and sharp enough to cut bread and (my real incentive) homemade biscotti easily," wrote a grateful shopper. "The handle is nicely angled up, so your hand doesn't hit the cutting board as you saw back and forth — perfect!" They added: "The handle is also light, so that the blade and handle balance each other well as you hold it. Good job, Victorinox."
Another five-star fan wrote: "I use a bread knife every day. We used to have a smaller Cuisinart one that required a lot of effort. This one is perfect. It cuts bread like butter. It’s big, so it’s great for larger loaves, and the grip is also comfortable and generous. Solid."
Most shoppers will happily reserve this for cutting board tasks, but some say it's awesomeness surpasses that role.
A fan said they use it for pastries, "slicing meats, slicing veggies, and pretty much takes the place of a chef's knife for me." As if that weren't reason enough to drop $31, they added, "I work on a boat and I also have one of these as an emergency rope knife (for slicing through rope in an emergency) and have used many times when our boat has run over some floating line or old fish nets. Very nice knife."
Wow. So let's cut to the chase and get to the point: Sharp shoppers know this deal is the best thing since sliced bread. It's a total steel. Now, chop, chop!
(Phew, it was getting hard to hold those in.)
Slices through rustic breads and delicate fruits with grace. The sharp, curved blade and comfortable handle, make it strong enough to cut, yet gentle enough not to squish tender innards.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.